How Dora Prevented Acne After Going Off The Pill

DoraI recently received a blog comment from Dora, a woman who was able to successfully prevent acne after coming off the birth control pill. I loved hearing her story so much that I asked her to answer some questions for me about exactly how she managed to do it. My hope is that this story will inspire those of you that are worried about coming off the pill.

Hopefully Dora’s story will empower you with the tools and knowledge to know that you can safely and happily come off the pill.

F: How long were you on the contraceptive pill for? And why did you decide to come off it?

D: I went on the pill when I was around 17-18 years old and I’m about to turn 36 next month, so thats 18 or 19 years!!!!

I had been wanting to come off the pill for quite a few years. When I was 28 I was studying to become a remedial massage therapist at a natural therapies college and it was during my physiology classes that we learnt how bad the pill is for your body. That completely put me off (especially knowing that each month it tricks my body into thinking its pregnant!) and I had enough knowledge and sense to know that taking a drug everyday for years cannot be good for you. I set a date and just came off it with no preparation and not having any idea of what it would do to my skin. I can’t remember how soon it happened but I pretty much broke out with terrible acne, even worse than before and was shocked since by then I was 29, in my mind I was thinking surely I should have outgrown that phase of my life. Is it possible to be pushing 30 and still have the skin of a teenager??? I started using proactive on my skin and had no results, all it did was make my skin incredibly dry and feel horrible. Out of fear I went back on the pill for another 6 years.

There were a few factors that inevitably influenced me to come off the pill for good:

  1. I knew I was only on it for fear of my skin breaking out and that at some stage I had to come off it, I could not stay on the pill forever! What if I wanted to have a baby?? Would I be plagued with this fear?
  2. I had started to have really bad migraines. I had always suffered from migraines but in the last few years they were getting worse! I was getting them every month on the first day of my period and they would last for 3 days. They were so debilitating that I could not even work. Out of desperation I finally went to the doctor who prescribed me a very specific migraine medication which helped immensely, but I’m the kind of person who hates taking medication and I knew that this was only a band aid quick fix for the time being and that I had to get to the bottom of this. I did my own research and came to the conclusion that they were hormonal and went to see a naturopath who specialises in womens issues (she came highly recommended to me by a client of mine who also suffered from migraines). It was with her assistance that I discovered that my liver was basically overloaded and unable to function properly. It was a combination of taking the pill for years and that coupled with my period (since the livers function is also to process hormones) since it was unable to do that (I was having extreme highs of estrogen and then huge crashes), hence a migraine would occur. This was all made worse by the fact that I was on diane 35, which is a high estrogen pill.

F: Why did you decide to work with natural therapies when you finally went off the pill for good

D: I have always been a firm believer and advocate of natural therapies. To me it just makes sense – if you can heal/help your body naturally, why wouldn’t you? I loath taking medications of any sort and since my poor little liver was struggling to work properly, there was no way that I wanted to take any more medicines and I wanted to get off the migraine tablets as soon as possible. All medications are harmful to our liver and have undesirable side effects. I work with natural therapists, I’m a remedial massage therapist myself, and next year will be studying to become a nutritionist. I believe whole heartedly in the area and because of my spiritual beliefs also know that mother nature provides us with everything that we need. I just had to find the right people and resources to help me get off the pill and achieve clear skin.

F: What did you do when you went off the pill to prevent acne?

D: So a few things:

  1. I found High on Health!!!
  2. I worked really closely with a naturopath and kinesiologist

So I discovered the High on Health website by searching the Internet and trying to find any information that would help me. I purchased the “acne gold” webinar and did everything it told me to do! One of the things that Fran mentioned, and that I had heard before, is that the liver holds onto to anger and other emotions and that I needed deal with my ‘stuff’. When I first started to get acne in my teens there was not doubt that I had a lot of repressed anger and childhood issues, but as an adult I had alot of awareness and had been seeing a bodymind psychotherapist (who was a godsent!) and she helped me to deal with these things in a healthy and safe way. So I knew that I could tick that off my list of things to do.

Next I went to see my naturopath about taking estroblock and all the detoxes mentioned in the webinar. She looked over all the information and ingredients and gave them her approval. Just prior to this she also got me to make some small changes to my diet. I always ate well but now I ate even better! I reduced my meat in take to once a week, increased my oily fish consumption (salmon and sardines) to three times a week, started adding linseed to my muesli in the morning and increased my intake of beans/legumes to three times a week. I always drank loads of water (two litres a day) decreased my coffee consumption to twice a week, started drinking loads of herbal teas, especially dandylion and green teas and stopped drinking alcohol.

I purchased estoblock, my naturopath had already got me taking premular (also known as vitex agnus-castus) by flordis herbal medicines for a few months. I jumped on the Dr Hulda Clarkes website and purchased the parasite cleanse herbs (you can buy them already mixed in the perfect measurements called tri-plex, just google it), and the kidney cleanse herbs (again all mixed in perfect quantities called fluid-plex), then I went to my kinesiologist and he tested me for the best time to take the herbs and estroblock plus the quantities. This is soooooo important people, since everyones body is different plus you need to make sure that if your taking any other supplements that you get tested to see what you can and cant take together to ensure optimum uptake and results for your body. I trust my kinesiologist 100% and to me its a fool proof way of knowing what to take and when and if your body needs it since kinesiology works on the theory that your body knows what it needs and this I believe in whole heartedly.

So this is exactly what I did to come off the pill

  1. I had been taking premular for 4 months before coming off the pill to help balance my hormones. one in the morning as soon a I woke up.
  2. After being muscle tested by my kinesiologist I started taking one estroblock three weeks before coming off the pill at night before going to bed.
  3. Again after being tested by my kinesiologist one week before coming off the pill I increased my estroblock to two tablets a day
  4. One week before coming off the pill I started the parasite cleanse, when I completed that I started the kidney cleanse and when I finished that I did the liver cleanse, roughly three weeks after coming off the pill.

