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Going off the pill at 50

cindy57
15 years ago

Hi, I'm so glad this forum is here. Normally I go into the rose forum but never dreamed this one was on the gardenweb. Anyway I have been on Birth Control Pills for the last 30 years and was told one month before my 50th birthday to go off the pill due to high blood pressure.

I'm trying to find women who have experienced the same thing I'm going through now. I have been off for two months now and am experiencing hot flashes and night sweats. My gyn Doctor gave me a perscription for synthetic progesterone and told me to take it for three months or until I got my first period. Well after researching this drug I decided to go the natural route and use Natural Progesterone Cream. I have been using it for 21 days on and 7 days off like you would taking the pill. I still have'nt got my period and plan on using the cream one more month. My blood pressure has become lower but it is still not in the normal range. My question is How long did it take for the pill to get out of your system and lower your blood pressure (my doctor says 6 weeks) but I think I should give myself another month before going on blood pressure medicine. 2nd question is am I using the progesterone cream right and how long can I keep using it whether I get a period or not. I'm hoping some one out there has gone through this same thing and can shed some light on my problem

Thanks.

Cindy

Comments (123)

  • Jennifer
    5 years ago

    I have no idea if there is a correlation between our mother's menopause and ours. My mother passed away at 42 (breast cancer) and her mother at 39 (alcohol/diabetes) yet the grandmother died at 100. So far I'm ok since I made it to 46! Looking to hear others' responses.

  • klimprecht
    5 years ago

    Sorry you lost your mom so young. Mine passed away in 2016 after having a stroke and then heart problems. I was never close enough to have this discussion with her anyway but I remember when she went through menopause because she was a nightmare to deal with.

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  • cmfield11
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    Hello again!!! Need to add a postscript to my above post....re: my statement about never having weight issues my whole life. A year and a half before I turned 47, I dropped down 20lbs in a little over a month, to the lowest weight I had been since puberty! That's alot of weight to lose for me, I am 5'6", large breasted and muscular - well, I became RIPPED, but also lost some of my boobs which has NEVER happened....hubbs was not happy!! And most people, told me I was too skinny....but it was kinda fun, I wont lie! ;) Still, I don't know why it happened...I just suddenly lost my appetite completely! Most likely stress, as was dealing with aging parents and the issues surrounding. But then about 15 months later it started to come back and I had an appetite and then some and the weight came back on FAST...and it looked like it was ALL FAT. After that weight came back and little bit more, is when I found out about the Hashimoto's diagnosis, so the quick loss and gain back, could have actually been part of that! But after getting the right Armour dosaging down, I was back to my previous happy place weight! But then came the terrible decision to go off the birth control.....and here I am looking like the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man.....and miserable.....So, yes, I have had weight issues, but it was just that one time, and that was a thyroid issue....I get tested regularly and my thyroid is fine....this is ALL a female hormone issue and it sucks!!! If this happened to men, we'd have a "cure" already!! Off to take my BC pill......while crossing my fingers.....;)

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  • cmfield11
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    Hi Jennifer! Yes, It is comforting to know we gals are NOT losing our minds and this is all very real, as proven by how many women have posted here and for so long! I've looked on to other blog boards and there are many others in same boat, it's just criminal that the medical community won't pay more attention to THIS change in a women's life, as it really can be BEYOND disruptive! In any event, I do hope you continue on your smooth ride!! Please keep us posted! I will,too re; my new round of the pill....I don't know if its just pure hope, but I could swear I feel better already....I definitely don't feel as bloated today and it's only been a couple of days back on...we'll see if that continues....All the best! ; )

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  • newsgirl23
    4 years ago

    I was terrified of going off the pill after 30 years of being on it with no breaks. It was fine. I've been off for 4 months, no period and hot flashes like crazy so I've decided to go back on the Pill on advice from dr. I'm having too many night sweats so interrupting my sleep. My first FSH test in Feb was 75.4 and I just re-took it last week and came back with 92. So, going to go back on pill to try to stave off these hotflashes. I tried clonidine for a couple of weeks but it didn't really help. I'm 47.

