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My Story: What Birth Control Did To Me Within 48 Hours & Why It’s Dangerous

This is a story I have told friends for years as I’ve warned them to get off of birth control or not even start in the first place. I have read too many cases where women haven’t even been able to have a period after being on birth control, and I really would like to speak out about what happened to me so that hopefully I can help another woman!

It was my freshman year of college and my doctor wouldn’t stop pushing me to get on the pill. He knew I had a boyfriend, and also knew I had great potential for a rewarding career and life path that did not include a child in my teens or early twenties.  I’m with ya doc– I don’t need a mini organic olivia running around eating up all my protein pancakes (although one day it would be nice) so after months of him haggling me I agreed.

I went to my gyno and talked about my options. This is the same gyno that for years would not listen to me when I told her I had extreme pain during sexual intercourse. She told me it was probably all in my head. It later turned out I had systemic candida and needed to cut refined sugar, gluten, and pasteurized dairy out of my life completely in order to finally feel normal again! Candida is a concept shunned by American doctors and widely accepted by other forms of traditional medicine. Research from Rice University shows that 70% of all people are affected by candida, a systemic fungal infection. And sure enough,  when I was having serious problems with my liver along with a host of other disorders (the same year I was prescribed birth control), I went to a little herbal store by my house. Before I could even tell the herbalist what I was there for he looked at my tongue and said “Oh my, LOTS of candida, parasites, and infection in you! Cut the sugar and take this!

Here’s what he handed me:

Flor-Essence is an herbal detox for the entire body. It has treated cancer in hundred of people. If you’d like to see testimonies, just look at the Amazon reviews. It is also known as “Essaic Tea” but the brand Flor-Essence specifically has other herbs added to the classic essaic formula. The Yeast Cleanse tablets, parasite cleansing, a healthy sugar/gluten free diet, and the Flor-Essence tea took care of most of my Candida symptoms after many long, grueling months. No Western doctor has ever done that for me– gone to the root and treated my body/organs.

Anyway – getting back to my gyno visit and birth control prescription, which was was before I knew anything about the world of candida and cleansing. The gynecologist assured me that I would be on the lowest estrogen birth control out there, and that there are “no side effects” associated with birth control. This is back when I trusted Western medicine and pharmaceuticals blindly, so I agreed and thought nothing of it.

After the first 24 hours, I probably should have been on suicide watch. This is no exaggeration. I was at my house with my best friend and boyfriend, and when Nick had to leave to simply go home for the night I burst into tears and rage. Who does that? I talked to his mom about it the next day and she said that when she went on birth control she had to call a psychologist for the first time in her life (and she is someone that does not believe in psychology or therapy whatsoever). I was so depressed and didn’t know what to do. I felt like it was never going to end.

Fast forward another 24 hours: I’m sitting in my living room with my best friend watching TV when I notice my knee feels like it has a throbbing bruise under the cap. I looked down and sure enough, I did. I kept wondering when I banged my knee and why a bruise would hurt so much, but I figured I was just clumsy as usual. An hour later, I had a bruise under the opposite knee cap as well. Out of nowhere.

By 6pm, this is what my legs looked like:

My legs were hot, swollen, throbbing, and had red nodes all over them. (This is just the beginning – I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures at the hospital).

My friend immediately drove me to my doctor. I was googling like a mad-woman on the way. Listen when I tell you – you can find more accurate information and advice on internet forums from real people who have been through what you are going through than any textbook will ever tell you. The internet is your biggest learning tool and opens you up to the billions of humans on this planet that have something to say. Learn from them.

After some research, I discovered that antibiotics and birth control can cause a condition called Erythema Nodosum (EN). Erythema Nodosum is a type of skin inflammation that is located in a certain portion of the fatty layer of skin. It results in reddish, painful, tender lumps most commonly located in the front of the legs below the knees. I decided that’s what this was. As soon as my doctor walked into the office, I told him that I figured out it was EN and he said, “You’re correct! Why aren’t you in med school again?!” Instead of explaining to him that I’d rather be banished to Antarctica I just yelled “Do something!” in pain.