F: What sort of detox did you do?

D: I did the Dr Hulda Clarke parasite cleanse, kidney cleanse and liver detox.

F: How long has it been now since coming off the pill?

D: It has been roughly 3-4 months and I have had NO issues with my skin. I am absolutely ecstatic! My period returned back to normal straight away and I have a perfect 28 day cycle NATUALLY! I’m due for my third real period on Monday (my period even comes on the same day each month naturally which is awesome!).

I’ve only had one proper pimple in this time. I can sometimes feel some under the skin on my chin every now and again but they never come up and they never break the skin. I’ve had a few tiny little ones on my back but you can barely seen them, its just that I can feel them which is how I know they’re there. Last month was the first month in ages that I didn’t have a migraine with my period (AWESOME) so fingers crossed this period will be the same. I have also just repeated the liver detox last weekend. In a months time I will return to my kinesiologist to see when I can come off the EstoBlock and perhaps even the Vitex. My gut tells me to drop down to one estroblock tablet in three months and then after another three months to come off it altogether, but I will get tested just to make sure.

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  • Danielle March 4, 2018, 1:34 am

    I was on birth control from the time I was 17 years old to 35 years old. I was on Diane 35 for 15 of those years. At the age of 30 I decided to go off Diane 35 and I had horrible acne again after about 2 months. I had horrible headaches 3 to 6 times a week all of these years. I got scared of all the acne so I went back on Diane 35 for another 5 years. At age 35 I finally came off and it has been over 6 months and NO acne!!! Here’s what I did differently this time…. coffee enemas about 3 times a week, home brewed kombucha and water kefir daily, acupuncture every 2 weeks, berberine, zinc, estroblock, B vitamins, L Glutamine. I barely have headaches anymore either. Good luck everyone!!!

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  • Bindu October 1, 2017, 6:19 pm

    Hi,
    I have been on Diane 35 for 3 years now ,I had been put on the this medication for acne as well as birth control. I am really worried acne might come back once I plan to come off it.. I am planning for pregnancy early next year which could also aggravate acne.. Could you please advice on this

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    • Fran October 4, 2017, 12:34 am

      Hi Bindu, Not to worry, I have a consultation type specifically for help coming off the BCP and preventing acne. I can definitely help you! You can book from this website.

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  • Andrea July 17, 2016, 3:11 pm

    Hi,

    I have been taking diane35 for 5 months now and want to stop but I am worried my acne will come back. However, my acne cleared up before I started on diane and I took it solely for birth control purposes.

    Will my acne come back?

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    • Fran July 18, 2016, 5:18 pm

      Hi Andrea, it may or it may not. I have a coming off the BCP protocol that I run women through to help them to come off the pill without getting acne. You can book in a session and I’ll run you through it.

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  • Kelly Pedley July 12, 2016, 3:33 pm

    Hi, I have been on Yasmin for about 7/8 years. I didn’t have bad skin before I went on the pill the odd hormal spot. I now have to come off it due to migraines and am concerned they may break out. Should I be taking Egestro?

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    • Fran July 14, 2016, 6:35 pm

      Hi Kelly, yes it is good to take a 6 month course of EstroBlock after coming off the BCP. I have a coming off the BCP protocol if you would like to book in.

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  • Rebecca May 30, 2016, 8:35 am

    Hi Fran,

    I came across this website while searching how I can clear my skin. I was on the pill for 10 years and have been off the pill for 18 months. About 6 months ago I noticed my skin has turned horrific! I thought it was a combination between summer making my skin oily and stress from studying. I’m using natural skin care which helps but I’m still not happy. I get cystic acne and I’ve been through episodes where I experienced several cysts at one time and it some how spreads. I try to control it drinking lots of water and eating healthy. The cystic acne occurs on the lower part of my face, side of my hairline and on my neck too. What is this DIM and Vitex that everyone is referring to in the comments, is this something I should consider? I would love your help and anything you could recommend! X

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    • Fran May 30, 2016, 7:03 pm

      Hi Rebecca, please book in a consultation so that I can properly help you.

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  • Bec March 8, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Hi Paula. I stopped my pill (Diane) August last year so around 7 months ago. My main reason for going off the pill was because it was giving me as migraines. The doctor told me I shouldn’t be in any pull if I get migraines. So two months after going off the pill my boyfriend proposed and at that time my skin was still fine. (I said yes by the way πŸ™‚ ) we are getting married this October and not long after we would like to try get pregnant. BUT my skin since January has been getti forigressively worse. It started in my back, niw my back isn’t so bad, but my face and upper arms are just so gross. Especially my arms. My face is getting blind pimples and blackheads. I dont want to go back on the pill as like I said I wasn’t to try get pregnant at the end of the year but I REALLY want to get my skin cleared up by October for our wedding (it’s March now) I’m taking Vitex and Hair skin and nails, I have a good skin care routine as I am a beauty therapist. Please help! Any suggestions will be great! I don’t really want to try roaccutane I know how bad that can be. But I am at my wits end!!!

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  • Candace February 20, 2016, 12:55 pm

    I was on birth control from ages 15-31 and finally came off in June 2015. I did month or two of weening off but believe I have been BC free since late June 2015. Things have gone very smoothly as I took vitex and DIM since the beginning. Now I would like to ween off or quit cold turkey those supplements. Any suggestions? Is one better than the other at staying regular and not developing acne.

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    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:54 pm

      Hi Candace, try taking one less DIM at a time first, then see how you go.