  • HU-657873527
    4 years ago

    Glad I found this thread.

    Im 56 and have been told by my Dr to get off YAZ because they are not allowed to prescribe it at my age. Ive been stable on it for years. Im now on a patch and prometrium which gives me migraines, itchy skin and androgenic alopecia...yuck.

    Ive had a blood test which indicated I am in pituitary failure for fsh hormone.

    Id like to try going off it completely but dont know what to expect.

  • newsgirl23
    4 years ago

    I'm now a month back on the Pill and my hot flashes are GONE - thank god! I'm sleeping through the night again too. Whew. I am taking Vagifem and that also has helped tremendously with the vaginal dryness.

  • Cathi de Vriend
    4 years ago

    My Doctor switched me over from Estelle to a lower dose eostrogen Pill - Femme. I think they're the generic names. I did research on both brands of contraceptive pills, and it's only been 2 weeks, but so far so good - no signs of menopause - winning! I was concerned over the problems associated with Estelle as it's a strong pill and I have really bad varicose veins. I'm planning to eventually cut back to one pill every second day and slowly stop altogether if I get no signs of menopause. This will be an experiment with a spare packet of pills on hand if needed. I'm determined to skip menopause if it kills me! I'm 17 months off 60 now, and after the dreadful signs of peri-menopause at 40 after my hysterectomy, and successfully stopping it with Estelle, I'm hesitant to take the risk of full blown menopause. If it gets me, I know I'll be one of those to suffer badly from past experience. My poor 84 year old mother still gets hot flashes! Not good...

  • Jay Cee
    4 years ago
    last modified: 4 years ago

    Great reading this thread as I navigate this transition. Thank you all.

    I'm 50, was on monophasic low-dose pill for 25 years, which corrected PMDD (as part of early research study), ovarian cysts, acne. Basically, the pill "fixed" everything. After "fixing" my disabling depression (PMDD) went on to grad school, launching my own biz, lots of good stuff. Overall I felt lucky to have a good quarter century and know what it was like to be "normal" after so much suffering. I took continuous-dose bc (3 months on, 1 week off) to prevent depression, which worked well for me. I was lucky to have worked with a research group that would prescribe it this way prior to FDA approvals of seasonal bc pills.

    Given my fears of severe depression, I have prepped for going off BC pills since my 49th birthday and slowly tapered down (on advice from GP and research colleague) pills for a full year, until I was down to 1/4 pill 3 days a week. Though there was no way to test my FSH while on the pill, I sensed prior to 49 that things were changing -- brain fog started at age 45, vaginal dryness, even on the pill, started at 48, but became very bad once pill tapering began, and also weight gain/shift to abdomen. Started Vagfem 2 months ago which has worked very well for me for vaginal atrophy symptoms (urinary urgency, vag dryness). I completely stopped the bc pill 3 weeks ago then started phyto-estrogenic supplements (this is not a recommendation, but I'm one to experiment), including chaste-berry blend, resveratrol, and sea buckthorn oil for dryness. I'm definitely "hot flashy" but it's tolerable, skin breaking out, but using Retin-A and clay mask for now. BP normal, but it was inching up to the top of "good" while on the pill full strength. I want to keep BP down as I think this is a key to quality of life long term. Seeing a new gyn in 3 weeks (change in health coverage, unfortunately) and will decide whether further hrt is needed. I have scaled back my workload for now (normally a very heavy workload/hours) so I can keep up my "transition plan" - an absurdly healthy diet, light exercise every day, weights 2x a week, and allow myself to sleep in when insomnia hits (this is lifelong, but no tolerance for this getting worse). Worst habit is that I like wine...a lot. Trying to keep it to weekends, but I slip frequently.

