***Disclaimer: Men, you may be turned off. If lady things gross you out, STOP READING NOW!!!***
I’ve been on birth control for several years now. After seeing how it had cleared up the acne on a cousin and how it had added to a “thicker” physique on a few other women, I knew that having those extra hormones running through my body could spell nothing but success.
After signing on board and receiving the Pill, all the side affects I’d seen in other women were also applying to me! I rarely got a blemish on my face and I gained enough weight to maintain a solid size 2. About two years after being on the Pill I learned of Seasonique-the pill that prevented you from having monthly periods. I jumped on board immediately. Before I knew it I was only having periods four times a year.
While the various forms of the Pill have all spelled success for me, the one thing that I wasn’t always the most efficient with was the correct dosage. I would forget to take my pill ALL the time. During any given week, 2 or 3 of those days I would forget to take it and would have to double up the next day, etc. It got to be hectic. It didn’t help that my closest friends began making me paranoid. “Yancey, you can make yourself sterile by overdosing on hormones!” and “That’s not healthy, you’re abusing your body!” They freaked me out so bad I wound up asking my fabulous Aunt Renee, a scientist, about the Pills. She has enjoyed a nice career working for pharmaceutical companies so I knew she would know. And she did-I was informed I was not at risk for anything and would be fine.
Despite having Aunt Renee’s positive diagnosis, my friend’s assumptions were still lingering in my head. Try as I might, I just wasn’t as comfortable with the Pill anymore. There had to be an easier way to maintain the extra hormones in my body. After seeing all of the commercials on television advertising the Nuva Ring I decided that it seemed to be a great option. It wasn’t a sticker on the outside of my body (like the patch), I only had to change it once a month (because it’s an “internal” form of birth control) and, the doctor assured me that my extra bit of “woman weight” would not be going anywhere (the most important to me).
Since October I’ve now been trying the Nuva Ring but I’ll admit my body hasn’t been the most accepting. I won’t get into too many details here, but just understand my body has its ways of letting me know! After noticing this, I recently went to the doctor last month and it was there that I discovered I’ve lost 15 lbs since October! When I went to the doctor in October to get put on the Ring I was 122 lbs. As of last month I was 107 lbs. I am now freaking out. Heck, I probably weigh even less now! Augh! While all of my jeans fit the same, some of my tops are loser. Furthermore, earlier this week when I had to attend a few job interviews I discovered that NONE of my size 2 dress pants fit anymore-I was swimming in all of them!
To say I’m devastated by this news is an understatement. While my body still has a little shape to it, I’m losing weight. Who in the world has ever LOST weight being on birth control? I have another doctor’s appointment in the morning and it is there that I’m switching back to the Pill. I got on birth control to gain weight and have clear skin. At this point, I’m losing…bad!
Ladies, have you ever had any issues with the Ring? Any forms of birth control that haven’t worked well with you? Have you all ever heard of this issue before? This can’t be normal.