Birth control ruined my life

by Eliz
(Ohio, US )

Hello, I am a 24 year old female from the US. I have been on birth control since I was 14. I normally was either on the pill or depo vera shot. When I was 20 I got the nexplanon implant. Last January (2019) I decided to get it taken out and just not use birth control anymore. About a month after when I started getting periods again I felt like I was dying. I would shake uncontrollably. I had constant fevers and terrible anxiety. My anxiety became so bad that I missed months of work. I would get dizzy and feel like nothing was real. I have NEVER had anxiety like this. I noticed it was extremely bad at the beginning and end of my periods. I saw multiple doctors and obgyn's and none of helped me at all. They all either tried to prescribe me xananx or tell me to go talk to a therapist. I asked them to check my hormone levels and every time my progesterone was low. Still no help from them, I decided to go back on the nexplanon. My symptoms are not as bad, but still I have crazy mood swings and my anxiety has never gone away.

This is not normal and I want my life back. I have been using the cream a week and two days. I've been taking omega 3 and d3 everyday for six months now and it has helped some. I don't want to leave my house ever because of how I feel. Before the nexplanon I was happy and healthy and wanted to take on the world. After about three days of using this cream I started my period and my anxiety is always way worse when I am on my period. Is there hope? I am currently using 8 pumps a day sometimes more.

Any advice at all would be helpful. I want to get the nexplanon out but I'm scared and I cannot afford to miss anymore work.

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Jan 23, 2020
Birth control ruined my life
by: Joy

Hi Eliz

I am so sorry that you are going through this. ALL Contraceptives have a potential to cause harm. Having the nexplanon removed and inserted again has put your body into a complete tizz. The side effects are simply not worth it, anxiety is one of them. Please read the page on Anxiety.

Progesterone therapy will help you but it takes time and patience. It can take 2-6 months before positive results are achieved, it may take longer. You have only been using progesterone for just over a week. It can disrupt the cycle when first using it. Please give it time and please consider having the nexplanon removed. It could be a bumpy ride for you while your body adjusts to progesterone but if you can persevere it will be worth it in the end. Please use the cream every day with NO breaks. Continue to do so until your cycle returns to normal and you feel stable. You can then start to reduce the amount of cream used to a level that suits you.

You are also suffering from Estrogen Dominance the use of progesterone can make symptoms worse in the beginning. Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page.

I do hope that you start to feel better soon.

Jan 27, 2020
Nexplanon
by: Eliz

I am so scared to get the nexplanon out because last time I couldn’t even move and My anxiety was so bad I didn’t feel real. But I know I need too. Do you think if I get it out the Natpro will help combat those ugly side effects? I am terrified to miss work.

Jan 31, 2020
Nexplanon
by: Joy

Hi Eliz

Natpro will help but as mentioned it takes time and patience and often things get worse before they get better. Use Natpro for a month before you have the nexplanon removed, this should help. If symptoms get worse, then increase the amount of progesterone used. You will have to experiment to see what suits you best. Usually between 100-200mg of cream is needed, but I suggest that you start with 200mg per day, half in the morning and the other half at night and see how you get on with that.

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