Is it just me that feels uneasy about pretty much every type of contraception?


When I was 15 and some of my best friends first started going to visit their GPs with their mums to discuss contraception (because they’d been with their boyfriends at least two months and they actually met up after school and it was all really official so they were definitely going to have actual real naked sex soon), there was only ever one outcome – a Microgynon prescription.

We’d had flavoured condoms floating about for some time – I actually once got in trouble at school for having a blueberry one in my purse, but whatevs, I thought people actually had intercourse with sugary flavoured contraception – but it quickly became apparent that the thing you did once you hit an age was go on Microgynon, the sweet, sweet contracetive pill.

Except it’s not a sweet, sweet contraceptive pill. It’s a beast.

Maybe I wasn’t offered anything else, maybe when I was 16 and deciding that OHMYFUCKINGGOD MAYBE I’LL HAVE SEX WITH MY BOYFRIEND SOON BECAUSE I’M A GROWN UP, I marched into the doctor’s office and simply asked for the pill, and that was that. I had my blood pressure taken and then swanned off to Boots to pick up my first three months of the drug that would stop me becoming a very unprepared teen mother. But either I didn’t want to hear about the other options, or they were never discussed and offered to me by my doctor, either way I never considered them. And I still wouldn’t.

I know right, a grown woman admitting that all contraception creeps her out, how idiotic.

The rumour that has floated about for the past few years is that Microgynon is the contraceptive pill offered out first to most young women because it is the cheapest for the NHS – and not the most agreeable for most women.

Whilst some girls gained weight, others had clearer skin and some noticed no difference at all – I sprung out a DD cup from an A, and I became crazy.

Like, extra crazy. Not just normal hormonal teenage crazy, but completely mentally not OK. I would cry all the time, lash out, be unreasonable, be plagued with anxiety and I felt out of control of my emotions, and it’s only as i’ve got older and started speaking to more of my peers that I realise I wasn’t alone. A lot of us were plagued with this low, destructive mood which we had no control over.

After two years of Microgynon I transferred onto another pill which made me embarrassingly constipated, and then another, Marvelon, which had absolutely no side-effects with me.

I’ve regularly taken breaks of up to a year when i’ve been single, and i’ve regularly looked at other types of contraception – because, I am not clever enough to remember to take a pill every single day, especially when i’m feeling stressed.

I click on every article the Mail Online throws at me about how the pill is basically destroying my every morsel, how it’ll leave me infertile, cancer-ridden and just a bit like the stumpy thing under a bench at faux King’s Cross that was the remains of Lord Voldermort’s soul.

My main fear is that there are not enough long-term studies on the effects of pills like Microgynon and Marvelon, because, well, people haven’t been taking them that long. The Pill was launched worldwide in the 1960s and has gained in popularity since then – right now a third of all women aged 16-49 in the UK are on it, isn’t that insane?

We all know it’s been linked to blood clots, causes an increased risk of breast and cervical cancer, but why are we all still so obsessed with it?

Let’s look at your other solutions – the vaginal ring, the IUD, the IUS, the injections, the patch, the implant, condoms and diaphrams.

My main concern here is putting foreign objects up my vagina, like the ring, diaphrams, IUS and IUD . It terrifies me, like putting a bit of LEGO up your nose or something. I’ve also heard horror stories about how much it hurts to get them ‘installed’ and also, they’re kinda long-term aren’t they? What if I WANT a baby in six months? Then i’ve got to drag myself back to get the whole bloody thing removed.

It’s the same with the implant – I don’t want some sort of robotic, futuristic, tracker-style thing lodged in my arm, it’s unnatural and I don’t want any additional injections brought into my life, giving blood is enough needlework in my life, thanks.

The patch is a bit like saying OH HI EVERYONE LOOK I’M USING CONTRACEPTION, except to people like me who’ll probably assume you’re trying to quit smoking, which looks just as generally lame.

And so it is that i’m left with condoms. The most basic and age-old form of contraception there ever was, aside from withdrawal, which doesn’t sound that effective.

Contraception just terrifies me. I don’t like any of them. I don’t want additional chemicals and hormones inserted into my body, because surely that’s not good for me? I’m getting enough shit put into my body thanks to my McDonald’s addiction as it is.

When my doctor prescribes me some antibiotics for a bladder infection i’ll happily take it because OH MY FUCKING GOD ALL THE PAIN, and I know i’ll only be putting it into my body for a week, and unless I want hospitalisation for a bigger problem, I don’t really have a choice.

