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?!

H x




  1. January 15, 2016 / 8:26 am

    That sounds awful! I was on cerazette for 6 years and I had a similar issue.. No periods in this time (which I was told was completely normal), then suddenly I was having random spotting after 6 years. The doctor wasn’t concerned, she said that I may have thinned the lining so much it was taking away from the second lining.. To me that sounds hideous! But she wasn’t phased and put me on a new pill, which thankfully I was fine on. I’m now having the injection as since my anxiety I’ve been really bad at remembering to take the pill. So far no problems but messing with your hormones can be scary. I’ve been told that the injection will take a while to get out of my system and It could take a year to fall pregnant. Xx

    • January 15, 2016 / 8:35 am

      It’s crazy how the doctors are just letting us put all this crap into our system! X

  2. January 15, 2016 / 10:01 am

    That sounds horrific, you poor love. I’m currently on Cerazette, have been for maybe two years, and I’ve never had any problems but I suppose there’s still time as I haven’t been on it for very long! Was it because of that particular pill that all this happened? I will have to research it and take it up with my doctor, I don’t want to have to go through all that if it can be easily avoided!

  3. January 15, 2016 / 11:24 am

    No no don’t worry! It’s interesting to know other people’s experiences with it as most of my friends are on the combined pill or other contraceptives. I don’t really like the idea of the hormonal contraceptives anyway but it’s best to be safe, I suppose! Deffo not in the market for a baby just yet!

  4. January 15, 2016 / 11:56 am

    That sounds awful! I really do feel for you! I had the implant inserted when I was 16 and it well and truely messed me up, My periods were all over the place, my mood swings were terrible and so much more. More importantly I completely changed as a person due to the hormones being all over the place. My doctor even wanted to put me on anti depressants! Crazy. I’m currently taking the mini pill and I’m getting extremely bad migraines from it. Why is being a girl such hard word! Love the fact you put a blog post about this by the way! 🙂

    • January 15, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      I find it extremely fascinating I’m not the only one.. I was so worried about putting this post up. My advice would be just come off it.. We are currently using condoms which I can’t stand but it is so much better for me as I am not taking any shitty hormones & I’m regular! It shouldn’t always be down to us!! X

      • January 15, 2016 / 12:05 pm

        Yeah you’re not the only one who finds it fascinating! Me and my Boyfriend have had this chat about just using condoms and I think its defiantly looking like something we’re going to do! Thank you for sharing your story! 🙂

  5. January 15, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    hugs of support

  6. January 15, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    OMG!! I was on the Depo shot for almost a whole entire year back in 2011, and got off the shot in Nov. 2012 the same time I was first on the shot because my mood swings were very bipolar and emotional, and I’ve gained 50lbs. (didn’t much affect my body, just gained water weight, now lost it!!), and I haven’t seen my period for almost 3-6 months, then it turned out for a whole year I wouldn’t see it!! I got off the shot due to all of those bad side effects as well as I’ve researched online where the Depo shot could possibly make you not be able to have children the more you received the shot (every 3 months)… So, yeah, I understand where you are coming from and I haven’t been on any kind of birth control since then for like 4 years now because I don’t want to as well as my body go through that again!! Thank goodness you are okay:)!! xox..

  7. January 15, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I had terrible problems with the contraceptive injection, I would bleed really heavily and it was so painful. I had to have medication for all the side effects that when it had worn off I didn’t have it again. I now have the implanon implant and I have no periods or side effects at all. I prefer it like this and have recently had my smear test and everything is fine. Thank god! Xx

  8. January 16, 2016 / 10:54 am

    I can relate to this post so much. I was put on the pill when I was 15. I had very heavy periods that left me fainting and being really sick. After a while I was spot bleeding really bad and I had to have a smear test at 16 which was awful, 16! Anyway it came back clear and they kept me on my pill. I was fine until I got to 18. I had to have a scan of everything because I got pelvic inflammatory. I started getting constant infections, bleeding strange and intimate dryness. I went to the doctor and they told me it was all in my head because I have OCD! Bloody idiots. I went back a few years later and I had to see a Gyno and she believes it was all down to my pill stopping my own estrogen, I was just living off the pills fake hormones. I came off and I now have to use HRT to help me out! I don’t understand why they are still giving these bloody pills out because the problems people face with them are awful! I’m still not 100% right and it’s been six months!

