I’m January of 2021, myself and Mike decided it was best for me to come off of hormonal contraceptives. I have been on hormonal contraception since having Kaiden I had been on the patch and both of the pills (Combined and pop).
GP and nurses had been pushing hormonal contraception on me from about the age of 12. It didn’t matter what I went in for they were trying to get me on to hormonal contraception.
Whilst I understand that some people start being sexually active at a young age this made me uncomfortable. It’s a good thing that my mum was still happy enough to come to my appointments with me.
I finally went onto hormonal contraception after having my youngest as I wanted to make sure we couldn’t have any more kids for a good while.
This was of course after being told by one doctor condoms are considered a form of contraception anymore…
What is hormonal contraception?
Hormonal contraception releases hormones into your body such as progesterone and estrogen to stop a woman’s body from ovulating. Hormonal contracpetion comes in many different ways including but not excluding the pill, the implant and the pacth.
What are the side effects of hormonal contraception?
Not all birth control pills are made the same way which means the side effects of course will be different.
The most common side effects are spotting (a small amount of bleeding between periods), breast tenderness, weight gain, nausea.
The less common side effects are headaches or migraines, mood changes, reduced sex drive and changes in eyesight.
The rarer side effects are blood clots or DVT, and strokes.
What was my experience?
My experience was that I couldn’t find a form of contraception that worked for me. The pill I either forgot to take or made me break out and the patch gave me headaches.
I have also found that my mental health went downhill and stayed there. I haven’t felt this physically happy for such a long time.
Believe it or not, this is a common thing that most women discuss noticing. The fact that it is only considered a less common symptom shocks me.
I don’t find it so hard to get out of bed in the morning and my brain is filled with a constant stream of anxious thoughts.
I also found that my body didn’t know if it was coming or going. I was bleeding for months at a time and the cramping I would get was so bad at the time I had to take myself off to A&E.
What I hope you take away?
What I hope you take away is that you are in control of your own body. If contraception isn’t working for you and you want to come off of it then do so. Get your man to wrap it!
Also, make sure that you’re not feeling forced into having a certain type of contraception. The coil is something that is constantly forced on me especially after having kids.
Finally, DO YOU RESEARCH! Spend some time going through Google and reading up on each form on contraception and weigh up the pros and cons. You can get more information on the NHS website!
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