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  • Disha February 18, 2016, 3:51 pm

    Hi Fran,

    I am 24 and have been on Diane 35 since I was 16 with a break of about a year at around 18. I started breaking out like crazy for that one year and started growing hair much more than before( I was always much hairier than the average girl). Last week I continuously had migraines with aura everyday and then some stroke like symptoms, which is why I decided that I have to go off the pill. I came across your blog yesterdayand decided to get my hormones checked which indicate that pretty much all my other hormones are normal but my estradiol levels are low. I have already ordered for a DIM supplement. Do you suggest that I still take them, because now I’m scared that it will reduce the levels of what little estrogen I have. Or is it that it gets rid of only the bad estrogen and the xenoestrogens

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    • Fran February 24, 2016, 4:56 pm

      Hi Disha, coming off the pill for you is a very, very good idea. DIM is not a great supplement for you to take. Please book in a consultation so that I can properly work with you.

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  • Samantha January 21, 2016, 8:05 pm

    How do we know that she would have broken out after coming off the pill a second time? We can’t speculate with how things would have happened – just because she broke out the first time, doesn’t mean that she was doomed to break out a second time. As we age our hormones change and we get closer and closer to homeostasis. From 28/29 to 36, that’s a huge gap in time. Glad she didn’t experience acne, but I doubt it had anything to do with the “detox”.

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    • Fran January 22, 2016, 2:54 pm

      Hi Samantha, we don’t, and we never would. BUT, why skip a treatment regime in the hope that your skin will be clear this time, why not take some supportive supplementations and good diet choices to limit your changes of getting that acne after the BCP??

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  • Tine January 8, 2016, 3:36 pm

    I did not experience acne outbursts immediately after stopping the pill. They came 7-8 months after. So 4-5 months after quitting my skin look as perfect as it did on the pill. Have been of the pill 2 years now but still experience acne in my chin, upper back and neck. I tends to be worse just before and during my period, and I also suffer from terrible night sweats in that period. Just ordered estroblock and vitex, hoping for a miracle here!

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    • Katherine February 29, 2016, 6:37 am

      Hi Tine! I was experiencing similar symptoms to you after getting off the pill and even afterwards. The night sweats, chin acne, and usually around my period. I recently read an article about acne and adrenal fatigue. I have read Fran mentioning that too in some of her comments to people on here. I got off the pill a couple months ago and I started having night sweats and chin cysts.. I was also having some major fatigue issues. I started taking Dong Quai which helped immensely with the night sweats, then I also started taking vitex at the same time as the dong quai. They work really well together apparently. Dong Quai for estrogen, and Vitex for progesterone. Anyway.. I read about the adrenal fatigue on this one doctors website, and he mentioned taking B5 and L-Carnitine to treat acne AND adrenal fatigue! Apparently B5(pantothenic acid) helps your adrenals produce cortisol if you are low. Your adrenals CAN’T function correctly without B5. I really had no idea, and have had suspected adrenal issues on and off since I was a teenager. I decided last week to try these two supplements. I have been feeling so much better since taking them, and……….. the four cysts I had on my chin completely cleared up within 5 days, plus the smaller pimples I had on my chin as well!!! Everything is healing up so nicely now. I don’t have any more or new cysts on my chin either. I’m taking 1000 mg daily of B5 and 1000mg of L-Carnitine. There are different dosage recommendations. The L-Carnitine helps your body produce energy and it also helps your body utilize the B5, so they are synergistic. Anyway, these supplements are affordable and worked for me, so I know they can help others who are having similar issues. God bless!

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      • Tine March 9, 2016, 1:56 pm

        Hello Katherine,
        I should definitly give dong quai a try! Currently been taking estroblock for about 2 months, triple strenght, 1 a day, and I have to say my chin acne has diminished tremendously. My whole complexion just seems more beautiful and younger. I still suffer from the night sweats, but to a lesser extent…
        Interesting input about the adrenal fatigue…this probably is somewhat present in my body as well since I have trouble getting up in the morning, get extremely stressed in ways I never did before, and just a general ‘anxious’ feeling I’m experiencing all the time. Cortisol and adrenaline are probably at work here…

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  • Kat November 7, 2015, 12:56 am

    Hi Fran,
    What a great article. Thank you for sharing. I have a quick question. I have been on ortho-tri-cyclen for 4.5 months. I WAS having cystic acne only on my chin, which is why I got on the pill. My skin cleared up after 1 month. It was great, and has been great. For the last 5 weeks, I have been taking a pituitary homeopathic supplement perscribed by my doctor for some other issues I was having. About 2 weeks ago, I received some incredibly awesome spiritual healing, which resulted in physical healing, and I believe my pituitary gland was completely healed. Since that healing and experience two weeks ago, my body has been healing more everyday. I was able to reduce my adrenal fatigue supplements by half in the first week, and things are seemingly different. Like my birth control pill now tastes strange and chemically when I put it in my mouth, like my body doesn’t want it now, and also in the last two weeks I have been starting to break out on my chin, which has been perfectly clear for 3 months.

    I would now like to come off the Pill, and am wondering if I should try the DIM and Vitex while still on the Pill? Maybe I don’t need the Vitex. Anyway, I know you have probably never had a comment like this but I know you’re a believer in spiritual things, as am I, and healing.

    I take a whole foods multi-vitamin daily that already has 100mg of organic cruciferous vegetables in it. Would I take Dim in addition?

    Also I already take fish oil, desiccated liver, ashuwagandha and a multi-vitamin every day plus extra C at the moment, and have zero PMS before and on the placebo pills. I would just like a smooth transition, as my body is continuing to heal. Yaay! Would you suggest taking anything else while or before coming off the pill? Thank you for all your help.

