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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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!

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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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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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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”

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Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

The season of holiday parties, special family dinners, and Friends-Giving is here! It’s my favorite time of the year because of the extra time I get to spend with my friends and family, the curled up cozy nights with my man, and the beautiful holiday decorations, colors, and smells. The whole atmosphere of the holidays is magical.

I love picking out gifts for my family, friends, and coworkers. It’s fun to try and match up the perfect gift with their personality, an inside joke, or whatever it is that will make them smile. Sometimes finding those gifts is hard because the stack of way too strong fragrances just doesn’t feel right. Heck, maybe it does, especially when you’re stuck or in a time crunch, but it usually doesn’t work for me. Continue reading “Handmade Holiday Gift Guide”

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4 Reasons You Should Give Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season

4 Reasons You Should Give Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season

I hope you’re recovering from your sugar rush (or maybe from something a little stronger than sugar ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) from Halloween because IT’S NOVEMBER, which meansย IT’S THE HOLIDAYS! This is my favorite time of the year by far.

About a week before Halloween through New Year’s Day is filled with friends, family, food, magic, love, and so many moments of happiness. It’s truly magical. I love spending time with everyone, and I especially love giving gifts. Finding the perfect gift takes time and careful thought, and I love watching people unwrap their gifts. Continue reading “4 Reasons You Should Give Handmade Gifts This Holiday Season”

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Crochet Hugs Booties – Darn Good Yarn Box

Crochet Hugs Booties – Darn Good Yarn Box

Last month’s Darn Good Yarn box came, and I was excited to find out what June’s pattern would be. I had only experienced one box so far, which made the cutestย hanging planters, so I knew it wouldn’t be something boring.

When my box came, I opened it and found beautiful blueish green yarn and…butterflies? I was so confused! It turns out they were magnets and were June’s surprise gift. I was pretty excited about that because now I get to find places to put them in our apartment!

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American Flag Themed Egg Collecting Apron

American Flag Themed Egg Collecting Apron

I am so excited to share my latest egg collecting apron with everyone! The inspiration for this apron came from a post my friend, Made by Molly, tagged me in on Facebook of a red, white, and blue beach bag. With it being Independence Day, I knew I had to find a way to make a patriotic version of an apron. And you know what…the apron pattern is PERFECT for an American flag!

I giggled with excitement every time I worked on it. All 15+ hours. Continue reading “American Flag Themed Egg Collecting Apron”

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Five Crochet Patterns for Beginners

Five Crochet Patterns for Beginners

As a crochet beginner, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of crochet patterns out there.ย THERE ARE SO MANY.ย Luckily we can narrow it down by what we actually know how to do, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ But even then, let’s say you’ve master single and double crochets, and now you want to try out a pattern with one or both of those stitches. There are still so many to choose from!

I’ve been crocheting since about 2012. My first project was an infinity scarf, and my mom didn’t give me a pattern. I just double crocheted around and around. Pretty easy, but after that I was hungry for more!

The patterns below are some of my favorite crochet patterns for beginners, and the instructions are so easy to follow! That was a huge thing for me. If the pattern wasn’t easy to read, I was moving on. All About Ami is one of my favorites, so I would highly suggest taking a peek around her site for some inspiration! Continue reading “Five Crochet Patterns for Beginners”

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