I told him that my research showed Erythema Nodosum can be a side effect of oral contraceptives. To this statement, of course he replied, “No way!” …… Sorry, doc. I told him to hop on Web MD and he did, right in front of me, because there was a computer in the room. A couple “hmm”s later and he apologized – birth control indeed can cause this severe inflammatory reaction. I checked more forums and it turns out this happens to thousands of women each year. Sometimes, it doesn’t go away.

Why did this happen?
But why? Why would this be a reaction to BC? If my quest through alternative and natural medicine has taught me anything, it is this: all “disease” and ailments are a result of an imbalance in the body. When an inflammatory reaction appears, or a sickness comes on, it is because the body is being impaired from performing its healing. All the body wants to do is heal, but you must give it the tools to do so (food, minerals, vitamins, pure water, clean air, positive emotions, etc). When you think about it this way, you realize that “supplements” like omega 3’s or vitamin C don’t have their own set of “benefits” and don’t perform any magic on the body… they simply give the body the tools or nutrients it was lacking in order to do its healing work. We are not meant to be sick. We are, in fact, very developed beings that can heal, replenish, and rejuvenate any part of ourselves if we live the right way.

Although I have not found exactly what imbalance the birth control caused, I know from my body’s intense inflammatory reaction that this pill was being rejected and acting as a toxin. My body is sensitive and always shows me when it does not like something. I take that as a blessing most days.

I spoke to one woman who has had chronic erythema nodosum for 12 years. She finally figured out that its root cause was leaky gut syndrome“Leaky gut” is a condition where the intestinal lining of your stomach becomes permeable through tearing, holes, and wearing away of lining in general. This allows undigested food particles, pathogens (such as candida, parasites, bacteria, viruses), chemicals, and everything else you eat, breathe and drink to enter your blood stream.

Skin rashes are your body’s way of trying to dump the toxins let into your body because of leaky intestines. Leaky gut is often caused by GMOs, antibiotics (our overuse in modern medicine AND the antibiotics given to animals), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – think Motrin & Advil.

Leaky gut can also be caused by yeast. A multi-celled fungus like candida can grow tentacles to grab onto the intestinal lining and make its own holes. At this time, I was still suffering from candida severely.

Let’s make some connections:
Antibiotics can often cause an overgrowth of candida, and candida can cause leaky gut. Interestingly enough, birth control can cause candida as well. And as I said before, birth control and antibiotics are the two main causes of Erythema Nodosum. Therefore, I hypothesize that Erythema Nodosum can be a result of leaky gut and an overload of toxins (many of which are produced by candida) entering the blood stream via permeable intestines.

It’s obvious by now that both antibiotics and birth control create a severe imbalance in the body and make it a breeding ground for fungus/inflammation. Birth control pills actually alter or destroy the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, making you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, lowered immunity and infection.

The standard birth control pills contain two synthetic hormones, estrogen and progestin. The estrogen in birth control pills sometimes comes from horse urine, know as Premarin. Once you take these synthetic hormones, you will no longer experience normal fertility cycles that correspond with the moon as we should. We cannot forget that we are connected to laws of the universe.

The synthetic hormones override the normal hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian hormonal axis. This is simply not natural. I’ve read hundreds of stories from women who now suffer infertility, cancer, and blood clots thanks to the pill. On top of that, there have been no studies to secure the safety of birth control pill usage over time.

Cancer

The U.N.’s Cancer Research Agency re-classified hormonal contraceptives as carcinogenic to humans in 2005. Synthetic estrogen has been linked to cancer, as have other synthetic hormones. Dr. Samuel Epstein, world leader in cancer research has warned that the pill is “the largest unregulated human trial that’s ever been conducted.” In ‘The Breast Cancer Prevention Program,’ Epstein says, “more than 20 well-controlled studies have demonstrated the clear risk of premenopausal breast cancer with the use of oral contraceptives. These estimates indicate that a young woman who uses oral contraceptives has up to ten times the risk for developing breast cancer as does a non-user, particularly if she uses the Pill during her teens or early twenties; if she uses the Pill for two years or more; if she uses the Pill before her first full-term pregnancy; if she has a family history of breast cancer.”

