I'm pretty sure that I can speak on behalf of many girls by saying that the pill is an absolute bloody nightmare. After first being prescribed it to help with acne and heavy periods when I was just 15, I continued to use it for 6 years trying different variations which consisted of a lot of trial and error. Some pills made me gain weight while others just drove me into being a complete mental mess. Because of this, I decided to come off the pill altogether and I can hand on heart say it is probably one of the best things I have done for my health for various reasons. 

Increase In Energy
There's no denying that I have always been lazy, however I think there is a difference between being lazy and physically not being able to wake up properly until 2pm and then needing a nap about 2 hours later. This is something I suffered with for a long time and had been to the doctors several times about, only to be told it could be down to a range of different factors. I have now been off the pill for about 2 months and one of the main differences I have noticed is that my energy levels have increased massively! My body now wakes up naturally at the latest 9am and I can go a full day without napping. This change in energy has led me to have higher productivity and motivation levels which have helped me change into a generally happier person! I have suffered with low moods and severe lack of motivation for many years, however only until I came off the pill was I able to look back and realise that my low state of mind correlated to when I first ever started the pill. It's no secret that the pill can affect your mental health, however I think women need to be advised more by healthcare professionals on just how much of an impact it can have as a side effect. 

Losing Weight
About a month into coming off the pill I noticeably saw a change in my weight. Hallelujah, finally! I found myself waking up in the morning with a flat tummy and maintaining that throughout the day with minimal bloating (and this is coming from a girl who usually looks pregnant with twins after a few slices of toast.) Not only did I notice a change in my weight but so did my boyfriend and housemates who pointed it out to me without me mentioning anything about it! 

PMS
Coming off the pill hasn't been all good though. During my last period I experienced extreme PMS - something I never really went through while on the pill (probably because it just made me feel like shit constantly anyway...) All of a sudden I found myself wanting to cry at absolutely nothing, saw my moods change from 0 to 100 and just couldn't stop eating everything in sight (I also developed a huge craving for hot and sour and wonton soup from the Chinese which led me to having this for my dinner 4 nights in a row... I wish I was joking...). I guess that now I'm off the pill my PMS will return, but oh well, I guess we can't have it all!

If you are thinking of coming off the pill however, you should talk to your doctor beforehand about alternative forms of contraception. 

Has anyone else experienced changes after coming off the pill?