But with contraceptives it feels different – you could be subjecting your body to alien objects for years, and it just doesn’t sit right with me.

Mostly, I want to hear what everyone else has to say on this niggly matter. So yeah, lemme know guys, I need you to soothe my mind.


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  • Olivia

    Contraception just terrifies me. I don’t like any of them. I don’t want additional chemicals and hormones inserted into my body, because surely that’s not good for me? I’m getting enough shit put into my body thanks to my McDonald’s addiction as it is.

    This. So much this. Even down to the McDonalds trade off.

    • Claire

      It’s ok talking about contraception and it been scary , but is it not more scary to catch some Awful disease ? I witnessed my friend finding out she had hep c , not the best time in her life ! I went with her to hospital appointments because she didn’t want anyone to know because she felt dirty ! And she was right , the doctors treat her like she was some kind of junkie prostitute ! In reality she was a plain jane never did anything wrong apart from unprotected sex with her boyfriend of 6 months who apparent had no idea he had the disease ! So maybe we should all think about things like this when choosing and critising condoms .

  • Sophie B

    I had exactly the same problems with contraception. I was mentally unstable on the implant, I was so angry and lashed out all the time. I also got really depressed. I then tried the injection which was just as bad and once its done its in your system for three months so there’s nothing you can do but wait it out. I tried the mini-pill next which was only slightly better (I can’t go on any other types of contraception due to family history). I then resorted to my last choice which was a non-hormonal IUD, which was one of my worst mistakes. It was so painful and I ended up having a womb infection. I missed many months of my final term of university and had to have it removed in the end anyway! Now I am only using condoms are protection and although that scares me, at least I know that I am not pumping my body with additional hormones which it clearly cannot take!

    • Sammi

      I have exactly this problem. Crazy psycho bitch on anything progesterone based (mini pill, implant, injection). I had the copper coil fitted and ended up in hospital with an infection that spread to my liver.

      I’m overweight so I can’t use the combined pill or the patch.

      I can’t do the whole fiddley thing with female condoms etc.

      Condoms are all well and good until your boyfriend lacks feeling and goes floppy – mood killer.

      So I may have to try the jaydess coil (it’s a lot smaller) and just hope I don’t feel as though I’m going to bleed to death again!!

  • joanne

    Im bad enough with pinot grigio and dominos I dont need any other toxins in my body floating around so since 19 i have been pill free..theres too many of these cancer/clotting/infertility stories to be just rumours..and im not willing to take that risk!And personally think iud’s, injections, rings etc..are probably just as risky..

  • Amy

    Feel exactly the same haha! I was on microgynon for 8 years (with breaks) had to change to cilest as it was giving me spots but thdy haven’t cleared!! I keep thinking about the pill making me infertile?!

  • I used to be on Yasmin before the NHS stopped handing them out (too expensive – boo), and then when I didn’t want hormones in me anymore, I went for the 10-year IUD, having never had a child, Best. Decision. Ever.

    The problem is, you google IUD experience and you only get the horror stories, not the good experiences (where’s the fun in that?), but while it was definitely uncomfortable and I had labour-like pains from it while it was being popped in, I’m child-and-hormone free until 2022!

    It took me a little bit of pep-talking to really get the confidence to do it, but I’m glad I did now and you don’t even notice it’s there! I actually blogged mine with weekly, monthly and annual updates if you’re interested –

  • Tamzin

    I was prescribed the mini pill at 16, due to having a history of blood clots in my family and therefore unable to take Mycrogynon. At 18, and after 2 OMG I’M TOTALLY PREGGERS freak-out incidents having missed a day, (I wasn’t BTW, just being a drama queen), I switched to the implant.
    Cue depression. Like BAD depression. I clearly recall having a tiff with my boyfriend and storming out of his parents’ house into the pouring rain, convinced that I was going to make it to the nearby main road and throw myself under a lorry because I was so worthless. THAT kind of depression. Thankfully, he caught me and insisted I went back to the doctor. After 6 months, I had the implant removed, started having contraceptive injections instead, and low and behold – my mental health returned to normal. I carried on having these for about 2 years, before being told quite brutally by my doctor that if I continued to do so, my bones would crumble away and I would have arthritis by the age of 30, (or something equally dramatic).
    So, at the age of 20 my best friend and I both got the coil. (We’re girls, it was a scary prospect, we were always going to need to hold each others hands). Yes it hurts to have it installed, but if you’ve ever suffered from a particularly nasty period cramp, then you can deal with it. Whack a couple of Feminax down your throat and you’re fine.
    And I have to say, that now, nearly 4 years in, I wouldn’t choose anything else. I don’t have to remember to book appointments for injections, or rush through emergency prescriptions, or fiddle around in the heat of the moment, and I’m actually NORMAL.