Nutritional Deficiencies
It turns out that the pill makes you deficient in MANY vitamins and minerals, not just B6.

  • Magnesium: needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and the health of all muscular and cardiovascular systems.
  • Zinc: wound healing, growth, and immunity
  • Vitamin B6: digestion, fat and protein absorption
  • Vitamin B12: replication of genes, red blood cells
  • Folic Acid: appetite control, body growth and reproduction
  • Vitamin C: collagen production, healing, antioxidant, immunity

To make a very LONG story, short:
The Pill is not the answer. It is not an investment in your health, although it may seem like an investment in your life since it will prevent you from having a child before you’re ready. Do not think that the pill is your only option. It creates serious nutritional deficiencies, makes a breeding ground for candida because it depletes all good bacteria, and has insane side effects. You do not need a toxin in your system just to prevent pregnancy. Your body needs to be functioning in its natural cycle with its own hormones.

EDIT: Since writing this post, I’ve been using a small German computer that logs my temperature each morning and tells me exactly where I am in my cycle. By flashing a green or red light each morning, this device tells me that either a) I can have unprotected sex and not get pregnant, guaranteed; or b) I have to use a condom because it’s a fertile day.

You can read the full post and review on the device here. I have been using it for 8 months now and absolutely love the freedom and control it gives my boyfriend and I.

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52 Comments

  1. Laura says:

    Wow!! I'm so with you about not using BC. I was on nuvaring for 2-3 years and nothing happened, but since I've been weening myself off of chemicals and other harmful products out there, nuvaring was time to go. I now use the diaphragm, which has no side effects and I use a natural spermicide gel called Contragel. I had to buy it outside of the US of course because this country only has

    • Olivia A. says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! So glad you are off nuvaring!! I heard the diaphragm is excellent. And I LOVE that you know about non-9. You are so ahead of the game!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Incredibly interesting! Loving all your post Livs. -mashi xoxo

  3. Melissa says:

    I was debating with myself whether or not I should start using BC. I never used it in the past because I thought it was no unnatural. I'm now 23 and I've been breaking out like crazy lately and a lot of people suggested I go on BC to clear my problem. Your post finally helped me make my decision. Breast Cancer does run in my family, and I'd rather take my risk and have a child than

    • Olivia A. says:

      WOW, the fact that I made an impact in your decision is amazing. Thank you so much for your comment Melissa!! Makes me feel great to know you won't be going through the craziness of birth control. I just made a post about acne and breakouts too! xoxo

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  5. Rachel Hengalova says:

    My mum is a western medicine doctor and she is strictly against hormonal birth control. She has always taught me how to count my fertile days and about the danger of BC pills….but I did not listen and went for pills. I have been using them for two years in a row and I hate it! My hormonal acne got worse, I am always full of water and my moods…!!! So I told myself STOP. I discussed it a lot

    • Olivia A. says:

      Your mom is AWESOME!!! So sorry my reply is so late. I love that she does not promote the pill. Check out dherbs.com, they also have an herbal birth control! Not sure how effective though, it might be the same as the neem situation. Thank you for this wonderful comment!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Olivia,<br /><br />Just recently found your blog because of the delicious recipes you post, and so glad I saw this one, too! I was on and off some form of BCP or nuvaring for about 8 years, and a year ago went of the BCP because I wanted to cleanse my system of the unnecessary hormones. Over the past year I&#39;ve experienced lots of weird, seemingly unrelated side-effects, such as trouble

    • Olivia A. says:

      Thank you so much for this comment, and so sorry my reply is late! I&#39;m not sure about withdrawal but I am also sensitive to caffeine and sugar. I believe it&#39;s a problem with gut bacteria. The pill really messes up your natural flora. Try starting on an excellent probiotic such as Dr. Ohhira&#39;s!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    This post certainly has me thinking that I&#39;d like to take myself off the pill, and the information on the yeast problem is extremely helpful! I&#39;ve been having problems with it for years and haven&#39;t been able to figure out how to rid myself of it. You&#39;ve given me a lot to research on and thank you for helping people get a head start!