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    • January 16, 2016 / 11:04 am

      Thankyou so much for sharing your story! I’m so sorry what you went through.. As you said why are they still handing the pill out?! I reckon in our generation we will have a lot of us not being able to have children as are systems will be messed up! X

  9. January 16, 2016 / 11:30 am

    This sounds horrendous babe! I was on the pill that still allowed periods but was taken off after a month and put on Cerazette immediately with no given reason! I’ve been on it 2 years and no problems but I just had a feeling something like that would happen so thank you for sharing I’m definitely going to be cautious on it from now on! It’s crazy how naive we all are about contraceptive pills!

  10. January 16, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    I’m currently on Microlite and I’ve noticed my mood has been low ever since, I’m unsure on whether to blame the pill or not but before it, I was doing okay, things have happened that would change my mood anyway but normally I can lift my mood, I have no energy and I just don’t see the point in doing anything since, definitely worried because I really need the pill! :/

    • January 16, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      I personally would come off it for 6 months to let your system calm down & see how your mood is.. But I do understand that you need it. The only down side is you may get more low 3 months in if you do stop taking it xx

      • January 16, 2016 / 6:17 pm

        I can’t believe how many bad reviews it’s getting, that’s crazy! Yeah I know, part of me wants to but I don’t have much of a choice but to change mine! X

  11. January 17, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I am so glad you shared your story. Other young women need to hear it. Bless you! xxx

  12. January 18, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Really feel for you because I have had such a similar situation.. I have only just stopped irregular bleeding which has gone on for a year!! Have tried about 5 different pills in this time however they have all made me flood to the point of fainting just as I was about to give up the pill my doctor advised me a new pill and I have nearly finished my first month of Qlaira and so far so good I have stopped bleeding, my mood is good and finally starting to get a libido back! however if this pill don’t work I don’t think I will ever go back!
    Why cant it be men who have to deal with this lol! x x x x

  13. January 19, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Whatever you do never ever have the contraceptive implant fitted it’s ten times as worse! It may seem like the best option especially if you’re in a long term committed relationship as it lasts for three years but the side effects are horrific. It is almost as you described yet even more extreme bleeding for months on end, pains, mood swings, weight gain, generally feeling under the weather. I’m starting to think these contraceptives long term are really bad for women’s health!!

  14. January 21, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    This is so interesting Hannah. I’ve been on cerazette for about 7 years, never with any problems. I know people who love the pill and others who hate it, some who love the implant but others who have had awful experiences, and some who swear by the injection and others who hate that too! I think the problem is that when it comes to dealing with women’s hormones, we’re all so completely different that what works for one doesn’t work for another, so we go through this horrendous period (no pun intended!) of trial and error. Thanks for sharing though – it’s definitely important to have the chat!

    • January 21, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      Thankyou! I’m so glad its worked for you & thanks for commenting X

  15. January 24, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    This post is so interesting and I’m glad people are talking about contraception. I was also given Cerazette because of migraines and high risk of blood clots – I’ve been on it for about four years now and don’t have periods.. Should I be worried?!

  16. January 24, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Yeah I agree – females are supposed to have periods! Bit worried now.. So glad you posted this though. Xx

  17. January 26, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Good job Hannah! You did it:) Sorry to hear about your awful experience but am very glad you were able to sort it out! You re absolutely correct –> there are a number of contraceptive methods to chose from that would not interfere with your system to this extent, but sometimes it can also get rather overwhelming. I myself had a ‘poor’ experience once with a Depo-Provera shot with me ending up gaining 15 lbs in just 6 months while I was on it (mind you, I have never been prone to gaining weight before that). My go-to contraception method that works for the time being is an IUD, but, as you pointed out, to each their own:)

  18. February 13, 2016 / 10:31 am

    I was on the pill from the age of 17, for acne, heavy periods and to start it was great. But as times gone on, it actually made me get really bad mood swings at diff times of the month and side effects that are the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. After 20 yrs I said no more, and came off it. It’s taken a couple of years for my body to adjust and start regulating it’s own hormones – and I won’t go near anything that has hormones in it now. So I’ve got the non hormonal coil now. As I’ve not had kids, it wasn’t the greatest experience having it fitted but it’s so much better than having my body not know what to do with all the crazy hormones in the pill.

    • February 13, 2016 / 10:49 am

      I’m thinking about having the non hormone coil. You haven’t got to worry about taking anything & not harming your body! Thankyou for commenting.

      • February 13, 2016 / 10:53 am

        I’d definitely recommend. I’ve had it for 3 years now, wish I’d changed to that sooner!

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