As a woman in a long term committed relationship, I would *LOVE* to be on the pill. But:
- My LLMD recommends against it.
- Though it honestly never even occurred to me to think about it until today – it’s not vegan!
- There is evidence that it could impede ability to build muscle. While it seems like there are conflicting studies and opinions out there on this, and more research is needed, the thought of anything making my fitness goals up to 40% harder to achieve is highly off-putting.
- When I was on it, about 10 years ago, I didn’t feel that great. If it wasn’t for reasons 1-3, I would certainly give it another go, but still – a bad first impression is a bad first impression!
I was just thinking about this today and wondering – all you other female recreational athletes, vegans, and/or Lymies – are these reasons enough to keep you off the pill, too? How have your significant others handled the news? Have you ever felt pressured to take the pill? I have, and it really ticked me off both personally and in a women’s rights kind of way (something along the lines of “you expect me to exacerbate my illness and generally feel like crap as part of the role of a good/’normal’ girlfriend? Asshole!”).
I tried an IUD and hated it – I found it uncomfortable and my period became OUT.OF.CONTROL. Fortunately, P. is totally fine with indefinitely using condoms (it was past boyfriends who were not!). Unfortunately, my researching today taught me that (the vast majority of) condoms are not vegan, either! Ahhhhh! I assumed they just came from a tree – silly me. I’ll have to give Glyde a try when it’s time to re-order.
I admit – if he doesn’t like it as much, I’ll go back to the regular… I can’t justify messing with romance for a bit of casein!