I’m not exactly sure where to post this but this seems to be the best place, so here I go.
First of all, how is one supposed to approach the issue of wanting to come off the birth control pill with her gynecologist?
When I was 11 years old I had issues of heavy bleeding during monthly periods. Mom takes me to the doctor and they prescribe me with birth control to control the heavy bleeding as well as the acne. I have never used it for anything else other than these 2 things: acne and heavy bleeding. I have always been celibate (currently living 98% of my life being single).
I realize the whole “taking birth control as medication” is not so much a black-or-white issue in the Church, but I made the decision that I just can’t stand taking “the pill” anymore as a medication. I know about the disastrous side-effects of birth control, not to mention the fact that doctors usually prescribe it to treat the symptom, not the problem. As a teenager I had no idea what “birth control” was. I realize that if I am ever called the vocation of marriage, birth control pills being taken as medication would have to go.
I often wonder why I duped myself for so long even though I have never used birth control as a contraceptive. I just can’t stand the fact that I’m “tricking” my body, messing up my hormones, and the fact that I’m just pumping my body full of these dangerous chemicals which are not needed.
I do not have any experience with discussing these things with doctors or my gynecologist. I’m assuming that I would have to tell her the history of why I was originally put on birth control, and how my heavy bleeding problem was never really addressed. I also realize that coming off “the pill” will make my hormones go crazy as well as the fact that I will probably return to heavy cramping and bleeding. I’m assuming also, that I would need to discuss alternative medications that I could take to combat the horrible cramping and bleeding I originally experienced?
Sorry for the long post but I’m assuming there are other women on CAF who have went through this process of “coming off the pill” and how I should go about discussing this with my gynecologist (not knowing how she is going to react and all). Note that I only need advice with how I should go about discussing this issue with my gynecologist.