I decided the pill was no longer for me..

When starting on contraception it’s always a big thing as to whether it will be the right one for you and how would your body react to it. There are so many to choose from and the best way to find out what is best for you is simply just to try it and if it’s not that move onto something else.

When I first started on the pill 3 years ago I never realised some of the effects it would have on me and my body. After two years of taking Micrognon, I started to suffer really bad headaches, which saw me take a trip the to opticians after several doctors appointments and then telling me it could just be my eyes, no mention that the pill could cause this. I did find out I needed glasses but the headaches were still as consistent as ever. So back to the doctors it was for me and I put the question to them if it could be the pill which one doctor told me it more than likely was if I’d had my eyes tested and they weren’t helping. They then put me on the mini pill Cerelle, which only made things worse for me. The headaches on days would ease up but my mood swings made me unapproachable from time to time, which meant these were having a bad knock on effect with my friendships and relationships. Not what I wanted. It really got the point where it was time to make a decision my health and relationships weren’t worth the battle I was having when taking the pill.

Coming off the pill was a big decision to make as I know this wouldn’t only affect me it would affect my partner too as I didn’t want to test any other form of birth control. We had sat down last year and have a discussion about the topic and the possible results it could have (me being pregnant). This was something we both were willing to accept as this year at some point we would start trying anyway. I have been off the pill for over 5 months now I felt this is the right time to write this post up as I know that the pill should be completely out of my body now. I took just over 3 months for my period to return.

Highs

  • Less violent headaches – This was a major reason for me coming off the pill I did suffer badly with headaches, I will admit they did help me realise I needed glasses, but they didn’t ease off with glasses.
  • Sex drive increased – This was without a doubt to my partner’s delight as before it seemed to be very rare that I would be in the mood and sometimes I would have to force myself for his sake. It was never forced on me but I did feel some guilt as it wasn’t his fault, I didn’t want him to feel like it was him and question what was wrong with him, but it also wasn’t my fault either and he understood this too.
  • Less temperamental – My mood swings were horrendous and the completely come out of nowhere there was no warning of them, these nearly broke my relationship several times. The petty arguments they would cause were stupid, but my partner still stood by me and was highly patient at times.
  • Weight Loss –  Don’t get me wrong it isn’t a major weight loss but I do seem to be losing some of the weight that I had put on when I started on the pill, this is something that does make me happy. I never went out of my way to lose it as it wasn’t something that made me upset or feel less confident about myself but it has given me a little boost.

Lows

  • Some painful periods– This was one of the main reason I remember starting on the pill 3 years ago. My periods were irregular & highly painful and the doctors did some tests on me and were unable to find any reason why my body was like this.
  • Acne – This could be seen to me as also a high due to the fact it does encourage me into getting into a proper skincare routine and look after my skin better than I have been.

I wouldn’t like to go back to the pill everything seems to be a lot better without it as I have mentioned there are some downsides to it but I can take more control over them, whereas when I was on the pill yes they didn’t happen but a lot of things did which I couldn’t continue living like that especially when the headaches were a daily thing and some days the pain was unbearable.

Kelly Louise

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