I went on birth control at a really early age...basically when I was 12! My mom wanted to spare me from experiencing horrible acne. I suffered with minor acne in jr high and high-school. Nothing major but it still affect my self esteem. Against my mother's warnings, when I was 18 I went off of birth control (Ortho-trycyclen). Within 6 months I was experiencing these dark deep purple "zits" which were very painful and didn't go away. I was horrified and bought all kinds of makeup to cover them. It was everywhere- jawline, temples, cheeks, etc. After 13 months of being off the pill, I went on 3 months off accutane and back on a generic birth control. My acne cleared up great, but it still came back.
In September 2010 I switched from the generic birth control to another form...and my skin FREAKED OUT again....except this time it seemed MUCH worse. I went back on ortho-tryclen in Feb 2011 and slowly my skin began to calm down. My GI tract is all messed up (who knows from BC or accutane) but now I have a dairy free, caffeine free, gluten free diet and I have really really good skin now.
I am worried like every other woman about what will happen when I go off the pill to have a family. I believe I will just taper off birth control. I read on here somewhere that a woman did that for a year...gradually just took less and less doses, cutting the pills in half. I think I will definitely talk to my doc (whoever they will be) before I go off and express my concerns to him/her.
Who knows...maybe I would have had horrible cystic acne all along but birth control truly prevented it. If this is the case, then I don't regret taking birth control. However, if it just created a dependency on the hormones, then I hope to be wise in the future when I stop taking it...I don't want to stop cold turkey and have my body freak out!
y3rfd0gMember Since 27 Jan 2011
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