I have been on the birth control pill since November of 1988. I'm 40 and I'm starting to wonder if I should think about a different birth control method. Do I really need to have artificial hormones in my body every single day of my life? It's not that I feel bad, necessarily, but I wonder if I might feel better without all the artificial hormones. Would it be easier for me to get fit and lose weight without artificial estrogen? Would I have a better/worse time with perimenopause without the pill? I have so many questions I don't know how to answer.
I'm still young enough to get pregnant without reliable birth control, so figuring out another method would be one thing to consider. My husband has even said he would get a vasectomy if that was what I wanted. After all, I've taken care of the birth control all of these years, so maybe it's his turn.
The other, and maybe even bigger question is how I would feel without the hormones. What if I felt awful? I had bad periods when I was a teenager, but I have no idea what my body would be like on its own as an adult. In a way, I'm already on hormone replacement therapy even though I'm not old enough to be in menopause yet.
Have any of you made the switch and if so, do you feel better? Worse? I'd be really curious to hear some stories from real people who have made this decision.