I first decided to go on birth control in the hopes that it would cure my acne (you can read more about my struggles here and here). Almost all of my friends were on it, and they claimed that it was the miracle pill. Miracles it creates: it makes your boobs bigger, clears up your skin, and decreases your stress levels after having sex because, of course, it prevents BABIES.
My gynecologist was all for me going on the pill. I was a little more hesitant because there are other, not so great myths attached to the pill as well. It supposedly makes you gain weight, and can cause depression and decreased sex drive among other things. I’m also kind of against taking any medication; I believe more in natural cures and barely even take Tylenol. BUT I was (and still am) desperate to try anything that might smooth out my complexion, so I went for it and started on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo.
When I went in to talk to my doctor about it, she told me that you DO NOT gain weight when you go on the pill; it’s a myth. In the 6 months that I’ve been on it, I have gained a little weight, but I think it’s my own fault and I usually gain some weight over the winter anyway. She told me that it MIGHT help my acne, it varies from person to person. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t notice much of a difference, but I have friends who say it’s completely gotten rid of all their skin troubles.
As for my boobs, you know how when you get your period your boobs get a little bigger? They just stay that way. They’re not going to grow a full cup size. Maybe half a cup size. You can tell in the beginning, but it’s not THAT noticeable. And of course, as long as you take it at the same time everyday, you can have all the sex you want (just keep in mind that unless both you and your partner have been recently tested for STDs, you should still be using protection).
I’ve found that it relieves all the stress I used to have after having sex, because you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant. Your period comes on the same day every month, is lighter, and for me it only lasts 4 days. WOO! As long as you’re smart and safe about it, stress isn’t something that we should have to associate with sex, in my opinion.
Are you on birth control? What’s your experience with it? Would you consider going on it after reading this?