My Contraceptive Pill Experience

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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?

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  1. Christopher Garrett
    August 9, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Her Dad doesn’t mind as he knows that his daughter is very sensible and responsible and discussing issues like this is hopefully beneficial to others.

  2. August 9, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Ugh I totally feel you on desperately trying to find medicine that works! I’ve tried, quite literally, 6 different birth controls over the years with the help of my doctor. Finally I got an IUD and i’m really happy with the results! Great post!

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      What a nightmare! That sounds so stressful too πŸ™ I’m glad you finally found something! Xx

  3. August 9, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    oh goodness! what a rocky experience. I use the nexplanon implant. I get periods that last longer than usual or they’ll come one week after 4 day break period. It’s insane, but at the moment that’s the only side effect I get, so to me, it’s worth it. Initially though, I think it helped my underlying mental illness, depression, emerge. So, that wasn’t cool, but I was in therapy, and now I go to meetings, so I know how to cope with that. But, I definitely agree, that I hate the fact that the hormones throw us off balance. I think I heard the copper IUD isn’t hormonal based, but you have to research and ask your doctor for sure.

    Natalie | Natalie’s Alchemy

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      I’m glad you found something that is working for you reasonably well! Yeah I think that’s what I’m going to get after doing some more research on it – the hormone thing is a really problem for me!! Xx

  4. August 9, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Great post! so glad you are speaking out about your experiences and are totally on board with taking your hormone health seriously!
    It really is great to see!

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it ☺️ xxx

  5. August 9, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    It’s so nice to read posts like this, thank you for sharing your story and opinions. I was on the pill and the same thing happened to my skin! It made my mood horrendous too, I’m surprised the doctors prescribe them as easily as they do because of the side effects!

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      I know! I also get terrible migraines which is meant to be a big red flag but nobody ever stopped prescribing me them!! Crazy how it messes you about so much!? Xx

  6. August 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I know so many people who have had negative effects with it. I didn’t go on it for the contraceptive reason, more to see if it would make periods less heavy as I was struggling while at university (nightmare not having access to a washing machine when you need it) so I started it when I was 19. I too was on Microgynon but changed about a year ago to Femodene which I think is better for me. So I’ve now been on the pill for 4 years. I’ve thought about coming off it but I like knowing when my periods are and being able to control that at the moment. Maybe when I’m home again I’ll think about trying to come off it – I know I’ll have to eventually! but it’s like you said it’ll be months of unpredictability when I come off that I’m not ready for yet πŸ™ I’ve not had any of the negatives/side effects that you said about skin not the weight gain thing – in fact at my last checkup they were surprised I’d lost weight πŸ˜‚ Well done for speaking out about it πŸ™‚

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you for sharing! I love that this post has allowed people to talk about their experiences! I’m so glad it’s working well for you, that’s what is so important. Not knowing when my period is is actually the only problem I’ve encountered so far

      • August 10, 2017 / 6:35 pm

        Accidentally pressed send! … and I definitely agree that you need to be prepared and in the right situation when you decide to come off! Xx

  7. August 9, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Hmm, I managed well enough on microgynon for quite a few years, but the weight gain bothered me…another fab side effect. I am currently using cerelle (as an old lady of 40 ahem years) which is ok. Would be interested to hear about the implant – I get fed up of taking tablets, I am looking into the anti-hayfever jab too…

    • August 10, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Thank you for sharing! So crazy how things work so differently for different people!? That’s a nightmare πŸ™ hey hey, you’re not old!! I think I might do a follow up on it because that experience was a rollercoaster for sure. Xx

      • August 12, 2017 / 7:57 am

        It would be a good idea – I sometimes feel contraception is one of those things we should talk about more – it’s an advantage and it gave women sexual freedom, but as with most things, never thought about the side effects…

        • August 12, 2017 / 8:11 pm

          Definitely! I feel like I may start opening up discussions on topics like this more often because the response has just been fantastic!! I am blown away by everyone sharing their own experiences and actually talking about something often considered taboo! xx

  8. August 9, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    When I was younger I had been prescribed one type of BC pill I can’t remember the name of… it made me a horrible human being. So extremely crabby. And also very dry. I stopped taking it after two days.

