I have always been a firm believer in letting nature run its course. But nature sometimes got messy and heavy. So when I went on the pill my sophomore year of college, I felt as though I had just began walking on this path of passage into womanhood. But why did birth control make me feel like a woman for the first time in my life? Was it because I felt like I was ready to be sexually active? Because at the time I wasn’t. It just made me feel prepared I guess? But my relationship with the pill was anything but a walk down a beautiful path — I bled like crazy, clotted an unhealthy amount, and used more tampons in one week than I could even count. This was not a pleasant experience. And if this made girls feel like women then count me out. Not only was I experiencing heavy, unbearable periods, but I was breaking out with acne for the first time in my life. My hormones hated me, and I didn’t like that. At 19 years old I wanted to have a glow up, not a blow up every time I went to change my tampon. After about 11 months I made the decision to stop taking the pill. I’d rather have a heavy period once a month, rather than bleed non stop for 3 weeks out of the month. I didn’t want a little pill to balance out my hormones, I wanted to do that myself. I became obsessed with trying holistic methods and diet changes to figure out my little uterus problem. It has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had. My body is temple, my body doesn’t need certain things, and my body sure as hell doesn’t want certain things disrupting its flow. Be smart, be aware, and be in tune with this beautiful gift that you walk around in everyday.
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