    So yeh, the long and short of it is, don’t be so freaked out by things “in you” 🙂 x

  • K

    Brilliant article, good points-well said & I feel the exact same way. It’s comforting to know you question it all too!

    I’m wary & distrusting of every available option at the moment too. Condoms are my current method of choice as like you, they’re the option I view as least intrusive but not the most reassuring method either if I’m honest.

    Reading ‘Sweetening the Pill’ really put me off the pill BUT if I were in a relationship right now I’d probably take it just to put my mind at ease.

    There isn’t really enough focus on this subject :s it makes it harder to make responsible, informed decisions. Thanks for bringing it up, it kinda needs to be sometimes x

  • Polly

    I couldn’t agree more. I stopped taking the Pill about a year ago after trying about 3 or 4 different types – and them all making me varying degrees of crazy and/or fat. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 10 months now and I’m still too scared to use any contraception apart from condoms. I’m crap at remembering to take the Pill, and when it makes you crazy you kinda don’t want to anyway. The implant freaks me out too much. Condoms are the best bet for me – just why so expensive?!

    • Imogen

      Hi Polly,

      I don’t know if you’re writing from the US as it is probably different there, but you know in the UK you can go to your local health clinic and get nearly 100 free condoms in one go? Admittedly its not a lifelong supply but will save you a few quid 🙂

  • Jane

    Urgh, yes, pain in the arse! I can’t have the combined pill because i had a migraine once and apparentl that leaves me at a risk of stroke.
    Mini pill though is horrible for skin and new facial (!) hair. And the implant is the same hormones. And the coil is a bad idea if you’ve not had children yet. A minefield. Turns out the options are very limited

  • Glad to see a post like this –
    I found quite the opposite with the first appointment, they really pushed the implant and injections on me but as a quivering 16 y/o I didn’t want anything to harsh!

    My first pill Ovranette made me balloon, I then changed to Cilest which after 3 years started making me feel very nauseas and then I went onto the god send that is Yasmin but you have to ask for this as the doctors don’t readily prescribe it due to the high cost!

    I’m not off the pill and reluctant to take anything after chemically tricking my body for 7 years – its time for mother nature to do her thaaang!


  • I want absolutely crazy on the pill, like psycho. And since coming off it about 4 years ago, I haven’t used anything else apart from condoms. I just do not trust those hormones in my body.

    Don’t get me wrong, it can be an absolute pain using condoms.. and expensive! But I’m SO much happier now then I ever was before.

    Thank you for this article, as I swear sometimes it feels as though I’m the only one not on the pill, or implant!!

  • Rachel

    Been on marvelon since I was about 14… Not because of that… But because of ridiculously heavy flow. Like 3 or 4 pads in a night flow. Anyway… Like its name it is marvellous and Ive never had any issues and have been closely monitored by the nurse for blood pressure and the such like. Ive never felt the need to try any others but hve heard so many horror stories about others Im just glad I found the right one straight away. However… ive never been off it. So that will be an experience when it happens, i dont want to go back to how it was before!!

  • I’m gay… Best contraception there is 😉

  • Danni

    Originally (with no discussion about any other contraceptives) I was prescribed microgynon at 18, and the only side effect was shooting from 34B to a 34D in about a month. I came off it after 3yrs and relied on condoms for ages.
    When I decided to go back onto hormonal contraception I did my research and went to my gp to discuss it. First she wrote a prescription for microgynon, despite me telling her about the oestrogen-receptive cancers that my mother had had. Then she told me that since I’ve had kids, the coil was a great idea. I’ve not had kids. I actually went into the appointment wanting the implant. Eventually I got what I asked for. The first week I was an emotional wreck who cried because my pc took longer to log in, or because I couldn’t find a pen. Or my pen was blue ink and I wanted black. After that horribly dehydrated week I had no problems. I actually miss my little imbedded matchstick sometimes.

  • Katie Durkin

    I was on Microgynon for over a year and almost every day it gave me headaches, some severe. Eventually I was taken off it because my blood pressure became to high and they put me on The Progestogen-only pill. Which you take everyday and don’t have periods. It does make life a heck of a lot easier, but I do worry about the long term consequences of stopping my body from doing something so natural will be.