    I also use an app to track my period, the Flo app, I’ve entered data for half a year and it is still never accurate. My period never falls on the same day each month, & it doesn’t have to I realized. Does the Clue app predict yours correctly? I’d like to have BC to control my period but I really don’t feel like BC is good for you at all, I think it’s really, really bad for your body and health!
    But,
    I’d love to hear your experience with the implant and any more experiences you have with BC in the future! Thank you for the interesting post! 😊

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      hey lovely! Thank you so so much for sharing your experiences – crazy how a pill can completely change how you feel and act. I’m so glad you did what’s best for you! I think I will do a follow up!! Xx

  9. August 9, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Oh how I feel your pain, I have been on the pill for about two years now and it hasn’t been an easy ride. I have always had moderately oily/acne prone skin, I know the pill has heightened this issue. My skin is terrible and so unpredictable. It slowly began to affect my moods, I felt more and more emotional, even slightly irritable at times. I’ve been on four different birth control pills and they all seem the same, I’m ready to get off, but am not sure if I’m ready for everything that comes with getting off the pill. Thanks for the post, I like that your talking about things like this!!!! xo.

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Thank you so so much! I’m so glad you shared your experiences too! I was nervous to come off because it was the fear of the unknown really! For me, the benefits to my skin and emotions ended up totally outweighing the unpredictability of my cycle – I think I’d just had enough! Just do what is best for you and you’ve made the best decision xx

  10. August 9, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Ugh I had the WORST experience when I stopped taking the Pill. I’ve almost been off of it for two years now and I’m still dealing with so many emotional and mental side effects from stopping it but I know it’s worth it in the end. Stay strong ladies! We got this! <3

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Really!? Oh gosh I’m so sorry you’ve had a rough time, that’s terrible. Proud of you for being so strong!! Xxxx

      • August 11, 2017 / 3:23 pm

        Awh thank you! That is so kind of you to say! <3

  11. August 10, 2017 / 1:27 am

    I was the same as you – was totally fed uo with it and the doctors told me I should get off it. The thiught of starting something new gave me the fear so I stayed with the pill. Luckily now that we married I just came off it completely! My periods haven’t properly came back though and my skin was terrible the first month, but slowly my mental side is back to normal xx

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      I’m so glad the mental side has improved for you, that’s so important. I feel like the hormones just completely throw you out of whack for a lengthy time with your cycle but I suppose that’s the effect you accept when you choose to take it and subsequently come off! Thank you so much for sharing xxx

  12. August 10, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Oh I’m so glad I’m reading this! Like you, I’ve been on the pill since I was young, I was 14 and I started taking it due to irregular periods. I’m on my 3rd different type since the first 2 were not working for me but I’ve been on it now for 6 years and I think my body deserves a break. I’m breaking out in spots and my moods are awful. But being in a long term/steady relationship do you not find it gets a bit expensive for condoms? That’s the only thing preventing me from stopping! X

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      How weird – we’ve had such similar experiences! I felt exactly the same, my body just needed a break from it all. Thank you for asking that, that’s such a valid question!! Yeah it does, which I suppose is another negative when contrasted with the pill being free. My university and GP surgery give out free condoms which helps too – always worth checking out the services around you to see what you can benefit from! Xx

  13. August 10, 2017 / 11:14 am

    You are so brave for speaking about a topic like this! I know they work for some people and they don’t for others and it’s important to read about good experiences and bad. I don’t normally share personal information like this but I’m going to… I have been on the pill for about a year now but in the past couple of months I’ve been getting breathless. I suffer from asthma anyway but this feels like a different kind of breathlessness, not the kind associated with a cold. I have also been more anxious and stressed and have talked to my doctor who thinks the breathlessness relates to that. When I started taking the pill I was fine and I’ve never really experienced any other side effects but I guess it might be worth mentioning changing pills if it helps me breathe better right?! Thank you for sharing and I would be interested to hear your implant experience x

