4 Things That Happened When I Stopped Taking Birth Control Pills

4 Things That Happened When I Stopped Taking Birth Control Pills

Over the last several years I’ve read articles and blog posts here and there about women stopping their birth control. Everyone has their reasons – mood changes, weight gain, lowered sex drive, or just wanting to have a baby – women have different reasons for wanting to stop their birth control pills.

For me, it was a combination of things. To start, I wanted to see how my body would react without messing with its hormones. I’ve been trying to find ways to let my body do what it’s naturally supposed to do by using better products and fueling myself with good food (haha – still working on that). So, why not take that into consideration with something I put into my body everyday? I talked to my gynecologist, and she was all for it! I didn’t start my pill for any reason other than to prevent pregnancy, so I wasn’t worried about any side affects of stopping the pill and neither was she!

Another huge reason – sex drive. This lady needed some extra mmph. Over the last six years I could slowly feel things changing, and I really started to realize it in the last year or so. That alone was reason enough for me to kick that little round pill to the curb.

For years I was on Levora, which was an estrogen + progesterone combo pill. I’ve been on other before that, but that is what I was taking for a few years.

So what happened when I stopped my birth control?*

*Everyone is different. This is my personal experience, and you should consult your doctor or gynecologist before making any decisions about your health.

So, the first month was pretty normal leading up to my period. I didn’t have any noticeable mood swings, which I was happy about. I was worried how that would change.

My period started right on time (I’ve been using the Period Tracker app since high school!) I had slightly sharper cramps and my lower back pain was a little more intense than usual too. My period was about 1 – 1.5 days shorter than usual, but other than these minor things, everything seemed normal. After my first full cycle with the pill is when I started to really experience a difference.

My Period Was Late

OKAY YA’LL. This is where shit gets crazy for me.

Ok – maybe that’s dramatic, but you’ll see.

My period was 5.days.late. In six years I’ve never been late more than like 48 hours tops. I was internally freaking out for three days. You should have seen my Google search history. 😂 Turns out it’s normal for your period to get all wacky after stopping birth control pills.

Damn. I wish my gynecologist would have given me a sign with flashing lights about that one.

PMS and Cramping Came in at Full Force

When my period finally did come, it was a dramatic asshole about it. I was at work already feeling anxious AF about my period. It was during a time where the flu was going around, and when I started to feel sick I thought that I was catching the flu. My stomach was icky, my whole back was achy. I had minor body chills, and I had a horrible headache. When I let my manager know that I was going home, I almost cried. That’s always my key indicator that I’m sick – tears. So, I went home. Wanna know what happened two hours later? MY PERIOD CAME. What a little bitch huh? I felt so much better after that, and the rest of my period was relatively crappy cramps. But that was it.

I Started to Learn More About My Body

Ever since I stopped my birth control pill, I started using an app called Natural Cycles to track my cycles. It’s a really cool app that uses science to predict fertility. I’m already starting to see patterns in my cycle, and it hasn’t even been three full months! Stay tuned for a full review of the app this year!

3 month graph of natural cycles data
This is what the first ~3 months of using Natural Cycles looks like for me.

Anyways – I’ve used the app to help get an idea of when my period will start each month, and I’m gearing up mentally for my next one next week. 😂 But also knowing it could come any day since my body is trying to learn it’s new schedule.

It’s been really interesting so far to learn more about what my body’s doing inside there, and while the app doesn’t offer as many features to track as the Period App, I find the science behind it so interesting.

My Sex Drive Started to Come Back

THANK.DA.LAWD. No further explanation needed. 🙃

I know when I started researching how stopping my birth control would affect me, I wanted to read from both reliable medical sources and real women. I’m still very early into this, and I realize that things may change again. But I do feel like my body is starting to get back to normal. And I hope that I continue to feel that way! Like I mentioned before, please talk to your doctor or gynecologist if you’re interested in changing your birth control options. This is purely my personal experience, and I would never want to tell you what to do with your body. I just want to give you some insight on what happened to me, a real woman.

One thing I do want you to talk to me about is Natural Cycles! Have you ever heard of it? Do you use it? I want to hear what you think! I’m waiting until later this year to do full review on the app and my experience, but I want to hear what you think if you’re using the app or if you have any questions of what I think so far!

9 Instagram Accounts to Get Your Crojo Back

9 Instagram Accounts to Get Your Crojo Back

Have you ever lost your crochet mojo? Your crojo comes and goes, and it’s frustrating when it goes! It’s something we love to do – creating something from nothing with our hands. It can be hard to get back into your groove, and everyone has their own ways of doing that. One of my favorites is to scroll through the ‘gram. Instagram is full of inspiration.

Whether you’re looking for a new pattern, a different type of yarn or fiber to play with, or a completely new project, you’ll find something that sparks that little crojo inside of you. I’ll betcha you will.

My Instagram feed is always filled with really great content, but there’s a few accounts that I always know will get my heart beating fast. Check ’em out.

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My Favorite High Intensity Workouts

My Favorite High Intensity Workouts

I love a good workout, and sometimes I need something intense to make me feel refreshed and like I accomplished something. Over the last four years I’ve tried a lot of different workout routines over the years, and I have a few go-to high intensity workouts that I just love!

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Working Remote from the Hyatt Regency Chicago

Working Remote from the Hyatt Regency Chicago

In August I tweeted in all caps about The Scene Aesthetic going on tour. This was their first tour in SO LONG! The Scene Aesthetic was one of those bands in high school that I loved. So when I saw their tweet about going on tour, I knew I needed to go.

