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    Five Months Ago, I Stopped Taking Birth Control After 7 Years Of Being On It — This Was My Experience

    I wanted to see (among other things) if my mood would be affected.

    Hi! I'm Fabiana, a 27-year-old woman who is trying to figure out what's best for my health. Speaking of health, let's talk birth control.

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    I never gave my pill much thought when I was younger. Fast-forward to now: I'm a single woman in my late 20s who is questioning everything I put in my body. (I had a lot of time on my hands during the pandemic, obviously.)

    But first, let me back up. In early 2020, I found myself moodier than ever.

    Then when quarantine happened, I had more time to realize just how often my mood changes throughout the day, something I used to ignore and push under the rug. My emotions were all over. I could cry at the drop of a dime, and I snapped at anyone and everything. Don't get me wrong — I'm a Scorpio who can be moody — but I'd also felt things were personally off for me for awhile.

    One of my friends told me that she stopped taking birth control because she was experiencing the same feelings, and it never dawned on me that it could be that tiny pill that I put into my body every day contributing to making me feel this way.

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    To get more context around this, I asked Staci Tanouye, MD and OB-GYN, to weigh in.

    I was low-key nervous to stop the pill. Since I've been taking birth control for about seven years (which I know isn't necessarily that long compared to others), I was nervous about what my body would do once I stopped it cold turkey.

    After giving it a lot of thought, I decided to go off the pill at the end of one of my packs and see what happens. It's now been five months since I've stopped taking it, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. Here is what I've experienced so far:

    1. Admittedly, my PMS symptoms are more painful now.

    2. My periods are also heavier. 😩

    3. My flow is now more consistent from month to month.

    4. I seem to be way less moody.

    5. My skin around that time of the month was a bit different.

    6. My appetite decreased, though I'm not sure I can attribute that to the pill.

    Overall, I'm happy with my decision to get off the pill.

    Do you have an experience to share around getting on or off birth control? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

    A pack of birth control