    • Olivia A. says:

      Thank you so much for this comment, and so sorry my reply is late! I would recommend seeing an alternative medicine doctor to get you off and heal your body from the pill. Best wishes!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    What if you have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome and you only get you period when on the pill? I really dont want to be on birth control anymore but it is what makes me get my period. Do you have any research or recommendations for this? Thanks!

    • Olivia A. says:

      I would recommend seeing an alternative medicine practitioner or a naturopath to get your cycle settled. Eat sweet potato in the morning to nourish your kidney meridian and reproductive system. Ovarian cysts are caused by parasites, in fact they are parasites! Check out my parasite cleanse post.

      • Frances says:

        I am so beyond glad I found this article. I was on birth control for about 9 months, up until December I had absolutely no issues. I think my moods got a bit crazy, made my depression worse. but health wise I was ok, then in December after countless doctor visits and tests I found out I had gallstones given to me by birthcontrol. mind you I am a 19 year old vegan. so I’m so glad I have this new info to make more informed decisions.

  10. SO GLAD I found your blog! <br />I was always against the pill type of birth control. And I felt like no one understood me because I would say, &quot;it is NOT natural for your body to just shut out its natural cycle,&quot; and people just thought I was a weirdo. Thank you for this post! I love all your info so so so so much!!! I really appreciate all your research and hard work to make our lives

  11. Anonymous says:

    I had the same symptoms about the outburst and crying…I knew it wasn&#39;t me and I immediately went off the birth control pills. A boyfriend at the time had only wanted to get off the phone and I went into uncontrollable tears. (lol) Once I spoke to my doctor about it she responded that there was no way my body could react that way. She said I had to be on the pill for at least a month to see

  12. Colette says:

    Great post thanks I an suffering hypothyroidism symptoms and I think the 5 years I was on bc from age 16 has done me damage. Although I have my daughter now I have mega issues and im trying my best to treat thyroid issues naturally

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for all this wonderful information. Unfortunately I have been on birth control for the past 8 years straight with maybe 1 year total (split between the years) off of them. I have suffered from acne since I can remember, but only around the time of my period. I recently saw my dermatologist who told me the acne I have now is caused by my hormones. I am now 23 years and ready to be done

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi olivia, i would really love to know more about the systemic candida. I came across your article and didn&#39;t come to think that id be led to something that may be very helpful for me! Now im worried that this is something that my body has been dealing with for the past 6+ months. 🙁 i hope i have not waited to long. Ive been to my gyno and was told it was a yeast infection..took medicine and

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Olivia!<br /><br />Thanks for your very informative blog, I had no idea how harmful birth control is. Quick question: in your blog you had mentioned that you went to see a Chinese Herbalist, where exactly is the herbalist located? I also live in Yonkers and am desperate to find natural treatment or possibly a cure for my geographic tongue. It is a condition that affects about 3% of the

  16. Anonymous says:

    Have you been using neem since?

  17. Alysia Vald says:

    Hi, Olivia! I recently just got off the pill because of you and many other instagram accounts I follow who are against Western medicine and pharmaceuticals. So a HUGE thank you! But, my question is, what do you personally think is the best way to prevent pregnancy? What is your alternative?

