As happens with many adolescent girls, I found myself at 15 years of age with terrible acne and was swiftly put on the contraceptive pill, which I stayed on for over 10 years. At 26, once I’d really cleaned up my diet and lifestyle, I intuitively felt that in order to feel aligned with my values of health and wellness, I’d need to stop taking this little pill every day. So I came off it.
I haven’t made my journey with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) much of a secret. I’ve written here, here and here all about my experience coming off the contraceptive pill after over a decade of usage, only to find that my period didn’t come back – for a year!
Diagnosed with PCOS and given butt-loads of conflicting and confusing advice from friends, family, my GP, Google, books and blogs, it was a challenging and confronting year at times as I set out ‘debunking PCOS’. I’ve also made no secret about just how much Nat Kringoudis (as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist and Natural Fertility Educator as well as women’s wellness blogging SUPERSTAR), helped bring clarity to my situation and empowered me to make the best decisions for my body.
I’ve imagined what it would feel like to write this post so many times. The excitement. The relief.
The thought that – maybe this is too much to share – because that fear is definitely there. But gently reminding myself why I show up on this blog, brings me back. To connect with you. To share my journey and (hopefully) empower you as you go along your own.
So, without further ado. The time has come. The day has arrived. *squeal!*
I’m throwing a period party!!
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Finally, after 12 months (almost to the day – freaky) after coming off the contraceptive pill, my period has returned. I got my period back!