Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to tell you everyone should stop taking the pill, but for a lot of people it just isn't right for them and there are many side-effects the doctors don't know or tell you about. One of the main ones that plagued me was needing to pee- all the time. It got so bad that I could go to the loo, stand up and almost instantly need to go again. It was unbearable, I didn't want to go out in case I was away from the loo for any length of time, I din't want to have sex as I thought, and the doctors told me, that I had a UTI. But every time they tested my urine it came back clear, no infection, and every time was more and more frustrating as the doctors would just dish out antibiotics- for the infection that never was- and send me away.
So in the end I did my own evaluation. What was new in my life? And my only answer was 'The Pill'. So a quick google search revealed I was not alone. Many women had the same issues but still doctors didn't believe me, they said that the pill could not cause such symptoms. So I went ahead and stopped taking it anyway. Within a few weeks I felt much better, within a few months I was back to normal. Freed from the loo I could get back to my life.
Now, I haven't just tried one pill, I have now tried 4 and none have agreed with me. Progesterone only pills (Cerazette and Noriday) made me bleed continuously for the whole time I was taking them and Combination pills (Ovranette and Yasmin) made me pee all the time, and there are a whole host of strange side effects to the pill. Thinning hair, headaches, depression, bone density loss(!), drop in libido, high blood pressure and even insulin resistance. So in the end I have accepted that maybe they are not the right contraception for me and I should just leave my hormones alone. I know that some people take the pill for specific conditions, endo and PCOS being one of the many. If it is genuinely making you feel better I would not deprive you of a pill that eases your pain as I know the pain well, but if not give it a go.
If you have had some of the same issues, treat yourself to a pill-free month and see if you notice a difference. It can't hurt to try and it could be so beneficial in the long run. I challenge you to bin your pill.