  18. Thank you for this post. I always have people tell me to get on BC so I won&#39;t get pregnant and I ALWAYS reply with, &quot;no I just want a natural flow that won&#39;t stop anything up and won&#39;t mess up my hormones and bodily functions.&quot; I think it&#39;s actually quite a selfish move for people to take this, I understand if people need it for health reasons as in their period is

  19. Olivia, I&#39;m so glad I found this. I was considering going back on the pill. When I was on it I had zero sex drive and would get ovarian cyst frequently. I also noticed a lot of my friends who said they&#39;ve gotten some type of STD are all on the pill. I know many are caused by your body not having the proper vaginal bacteria. Which makes sense, when I read the side effects you listed. After

  20. mariacooch says:

    Hi Olivia, I just wanted to let you know that this post (and the Daysy post) made me decide to quit birth control. I had finished my last pack and refilled it but never picked it up from the pharmacy. I&#39;ve only been off of it for about two weeks and already feel great. A lot of the side effects you post on here happened to me and I never really correlated them to the pill but now it makes

  21. Ariana G says:

    HI Olivia! I have recently been diagnosed with erythema nodosum which they believe is due to my birth control as well! I have stopped taking the pill but i was wondering how you treated how case? Any advice would be really appreciated. Thank you 🙂

  22. Milan says:

    Excellent post! I was on birth control, the patch, for about 1.5 years when I was 22. I had no issues and no side effects. I wasn&#39;t on any form of birth control again until this past August. I was in a monogamous and committed relationship and knew I had to figure out something. I went for my annual exam and discussed my preventative options. I was told my options were condoms, diaphrams, the

  23. marisol says:

    Olivia,
    I was so skeptical about the usage of BC but everyone kept telling me it is safe and okay to use, including friends. But somehow, I felt something that I knew wasn’t right. I knew I had to find something. I kept seeing a doctor within the last 5 months (which btw I changed 4 times due to the lack of knowledge, so I felt) because my period is extremely bad! I cramp two weeks in advance up until the first couple days of my perriod. Anyway, last week I was prescribe with BC due to the fact the period was so long and I couldn’t stop cramping. However, my doctor had recommended me to take 3 days after I stopped my period. Then I came across your post, which was really random! I’m so happy I used the net for my own knowledge, really.I’m glad I didn’t end up using any of it. However, I was wondering of what else I can use to stop these horrible cramps and long periods(10-12 days). Please help me! And also what is an alternative BC that I can use instead of the pill, if I’m being sexually active?
    Thank you for all you’ve done help others!!

  24. Devon says:

    I am so glad you did a post on this. People say I am crazy for not taking birth control anymore, but I currently stopped taking it 10 months ago and still have not had my period…

  25. Natassia says:

    I’ve been off the Implanon for 2 years after having been on some form of chemical bc since I was 17. I’ve never had a consistent cycle length until now, as my herbs have kept me like clockwork. I also sleep better, I don’t get phantom headaches, and I don’t need to get as much cardio to stay in my preferred weight range. I’d also like to add that we do not intend to have children and through some choice herbs at the right times and tracking my ovulation, I have no worries that I can indeed control my fertility without chemicals for the rest of my “childbearing years”. Thank you for this article. We are taught to go on birth control, but no one ever teaches you that there are other options. It’s crazy.

  26. claudia says:

    Olivia,
    I’m not on birth control, in fact I’m trying to get pregnant. But I’m very afraid. I have one child and I had a horrible pregnancy with a condition called hyperemesis, which is basically severe morning sickness and vomiting, day and night, the entire 9/10 months. I kept dehydrating and felt horrible. I was prescribed Zofran, anti nauseating medicine. It kept me from vomiting but I hated the idea of taking medication the entire pregnancy. Luckily my daughter is fine, but I was so naive back then. I took the med out of desperation and trust in drs. I don’t want to do that this time. I’m wondering if you know of any natural things I can do to avoid this. I did try ginger, sea bands, etc but no way did any of that work. They don’t know the cause of my condition but I know my body is not responding well to the hormones of the pregnancy. Both my mother and sister went thru the same thing during their pregnancy. Do you have any references you can refer me to? Thank you Olivia. I love your blog and posts on IG.
    Claudia

