I definitely discuss some very personal things on this blog but one thing I have never broached but totally believe should be openly and freely discussed is the “sex and relationships” topic. This is probably been absent from my blog as I know that my dad reads it from time to time hey dad but you guys asked me to talk about this a while ago so here it is!
I started taking the contraceptive pill when I was 15 and I stopped this May. I was fed up with it honestly and I hated what it was doing to my mind and body.
I was first prescribed Microgynon which was an absolute nightmare and didn’t work out for me at all. In short, I had an almost 4 week period which is just horrible, obviously, before begging the doctor to allow me to try something else.
Next, I was prescribed Cilest. Shock horror, this also had the same effect. Both pills involved me taking them for 21 days with a 7 day break and they both included the same dose of hormones throughout. Something about this clearly troubled my body and it wasn’t until I was almost 16 did the doctors finally help me get a pill that worked for me.
I was prescribed Logynon and it worked a miracle. This pill is triphase which means it includes different hormones and different doses and this appeared to be exactly what my body was after.
The ease of taking one pill every morning and being able to, generally, rely upon it is something so many women do for obvious reasons. It’s super easy and you’re kept protected. Although, it is equally easy to forget so if you’re considering it, and you’re quite forgetful, try supplementing a vitamin in to your morning or night routine to see if you remember to take it.
So, I have taken Logynon religiously for 4 years now. Until around May this year when I decided it was enough. I was terrified to consider another course of action because this pill had worked for so long but I was suddenly experiencing side effects that altered my whole perspective.
My skin had been heavily breaking out for months on end and I was desperate to find a solution. I had cystic acne, I was buying lotions and potions and my confidence completely plumetted. I was miserable. This was also occurring during my third bout of an atypical depression low which was a terrible concoction.
I documented my skin with photos and decided to try the doctors. They were reluctant to alter my pill when I expressed concerns after it working for so long. Instead I was prescribed solutions that contained all kinds of chemicals which I didn’t want to keep putting on my sensitive skin.
So I took matters into my own hands and I stopped. We’re in August now and skin wise, I no longer apply everything under the sun and scrub my skin to death and god knows what else in desperation to feel confident. I have become a lot more lax with my routine and collectively – I’ve had 2 spots in this time frame. 2 tiny tiny breakouts. I could not be happier.
Everyone has different experiences with contraception and even more with the pill itself. I have to admit, I haven’t looked back. It’s been rocky to come off and I’m currently using the app Clue to track my cycle as now I have hardly any idea when my period is due (crazy how long I relied on the 3 weeks of pill taking to understand my body) but I’m excited to enjoy my body do its own thing and not be pumped with hormones.
I am currently researching different routes but as my body requires estrogen and progesterone to prevent constant breakthrough bleeding – I’m mildly limited. I have been on the implant, which I can do an experience post on if you’d like(?), and this wasn’t for me either unfortunately!
Have you ever used the contraceptive pill? What was your experience like?