Starting in July I decided to try switching to a healthier lifestyle, and I decided to stop taking birth control, which I had been on for almost 4 years. I did not like the idea of pumping my body full of chemicals. Pretty much after I stopped my periods have been horrible. They are pretty irregular, 32-50 days apart. My periods before getting on birth control were uncomfortable, but nothing like these. My symptoms include, night sweats, the shakes, vomiting, diarrhea, (sorry gross), passing blood clots, incontinence only when I am using a tampon, painful swollen breasts, headaches, an uncomfortable tingling feeling on my labia, and worst of all are the cramps. I can't continue on like this, I had to miss work yesterday. I am afraid that my body's hormones are imbalanced because of my previous birth control usage. Also, my mother has had hypothyroidism, which could explain some of these symptoms as well. What do you think? How much longer will have I have to wait this out before my body remembers how to produce its own hormones? I really don't want to take hormone replacement since that is basically what got me into this mess anyway.