When I was 16 I was put on the birth control pill and didn’t go off it again until I was 22.
During the years that I was on the pill, I suffered from horrible, crazy mood swings, low libido, weight gain, anxiety and depression. I also had no idea that I had an undiagnosed underlying hormonal condition called PCOS that the pill was masking.
PCOS is the most common hormonal condition for women and the leading cause of female infertility.
After I stopped the pill, it took years (yep, years) for my period to return to normal. This is a common side effect that many women experience called “post pill syndrome”
In this episode of Girl Meets Body I’m sharing the details of my birth control pill experience, my crazy symptoms (which so many women have) and my eventual PCOS diagnosis in the hopes that it will shed some light on a murky subject!
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