    With the exception of the last months of scaled back work, I have always worked long hours. I plan to build my business out in my 50s and am not into suffering if avoidable. I need this decade! Any hint of the harrowing depression that comes with PMDD and I will have a steady flow of synthetic estrogen in my veins in a skinny minute. For now, I'll try to fly without it.

    I'll report back after the washout of hormones to add another "case study" to this thread. I encourage others who wrote about going off the pill initially to give us progress notes. It's very helpful to hear your challenges and also successes.

  • HU-53984147601814596272
    4 years ago

    Thanks for all the information on this thread! I am glad to know I am not alone. 53 and went to GYN last month and suddenly had HBP. I always had Low BP and am slim and athletic (runner, swimmer, weights, yoga) so that was a shock! I have endometriosis and always had periods from hell which were helped by Ortho Tri Cyclin. I have been on and off BC since 18. Every time I have been off it has been hell. One child 10 years ago through IVF. Doc said I absolutely have to go off BC due to the HBP and age. Went off on June 9th, cold turkey. Had a "pill period" 5 days later. 30 days after pill period I started with cramps and bloating etc and waited for my period. Cramps went away after 5 days but no period! Bloating and weight gain remain. I have no hot flashes, night sweats, migraines, fuzzy head etc. I have moodiness but that is part of my personality LOL. It might be more than usual but I would be moody no matter what after going through 5 days of cramps from hell! Waiting to see if period comes after 60 days or not and will be visiting my GYN for hormone tests etc. Love to hear updates from everyone!

  • djs1960
    4 years ago

    Hey Everyone! It’s now been 9 weeks since the last time I had a pill. Had a time the first month with headaches but they seem to be subsiding. The crazy thing was I had my blood pressure go UP after I stopped. WHAT??? I’m down 12 pounds since “before” (on purpose), so it’s the last thing I expected. Being super cautious, exercising, etc and keeping as healthy as I can. Actual menopause symptoms have been minor: mainly hot flashes, and a general crappy feeling around the time I would have had a period? No bleeding. Saw the OBGYN and did a blood test. I’m through menopause. So glad I was over 55 when I went off pill..

  • HU-53984147601814596272
    4 years ago

    Follow up. I started my period the day after I wrote my comments
    above. It is a pretty average period for me so maybe not going into
    menopause yet!

  • HU-581544368
    4 years ago

    I have just stopped using birth control about 2 weeks ago I'm 51 will be 52 in 3 months. I noticed that I had started to gain weight 10 pounds to be exact. Has anyone had this problem. I have been on birth control for 29 years non stop and have high blood pressure. But I am more concerned with the weight gain cause I am at 196 and it makes me sick. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

  • cmfield11
    4 years ago

    I am the same age, been on pill about as long. I went off a while back and the SAME thing occurred. All I can say, is if you are not in menopause yet, you need to keep things as consistent as possible. I went back on and the weight came off, and I felt better, too. I woudl also have you r thyroid checekd. I foun out 5 years ago, upon entering perimenpause , that I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis....also causes weight gain! Best of luck....this whole thing is not definitely NOT EASY!!!!

  • HU-878901167
    3 years ago

    I am confused about who actually does the test to determine if I am premenopausal is it the OB/gyn or GP both my docs say different things. I have the high blood pressure recently on meds & seems to be coming down into normal range.

  • cmfield11
    3 years ago

    There is no "real" test for it. A blood test of your hormones might reveal a decrease which is a sign...but b/c hormones fluctuate so much one day you could appear to be perimenopausal one day and 2 days later you may not. My doctor ( an integrative hormone specialist) says it's best to go by symptoms, as you know your body best. So, symptoms + blood work is best to get a better indication. And if you are on the pill you must be off a good 3 months + to get a decent read at all......

