Quit the Pill-Using Natural Method:FAM
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liz

I've quit the pill. Had enough of it frankly. I quit on March 7th. I've decided to use condoms and FAM (charting-a natural birth control method). Tried 3 different pills had too many side effects that made me miserable. Side effetcs: vaginal dryness, low sex drive, depression, moodiness, infections galore! (yeast & bacterial). I'd like to update everyone on how it goes. I figure it will help answer a lot of questions about it. I'm 21 and newly married. I've been on the pill for almost 2 yrs, since May 2008.
Idk how long it will take for things to return to normal, but I'll find out. As soon as my period ends I'll begin charting as according to the FAM Method described in Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Dr. Toni Weschler. Taking my temp orally each morning & checking consistency of cervical fluid.
I'll post later on how it goes...

 

liz

Ok so idk if the pill is quite out of my system yet, but I've completed my first cycle being off the pill. I definitely feel better-no moodiness or depression, but I still don't feel like myself because the infection I had while on the pill still hasn't gone away yet. I've seen a dr twice, been on 3 different antibiotics for the yeast & bacterial infections, tried probiotics and nothing seems to work. My new Dr says it could be because i'm borderline hypoglycemic (low blood sugar). Idk what that really has to do with yeast and bacteria in my vagina.
I also think its more than just yeast. Does anybody know anything about vulvodynia? I heard it could be causing my pain (at the opening of vagina during intercourse). It'd be nice if that and the infections would go away then I'd be normal again.
As far as the charting, calender, FAM method or whatever u want to call it, it's easy! Can't really speak for effectiveness yet only had sex twice this past month cuz of infections. But its nice to know where u r in ur cycle. My temps are strangely predictable & don't vary much, but its hard to note cervical fluid when u don't have any cuz of infections, o well.

Maybe oneday i'll be completely back to normal again

 

CathyM

Hi Liz, There is a vaginal wash product that can help clear up infections. It's made of Chinese herbs that have been used for centuries. It's called Yin Care and you dilute with water and use as a douche. Lots of places sell it or find it on line or through many Acupuncturist. If you have cramping or menstrual pain or moodiness PMS Relief herb pac works really well. Congratulations going off the pill, Kudos to you for doing something natural and much safer. Oral contraception is classified by the WHO World Health Organization as carcinogenic.. how crazy is it that women don't understand how dangerous it is to their long term health.

 

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