Hi guys, how are you today?
I’m leaving the realm of beauty for today and wanted to talk about something a tad bit uncomfortable for some people, and that is contraception.
It’s strange to think that in this day and age, people still get squeamish when sex is brought up. Luckily I have some pretty awesome friends who aren’t phased by the subject and I actually got some advise for this post from them.
Contraception is a very personal thing; some work brilliantly for some people whereas they can be hell on earth for others. I have tried a fair few different forms in the past with different experiences each time. Today I wanted to share my thoughts on each one that I have used. This may be a bit TMI for some of you; if so, come back on Monday where my regular content will return.
Don’t worry; this is a post about contraception… not sex. I won’t be delving into my past sexual experiences.
I am not a doctor, but the facts that I share here can be found on the NHS website.
The Combined Pill
I was on this throughout my teenage years to try and control my periods, which at the time were quite painful and heavy. I’m not allowed to be on it now because of my weight, however I used this method for a number of years. As I grew older, my experience did worsen.
The combined pill is a mixture of oestrogen and progesterone which is taken for 21 days, then you get a break for seven days before starting your new pack. If you take it properly it’s a really effective method of controception (granted I wasn’t using this one for sex at the time).
This did give me more control over my periods, making them less heavy and painful, however I used to get very moody on this method. When I my anxiety began building up I was on the combined pill, and it did make things worse for a while. I also found the 7 day break hard to manage. Nowadays you can get packets that have a blank pill to take to keep your cycle right.
The Mini Pill
I only used this one for three months when I first started dating Mark seriously, and I hated it! I had a constant period for the three months that I used the mini pill. It got me down a lot and I spent a fortune on tampons.
The mini pill is a constant pill that you need to take every day at the same time. I was awful at remembering to take it so I would suggest setting an alarm on your phone if you do decide to take this form.
This is probably the least risky to your health but the mos expensive. Other methods here are free on the NHS, but these are purchased in store. Yes, you can get them free at the GUM Clinic but they’re not the best quality.
Although I know that they are a great form of contraception, I wasn’t keen on most condoms. They caused me to itch and feel quite itchy and sore. Sorry if that’s a bit TMI, but that was genuinely my experience with condoms.
IUD is short for creepy looking torture devise. Okay, it really stands for Intrauterine Devise. It’s also known as the coil. I’ll be honest and say that I chickened out with this one. My experience was that my doctor tried to push me into it and didn’t explain the risks well. It was a case in which she had it and thought it was the best form of contraception for everyone. I’m sorry but someone sticking a coil of copper up my foof is not my idea of a good thing, so I cancelled the appointment and asked for the mini pill instead.
The Depot Provera
This is the form that I am currently using, and it has, so far, been the best for me. My periods stopped completely, apart from a random breakthrough bleed last month. This is an injection that lasts three months. It’s a no fuss method. I haven’t gained weight with it, which is one of the side effects, and there have been no pregnancies so far. It’s pretty awesome. The injection does hurt for the first time, but every other one has been okay.
I hope this helps some of you who are struggling with forms of contraception. Everyone’s experiences are different, so if you have had any other experiences with these forms, please share them in the comments.
Have a lovely day guys and take care.