    Kat

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    • Fran November 9, 2015, 2:55 pm

      Hi Kat, I have a consultation type for help coming off the pill so please book in! You can book in when you choose the Skype appointment time (it will then give you the option).

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  • Kristin September 17, 2015, 7:57 pm

    Hi,
    I started birth control when I was a teenager & came off it about 4 years ago, my skin broke out like crazy! When I got pregnant my skin cleared up beautifully & shortly after I gave birth it started breaking out again but not as bad. I went back on the pill but I’ve recently had an IUD put in & want to come off the pill. I have been taking a DIM supplement & biotin & my skin has never looked better. I’m wondering if I should try to wean off the pill gradually or just continue my DIM & hope for the best?
    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    • Fran September 22, 2015, 8:49 pm

      Hi Kristin,

      You are taking the BCP AND have an IUD? Definitely come off the pill, that is a lot for your body to take on. I have a consultation type specifically for help coming off the BCP – book in if you can.

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  • Marilyne July 30, 2015, 3:19 pm

    Hi, I’m from Quebec Canada, I’m 24.
    Finally, someone who understands the struggle.
    Two of my friends went off the pill without any problems, but that’s not my case.
    I’ve been taking birth control pills (Yasmin) since I was 16 years old. I tried getting off of it a year ago. Four months later, my face was covered with acne and I had hives breakouts, that I never experienced before. Since then, I got back on the pill out of fear, and the acne went away. But I’m still struggling with chronic hives.
    I found your site while seeking for alternative ways to get off the pill in a smooth transition. My question is: I’m ready to buy all the supplements and adjust my diet, but is it possible to make the cleanses less expensive? Like in a homemade way?
    Thank you
    Marilyne

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    • Fran July 31, 2015, 6:25 pm

      Hi Marilyne,

      What cleanses are you referring to? I don’t actually recommend cleanses in my getting off the pill protocol…

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  • Cassie May 31, 2015, 4:26 pm

    Hi! I really want to come off the pill, I don’t think my skin was that bad at all before I went on it in 2013 (I was 18 then) I am now 20 and about to go on a 5 week trip to Europe in 3 weeks time and I’m scared if I stop the pill now I will get breakouts and bleedings. Should I wait til I get back from my trip to come off the pill? I don’t want to have irregular spottings or bleedings while I am away. I’m really healthy but also scared about DVT on long flights, especially since I’ll be catching so many planes ! Thanks xx

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    • Fran May 31, 2015, 8:13 pm

      Hi Cassie, you may have absolutely no problems (side effects) coming off the pill, but you also might. My suggestion is that you wait until you get back from your trip to Europe then begin the protocol to come off it. I always recommend a supplement regime taken for 3 months before coming off the pill so book in a consultation and I can get you set up with that.

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  • Natalie May 2, 2015, 11:24 am

    Quick question! I was doing some research online regarding premular aka vitex agnus-castus. I’m just a little curious as Dora has stated that she was taking this months before coming off the pill, however online video blogs have shared that it is not advisable to take premular whilst still on the pill as it messes up the hormones, and advised that it’s best to take it only while off the pill. Any tips?! Thank you! πŸ™‚

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    • Fran May 4, 2015, 3:58 pm

      Hi Natalie, it’s completely okay to take it while you’re on the pill, however there is a chance that it will make the birth control part of the pill ineffective so please practice an additional method of birth control.

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      • Natalie May 5, 2015, 9:44 am

        That’s brilliant. Thank you so much.

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  • Paula April 1, 2015, 7:56 pm

    Hi,
    Thanks you for this article.
    I am 19 years old and struggling with the same issue. it is really affecting me mentally, and physically. my confidence has gone right down and my stress levels are increasing.
    I eat no meat or dairy products, and have a very clean whole foods diet. No alcohol, coffee, and drink 3+ Litres of water a day. i care so much about my health. having redness and acne all over my face, mainly cheeks and chin, makes me so self conscious because it gives people the impression that i really don’t care about my health or what i put in my body.

    I have been vegetarian since the age of 6. when i turned 16 I went on the contraceptive pill. i had no side effects and it helped with cramps and my period became lighter. When i turned 18 i moved to the UK (from australia) to travel. i stocked up on my pill and 9 months in I began to run out of the pill. I became vegan 4 months ago (and stopped drinking alcohol/coffee) which was around the same time that my pill was running low, so i decided to stop taking it, because i know its not good for my body and i don’t want to put unnatural things into my body. almost immediately my acne became worse and worse…. so after just 3 weeks of going off the pill i went on a new one (Cilest) and have been on it for 2 months now.
    My acne has gotten worse still. I really don’t want to be on the pill but i am too scared to come off. I find myself becoming isolated, locking myself into my room and becoming a loner. I was always that fun, outgoing, confident girl. and this has changed me. I am away from my family, who are in australia, and I’m so alone. will my acne get better if i stay on Cilest? I will come off one day with the advice that i have gotten in this post, but i can’t do that now. I drink dandelion tea, chamomile tea and green tea. I am doing all that i can.
    i am travelling and my life is unstable, i can’t cope with having acne as an issue.
    Thank you in advance.
    Paula

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    • Fran April 3, 2015, 1:49 am

      Hi Paula,

      Please book in a consultation if you can. When we’re vegan we need to supplement and add particular foods for the health of our reproductive hormonal system. I also can recommend a few supplements to help to balance your skin.

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    • Dee November 1, 2015, 6:20 am

      Dear Paula, I am in the same situation. Wish I could help you. Please stay positive. Sending you a big hug from my prison (my bedroom). I don’t go out either and I am in my 40’s. I’m scared to go off the pill in case my skin gets worse. HATE IT! Seeing a dermatologist soon. Best wishes to you darling. Diidee.

