This message has been started for those of us who made the decision to toss our hormonal birth control methods and go au naturel. Please tell us what pill you were on. How long you were on, what side effects you had that made you quit, how long it has been since you quit the pill and how you are feeling these days. I think it would be great for those of us who are on the fence to see the difference. Also, if you want to share any withdrawal symptoms, that would probably be helpful too! I'm so happy I found this forum! Anyhow here's my info: 1. Have been on several types of pills...most recently Alesse and the Nuvaring for approximately 1.5 years. Have been on and off BC for about 8 years though. 2.Side effects-major depression, crying jags, sensitivity, anxiety, fear, feeling numb to life and love, much lower libido. I had the same effects no matter what pill i was on--i just was too afraid to get pregnant to go off sooner, but now i value my body more, and am able to handle my fertility with mature awareness and dedication and my partner is 100% supportive (which helps a lot!) 3.It's only been 2 weeks hormone free, but already my crying jags have pretty much disappeared...my anxiety is much more manageable, I'm sleeping better, my depression is lifting, and I had my first orgasm in 4 months last week! SO powerful too, not weak at all, heheh. 4. Withdrawal symptoms so far--headachey the first few days, really felt completely bloated, and my boobs were very sore. Also very tired for the first week, but that seems to be lifting, because I only got 5 hours of sleep last night and I haven't hit a slump yet today and it's 5:15pm! Anyhow--I know my first few periods are going to be much more painful--but I'm willing to ride it out till my hormones normalize. I'm looking forward to this process. Thanks!