  • HU-428134540
    3 years ago

    Has anyone experienced memory issues after going off the pill? I'm 52 and went off the pill 3 months ago because my doctor said she couldn't prescribe it anymore due to my age. All of a sudden, since going off the pill, I feel like i'm losing my mind! My memory is definitely getting bad. I am so terrified that I may be developing dementia, but am hoping it is hormonal and treatable. Any thoughts or advice?

  • djs1960
    3 years ago

    A “new message” email brought me back here, so I thought I’d add a 10 month later update. And for HU-428134540, memory “fog” is a common symptom of menopause, so I figure stopping the pill cold turkey makes it really obvious! A good friend in her mid sixties told me the “sixties are great”, as everything levels out and the fog clears... so I am hoping! Fifty eight (58) years old, off the pill for 10 months, and never got a period, the headaches have lessened, hot flashes manageable but still occurring. OBGYN suggested black cohosh when I transitioned, and I keep taking it. No idea if it helps, but doesn’t seem to hurt so I maintain. Weight is my continuing struggle. And again, thankful I was older when I went cold turkey, because at 50 or so, it would have been much worse. Be well everyone!


  • HU-35819347
    3 years ago

    Dear HU 428, I would get a new doctor my gyro did the same thing to me but I got a new doctor and I am still taking yaz at 57 although I take one a week now. I have never had a hot flash or any meno issues. They don’t tell you that even though your period stops you will still have meno symptoms you have to regulate your hormones or your life will be miserable.

  • graykat44
    3 years ago
    last modified: 3 years ago

    Howdy everybody! Well, just passed my one year mark. Almost 56. No periods so I guess I am DONE! So annoyed with myself for not knowing that the pill induces a period. I probably went through menopause years ago. Hot flashes come and go, I found that monitoring my emotions helps as well as avoiding any quick temperature changes, as my body seems to go into overdrive to regulate it. So, for me, don’t like hot flashes but I’m not letting it dominate my life. Hubs likes a very, very warm room to sleep in, again, instead of getting upset, I just regulate me and if I wake up too hot, I don’t let myself get worked up about it. So while a night without waking up is rare, hot flashes or not, overall, my sleep is pretty good. I feel more rested now than I did on the pill. Additionally, as far as weight gain, started caring for parents and lost some weight. Weirdly being around them and eating on their schedule has helped me find my old way of life. I had been eating very little trying to lose weight, yet, now it seems like I can’t eat enough! So I’m going to say that perhaps my weight gain has been due to denied depression, sitting around depressed, eating unsatisfying food and thinking that the gym would compensate for a life that was mostly sleeping and sitting. Still little to no sex but glad to have lost some weight. Going to add body weight training and see how I do. Yes, menopause is different for everyone. I will say that for as much as I have read on exercise and other health related topics I am disappointed in myself for not educating myself better on menopause and am so ill prepared for what it brings. Guess, really, I still am I’ll prepared and uninformed. Also, apart from hearing an old lady complain about hot flashes, weight gain (which I viewed as “old lady“ normal) an occasional commercial about vaginal dryness, didn’t even suspect there could be issues. This is a huge part of life, all of the rest of our lives. Just a side note, since I’ve been busy with caring for the folks, I’ve not been to the gym but a couple of times in the past few months. Arms are getting that old lady crepy look, don’t know if it is due to menopause and/or lack of weight training. At home body weight work seems to be the most feasible workout time-wise for me, ill let you know if it is enough. Be strong gals!

