Birth Control: pros, cons, lack of care


If you’ve been reading me for any length of time, it’s no secret that Ash and I are attempting to create another little monster, much like Elliot. (On most days this seems like a great idea. On some, I curl up into a ball and cry, “Two? I can’t handle two!!) The last time, I was off the pill a mere week before Elliot was conceived. I know, I’m a modern miracle. But since I have been off it for about six months this time, I have had the chance to notice the differences. Here’s a list of the goods and bads of being off of it.

Pro: I don’t have to remember to take it. Though, it was never that hard for me in the first place. I just set an alarm on my phone. What would we do without cell phones though, you know?

Con: My random outbreaks of acne are not as in check. It doesn’t happen often but when I was taking it, I never really had any. Now, every month I get some. Blah. I’m not 13 anymore!

Pro: (Warning: TMI realm approaching)  Birth control tends to suppress your, uh, sexual appetite.  I really used to notice this and it was frustrating and sad. Now off it, well, let’s just say that’s not a problem anymore and it’s official that once we have the second kid, Ash will be getting a vasectomy and we’ll say goodbye to birth control forever. In some ways, I am actually kind of thankful for this. 😉

Con: I guess this is a stretch but being off gives you this subconscious idea that you will indeed get pregnant. And since that has not happened, it’s been disappointing.

Pro: I save ten bucks a month. This is obviously reassigned to more necessary things, like vanilla lattes and comics.

I guess there weren’t as many as I thought. Maybe I am just trying to say, in a round about way, that the progress of our household becoming 4 instead of 3 is sort of a stand-still and I am getting, well, not annoyed but almost lackadaisical about it. I’m wondering why the fates have seen fit to put it off this long; are Elliot and this baby meant to be even further apart than I had hoped/imagined?  Perhaps that’s going to end up being better/easier? Whatever the case, I guess I’ll need to just learn to accept it as it is. And stop worrying so damn much.

3 thoughts on “Birth Control: pros, cons, lack of care

  1. It took my wife almost three years to conceive after our first child, and that was with no birth control. After that, the last three are about 18 months apart.

    Hang in there . . .

  2. I have been off the pill for a while and was considering going back on but you’ve just convinced me not to. I can’t do without my trusty libido. 😉

  3. Ok, this maybe TMI but my, uh, sexual appetite hasn’t changed since going on birth control. I’ve heard that it does dissipate so I was expecting it to…but nope, it’s still there…rearing it’s lovely head. 🙂 So I’m not complaining. 🙂

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