Their closest show was in Chicago (3+ hours away). On a Monday. 😫 My friend Emily and I decided we couldn’t miss the show, and so we decided that we were going to hang out in Chicago for a few days. We’re both really lucky to have jobs with flexible work schedules and the ability to work wherever we want or need to.

Fast forward to November, and we’re taking the train into the city! I was able to score an awesome deal on our hotel through work (woo!), so we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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How to Balance Holiday Orders with Other Committments

How to Balance Holiday Orders with Other Committments

It’s 11:47 PM, and there’s yarn everywhere. The couch is covered in different colored skeins, a few strands hang off the cushions and lead to balls on the other side of the room, and there’s scraps all over the coffee table. I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend that deals with the craziness. I’ve pretty much taken over our living room with my crochet projects. Thankfully he has his own space in our second bedroom, but I still feel bad for the takeover! But that’s how my holiday season looks! Chaotic and messy.

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More Comfortable and Affordable Periods – The Diva Cup Review

More Comfortable and Affordable Periods – The Diva Cup Review

A few years ago my best friend, Shannon, told me about a tampon alternative called a Diva Cup. She explained that it was a reusable cup that you empty, clean, and use throughout your period. To be completely honest I was like, ‘Uh no thank you byyyyeee.‘ The thought of getting all up into my cooter and then dealing with the contents of the cup grossed me out. But the thought of having a reusable, cheap option kind of hung out in the back of my mind.

And then I feel like I didn’t hear a whole lot about them until the last couple of months or so. Back in March one of my favorite Instagram ladies shared a post about her Lunette Cup – another menstrual cup option on the market. I trust Jera, and I can get behind anything she trusts too. Not that I don’t trust Shannon! Oh I trust Shannon with my life, but Jera served more as a reminder that these cups were out there.

So I started to do some research – mostly on Instagram – to figure out some more information. Diva Cup and Lunette Cup’s websites have a ton of information, but I love hearing from real women using these products. I decided I was going to give it a try, and I texted Shannon full of excitement when I bought my Diva Cup! Continue reading “More Comfortable and Affordable Periods – The Diva Cup Review”

Quick Corner to Corner Baby Blanket

Quick Corner to Corner Baby Blanket

I’ve been crocheting for at least eight years, and for most of that time I stuck with standard stitches and techniques. Not really for any reason, but just because it was what I knew. I would venture into fun patterns that were a little more complicated, and then in the last year I hopped into egg collecting aprons, which were a whole other level (to me).

Last summer, Repeat Crafter Me, posted the photo below, and I thought, “HOW SQUISHY DOES THAT LOOK?!” (the answer is very squishy)

I had to know what ‘C2C’ was, so I did a little research. It seemed like this magical crochet technique. How had I never heard of it!? Maybe I didn’t pay close attention to what I was looking at I guess. But anyways. Last summer and through the holidays I was slammed with egg apron orders and craft fair preparation, so I never played around with a pattern.

Once the new year rolled around I had a ton of free time (at least in the Just Peachy world!), so I learned the corner to corner crochet technique, and I AM OBSESSED. So obsessed. Continue reading “Quick Corner to Corner Baby Blanket”

How to Conduct a Digital Detox

How to Conduct a Digital Detox

Cleaning out your closets, emptying your cupboards, and tossin’ out half of your stash of whatever you collect is super detoxifying and freeing. Hell, maybe you made a few bucks off of it too. Guess what – there’s so much more you can do to de-clutter your life. We spend so much of our time on our phones, in front of computer screens, and watching Netflix. There’s gotta be some digital clutter to get rid of – I promise you there is. I started cleaning out the extra digital pieces of my life, and honestly just instantly felt better. There are things that I didn’t even know made me feel anxious until I started getting rid of them. Continue reading “How to Conduct a Digital Detox”

5 Work from Home Tips When You Are First Starting Your New Schedule

5 Work from Home Tips When You Are First Starting Your New Schedule

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you could just skip the shower, forgo the makeup, and go to work in your PJ’s? I sure do. The good news is that I get to do that twice a week! 😉

I’m super lucky in that I work for a company that lets us work from home twice a week after two years. I am coming up on my third year at E-Power Marketing, and I’ve been working from home for a year. It’s definitely been a great change of pace that’s made so many days less stressful and more relaxed. Of course there’s been some challenges, but that’s to be expected, ya? When I first started my work from home schedule, I reached out to my coworkers that work from home part time and the ones who work from home full time for some advice. They were super helpful and it made my little transition even easier! I love working from home, and when I first started I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be as productive or my relationships with my coworkers would suffer, but they didn’t and I was still productive – if not more productive compared to when I’m in the office. Continue reading “5 Work from Home Tips When You Are First Starting Your New Schedule”

An Updated Polar A360 Fitness Watch Review

An Updated Polar A360 Fitness Watch Review

Nearly two years ago I decided to buy a new fitness watch. When I started going to the gym regularly I had a Polar FT4, which required a heart strap to measure your heart rate, but I wanted more. I wanted easier. I wanted cuter.

So, after some research I decided on the Polar A360. I wrote a first impression review in 2016, but I wrote it only after having the watch for two months. Now that it’s been almost two years, and I still love my watch, I wanted to give an update.

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