I have been on birth control for a long time. I went on it when I was 14 for ovarian cysts. Off at 15. Back on at 18 when I felt the cysts were coming back and I was sexually active. Was on the pill until some time in 2005. Went onto the patch. Stayed on the patch until 2007 ish when due to some symptoms that may have been side effects I went onto another pill. Had weird side effects from that and went on yet another. I keep getting my period early on this one. So I have decided that I need to figure out what my body feels like without the hormones and then I can better tell what is a side effect, what is crohns, and what is just me.
I am really nervous though because I am at a time in my life where I really can't get pregnant. I am finishing school this year and starting a new job in a new state in September. I am thrilled and have a lot of loans to pay off. My husband and I aren't quite ready to say never ever to children hence why we haven't taken more drastic measures.
So - my goal is to try to have a relatively health married sexual relationship without getting pregnant. Time to say hi to our old friend condoms. I remember in college having some irritation from condoms so I was going to try ones without spermicide but again - don't want to get pregnant. Plus sorry if this is TMI but we need to use the larger sized condoms and there are limited varities of what they offer in that department.
It would be nice if our reproductive systems just had a little on/off switch. Friends of mine are desperatly trying to get pregnant while I am desperately trying not to lol. Between crohns and life we don't get to get busy that often so hopefully that will reduce my chances.
So anyways Ive read online that a lot of people got really depressed when they stopped birth control and that their breasts got saggy. Anyone stopped long term birth control and had bad side effects? Please warn me now! I am stopping between semesters which is good but I do have to travel.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.