My question is mostly curiosity. If you've gone off of your HBC, did you notice an upswing in libido? It never really used to affect me much when I was younger, but here lately, the HBC almost seemed to have been doing more harm than good. FWIW, I'm 30 years old now, have been on HBC for probably 10 years, though not solid. I had periods of being off of it, due to money mostly.
I'm sort of irritated at being off it, but at the same time, I kinda feel... different now, and different from the younger me that wasn't on HBC. Because previously, I needed it for that estrogen boost. But it seems like I got worse mood swings while on the HBC. This last time I'd been on HBC for 2-3 years.
I'm hoping in the next couple years to be able to have a kid with my husband, and afterward, I'm going to seriously consider an IUD.
Any anecdotal stories would be welcome, I'm just sort of wondering if age has changed my reaction to HBC.
Also, how early is too early to be considered pre-menopausal? Is it normal to have hot flashes this early?