Did you know a woman can take a birth control pill for almost nine months before having an allergic reaction?
Why yes, yes she can.
Did you know the reaction can be lots and lots of really itchy hives?
Did you also know it could take almost six weeks, eliminating all crazy possibilities, one trip to a doctor, one round of steroids, constant itching even when drugged on a continuous flow of Benadryl ... before forgetting to take the pill one night, only to wake up and discover the hives subsiding?
So, there you go. The hives are going away. The cysts will probably come back. Strangely enough, I will take the pain of ruptures again on occasion. I want the constant itching to go far, far away. I will not miss them, not even a little bit.
(photo by tijmen van dobbenburgh)