  • cmfield11
    3 years ago

    Graykat44, not 56, 53, but can tell you weight training will absolutely make that "old lady" look go away! I have always been active in fitness as a Personal Trainer, but, too noticed 2 things, 1.That I was getting that slack look to my skin. 2. What used to work doesn't now. That being said, lifting HEAVY weights is the key! Using "pink girlie" dumbells isn't going to cut it anymore!! MAke sure you check with your Dr. that you are clear to lift, and then find a good trainer, or program that you can do. It may be you do way less reps, but that's ok, as long as you do them to muscle exhaust - that is where the change comes. And give you muscles plenty of time to recoup as well, that's where the rest of the change comes - recovery! We are strong, even at "this age" - so don't discount yourself just because of a number! And your body will thank you and work for you far into the future!! Good luck with all! :)

  • D P
    3 years ago

    Hi I’m 53 and have been on birth control since I was in my 20’s. I have no issues - no high blood pressure, no weight issues, no diabetes no issues whatsoever - my cholesterol is 130. I work out etc. & my obgyn told me the “research says you have to come off bc at 53” which seems pretty arbitrary to me & what research??? I refuse. She wants to put me on a progesterone pill. I refuse to transition my body off of bc when I’m completely healthy and fine to start something new etc. I’m a teacher & I asked is she could continue the script for 10 more months & summer 2020 I’ll just stop the pill. Period. Whatever I experience will be over the summer. She said no ... so now what? I’m making appointments with new obgyns but I’m nervous. I can’t understand how she can just make decisions about my health without my input. Any suggestions?

    Thanks DP

  • Cathi de Vriend
    3 years ago

    I'll be 60 in December, and while my Dr doesn't like the idea of me being on the pill, he still gives me scripts. If he decides to stop before I'm ready to go off it, I'll find another doctor or someone else to get it for me, like one of my daughters. My 86 year old mother still gets hot flushes which really bother her, although, she was lucky when she was younger and pretty much breezed through menopause. After my hysterectomy at around 40, I was thrown straight into peri-menopause which was a total nightmare. That's why I started taking the CP again. I switched from the high dose one to a low dose one about 18 months ago. No signs of menopause, but I'll still take it for as long as I can. There is no research on this subject, and nowhere have I ever heard or read that you must go off the CP at 53. Funny thing is; if you go off it and have symptoms of menopause, the doctor or gyno would more than likely give you HRT - more hormones! HRT didn't agree with my body well...

  • D P
    3 years ago

    Hi Cathi thanks for commenting. Thats exactly what she said - hormonal therapy. I was like - it’s still estrogen. I have always been on a low dose bc pill. Now Im stressing bc my pack ends in two weeks & I need the refill. She called in a prescription for the progesterone pill but I’m not taking that. I might try an online doc or something. I’m going for my annual physical this week & my primary care is always amazed at my numbers. I’m going to speak with her about it & see if she can refer me or help in some way

    thanks

  • Cathi de Vriend
    3 years ago

    You're welcome. Good luck with it all. The main thing is that you know you're healthy, as does your doctor, and that the CP isn't causing any problems. If it works for you, why change it? You'll know when it's best to stop taking it. All the best.

  • D P
    3 years ago

    Thanks. Just an FYI to anyone reading ... I went onto HeyDoctor and completed the refill request - a year supply was refilled and sent to my local CVS - 20 bucks!

  • newsgirl23
    3 years ago

    I'm 48 and back on the pill to deal with hot flashes. My obgyn told me I could stay on pill until her arbitrary number of 50, then I'd have to switch to HRT (if I was still experiencing hot flashes).

  • HU-941166584
    3 years ago

    Hey ladies please keep in mind that some of these negative symptoms that are posted on this site vary from woman to woman depending on the health of the woman during and after the woman got off of the birth control pill. If you have prior health problems to getting off the BC pill this will probably exacerbate your health problems when you off of BC pills permanently. Obviously some of the symptoms are common amongst all the ladies, but some of the symptoms are unique to every woman, so you will not know what will happen to your body until it is your turn. Only you know how healthy you are and you also know once you get off of the BC pill if you plan on continuing to live a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise and taking the appropriate meds prescribed by your doctor. The bottom line is, every one is different and unique.

