3. I Noticed My Body Regulated Itself

I am lucky that my cycle regulated when I quit the pill. I had been on birth control for about 15 years after my crazy cycle prompted the doctor to prescribe it in my teen years. The IUD (intra-uterine device) did not work well for me, and, being the crunchy hippie that I am, I didn't like the idea of using synthetic hormones for so long and not ovulating for real. I also wanted my body to right itself before deciding to have kids.

So, in using this method, I have empowered myself by taking control of my fertility (it feels like a subtle feminist way to fight birth control) and realized that I felt so much better. No more tender breasts throughout the month (just for a week now) and no more constant bloating or dizziness. I feel awesome! For some, this may not happen, and a regular cycle may not occur. But it may also highlight other health issues that wouldn't have been discovered had the pills/patches/IUD been continued. I see that as a plus.

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