Is the Pill Worth It?
When my husband and I were first married, we weren’t ready to start having children yet. I immediately started taking Ortho-Tricylin because it was what everybody was using for birth control (or so I thought). You’ve heard of the common side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, depression, and other symptoms. However, what they don’t tell you is that you might experience symptoms that are similar to PMS x 300% or emotional instability. I started taking anti-depressants to counteract the depression I was feeling as a result of the pill.
After a year or so, I decided that it wasn’t worth it and that my marriage was more important (I was very emotional, which strongly affected my marriage and my relationship with my husband). We used the FAM Method – aka Fertility Awareness Method. I was blessed to have regular cycles and could to tell when I was ovulating. If we didn’t want to get pregnant, we used other means of protection and were fine the rest of the time. We had baby #1, #2, and #3 when we wanted by using the FAM Method. Please understand that this is my experience and that if you are unsure of your cycle or do not have a regular cycle, you may not want to use this method.
After baby #3, I was definitely not ready to have another child for a while. However, I didn’t feel like we were done. I felt like there was someone missing. Again, I was on a lower dose of birth control (Jolivette – the nursing pill – they give this birth control pill to women who are breastfeeding). After about a year, I went to the doctor for symptoms of depression and they put me on an anti-depressant. Again, emotional instability, anxiousness, depression, and more. I decided it was silly to be taking an anti-depressant to counteract the effects of the pill. There are other methods of protection that don’t mess with my hormones or emotions.
Once I stopped taking the pill, I felt more calm. I felt less likely to break down into tears at the drop of a hat and less likely to snap at my husband and kids. I also felt the clouds of depression lift. I felt normal again and in control of my emotions. It felt wonderful!
Again, these are my experiences with 2 different types of birth control pills. My goal is to let others out there with similar experiences know that they are not alone.