  27. Sierra L. says:

    I am SO thankful for your posts and now videos! I initially began following your page because of the recipes you would post and later became more interested in your blog. For the past two years I have been waking up every night between 1 am and 4 am with discomfort in my back/side. I’ve had multiple kidney infections and just assumed it was my kidneys. I refuse to go to another doctor who will just perscribe another antibiotic and send me on my way, so I’ve just dealt with it. The discomfort is now pain and I will fill it throughout the day now too, not just at night. I’ve researched so many things and get different results every time. Nothing has stood out as a real cause/solution until I started reading about liver Qi. I’m looking forward to trying Xiao Yao Wan and your parasite kit. A few weeks ago I decided I wanted (needed) to stop taking birth control, but after taking it for eleven years solid, I’m worried about withdrawals my body may go through without having the synthetic hormone. Do you have any thoughts on this? Again, thank you so much for all of the information you share! I hope you know how many lives you’re chainging! 🙂

  28. Amy says:

    I am obsessed with your blog! You have such great info here and I am so thankful I found you!! Changing a lot of things about my life I’ve ordered several of your recommendations and I can’t wait!! Thank you so much for all you do!

  29. Gabrielle says:

    I am so happy you posted about painful intercourse! When I was 17 I decided to try using a tampon for the first time and I felt like there was something blocking it from going in. I decided to take a look down there and noticed my vagina didn’t look ‘normal’. I went to my gyno and she said I had a perforated hymen; basically I had a big enough opening for me to menstruate but nothing else. She suggested I have a surgical procedure called a hymenectomy because my hymen was too thick to be broken via intercourse when the time came. After my postop the doctor said I could try using tampons again. It was super painful so I went back. She diagnosed me with vaginismus and I went to physical therapy for it using dilators to train my vaginal walls to relax upon entrance. They kept telling me it’s all in my head. Since then I’ve had painful intercourse in the beginning, but after I relax my muscles it feels better. But since you mentioned painful intercourse is related to candida it brings me great relief that something so simple can be the problem, but it can be fixed! My question is this: I’ve been taking the Prescript-Assist like you recommended in another post for my IBS symptoms. Can I continue taking the capsules while using the Flor-Essence and Yeast Cleanse tablets?

    • Olivia says:

      I also thought I had vaginismus or vulvodynia! I HAD THE SAME THING WITH TAMPONS!!! They gave me an MAOI to relax my mind – uhhhh, did nothing! I think the relaxing is definitely a part of it but a pill won’t do that. Meditation helped me so much more than a pill ever did, and making sure I do deep breathing and a relaxation technique beforehand (as well as daily). Definitely continue the Prescript Assist while you use flor essence and yeast cleanse. Flor essence is a godsend for inflammation… it’s just amazing… so I think it will help a LOT with the inflammation down there. GOOD LUCK!! <3

  30. Heather says:

    Hi Olivia! First off, I owe you a HUGE thank you for all of the awareness on these issues that you’ve brought into so many lives, including mine. I did your parasite cleanse a few months back after reading your blog and had horrible neurological side-effects from the Wormwood. But ironically I am grateful for that because that’s actually what helped me to be convinced that I have Chronic Lyme Disease and confections, such as Babesia. SInce Babesia is a parasite, the die-off that the wormwood caused is what made me so ill. To backtrack a little bit, I’ve been sick for over 7 years and western medicine has done nothing short of fail me. In August I was finally tested and diagnosed with Lyme which explains most of the other issues I suffer from.. Gastroparesis, Interstitial Cystitis, Fibromyalgia, and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. I also have Endometriosis and intercourse is extremely painful for me as well. I’ve had reoccurring yeast infections since I was a child and lately they’ve become even more frequent, (probably from being on months of antibiotics that I stopped a month ago.) I would love to try the yeast eliminating products you mentioned above, but I’m also wondering if Mirena (IUD) has the same side-effects that you wrote about BC having? The IUD has helped my Endometriosis pain incredibly, but I’m worried about the issues it may be adding to. Also, unrelated to BC, but because western medicine has so greatly failed me, I’ve began an all-natural protocol.. clean diet, eliminating chemicals, using essential oils and supplements for treatments, but there is still an issue I can’t seem to find ANY natural product for and that is my chronically low blood pressure. Everything I’ve seen also raises heart rate and I already have tachycardia so that’s a no-go. Do you have any suggestions of something for this? Sorry for the long post but thanks in advanced! <3

  31. Melissa says:

    Hi Olivia. What type of neem oil would you use? A cream, suppository or the oil itself ?