  14. August 10, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Such a great post, I have been on the pill for about 6-7 years now and I’ve tried lots of different ones but found the right one now, thinking of coming of it soon though to give my body a break

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      I’m so glad you found something that finally works for you and stuck with it! That’s exactly why I decided to stop, I think I just needed a breather and I knew my skin and mental health were drained from it. Thank you for sharing! Xx

  15. August 10, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Love this! It definitely should be something more spoke about and not something people should feel embarrassed about. I recently came off the pill as I didn’t need it however I’m wanting to go back to the doctors to try it again for contraception, I took cilest however it worked great for me and I had no problems, its crazy the way different pills affect our bodies differently x

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      I know! Some things work amazingly for some and not others – I suppose it’s why you generally take so many different ones before you find the one for you. Have you had a good experience coming off? Xx

      • August 11, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        It wasn’t too bad, I’ve always suffered with particularly bad period pains however the pill reduced them so when I came off i definitely noticed a difference with that and I’ve been a lot more hormonal however other than that it’s been okay. Keeping on track with my cycle has been quite tricky though xx

        • August 11, 2017 / 2:30 pm

          That’s so interesting – I’ve found the cycle thing the most challenging so far! It’s a nightmare!! Xx

  16. August 10, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    I had the same problem, I tried regulating my cycle using oral pills, I also tried a nuva ring but I honestly stopped. The side effects and all that hormone being pumped in your system is too much for me. Now, I take a pill a couple times a week if my period is heavy. By the implant do you mean the IUD Device?

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      No sorry for the confusion! I meant Nexplanon (if you’re referring to my follow up post) I am interested in the copper IUD though. I totally agree with you and that’s why I decided I needed a break. Thank you for sharing, I really appreciate everyone taking the time to discuss their experiences! Xx

      • August 15, 2017 / 4:15 am

        Oh gotcha, I wasn’t sure what you meant by the alternative form of birth control. I didn’t know they had a copper IUD. anytime ella πŸ™‚

  17. August 11, 2017 / 2:55 am

    Birth control mainly works for me-but I have problems with acne too! And it can be difficult to remember to take it! Can you please do an implant post? I considered it once but never went through with it

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      I’m so glad you have found something that works for you! Yeah I will definitely do that post lovely πŸ™‚ xx

  18. August 11, 2017 / 3:46 am

    I’ve been on and off the pill since I was ten. I used to have horrible periods – like four weeks on two weeks off then two months off then three weeks on. It helps me to be on it because it makes me periods shorter so I’m not in pain and suffering for as long each month. My ‘regular’ ten day periods are now reduced to five. So much better.

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Wow that sounds like a nightmare, I’m so sorry you had to go through that! It’s brilliant that it’s helping you so much, that’s the important thing. Thank you for sharing this, it’s really interesting to see everyone’s views and experiences! Xx

  19. August 11, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I’ve used it but had good experiences. The worst part is remembering to take it at the same time every day. It cleared up my skin when I was in my early 20s, so it was a life saver. Crazy how everyone’s hormones react differently.

    • August 11, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Wow that’s brilliant! I’m so glad you had good experiences with it, that’s what the aim is, eh! It honestly is, I can’t believe the differences for people x

  20. August 12, 2017 / 3:02 am

    I’ve just simply stopped taking my pill about a month ago. I was surprised to find your post just about that. My mom has been on the pill since my sister was born, almost 22 years ago. She decided she was done with it and she just stopped taking it. She says it was the best thing she had done in a long time and that she felt so much better. She started losing weight, stopped having constant UTI’s and feeling bloated. Since I’ve been trying to live a bit more naturally I’ve decided I would do the same. It’s such a relief. My liquid retention is much better and I’m less bloated. I have no intention on getting back on any kind of hormonal contraceptives. Now, being honest but keeping things appropriate, I’m in a long term relationship and live with my partner so you might ask: aren’t you afraid you’re going to get pregnant? Well, I’m relying on tracking my cycle (which is NOT effective on its own) and barrier methods such as condoms. I hope this is not TMI and that it’s useful and helpful to someone. Great article, dear Ella. Hugs. ❀️

