@kellly You're not the only one! I didn't go on the pill until I was 25. And I was only on it for two years. It's clearly worked for a lot of other ladies, but I'll be honest and say I didn't like what it did to my body, and thought it really affected my ability to get aroused. I've always wondered if going on late vs. as a teenager meant I could tell the different about that change more clearly. Like, I had more time to get used to my body being a certain way.
A doctor you feel comfortable with would be the best person to talk to! And don't feel bad if you want a second opinion. I had one doctor insist I needed to be on hormones for my ovarian cysts while another had no problem with me going off them for a bit. Good luck!
@districter I went off the pill after less than two years on it specifically because it was killing my arousal. I went on it when I learned I had ovarian cysts and possible endometriosis. Suddenly not having debilitating cramps was wonderful!
However, slowly my skin started getting really dry, and within a year and a half my ladybits were a dry, dry desert. I tried switching pills, and immediately my ability to get turned off was completely broken. It was like there was no connection between me and my ladybits, like they were dead. I quit the new pills within a week. My gyno got super pushy about getting an IUD or going back on some form of birth control for the cysts, but I resisted and found another doctor who was more understanding.
But my arousal didn't just come back on it's own! It was such a fight to even get turned on the tiniest amount. It took over a year and half to really feel normal again. My crazy painful cramps have slowly come back along with pre-period breakouts, but 'd rather deal with those. Just my experience, but I'm always interested to hear other ladies talk about issues with arousal on birth control.
@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher The comment section on here is normally a class act, but you all are beyond amazing today! This lurker has tears in her eyes.
I'm glad other people are defending the ability to bike and look great! I'm pretty disappointed that you brushed off her question in your reply instead of stepping up to the challenge!
I wear skirts, heels, the works. I do exclude some dresses without a lot of stretch, like my favorite vintage ones, but most of my clothes are fair game. The big thing is you don't have to push yourself like you're working out! When I work out, I sweat a lot (so gross) but if I ride at a relaxed pace it's no problem.
One of my best tricks is to braid my hair before riding. Hair blowing in the breeze equals frizz for me.
http://letsgorideabike.com/ is awesome for cycling style. http://momentumplanet.com/ is the website for Momentum Magazine which frequently has bike style articles. There's a whole world of blogs devoted to looking chic while biking! Don't write us off!!!