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      • Fran November 3, 2015, 12:59 pm

        Hi Dee, if your skin is bad on the pill then the pill is probably causing it.

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  • Solidad February 13, 2015, 5:28 am

    I am 36 and have been on Diane 35 for over 15 years. I want off. ..my skin is bad and cystic anyway. The problem I have with this is…I do believe in natural remedies. .but I also believe in medication. I take medication for being a mild form of bipolar (both parents are as well). I would like to come off Diane 35, but does no one else find all of the recommended steps…see a naturopath..take these supplements…do these cleanses…does no one else reading this find the sheer amount of things you should try overwhelming and discouraging? Ofcourse, what is most important…my health..then I’ll do it, correct? But I find it so overwhelming to read everything some women say they’ve had to do in order to just have normal skin.

    I would probably cut off a finger to be free of the struggle with the acne that I have had all of my life. I just find the prospect of having to buy so many supplements, advice from holistic practitioners, I find that it just makes me want to give up.

    Is there no simplified solution? Does it not overwhelm anyone else?

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    • Fran February 16, 2015, 2:44 am

      Hi Solidad,

      It really depends on the unique case. Some women get full healing from just taking one or two supplements.

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  • Natalie B January 26, 2015, 9:43 am

    Hi Fran! I just read this. I’m also wanting to get off the pill. I don’t think I can afford to see both a naturopath and a Kinesiologist. If I had to choose- would it be Kinesiology? I definitely want to buy premular, and estroblock as well as take other herbal supplements to help balance out my hormones, I’ve tried coming off the pill cold turkey before and my face and back came out in painful spots. I want to clean my diet up for a few months, least 6 weeks! but of course before I start taking the same/similar things Dora took- I do want to see a Kinesiologist as I feel that would help deal with my emotional stress. Your advice is much appreciated! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    • Fran January 26, 2015, 8:05 pm

      Hi Natalie,

      It sounds to me from what you wrote that a kinesiologist is resonating better with you πŸ™‚

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  • samantha guerrero January 22, 2015, 8:00 pm

    Hello!
    I am inspired by this article because I got off the pill last june, after being on it for 5 years.. I have the same story. My acne is now much worse than before I even got on the pill. I have also seen a kinesiologist who had started me off with supplements to cleanse my liver and also to help with my adrainal gland. I am also taking fish oil every day. My skin hasnt improved much and its been 6 months πŸ™ After reading this article I am even more worried now because I didnt take any supplements as mention months prior to coming off the pill. My question is, is it too late? Have I completely messed up by not preparing my body to come off the pill? I will be returning to my kinesiologist soon since i wasnt able to afford it the past 4 months.. Is there anything you can suggest? Any hopeful words. I am tired of battling with acne πŸ™

    -Sammy.

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    • Fran January 22, 2015, 9:59 pm

      Hi Sammy, no it’s not too late. I recommend you go on a supplement regime to boost your natural progesterone and to detox any excess estrogens out. Also consider doing an anti-androgen diet.

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      • Lyra February 26, 2015, 9:42 pm

        Hi fran, would I be correct in guessing that the estroblock-block would detox the estrogens, and what kind of supplements will boost natural progesterone? I’m looking into the anti androgen diet, I already eat predominantly raw vegan, with cooked starch.

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        • Fran March 2, 2015, 5:35 pm

          Hi Lyra,

          The herb chasteberry in combination with high levels of Vitamin C is excellent at raising progesterone.

          Be careful on the raw vegan diet, high natural sugars often cause breakouts.

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        • Fran March 2, 2015, 5:37 pm

          Hi Lyra,

          The herb chasteberry in combination with high levels of Vitamin C help to naturally raise low progesterone.

          Be careful on the raw vegan diet – you need to make sure that you’re not consuming too many high glycemic natural sugars (fruits, dates, etc).

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  • Alex January 15, 2015, 3:49 pm

    Hi!
    Do you know how is Dora after a few months after getting off the pill? It’s really interesting if she managed to keep her skin acne-free and how long she continued her estroblock and vitex supplementation.

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  • Lisa November 19, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Does weaning off the pill help prevent weight gain, bloating, and hair loss when stopping the pill? I heard it helps prevent acne. I have had acne my entire life so I am not worried about it. I am worried about weight gain and bloating since I cant afford to buy bigger size clothes right now if I would gain weight or bloat. I am also worried about hair loss since I had a minor hair shed when I started the pill and it never grew back. I cant afford to loose any more hair. I also cant afford to buy any supplements to balance hormones right now. Will weaning off the pill help to prevent or lessen any weight gain, bloating and hair loss when stopping the pill?

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    • Fran November 19, 2014, 9:32 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      Whether you wean off the pill or come off it immediately, your natural hormones will still need to balance themselves. If you can’t afford supplements then I recommend you go on a very strict diet, but to be honest, sometimes supplementation or herbal medicine is needed. Make it a priority if you are interested in your health.

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  • erika November 6, 2014, 7:52 pm

    Hi!

    Looking for some advice. I am so afraid to get off birth control after all I have read about crazy breakouts. I am 25, and not looking to get pregnant any time soon, yet I feel like the pill is just changing me as a person. I feel more anxious, my sex drive is GONE, and my moods go from sad to happy to sleepy by the hour. (Yes my poor boyfriend).

    However, I am happy with my skin. I have been on birth control since I have been 16. So, I don’t remember life without birth control.

    I read something where people wean of birth control, meaning cut the pills in half slowly through out six months to wean off.

    Have you heard anything like this? Also, I purchased a female hormonal balance natural supplements as well as a liver supplement. Can I take these when on birth control in preparation to get off?

