Birth Control and… Athleticism. Veganism. Lyme.

As a woman in a long term committed relationship, I would *LOVE* to be on the pill.  But:

  1. My LLMD recommends against it.
  2. Though it honestly never even occurred to me to think about it until today – it’s not vegan!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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8 responses to “Birth Control and… Athleticism. Veganism. Lyme.

  1. Have you looked into Mirena? It doesn’t have many of the side effects of the copper IUD. I have it now I like it best of the three methods I’ve tried (the pill, NuvaRing, Mirena). Good luck with your search, dealing with birth control is the worst!

    • I’m glad you’ve found something you like!

      I did look into Mirena before I chose Paraguard (the copper IUD). Since it’s a hormonal birth control, it’s not recommended for chronic Lyme patients. Also, though it’s estrogen-free it sounds like the extra progesterone might inhibit muscle growth to some degree (though there’s really not much information on that out there!).

      Honestly, I know they’re different, but after my painful experience with Paraguard I’d be really reluctant to give the IUD thing another try! I know that’s somewhat silly. Hopefully, someday soon I’ll be Lyme-free and I’ll give it some more consideration. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. I couldn’t take it. It would make me super nauseated. It was down to deciding between the I.U.D. and having my tubes tied. Being lucky and knowing I never wanted children it was an easy choice and I went with the tube tie. I’ve heard of too many woman getting pregnant on that thing or having their body reject it in some way. I hope you find what works for you. It’s a pretty important decision.

  3. I’m not on the pill and I have only ever been on it for about 3-months about 12 years ago; I’m not a scientist or doctor, but I feel like the pill is not the right choice for me–putting hormones (estrogen and progesterone) that hinder muscular development into my body is bothersome enough, but I don’t know what the long-term effects are. There have been studies in university/college towns that show the water supply has an unusually high amount of estrogen and progesterone in the water supply (because they do not get filtered out when put through the sewage systems) and the animal and plant life have suffered because of it–if entire ecosystems are being damaged by the pill, then my body as ecosystem probably will be damaged too. Maybe my logic isn’t sound, but I’m okay with it.

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