  32. shayna says:

    hi Olivia thanks for sharing your story…. I have been on birth control pills since I was 15 years old due to the fact that I would have periods that would last a whole month without stopping… it regulated my periods while on it, and I stayed on it for 15 years besides the 2 times I stopped to have my 2 children.. I am now 30 years old and just recently out of nowhere I ended up getting erythema nodosum… out of nowhere I got a painful red bump that felt like a bad bruise below my knee and thought it was a bug bite but then it just spreaded and I ended up with a few on my ankle and a few other places on both legs… it was very warm to the touch and got so painful it was unbearable to walk, my skin felt like it was being stretched to the limit…. this is my second dose of steroids cause the first time I was on steroids to get rid of this it came back three days after getting off the medicine… this is one of the worst things Ive ever experienced…. so I have been off my pill now for a week and my hormones are all over the place. It makes me sad the thought of this being a result of my pill because I’ve been on it for so long and it regulated my periods and done its job of preventing pregnancy… and so far now I’m dealing with having a second period in one month from going off the pill… I’m just hoping if this is from the pill I can find another birth control that I can take that is safe and effective and that my body will go back to normal with my menstryle cycle and get rid of erythema nodosum.

  33. JD Thornton says:

    GREAT post, Olivia! So interesting that I stumbled on this, as I just recently decided to quit taking BC only a week ago. I’ve been on it for about 5 years now. My current doctor is AMAZING, I have to tell you. She’s an American MD, but she’s also focused on total body care and getting to the root of problems. She also never puts me on meds unless she feels it is absolutely necessary. She isn’t bought and sold by pharm companies, and I feel so lucky to have her! Anyway, I got on BC, not to keep from having a baby, but to keep from bleeding to death. I bled for 5 weeks in a row and ended up in the hospital needing 3 units of blood, more than most women who have just given birth! So my doc at the time put me on BC, and for years I have been hating it, but thinking I had to stay on it so I don’t bleed to death. My current doc set me straight: she said I probably only needed to take it for 6 months to set my hormones straight! She told me I might want to consider getting off BC to see how it affects me. That was months ago, but when I ran out of BC a week or so ago, I decided now was the time. And reading your article, I am seeing so many reasons to stick with my decision! I have SO MANY of these symptoms! I really hope getting off BC will help. How long do you think I need to be off it to see a change? I do already see a big change in my sex drive, I’ll tell ya that! But I’ve got hives and acne all over me now. Is that probably my body’s way of getting rid of the BC?

  34. Liana says:

    Thank you so much for posting such a greatly accurate and informant explanation of the dangers of BC! I HAD THE SAME REACTION, Erythema nodosum all over my shins (looked identical to yours) which was the most painful thing ever, from taking BC and being on a strong antibiotic for my immune system, which had basically shut down at that point. I had to go to the hospital and the doctors told me there was a 10% chance it was from my birth control but I knew that wasn’t true!! I was a sophomore in high school at the time and I was so sick I wasn’t allowed to go to school for two month after that, because of a weakened immune system. My friend had come by to see my and I some how caught a cold from her, which almost killed me. I was in the hospital again that week because my cold had turned into strep throat so severe I almost couldn’t breathe, I had to get an inhaler for my cough! I stopped taking the BC right away but I still was not able to return to school for a good 8 weeks. The bumps eventually went down, but I swear I still have dark bruises on the tops of my shins still. After that, I looked into alternative diets and medicines, and started seeing a Chinese herbalist who was AWESOME and helped me with my decision to cut out dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. I admit, some days I am better at eating clean than others, but most importantly, I am empowered with the knowledge of diet power and what MY body needs, rather than what western medicine feels the need to prescribe me. And NEVER again will I take the risk of using bc pills! I am so happy I heard someone else with this story, because every time I try to explain this to someone, it’s such a mouthful and I sound crazy! Going to blog the hell out of this story, thank you so much for your wisdom and general awesomness!