    Thanks!
    -Erika

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    • Fran November 6, 2014, 8:37 pm

      Hi Erika,

      First thing to note – not everyone that comes off the bcp gets a crazy breakout. Even if you are acne prone or had severe acne, it is not guaranteed that it’s going to happen to you.

      Sounds to me like the pill is terrible for you. I recommend using natural methods of birth control. You can get a ladycomp if you can afford it (it’s what I personally use), and it’s always good to learn the billings method. The billings method is 99% effective AND you get to become self empowered by learning about your body.

      I have heard about weaning off the pill BUT as our hormones take a full 1.5-3 months to adjust after going off the pill, I don’t see the point of stretching this time out any further. I’m all for just discontinuing their use.

      Yes you can take the supplements while you are on the BCP, but I don’t know what’s in the female hormone balance so keep in mind that it may make the pill ineffective.

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    • Emma November 8, 2014, 1:39 pm

      Hi Erika,
      I sympathise with your worries. I too have been on the pill since the age of 16 with a years break from 22-23. During that year my skin went absolutely crazy. Breakouts worse than before I started taking the pill so I gave up and went back on it (0 self confidence!) since then I have gotten into a serious relationship (I’m 25 now) and we would like to have a baby in the next year or two so I now need to get off it again. I decided to try weaning this time due to the nightmare I experienced the first time round. I am doing 3 months 3/4 pill, 3 months 1/2, 3 months 1/4. This, to me makes sense. I am lowering the dose slowly rather than shocking my body and stopping it overnight. I am just about to finish the last month of taking 3/4. So far, my skin has become a little spottier which I have to expect.
      I say so whatever you feel is best for your body but if you are worried about acne why not try weaning? many many women have had success doing it (fingers crossed it goes well for me too!)
      Good for you getting off these synthetic hormones. Natural is definitely best. Good luck on your journey xx

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      • Bella November 27, 2014, 9:32 am

        Hi Emma,

        I’m exactly the same as you! I’m 21 and have been on the pill since I was 16 and I’ve always had great skin (although now thinking about it I was prone to spots before I was on the pill so it’s definitely been a big factor in keeping my skin clear). I’ve recently come off due to a break up with my long term boyfriend and my forehead has broken out into horrible spots worse than I’ve ever had and also on my back. I know I can’t stay on the pill forever but whilst I’m not planning on having an kids soon I kind of want to go back on the pill! So I wanted to ask, when you went back on the pill did it clear up your skin again? And did it have any other effects like weight gain/weight loss? I’ve only been off it for 3 months but not sure I could face having a year of bad skin! Any advice would be great!

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        • Fran November 28, 2014, 11:58 pm

          Hi Bella,

          Whilst the BCP is a very effective method of prevent pregnancy, I do not recommend it for acne treatment. I have a protocol for clearing up acne after coming off the pill, book in a consultation and I can work through it with you.

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        • Emma December 3, 2014, 5:47 am

          Hi Bella,
          This is also what I did. At 22, I broke up with my then boyfriend and decided to give my body a break and went off the pill – then my hormones went crazy!
          Looking back now – I wish I had had the strength to stay off the pill as the breakouts will only last as long as it takes for your hormones to balance themselves out again however at the time, I was so depressed every time I looked in the mirror I went back on it.
          To answer your question, yes when I went back on Dianette my skin cleared up again within 4-5 months, however know that the pill is only masking the issue, it’s not solving it as you have seen from the reaction your body is currently experiencing after coming off it. Regarding your weight question – I have always been leaner off the pill as opposed to on it, but I did not notice any significant weight gain when I went back on it. I am 56 kg and I am now weaning on 1/2 pill.
          Why not try visiting a Naturopath? The doctors are all for prescribing the pill but they often fail to explain the effects when you decide to come off it.
          If you do decide to go back on it, I would perhaps think about weaning the next time you go off it, you never know, it may help lessen the blow to your body lowering the dose rather than stopping overnight πŸ™‚
          If you want to ask me anything else fire away!
          Good luck! x

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          • Fran December 3, 2014, 8:44 pm

            Hi Emma,

            I have an excellent protocol for next time you want to come off the pill. It’s good to begin it at least 2 months before you come off to get your body prepared for the transition.

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            • Candis April 4, 2015, 10:09 pm

              Hello,
              I am 31 and about to go off birth control after 16 years. I have very good skin now but am terrified about getting cystic acne from all the stories I have read online. I definitely understand that the acne is the result of hormone imbalances but I am quite confused about which hormones are doing what. From what I have gathered the acne is because of androgens/testosterone. What I don’t understand then is why there are so many recommendations for things like EstroBlock which block estrogen. Wouldn’t we want estrogen to fight the acne/counteract the androgens? I am already concerned that I have high levels of testosterone as I am naturally very muscular so I am worried that taking supplements that block estrogen will cause acne and perhaps cause other unwanted symptoms such as hair growth. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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              • Fran April 5, 2015, 8:46 pm

                Hi Candis, Congratulations for making the decision to go off the birth control pill, after 16 years your body will thank you for it.

                Understanding the reproductive hormonal system takes some time. I had to take the time to research for months before I finally began to put it all together.

                Being on the BCP you will have no natural progesterone and high excess estrogens. These are the two hormones that are important that you balance. I have a coming off birth control pill protocol, if you can book in an appointment I’ll run you through it and get you on the program.

