I’m not as jacked as I was last December. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s when the photo on the left was taken. I was on a 6-day bodybuilding program, eating around 2200 calories. My nutrition + training were super consistent. My weight never fluctuated far from 132/133lbs, I rarely got a pimple + no period at all since I was on hormonal birth control. WIN….right?
Not quite my friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I was experiencing some pretty wild mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, low libido, and I was starting to question if this tiny pill I was taking daily reallllly was a good choice for me. Not having a period for 10 years sounds awesome, but the truth is, your period is like your monthly report card for good health. A pill bleed isn’t even a real period…so for 10 years I was pretty much in the dark with my hormonal health…so I quit the pill.
The months to follow seemed easy enough at first. The first 3 months off, I had no adverse affects. I felt great actually, it was like a cloud was lifted and my mindset improved so much. My period came back the first month off and I thought I was good to go.
But at about 4-6 months post pill, shit got cray. Acne came in full force (which is normal due to sebum levels and testosterone kicking back in), my weight starting fluctuating like CRAZY, I wasn’t interested in training and my cycles were irregular. This actually has a name though, and it’s called Post-Birth Control Syndrome.
These days things are leveling out again. I’m almost a year free of hormonal birth control, no unwanted pregnancy, skin is slowly but surely clearing up, and I can finally say my physical, mental, emotional AND hormonal health is where it should be.
If I knew there was another way when my doctor told me about the pill at 15 years old, I would have never went on it and that’s why I share what I do, because I want YOU to know there are natural forms of birth control and that your period doesn’t have to suck. I may not be as jacked as I used to be, but prioritizing my health during the last 10 months is something I wouldn’t trade for the world.💛
Questions? Comment below. I’d be happy to answer! #evolveyourperspective