  • I’m using marvelon and it is the best for me- no side effects, and before I was on a 28 day pill which gave me horrible mood swings and 3 week periods, so it was a welcome change. I was recommended to try the pad after marvelon, but I’m happy with this pill.

    Personally I wouldn’t recommend going on and off the pill, especially if it gives you mood swings. I’m in a long distance relationship, we only see each other every few months, but I wouldn’t want to shock my body with the different hormone levels, plus it helps to keep in the habit of taking the pill. I also use an app to remind me (the iPill app).

    I would always recommend anyone to discuss any/all options with a doctor, especially at sex clinics because they know their stuff. I’ve asked for an implant but they would assess me and decide to keep me on the pill. And these scares about cancer etc, well a doctor wouldn’t prescribe anything that was a serious risk to the person. They can figure out what is best for you, and I trust their choices.

  • Ems

    I’m on Marvelon too and have been on it for seven years since I was 16. After a year of periods that were so painful I would vom or hit sky-high body temperatures or deliriously panic I was going to faint in school with a flow that NEVER quelled, my GP put me on the double strength Marvelon. It cleared up my skin too and I put on about half a stone.

    I’m happy that I’m on it – I have control over periods, the periods I do have a light and only cause one day of cramping, still have clear skin, always got a background track of preventing babies – but then always use condoms too. Condoms are just so easy, you can get them free, and super effective. So I do a double whammy.

    I guess I don’t really think about the long-term stuff. You’re right, we don’t know enough about these drugs. In a weird way, and like it or not, our generation are pharmaceutical pioneers for hormonal contraception. But to what effect, who knows. Every time I go for a pill-check, I always feel like there’s an agenda to push the implant. Seriously, every time I go the nurse or GP is like, have you considered any other form of contraception liiiiiiiike THE IMPLANT? *cheshire cat grin* But it’s just not for me – I don’t want to change this little system I’ve got myself comfortably nestled in seven years strong, despite the question mark hanging over future pill-free life, babies and lunar periods..

  • poppy

    Hmm, i completely disagree despite having problems with every pill i ever tried. however the injection was great. periods and babies gross me out more than the thought of a few extra hormones.
    Us women don’t really have it all that great but thank god for modern medicine. It’s experimentation definitely but once you find the one that suits you it’s a life saver.

  • OF

    I completely sympathise with this, contraception used to terrify me and when my GP suggested an IUD my immediate thought was “You want to put WHAT WHERE?! There’s no way anyone’s venturing down there to ram a bit of metal in me!”…
    Although now I feel extremely naive for this thought.
    After some time I went to my local sexual health clinic to discuss it with them and for the first time, I saw an IUD.
    MY GOODNESS do I feel silly now, it’s a little piece of plastic with a tiny piece of copper on it and I LOVE IT! It’s saved me from so much worry and stress and not caused me to gain weight (thankfully!), feel emotional or freak out about periods.
    I couldn’t recommend these enough to people, they are brilliant little things and best thing – if you decide in a day, a week, month, year, or up to 10 years – they just take it out and BAM you’re ready to try and get pregnant!
    There’s no disturbing your hormones, no pill to remember and very little pain too (no worse than period pains)!
    People reference them as “copper coils” although this makes them sound far more intimidating than they are, they are little life savers and anyone worrying about anything to do with contraception, I’d definitely say GO FOR IT! GET AN IUD!

  • Jaimie

    Hey Hannah,

    Really great article – I’m having this internal debate currently, as I’ve just tried my 4th brand of pills, and my body rejects it every single time – headaches, weight gain, and even worse symptoms. I’ll be talking to my Gyno this week about other options, but I am hesitant to put anything foreign into my body. It’s a really sticky situation being the female in this case! Thanks for your thoughtful article

    Jaimie x

  • Natalie

    I was the same on the pill. I turned in to a physco! With my mum having a blood clot after my first scare (my leg swelled up massive and I was admitted to hospital) I was told it’s not worth the risk to
    My health to keep taking it. I’ve just used condoms since. I’ve had the odd scare but that’s it. I’m happy with this choice as it’s safer for me. My boyfriend doesn’t agree but doesn’t want kids yet so has to go along! Ha!

  • Harriet

    Word for word..that could have been my writing! I feel exactly the same.

    I went on the standard pill when I was 14/15 because it was the norm and seemed to be more subtle and grown up than condoms.

    I went psycho bitch crazy / depressed..cried for no reason but never really thought it may have been the pills- just thought it was maybe angsty teenage years, stress from my parents divorce or universe ending ‘first love’ arguments.

