For those of you who were on the pill...

I went off the pill about a month ago now, and wasn't sure if I'd notice any symptoms or changes... but I've been getting pretty frequent headaches (which I had before going on the pill, but I guess taking the pill helped them). I find myself popping a lot of pain medication these days, and I don't really want to rely on that. Do any of you have any suggestions for hormonal headache remedies? I'd like to find something that's safe to use during pregnancy. :)


I've also been breaking out more since going off the pill... joy! ;) 


TIA!

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 1:44 am
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I use Japanese Mint Oil for headaches (and muscle aches and if I can't sleep). A couple of drops rubbed into my temples and sitting for a couple of minutes to breath it in and they tend to go away.
I get mine from a local health food store
Posted on February 16, 2013 at 2:19 am
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Thank you, Canooknic! :)

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 2:33 am
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I also can highly recommend Japanese Mint Oil. It help me a lot with my hormone related migraine mostly before AF arrive. Be sure not to take any pills with Ibuprofen. It's ok before you`re getting preggo but as soon as you know cut these out. HTH :) 

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 6:34 am
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Thanks so much GermanBride! With both of your recommendations I'm definitely going to check out the Japanese Mint Oil. I've heard about the Ibuprofen.. that's why I wanted to be sure to cut it out before getting pregnant, just so I have another solution to turn to. Thank you!!

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 10:43 am
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According to my Dr, Tylenol is safe while pregnant (not every single day though since it can lead to liver/kidney issues). 


When I went off my BCP I got headaches too... they shouldnt last for too much longer. But when you get pregnant, they come back with a vengeance :( I also broke out really bad about a month after I went off BCP. Its your all those hormones regulating themselves. I found that simplifying my skin care regimen with a gentle cleanser & moisturizer helped. I was having breakouts AND dry skin at the same time, so simplicity was necessary...  

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 7:06 am
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:-( Sorry it is so rough!  I went off 3 weeks ago and have noticed a couple days of mild head aches.  They've been mild, but considering I rarely get a head ache I've been a bit of a wuss.  Otherwise, so far (*fingers crossed*) I haven't noticed any changes.  But I think it can take a while for the drugs to make there way out, so I'm not too optimistic I'm out of the woods yet.

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 7:29 am
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Athena..it sounds like you're mostly in the clear though, which is great! I guess it makes sense - your body is used to these hormones for so long, and then you suddenly switch it up. I just want to make sure I find something besides pain meds to deal with them, as I don't want to be popping pills while pregnant. Going to WholeFoods tomorrow to see if I can find Japanese Mint Oil! 

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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Oh this is great to know! AF is here now and I plan on getting off BC after this next cycle. I was wondering what I should expect since I can't remember when I've been off. Let me know how Japanese Mint Oil works. I get headaches pretty constantly. My doctor put me in a nasal steroid and it's been working. But I'll have to stop that when I get off BC, and I'm afraid that combo might drive me insane!

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:36 am
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Thanks, Jenny.  Based on some reading I did last night I think I made out pretty lucky.  No breakouts either.  It's just the waiting game for AF and how regular she'll be.

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:25 am
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Oh, WARNING!!  Hormones.  Are crazy I'm finding.  Way more emotional.  DH and I had a talk about it last night (I've been easier to push to and over the edge lately...to innocent people like DH and my parents :-().  Anyway, he said when we decided I'd go off he Googled "wife going off BC" and stuff came back about head aches and what not, but also one point about how your wife will go crazy with moodswings for the first while.  The article said "have no fear, the woman you love will return to you shortly".  I haven't been that bad, but it is a bit crazy not feeling like yourself emotionally.

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:27 am
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Totally understand, Athena! When you think about it, our bodies are going through a lot and our hormones are completely thrown off. Good to hear there's an end in sight though... also a very worthy reason to be off of the pill :) I tried finding Japanese Mint Oil today at Whole Foods and they didn't have it. Think I may just order it off of Amazon.

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 11:54 am
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Athena, I didn't even think about all of this when coming off BC. I always talk about how I hardly PMS but I wonder if I will when off? Poor husbands! ;) It does makes sense though.


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Posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:21 am
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@ Nicole I know, you just don't realize how much it has been controlling your body!  If I knew what I know now when I was engaged, I would have gone off BCP while engaged and just used fertility awareness methods.  I did luck out with my skin staying super clear, so I guess you win some and lose some :-\

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 12:32 am
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I am just now stopping my BCP since DH and I want to start trying in June or July.  I'm scared! I've been on BCP since I was 16 (for ovarian cysts) and I'm wondering how my body will respond. My GYN said it really shouldn't be a big deal, but we'll see.  I'm kind of wishing I had gone off sooner, too... 

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:01 am
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AJava...if it's any consolation, I was on for a long time too and only came off 2 months or so before we started trying (this month is our first month of trying), and I went back to having my regular period right away. I was really scared this wouldn't be the case.. I know it's not for many women, but it is possible! The breaking out has subsided this month, but the headaches... OY. I've had one almost every day. Still trying to get my hands on Japanese Mint Oil! 

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:22 am
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Thanks Jenny! That made me feel better.

I have also been getting really bad headaches the last few days... I'm not sure if it's because I went off BCP or from taking prenatal vitamins. I didn't take a vitamin today and I don't have a headache for the first time in 4 days. Ugh.
Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

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