HAPPY FRIDAY YOU LOVELY LOT!
So I have hummed & hawd about doing this blog post for a while now but another blogger (here) told me, not talking about things that are very real in our lives does not make them disappear.. so here goes.
If you don’t like reading & talking about contraception/sex & find it all bit too much then I do apologise please skip & read another blog post.
I went on the contraceptive pill when I was 16, I had to go on a unique pill due to having migraines; Cerazette an oestrogen-free & progestogen only pill. I was a very naive 16-year-old, I didn’t know anything about this pill but went straight on it with no hesitation (so you would if your doctor said its fine to go on). I had no periods, none at all (I had never had a regular period anyway before the pill but besides that) my skin was perfect, no period pains or pmt. Until 2014 I came on my period, the worst ever, heavy, horrific stomach cramps & worst of all I was on for nearly 3 weeks, I ended up coming on randomly throughout the year.
I went to the doctors & they were very confused about the situation & shocked that I hadn’t been on for 7 years, yet it does state in the Cerazette advice leaflet that no bleeding can be a side effect. So I then got transferred to a nurse to have a chlamydia test, yet I had been with the same partner for 7 years & have done many tests before. That came back clear & got called back into the doctors again, this time for a bloody smear test (A cervical screening test), this is where they check for abnormal cells on your cervix. In the UK only 24 year olds & over have smear tests every 3 years. which I think is atrocious considering it is legal to have sex at 16.. but that is a completely different subject so won’t I go on.
Where were we?! Yeah, so I had to go in for a smear test to see if there was a problem, again that came back clear, so again I had to go back to the doctors & again they transferred me to the hospital but this time for an ultra-sound.. (just quickly going to add, every time I went back to the doctors I had to explain everything all over again!) At the same appointment they decided to take me of Cerazette & put me on another pill called Noriday again a progestogen only pill (I trialled this for 3 months).
I had my ultra-sound which was horrific by the way, to tell me that one of my fallopian tubes was enlarged & had to scan my ovaries & told me they would be in contact. 3 months later I had heard nothing from the hospital but had to go back to the doctors & explained to them how I was getting on with that pill, by this time everything had calmed down but I was still having odd periods & my skin was horrific. Again I had to explain my story & they had not heard anything from the hospital about my appointment (GREAT).
So after a whole year of hell, I decided I would just come off the pill (I know your all saying well why didn’t you do that at the start). No, I am not ready for a child at all but thought I need to sort myself out when I am ready (It took my mum a long time to have me), apparently it takes a long time to get out of your system. It’s very true.. It took me 3 months after coming of the pill to have a normal 6 day bleed & I am now like clock work, my emotions were all over the place to the point I was crying at work & migraines were back.. my skin went mental & had horrible breakouts but all of that was worth it as I am ‘back to normal’ now.
I wanted to write this post to a younger me, If I knew then what I know now I would have never gone on the pill at all, It has caused me so many problems for no reason, there are so many other different conceptions out there that work just as well.
I understand not everyone will agree with me, everyone has their own views like myself, but my experience has put me off completely & don’t want anyone else to go through what I went through, especially if you start to try for a baby as soon as you come off the pill.
Have you had any bad contraception experiences?!