January 11, 2008

Birthcontrol Pill, friend or foe?

Birth control Pills were a part of my life for many years. I started taking it before my kids and then after pregnancy. I never really thought about the side effects, only the advantage of not getting pregnant. Many people don't realize the change it has on your personality. I started taking Seasonale roughly 2 years ago. I thought it was great because you only had a period once every 3 months. Wow, what could be better? As soon as I started taking it, I noticed a massive increase in my sensitivity level. Meaning, I felt constantly on edge. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Add PMS to an already hormonal situation, and you have a walking lunatic. It was one day, while I was fighting with my DBF Michael, that I realized this stuff was making me nuts. That, and the fact that he looked me straight in the eyes and called me mental. I had to stop and think about the fight itself, (or should I say analyze the hell out of it) before realizing that I really did sound wacko. The things I thought about and the way I felt was exaggerated by a thousand. Events that wouldn't effect most people, threw me over the edge. We sat down and talked about us. It seems that after careful calculations, we concluded that we fought the same time every month. I decided to go off the pill to see if it really was the medication or if I needed my head examined. I was relieved to find, after going off birth control, I was actually a normal (well, as normal as Im gonna get) person. No more living on the edge, no more walking on egg shells, no more fights about stupid things (well, not as many and definitely not as big), and no more feeling miserable all the time. I was a very unhappy person. Now, I feel like I have my life and sanity back. My world is a much nicer place to be, and my DBF Michael, well, he's a lot happier too. So women, before you file for divorce or leave your husband because you just cant deal with him anymore, stop and take a look at yourself. Is there anything that you are doing to amplify the situation? True, birth control is a very easy solution to the pregnancy dilemma, but is it worth it? If you're not on the pill and are fighting with the man in your life on a regular basis, then, it probably is his fault (smile).

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5 comments:

Darla said...

Wonderful post, Lori--that's why I use non-medicinal birth control myself. It's startling, and not a little scary, how much a little pill can affect my whole personality.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Not all birth controls are created equally, though. Or, in this case, not all birth controls cause psychosis.

It's not fair to lump them all together.

Lori said...

You're right Susan, what I meant to say was birthcontrol pills. I am an expert on those because Ive been on more than one and they all modified my behavior. Seasonale was just worse than most.

crazy working mom said...

Hmmm, so it's not that I'm crazy, it's these damn pills. I'd never thought about it, but you may be on to something!!!

ScrapNBear said...

Would have to agree with you on this one. I know I had my fair share of issues when on the pill. Getting the dosage right was a real pain. Not one to take pills anyway. So was thrilled to toss mine out the window.