After much discussion, my husband J and I agreed to have another child. We decided to start immediately, so I went off the pill and have been off for about a week now. This is the first time I have actually gone without it for this length of time.
Before conceiving my first child, I didn’t take birth control. In fact, we didn’t use any type of control once we were married, so three years in we knew there was a problem. I began taking it after I conceived my first daughter, but after they “fixed” my infertility, I was as fertile as a rabbit. One missed pill led to my becoming pregnant with my second daughter a mere ten months after her sister had been born. I’d been taking them for about six months at that point.
I became pregnant again this past December, and stopped taking them for about a week and a half. We lost the baby that I carried, so I started back up again. Now, at the tail end of May, I have stopped for what I intend to be for good. We are hoping for a successful pregnancy this time around, but regardless, we plan on our next child being our last. After which one of us will get…um…taken care of. So, if all goes according to plan, I will never take birth control pills again.
It’s an odd thought. An end of an era, in a way, as all things are when you know you will be done having children soon. There is just one problem with this scenario. I believe that I am experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to not taking the pill anymore. Except for the short break I mentioned, I have been taking the pill every day for nearly two years. I guess there is bound to be a few side affects as my body gets back to “normal”.
The ones I am experiencing are acne (agh! I had no idea my pill helped with that! I thought I had outgrown it! I am twenty-six, not a teenager anymore for the love of God!) along with intense hunger and mood swings. Is anyone else familiar with this type of thing? Is my body processing normally?
Another thing that I learned is that it could take up to three months for the birth control to fully exit my system, so I guess the husband and I might be waiting a little longer than I thought for our baby.