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I Stopped Taking Birth Control…Here’s What Happened

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at DESU chapter.

I Stopped Taking Birth Control…Here’s What Happened

Caleisha Braxton

I’ve been on birth control since a month before my 18th birthday, I’m 20 years old now. I was taking a combination-hormone bill and my doctors assured me it would not cause any side effects such as weight gain.  In the time span of 2 years I’ve gained about 80-90ls, have had terrible mood swings, and have acquired terrible anxiety. Sometimes I get so depressed I lay in bed all day and cry. After a break-up, I decided I should stop taking birth control all together. It’s been the first month and the first noticeable difference was my skin! I was breaking out terribly with hormonal acne; I assume it came from my hormones being imbalanced now. It was embarrassing, but and took weeks to get back to normal but left me with acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Next was my weight… I actually dropped a noticeable few pounds. Friends would ask if I had been in the gym recently, when the only change in my life was the discontinuation of birth control. Other changes include a bigger craving for sweet foods, some low moods but an overall more consistent mood pattern. Honestly, I will probably be back on birth control, but I will change the method. There are many other methods of that might suit me so it won’t end here for me. Know your body and make sure you catch changes before they become to serious.

Hey! My name is Caleisha Braxton and I currently attend Delaware State University for a degree in Mass Communications. From a young age, speaking to people and writing were my strongest attributes and I decided to pursue a career in Public Relations. Im from the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Growing up in the inner city of West Philadelphia shaped me to become a strong-willed and independent person. Regardless of my background, I prevailed to become a 4.0 student in college. Being from the area I am, I want to be successful to make both my family and community proud, especially since I am I First Generation College student.I use writing to relax myself and also to inform others.
Born and raised in sunny California but am currently attending DESU. Studying mass communications & theatre. Hopefully you'll see me on TV some day but for now, you can read some of my articles!