MissElectricRed (misselectricred) wrote in vaginapagina,
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Quitting Hormonal Birth Control Questions & Concerns

Hello everyone! I found this awesome group through IUD_Divas and decided to ask a few questions here.

I am 20 years old and have been on HBC (Lo Estrin FE) for close to 6 years. I originally went on for bad period cramps and heavy bleeding. The HBC definitely helped with those issues but I've now ran into a new issue that slowly started 2 years ago when I decided to skip taking a week off and continue straight into a new pack of pills. My libido is completely gone, extreme vaginal dryness inside and out and I'm feeling less energetic. It's like menopause without the other symptoms. Sex is painful for me and my partner.

My fiancé and I have been together for almost 3 years now and our relationship is good. I am attracted to my partner and even he has noticed the changes. I eat fairly healthy and workout 5 days a week. I originally decided to go with Paragard IUD but my fiancé decided on a Vasectomy due to a genetic health issue he could pass along plus we decided against having children all together. Besides the side effects I am having now, HBC hasn't caused me any other issues thankfully.

I have read about certain herbs to take while coming off. Macaroot, Fem Rebalance, Vitex & Dong Quai. Did these herbs help any of you who may have went through a similar situation?
I have also invested in a good multivitamin and probiotic as well.

Is there anything else I should expect when coming off?

If there's any advice you guys could offer it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.
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