is it bad to be on birth control for an extended period of time? I have been on birth control for 10 years. Is that going to effect me when I want to have children?
birth control is not designed or intended to render you infertile. Many women who have been on hormonal birth control for long periods of time report that it takes them a bit longer to become pregnant when they stop taking birth control but eventually, they do get pregnant. It could take you up to a year to become pregnant as your body begins ovulating again. If you have already been trying for six months or are over 35, then I would suggest seeing your doctor who may be able to help you conceive more quickly or refer you to a fertility specialist.
I was on it for 10 years, all through my teenage years and into my twenties. Oh my goodness!!! It is like my body never went through the teen stage of ugliness because I have acne all over my cheeks! Nothing, and I mean nothing helps. It is all hormonal mostly. I didn't get my girl time regularly for 2 years once I quit. Forget trying to find out when I can concieve. I have anywhere between 2-4 months between periods. It is more regular now after 2 1/2 yrs. off and I feel like I'm getting closer. People think I'm 16 because I can't even wear make-up to hide my acne. I know I didn't grow right because of the birth control.YUCK!!! Sometimes I want to go on it just to heal my acne but my husband always says you can't mess something up to make something better(IT KILLS YOUR CELLS!)
Not sure how good or bad it is to be on it for that long (I was, from 21-29). Regardless, I quit last summer finally. I was going to many times prior to that, but was worried after reading forums about the side effects of quitting, like bad skin etc.
When I first stopped, I had an array of effects over nearly half a year which included weight gain and then my hair falling out. My breasts got very swollen at one point too. It was all very strange.
Then, everything basically stopped and I lost a bunch of weight (nearly ten pounds), stopped having weird cravings (especially for sweets) and my period is just as regular as when I was on it! Plus, I feel WAY better overall -- I feel like my body is working on its own now. I am so glad I stopped taking it and wish I''d stopped much earlier. Of course, safe sex is now a necessity.