  35. Maria says:

    I was on BC for 20+ years. In 2012 I had such severe pains in my side, I thought I was dying. Turned out it was Gallstones. I couldn’t understand why I got them – typically its women over 50 who are overweight and eat poorly. That wasn’t me. It took a lot of digging, but finally found medical articles that said that BC pills can cause gallstones. I immediately stopped taking the BC.

    Western Medicine dictated that I have my gallbladder removed. I couldn’t afford that (no insurance) – but I read about others who did a cleanse to remove their gallstones and save their gallbladders.

    I was doubtful, but desperate to try anything, so I did a liver/gallstone cleanse (Dr. Schultz cleanse) and on day 7, passed the gallstones! I was so excited that I was able to heal myself! It was a real eye opener. I did a few more cleanses to be sure they were all gone. The pain went away and I’m now 100% pharmaceutical free!

  36. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Shin Pain symptoms.
    Regards

  37. Elizabeth H. says:

    Birth control along with poor eating habits has definitely been the root to all my health issues. I have probably been on birth control on and off for about 6 yrs. I decided to call it quits after reading your post. I am on a road to a healthier lifestyle. Do you recommend any cleanses from these synthetic/ harmful hormones. Thanks for all you info and knowledge!

  38. Melanie says:

    Hi Olivia,
    Im so happy to find your Site.
    Im 29 years from upper Austria (sry for some mistakes cuz of language…)
    I did have nearly the same Story like you. In Oktober 2014 i startet to get a sore throut.
    Got antibiotics – then the next package. Nothing helped and then EN startet. It was a hard way to find out that it was EN. They found Streptokokkes but i think This was it not alone. For Sure the mix of antibiotics and Hormons (birth control). I have got for 4 Month Cortison and so much Medizine. It was horrible. I was crying cuz i have thought i Need to die. And No one can help me. I have taken for 8 Month Medizin. After 2 month (last week) i got a New small EN. Went to the doc fort nek-nose-ears. She found Nothing but she gave me the Input to leave the birth control for a month and should See how my Body feels. I Take the nuvaring since 7 years now.
    After thinking back of the last month i think she has right.
    Now i found you and daysy.
    Do you still recommend it? My bf and me dont want to get a Baby right now.
    Im Looking for a save way without Hormons. Never again i want to have such Pains.
    I want to start my life again. Havel Fun – Do some Sport etc…
    Still i Do have Problems with Food (Histamin) cuz of too Much Medizin. And still have pain in my knees, ankle, ellbows.
    Many thanks for Feedback.

    To all with EN: i found a good liquid which removed my EN always fast and No Pills.
    This liquid helped me very good thrue the hard painfull way.
    Kalium jodatum (kal jodat 10g, Aqua purificata 140g). 3 table spoons a day.
    Ask your doc.

    Regards and Luck to all.

  39. marco says:

    I recommend book:
    A smart womans guide to hormones by Lorna Vanderhaeghe

  40. Dee says:

    For me, birth control was step 1 of the domino effect.. I was told by numerous people, including my OB-GYN, that I should be on the pill. With that came depression and anxiety. Then, I was prescribed an anti-depressant. That didn’t help at all. It was a false happiness and I felt like a zombie. I then started noticing that I would get faint if I didn’t eat every few hours. I then did a little digging and a side effect of the anti-depressant was hypoglycemia. Bingo! I figured it out before my Doctor did. I stopped all of the medications right then and there. Now, at 25 years old, I feel like myself.

  41. Bee says:

    Hi Olivia.. thank you thank you thank you… 1 quick question – would you recommend dealing with a candida infection or parasite infection first? or both of them at the same time? Thank you so much. <3

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