The contraceptive pill is one of those things that no female will have the same experience with. I know people that love it and would 100% recommend it and I also know people that it just didn’t work for so they had to give up and try something else.
Before I got the pill, I’d researched everything online and came away feeling like it was going to be a disaster. The internet goes on about how it makes you gain weight, get awful acne, heavier periods and even bring on depression which was something that scared me massively.
Those side effects of course happen to some people on certain types of the pill, but the internet can definitely exaggerate the negatives parts a lot so I think speaking to someone who’s tried it first hand can help you decide whether you want it for yourself.
There’s so many different types of the pill that it can take some time to figure out which one works best for you. I think that was one of my biggest worries because I didn’t want to be switching between loads of different pills for years until I found the right one that worked with my body.
Pressure to get the contraceptive pill can come from all sorts of places. Maybe your boyfriend wants you to get it or all your friends have it and are telling you to try it. Even the fact that other forms of protection like condoms are so expensive can make you feel like you should get the pill instead.
None of these things should be a reason for you to start taking the pill if you don’t want to. Your boyfriend might like the idea of you taking the contraceptive pill but there’s no way he should be pushing it onto you and making you feel like you have to get it. Sure, it’s definitely less hassle when it comes to sex and makes it easier since you don’t have to go and buy condoms, but there are always other ways.
There are so many places you can get condoms for free now, like your local doctors, sexual health clinics and even online through sexual health services.
For some reason some people think it’s okay to make us feel like we have to be on the contraceptive pill but you have to put yourself first when it comes to something like this so you know you’re taking it because you want to.
Why I Take the Pill
I had two main reasons for getting the contraceptive pill, firstlyI was in a relationship where I felt it would be safer and better for me to be on the pill, and secondly I wanted something to help my acne.
I used to take antibiotics for spots but after the doctors stopped prescribing them to me I was really trying to look for a different solution. The thought of having to go back to throwing loads of different creams on my face every night that didn’t do anything to help my skin and just cost a lot of money was not good.
After looking online and talking to the GP, I found a few contraceptive pills that were proven to help reduce acne as well as protect you from pregnancy. I settled on one called Yasmin and I’ve been taking it for almost 6 months now.
Of course there’s other forms of contraception like the coil and the implant but I much preferred the fact that I could simply stop taking the pill if I wanted to or was having problems with it rather than having to goto the doctors to get it removed.
For me, taking the pill has had a couple of rough patches but overall I’m definitely lucky compared to some people. In the beginning, I used to feel very sick just before I went to sleep every night since I started taking the pill. I’d wake up multiple times in the night thinking I was going to be sick and this used to happen for the first week of taking the pill again after the week break. This didn’t stop until about 4 months of taking the pill but compared to a lot of other women I’d say I got let off pretty lightly.
Now that that side effect has stopped I don’t seem to have any problems with the pill which I’m very grateful for. It took a little while to get to this point but I would recommend the pill to anyone thinking about it because even though the horror stories of awful side effects can be off-putting, that kind of thing doesn’t happen to a lot of people.
My skin has never been happier and 6 months down the line I no longer feel sick and my periods are lighter. Regulating and helping my periods is something I know a lot of people start taking the pill for and isn’t something I ever even thought about, but has become a bit of a blessing in disguise.
What’s your experience with the pill? Have you tried it?
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