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  • kourtney August 18, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Question πŸ™‚ if anyone has an opinion that would help me out greatly! So I went to see a naturopath she recommended vitex(tincture) and b6/magnesium for the next couple of months as I am about to stop my bc… by the way I am weening off of it (shaving it down every couple months)…anyways I didn’t really like how my naturopath recommended these two things and kind of didn’t really discuss my long term plan…she basically said do this and come back and see me and we will see where you are…she also said that she wasn’t going to tell me to take estroblock until she knew for sure I would need it… i am kind of freaking out because I really would like to do as much as possible in prevention you know? And I am just feeling very uneasy about this doctor… i have also emailed her twice about a week ago and she has not gotten back to me…red flag? She sure emailed me back fast when I first inquired about her treating me πŸ™‚

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    • Fran August 22, 2014, 11:46 pm

      Hi Kourtney,

      I feel that her recommendations of vitex and b6/magnesium are great, but I also would recommend EstroBlock. Aside from an estrogen detox being excellent for everyone at some point in their lives, I feel that it’s high recommendable to take after being on the birth control pill to help break down excess estrogens in the body, and to help detox out bad estrogens. She may just not know much about estroblock so wants to look into it first.

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  • kourtney August 11, 2014, 10:52 pm

    Hi there,
    I know this is an old post but hopefully someone can answer me :)… i see above that she took estroblock and vitex while she was still on birth control… I’ve read a couple places where they say NOT to do this? Any thoughts? I am not taking birth control for birth control purposes only acne so if people say that because it messes with the birth control benefits…I would most Def be taking those right now preparing to stop taking bc…. someone help! πŸ™‚

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    • Fran August 12, 2014, 7:20 pm

      Hi Kourtney,

      You can safely take 1 capsule of EstroBlock while you are on the pill. As for the vitex or higher dosages of EstroBlock, it really does depend if you are using the birth control pill for actual birth control. As long as you are on a plan for weaning off the BCP and you are practice other methods of safe birth control methods, then it’s okay.

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  • Lauren November 19, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Hi Fran πŸ™‚
    I am just starting my journey off the pill. I first discovered your Youtube channel long ago and I have been a fan ever since! I love your website, now siteS, you have been a huge help and inspiration!
    I want to get off the pill because I know it isn’t good for me and I want to become as healthy as I can be, naturally, before trying to conceive.
    I have the biggest fear of breaking out after I get off the pill. I am prone to acne. My mother has severe acne growing up and I began my battle with acne after I got my period when I was 15. It was moderate/severe acne, however I began to get adult hormonal acne after high school and I battled with cysts. My fear is that, like all the stories I have read and heard, my acne will come back worse after I get off the pill. I am on Amethia Lo. I got on birth control because of my moderate acne and because my cycles were so so heavy and 7-9 days long.
    I read an article on The Love Vitamin about a girl who got off her BC pill and got worse acne than she had before, so she got back on. Then when she went to get off the second time she weaned herself off by cutting her pills.
    This is what I am doing. Amethia Lo is a three month pill, so I only have 4 periods a year.
    I am planning on taking 1/4 off the pill for the first two months, then 1/2 for the next two months, then 3/4 for the last two and hopefully being off the pill after 6 months.
    Do you have any suggestions for coming off the pill without the acne?
    I have a healthy diet, I stay away from dairy and sugars as much as possible. I eat lots of veggies and fruits. I take Liv-Tox for my liver and probiotics. I am also using Acanya on my skin at night and it has helped my breakouts immensely. My first year on the pill I was clear 90% of the time, occasionally small breakouts, after that year my acne was coming back, not as bad as before the pill but still enough to frustrate me so I started the Acanya.
    I also have hypothyroidism.
    Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!!

    Thank you so much!!
    Lauren πŸ™‚

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    • Fran November 20, 2013, 5:13 pm

      Hi Lauren, first it does NOT mean that your acne will return after you come off the pill – please know that. My sister was on the pill for years, the first time she went off it she got cycstic acne, so she went back on it. The second time she went off it not a single spot. She was just emotionally in two different places at both times that she went off it.

      I haven’t heard of weening off the pill but if it works, hey go for it. However, the key is to getting your body into a healthy hormone balance, and this is best done through cleansing the body, topping up any minerals that we may be deficient in (the pill can actually make us deficient in a few essential minerals), and working on our stress and anxiety levels.

      Because you have a history of heavy bleeding, that root problem may have not corrected itself so after you cycle returns and if you still have heavy bleeding, then I recommend you get a hormone test done to see what is causing it. It could be as simple as too low progesterone and/or estrogen dominance which is easily addressed naturally. But considering you have hypothyroidism I’m guessing that it’s likely you have typically high levels of testosterone which would be the cause of your moderate to severe acne. Thyroid hormone insufficiency is one of the leading causes of elevated testosterone in women. Address both your hypothyroidism and your potential elevated testosterone (if you have it) and then your other hormones may come back into balance – which will likely be the cure for your skin. Just make sure to understand that your body need to do three huge things – balance its hormones back after it has been disrupted by synthetic hormones (which suppresses some of our bodies natural hormone production), top up any minerals that may have been leached from the pill, and then to fix your potential hormonal imbalance that was occurring even before you took the pill in the first place. This will take time so you need to be very gentle, loving and understanding with your body through this process, but it is possible to get there.

      I’m sure your diet is fine, don’t worry about that so much until you look further into what your thyroid and potential hormonal imbalance may need.

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      • Lauren November 21, 2013, 4:57 pm

        Seriously, thank you so much for your reply. It really means so much to me that you took the time to reply to my comment. You are such a sweet soul for helping so many people the way that you do. I went to see a naturopath (the only one in my city) two months ago, and she was awful. I wish I would have just scheduled a session with you instead. Which I am sure I probably will after coming off birth control πŸ™‚
        Do you recommend with my possible high levels of testosterone that I get on Estroblock? Or what supplements could I take to combat high levels of testosterone?
        Again, thank you so much for all your help and reply! It made my day :):)

        -Lauren, a grateful follower.