    • August 12, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      I am so glad yourself and your mum have made a decision that has really benefited you. It is so important to keep your body happy and healthy and it seems obvious that you’ve both found that which is great! Thank you so much for sharing, I totally understand everything you’re saying and I’m taking similar routes. Lots of love xx

  21. August 13, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I might be of the wrong gender making the post here but I can relate your situation to my other half. She had various medications which only lead to various complications till the doctors decided that having kids will be a 1% chance. All got well when she started yoga practice which heals the body from inside. I ain’t saying that it will but it worked for her. She stopped all her medications and today we both are proud parents.

    • August 13, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      No no I am so so honoured that you commented on this! What a beautiful story and outcome. I am so glad that she found what worked for her and everything resolved itself. Thank you for the recommendation too!

  22. August 13, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    I had an awful experience with Microgynon as well! Proper messed me up emotionally and physically!

    • August 15, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      Really?! Oh I’m so sorry that happened to you πŸ™ I hope you found a better alternative?! xx

      • August 16, 2017 / 12:36 am

        Yeah! Thank you! I trailed not taking any for a while and felt so much better that I just didn’t start again 😊 xx

  23. August 13, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I’ve been in this exact same boat lately! Been taking the pill for 12 years now, with trial and error on at least 10 different kinds. Glad to know someone else is going through the same thing! Good luck xo

    • August 15, 2017 / 10:34 pm

      12 years, wow you’re The Master now, yeah? Haha! It totally is trial and error, never know what is going to work and for how long! I mean mine was great for years and then terrible out of nowhere! Thank you lovely, you too xx

  24. August 14, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Great post, indeed! I’ve been on the pill since I was 16, so, 6 years now, which seems crazy! I went to my family doctor and he recommended Yasminelle, which you take for the 21 days and stop for 7. I was super scared to start the pill because most of my friends who started it had become fat (which is a side effect) but I did not want to gain no more weight. So, I started taking it and it was a dream. I did not gain any weight, it did not break me out and it did stop my horrible period pains. It was just amazing! I’m sorry to hear that your experience was not pleasant at all. Maybe you should also consider the opinion of a dermatologist before gong into another “brand”, they can be very helpful.

  25. August 14, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    From someone who has also had many issues with the pill, it’s great to relate to someone with the same issue. For so long I have heard all my friends having perfect periods whilst I silently suffer with excruciating pains month after month – some even over the toilet bowl vomiting because they’re so potent. It took me a while to find the right pill for me after many made me vomit due to the wrong levels of hormones entering my body. After finally finding one that didn’t cause the vomiting, I was super happy and relived that I could take this with ease, however as time went on this pill started giving me migraines and they’re honestly the worst things ever. It’s off the pill for me for now, hopefully with some more changes in my body it will be able to stomach it in the future, but for now, I have to deal with the terrible periods every month.

    • August 15, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Oh my gosh this sounds so terrible, I hate that you’re having to go through this πŸ™ I really hope you stay at it and find something that helps, you shouldn’t have to live like that at all. Thank you for sharing, it’s reassuring to know it doesn’t go well for everyone! xx

  26. August 19, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I have just been put onto the pill a few days ago, as my periods were causing me so much pain I couldn’t even make it out of bed to go to school. I have been experiancing dizzyness and nausea, but that is quite normaly for me as i have extremally low blood pressure. I hope that my experiance can be the same as yours with the last pill…*fingers crossed*

    • August 19, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      I am really hopeful for you and I’m sure you will have a good experience! I really hope things get better for you lovely x

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