It’s been a month now since I stopped using my NuvaRing and went off hormonal contraception. I promised I’d keep you posted on how it’s going, so I think it’s time for an update! In case you missed my first post about going off hormones, you may want to read that first. I explain all my reasons for why I decided to stop, my expectations for the transition period and after, and what I’m planning to use for contraception now.
I’m going to be honest with you straight away: this has been the most underwhelming change since I went vegan. It seems like whenever I make a big change like this, I go in expecting all these fabulous results that people on the internet get from it, and then… nothing happens. As of yet I don’t feel any different than I did on hormones. I do feel good, but no different than I did before. None of that it feels like a veil has been lifted feeling, no more intense emotions or “emotional flatness”. This may still change as it’s only been a short while since I stopped, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see about that. So far I feel the same mood-wise. Now as with going vegan, I’m not actually doing it for amazing differences in how I feel. The lack of change in this department so far isn’t any reason for me to go back on hormones, and in fact I’m glad I didn’t end up feeling worse (which was a possible outcome as well).
As the month progressed, I wrote down any symptoms I experienced that might possibly be connected to going off hormones. I have no way of knowing whether they actually are connected, some of them may have had other causes, but I thought I’d jot everything down anyway as my main goal here is to share my personal experience. So let’s go!