Getting Over The Pill

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    sassmass

    I'm in my second year of college and do not want a baby any time soon. I want to go off the pill but I'm really afraid to switch to the FAM method. Any advice or support to give me the confidence to switch over?

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    Emily

    @sassmass Do it! Definitely do it! In order to gain confidence, I would HIGHLY recommend reading Taking Control of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. Once you fully understand all of the information, start by getting in the habit of taking your BBT every morning and recording your temp, and monitoring your CF. After a month of doing that, you will be dying to get off the pill. As long as you are committed (which I am sure you are!), you will not be afraid. You will feel confident knowing what your body's fertility signs are. Do it!!

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    lawellcl03

    Do it! I'm just starting my 4th yr in college and I'm starting. Am I scared? Hell yea. But I was put on the pill at 17 to "regulate my periods" because they only came ever 3 months, which is extremely normal for me. Anyway, by the end of junior yr, the side effects were horrendous! My libido dropped through the floor and I couldn't stand the thought of sex at all. I knew something was wrong, I was 21, that should not have been happening, especially with a living and caring bf. I have been off 4 months now and starting fertility awareness makes me feel so much better about interpreting my body and its signs. It's completely empowering to know I don't have to put a foreign substance in my body just to help avoid pregnancy. Even my bf is excited about it and sometimes helps out. Good luck with your fertility awareness!

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    vangsong

    I wish I had this app and knowledge 6 years ago before getting married and deciding to go on the pill after I got married. Now I'm dealing with BCP induced headaches and migraines... Too late to change that but not too late to learn and confidently track my ovulating.

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    Deyna Rotolo

    I have charted three times now off birth control, and I can say I was terrified! But not anymore. I absolutely love FAM! I'm so glad to be off of hormones!

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    jessicastorch

    I Am having my mirena IUD taken out tomorrow. I'm excited to get this thing out of me and feel normal again. I've had it for just over a year and I'm tired of feeling crazy, bloated and generally not myself. My bf and I don't want children so I'm nervous to be off hormonal bc as much as I'm excited. I'm hoping my cycles go back to normal quickly. I started charting a few days ago just to start getting in the habit of it. I'm already enjoying learning about my body. It's reassuring to read how other women went off hormonal bc, were scared but now feel empowered.

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    angelica.thomas34

    I recently stopped taking the pill (4 days ago, Feb. 21st) and am now experiencing heavy bleeding. I have read about withdrawal bleeding when taking inactive pills or coming off of the pill, so my question is do I chart this as menstruation? I'm so anxious to start this journey so want to make sure I start my first chart correctly. Thank you so much in advance! :)

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    jarynt

    I am so grateful for all of the AMazing women and men who work for Kindara. I am so inspired and ready to go off of the pill. I have been on it for 10 years and finally feel like it is time. Thank you for empowering me by way of my own intuitive knowledge!

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    jarynt

    I have been tracking this past month even though I am still on the pill. I am starting to realize that it is a little bit difficult to notice any significant change and cervical fluid. I seem to always Mark W for wet. Also my temperature is ranging between 97.0 to 98.0

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    Sam

    Hi Jarynt, Thank you so much for the kind words!  Don't worry about not seeing a pattern yet.  When you're on the pill, you actually don't have a cycle, you won't see the temperature pattern and shift because you're not ovulating!  You also won't see a pattern in your cervical fluid, because right now, there isn't one, your natural hormonal cycle is being suppressed.  When you come off, give yourself a few months and your natural rhythm should return.  Good luck!!!

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    Mischa Brown C/O Camaron Noe

    I have just gone off the pill after 20 years, after learning about all the vitamins, minerals and neurochemicals it messes with. Also have experienced a serious lack of libido, migraines and many other symptoms. I am 44, so know things are changing for me anyway, but am wondering how long it might take to go back to normal (for me). I used to only have 4-5 periods a year (before the pill), but still had horrible PMS every month. Should I expect to go back to that? Thank you so much for such a wonderful app and knowledge base all-in-one!

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    Sam

    Hi Mischa,

    Some women take a few months to return to their normal cycle but some women do so immediately, it all depends on you.  Also, it's been a while since you last had your natural cycle back, so you may not experience the horrible PMS that you used to, but I guess you'll probably have to wait and see on that front.  I wish you the very best in coming off the pill!  I'm also glad that you've enjoyed our knowledge base, please let me know if you have any other questions!

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    beckettvanessa

    I came off the pill two weeks ago. Exactly midway through my pill pack. I have now had heavy bleeding. Do I chart this as spotting because it is from withdrawal or do I chart this as a period. I have also a BBT decrease during this bleeding

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    Lauren

    Hi Vanessa, thanks for contacting us!  Spotting is defined as any bleeding that's light enough to not require a menstrual pad or tampon, so if the bleeding is any heavier than that (and especially if it's red-colored) then this should be marked as menstruation rather than spotting.  So go ahead and mark this as Cycle Day 1 and as a period in the app :)

    Let me know if you have any more questions!

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