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I started taking hormonal birth control pills when I was 18 years old. They worked great for years. I had regularity; I had clear skin; I didn’t cramp—I had very little PMS at all. Then, right around my 21st birthday, something changed.

I started taking hormonal birth control pills when I was 18 years old. They worked great for years. I had regularity; I had clear skin; I didn’t cramp—I had very little PMS at all. Then, right around my 21st birthday, something changed.

I don’t know why, but all of the sudden the tiny pills that had helped me for years started to make my body act crazy. I had spotting for weeks and it wouldn’t go away. I also suddenly had the most intense vertigo, which caused nausea and headaches. I couldn’t lie down without feeling like the room around me was spinning out of control. Bright lights triggered headaches. Turning my head or bending over caused the spins. It was a nightmare. So, I stopped the pill cold turkey (the symptoms abated) and went to see a gyno.

My doctor told me she had never heard of the pill causing what I had experienced, and didn’t seem to believe me, but she humored me in my quest to find a non-hormonal birth control option. I settled on the copper IUD—my insurance covered it completely. Seven years of peace of mind for free!

I didn’t give too much thought to the side effects because I thought the trade-off was worth it. I also was told that the worst of it would go away after several months. But, here I am, 26 years old, and I still have the same symptoms.

I have adult acne. Like crazy. I can’t get rid of it, and it flares up even worse around my time of the month. My breasts are swollen and painful for a week before my period. I have cramps so bad I just want to lay in my bed for a whole day. My periods are super heavy and last more than five days. I have long said goodbye to regularity—my cycles range from 28–42 days.

The last two gynos I have seen have both told me my only option for relief was to go back onto hormonal birth control. I don’t buy that. There has to be something. Maybe Fertility Tea? I’m not sure.

But hey, at least there’s a 99.9% chance I won’t get pregnant!

These choices women have to make—they’re not so great.

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Because we celebrate women and all that their bodies challenge them with. Fertility Tea, developed by Dr Nat Kringoudis TCM, is here to support women through the hormonal challenges of fertility issues, PMS, PCOS, and Endometriosis.

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