  • HU-358338405
    2 years ago

    I just found this group. I’m 49 and went off bc in October for the first time in 30 years (except when I had my kids). I’d struggled with night sweats and high blood pressure for years while on a combination pill. It never occurred to me that the pill could have been causing these problems. My primary doc suggested I take Metagenics Estrovera and a multi vitamin. Since going off the pill and taking the Estrovera, my night sweats are gone, bp is down and I feel great. Only problem is periods are lasting 8+ days and less than 3 weeks apart. Any idea how long it takes to regulate after stopping? Going broke on tampons!

  • danellem
    2 years ago

    I am so glad this discussion is on here! I am 52, and was just told to go off the combo pill in August, after being on it nearly continuously since 17 when I picked it up in college. My blood pressure had started to go up last year, so we figured this was the cause. I had never had high blood pressure before - usually the opposite. I tried reducing salt and increasing exercise for a bit, but it had little impact. So, I was recommended going off or switching to the mini-pill progesterone-only.


    The first two weeks were fine, then I had a couple of weeks of constant overheating(no 'flashes', just constant hot). I read about how sometimes when you go off the combo pill, your insulin levels can be weird as your other systems take over estrogen and general thermostat regulation, so I cut out all the high spiky insulin foods(think sugar and white rice along with the rest of the online lists of foods to avoid) and reduced some caffeine, and the heat problem turned off completely.


    Now it has been three months of progesterone only, and I can see my skin aging, and hair growth slowing. I had been having a lot of brain-fog issues the past few years, and those have not changed, sadly. It's very annoying, and I hope that part at least sorts itself out by 60. Bonus and unexpected - my internal base stress level has gone down. It's just easier to cope. I have added rice and sugar back with no problems, and overheating is completely gone. I am sleeping better, although now I have weird little dreams, when I have never been one to remember dreams much at all. I do not have more energy, and some of my hand strength is just gone. Also, mentally, I find I am more detached from things and people, but not in a depressed or destructive way. More the feeling of having a choice about being involved or not, rather than having an immediate reaction (like wanting to scream at the grocery clerk that eye-rolled when asking a valid question).

    Hoping I am just done, but it's too soon to tell. I get mild cramping with no period, and some spotting during the week I would have normally had one in the '4th week off' time. But it's too soon to write off periods altogether. I am hoping most of the worst of it was masked during the past 5 years. But...I do have female relatives that didn't hit menopause until 56-65.

    One would have thought with half the planet going through this in their lives that there would be more medical study and progress on this in the last 50 years, but apparently no. lol

    I think starting a better workout routine and nutrition plan is next on the agenda. Wondering how much of my personality and priority-setting is hormone related. Will be interesting to see who I become now. Maybe my ten year old self has a chance again. :) She was fun.


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    Pirre Mitchell
    2 years ago

    Hey ladies. Went to my gyno yesterday. Hitting 55 in a week and no more BC for me. I am scared shitless about this. When I was younger my mother put me on the pill due to my bad periods. Not only have to worry about that, never used other contraception either. It's going to be a ride.

  • Charlie
    2 years ago

    At my last annual, my gyno indicated taking me off bc in a year. Fast forward and that appointment is quickly approaching. Recently retired (55) so I finally have time to research my options. This board has been a great start!!! I’m shocked that it dates back so many years and although we are all different, we are all still struggling a bit. Anyway, I’ve been on bc since I was 16, so 40 years this year. Would appreciate tips on any good resources for me to look into to help promote overall understanding and options prior to that next gyno appointment.

  • helaurin93
    2 years ago

    I'm hearing the same thing, I'm approaching 58 in a few months. My doctor says that I won't get pregnant if I'm not on birth control due to my age. I'm thinking.... "you want to put that in writing?". Just read about a 65-year-old woman who conceived naturally and gave birth. Is my doctor going to chip in with the cost of raising a child if she's wrong? Babysit when I need to go to retirement planning seminars?


    She already has me periodically going off the pill for a few months at a time to see if menopause would like to kick in, and there's no sign of menopause yet.

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