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        • Fran November 21, 2013, 6:19 pm

          Happy to help πŸ™‚

          EstroBlock is excellent for anyone on the pill and coming off the pill, so I definitely recommend it. For what to do about lowering testosterone, look at the page “Balance Your Hormones” and scroll to the section on lowering androgens.

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  • Celine November 17, 2013, 4:53 pm

    Woow, such an inspiring post! I had mild acne in my teen years and I also went on diane 35. When I decided to quit it, I suddenly was diagnosed with PCOS and also suffered from bad acne. Totally hormonal imbalanced! I’m still convinced that birth control caused me to have PCOS, because I’m very skinny and nobody in my family has it. I am back on birth control now, but not anymore on diane 35. I take a pill called ‘mercilon’ or ‘ethinylestradiol/desogestrel. This a light pill that fights androgens. My acne is OK now, but I would like it more clear.

    I would love to get off the pill, but I’m too scared to do it. I’m already taking estroblock. Fran, do you have any advice for what I can take or what I can do if I want to get off the pill? I’m also very light weighted, so with eating healthy (which I def. do, but it’s hard to cut out all carbs) that can be difficult. Also, in the Netherlands – where I live – doctors don’t believe yet in hollistic approaches so I’m scared no doctor can help me in this battle….

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    • Fran November 17, 2013, 6:24 pm

      Hi Celine, I’m glad you could find Dora’s story inspirational πŸ™‚ I’m writing a protocol for going off the pill in my next ebook which will be released in about a months time, if not sooner. In the meantime get inspiration from Dora’s story. You do not need to give up all carbs! Just simple carbohydrates are good to reduce or best cut out. Complex carbs are fine. Make sure you’re eating plenty of protein and lots of Omega-3. Not many doctors in the world understand, but natural therapists usually do, so you could look for one of those..

      x

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      • Celine November 18, 2013, 4:54 pm

        Thanks for your quick response! I’m only eating whole grains. Another question: I’m on estroblock right now – which I purchased on your website – since almost 2 weeks now. I feel like I’m breaking out more than I usual do. Is that normal? I suddenly have acne on my chin which I did not get for a long time. I’m afraid Estroblock makes my acne worse… could that be because I’m (problably) breaking out because of androgens?

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        • Fran November 18, 2013, 4:58 pm

          Hi Celine, this can be normal for some, a little worse acne before it gets better. Remember – it is a detox process! It’s working at shifting those bad estrogens out. Support your body with this detoxification process and you should find some relief – drink at least 2 liters of water per day, and consider doing daily enemas or weekly colonic hydrotherapy. Also support your liver – get onto some really good liver support herbs (support, not detox), and practice energetic support of your liver. You should find some relief and things will begin to shift soon.
          If you’d like to talk more in depth about your situation, book in an appointment and we can take a look together.

          x

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          • Emma Haycocks August 2, 2014, 2:18 pm

            Hi everyone, I am just about to starting weaning myself off dianette (diane 35) after going back on it for the second time due to severe acne after coming off it the first. I would be greatful for any feedback with regards to weaning off, even how you managed to cut your pill? Diane is very small, round and raised so I am finding it very difficult to cut it and I notice the coating it removed once it’s cut. Is this okay? Any feedback from anyone that has weaned would provide me with great hope as I am terrified of getting an outbreak like I did the first time! Thanks x

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            • Lauren August 13, 2014, 4:23 pm

              Hi Emma,

              I have been off the pill since late January of this year. I began weaning myself off of the pill in September of 2013. I wasn’t sure how to begin weaning myself off of the pill or if it was even a good option for me. I struggled with acne as a teen then in college I struggled with adult acne, it was mild/moderate so I decided at 22 to go on the pill. My roommate at the time was on a pill where you only had 4 periods a year, which at the time sounded GREAT to me. So when I went in for my first apt that is what I asked for. It cleared up my acne and worked great for about a year and then the acne came back, not terribly bad, however in my mind if I was going to be putting synthetic hormones in my body it better be controlling my acne at least. This is when I decided to go off… I wasn’t sure how to do it, and I had seen a post about weaning off birth control so I did my research and just decided to go for it. I wanted to wean off because I had heard so many horror stories about women who got off the pill and their acne came back worse. I was willing to try anything to prevent this.

              This was my planned regimen for weaning off BC:

              First 2 months: taking 3/4 of the pill.
              Next 2 months: taking 1/2 of the pill
              Last 2 months: taking 1/4 of the pill

              I stuck to my regimen for the first 4 months and in the 5th month I had to go to the ER because I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured, after that I quit BC cold turkey, I just didn’t want to mess with taking them anymore.
              7 months later and my face is still clear… I am pregnant now and that may have something to do with it, I am not sure.

              I am so glad I am not on birth control anymore. I have no intention of getting back on it after I deliver.
              My birth control gave me so many side effects, the worst being severe leg pain, almost everyday.

              My birth control pills, like I said were the 3 month packs, so I worried about cutting those and if it would be different than normal month to month pills, however, it didn’t bother me. My pills were small and round as well, but mine did not have a coating. I just shaved mine with a knife or a nail file.

              I hope you have success weaning off the pill. I remember how scared I was to start doing it, but looking back I am so glad I did.

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              • Emma August 16, 2014, 12:33 pm

                Hi Lauren,
                Thank you so much for sharing your story, it is very encouraging to hear on my weaning off birth control journey, fingers crossed it also works for me and many congratulations on your pregnancy! πŸ™‚ x

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                • Juliette January 27, 2019, 8:55 pm

                  Hi Emma,

                  I am very interested in knowing how that worked for you as I am now in the process of starting the weaning next month!

                  Hope it went well for you and best of luck in your journey xx

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                  • Aly October 2, 2019, 9:51 pm

                    Hi Juliette! Were you able to successfully wean off? What was your experience like?

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