I started taking birth control pills for the past 3 years to help with the flares that occurred during my cycle. My doctor has suggested that I discontinue (I am 43) and let nature take it's course for menipause. Have you experienced going off? and what was the effect? anything help you? I am so scared to go off it. I have been controlling my flares to mininmums with excercise, meds, supplements, rest, diet etc..... I am so worried what this could do to me.