    Stopped remembering to take the pill when I was single because ‘what’s the point wahhhh I’ll NEVER have sex again’.

    Went back on the pill when I was about 21 and got given the one you take every day to try and get myself into the habit.

    I ran out about 6 months ago and just haven’t been to stock up out of sheer laziness..but i like it! First time in years my body is chemical free and I like that it’s doing what it should be doing. My period pains are a bitch though which I’ve never had before and I’m realllly heavy eergh!

    Options? Condoms are and mood destroying (and expensive now I’m too old for the clinic boo). Tempted by the IUD but i would prefer the non hormone version..again it’s partly laziness and partly the idea of having a little somethin’ somethin’ living up there for 10 years putting me off!

    It’s annoying that the focus is put on the woman to sort it out – as far as I know the only way a man can be in control is by keeping stocked up on condoms.

    Little plastic tubes of mood killing spunk.

    Isn’t sex great.

  • I was on the pill for a few years and didn’t have any problem with it. Except the price. I was on a more expensive one because the cheapest one didn’t react well with my body. The benefit is that in the UK it’s free! Which is a good thing for everyone!
    A few months ago I stopped using the pill and got the Implanon. To get it inserted didn’t really hurt that much I promise. Just some nice bruising.
    I know you’ve probably heard horror stories but it’s worked so well for me! I hardly ever get my period and I don’t notice any mood swings/bloating etc… and it only cost $36 to get it in.
    I’m not planning on having a baby any time soon, so for me, the implanon is a dream come true!

  • Robyn Kerr

    Hi Hannah – I am now on my second implant now. Apart from a little issue with bruising and healing on my second removal/insertion I haven’t had many issues! The idea of it being in my arm initially freaked me out a bit – but honestly you kinda forget it’s even in there!

    The one thing it messes up is periods. They’re not regular whatsoever so I have to always be fully prepared with the handbag essentials…and they last longer than normal. But then I can go months without having one as well!

    I can’t go on the pill myself as I have a family history of blood clots to the risk is too high for me to take it – plus I’m mega forgetful!

    I had considered the coil…but I have heard too many horror stories – most likely been dramatised but the idea of it kinda freaks me out to be honest.

    Bring on the science which allows men to have some sort of contraception other than some out of date condoms they carry in their wallets…

  • Suzanne

    I know what you mean about the foreign objects thing – the implant totally freaks me out. It reminds me of a dog or cat being microchipped, I wouldn’t even consider it.

    I’ve tried a couple of pills and microgynon did the same to me – I was so moody and irrationally angry, I think my boyfriend was scared of me for a couple of months. Some of the pills I’ve tried have made me feel sick as well (I’m actually pregnant at the moment and it was comparable to the lovely morning sickness I’m currently suffering from). I found taking them at night helped with the sickness though.

    As for long term effects on fertility, I’ve been on and off different pills for about 6 years and got pregnant about three months after stopping Yasmin. It took a while for my periods to go back to normal but apart from that I’ve had no issues.

  • Tasha

    I was the same.. I tried 4 different pills, from gaining weight to getting spots to feeling and being violently sick every time I took it, but on the bright side I lost the weight the first one made me out on, before realising this was not contraception for me.
    So the doctors gave me a lovely leaflet telling me all my options.. A patch that I feared would come off, the implant, or the injection..
    So I went with the implant, what could go wrong. Its in there for 3 years and I don’t have to worry about forgetting to take it.. It was brilliant! To begin with.. 9 months of pure bliss no periods, until that is I had 3 mo this of being on my period every other week!!!!
    So what next? I got it removed and started on the injection, everything was fine until a year down the line my mother tells me that it can cause infertility if used for a long time.. NEXT!!!
    So unless I wabt an IUD my only option was to try the implant again, which ended the same way the first one did.
    So my contraceptive nurse tells me the only option left for me is the IUD, so I need to have a serious think about what I want to do..
    But as of by magic someone up above knows my troubles, they send me a man to fall in love with who has had a vasectomy..
    So.. for now at least.. I have no need to worry about contraception.. Until he gets his reversal that is…

  • I’be used two pills and both made me hella nauseous way past the adjustment period and made me a crazy person to be around. I had an iud for a few years and was PETRIFIED of the pain rumours of removal. Note, it’s really not that bad and very quick.

    I’ve now used the patch for about a year and it’s my preferred by far. No one sees it as you place it anywhere around your bum/thigh area. I’ve even worn a bikini on holiday without anyone noticing. You leave it for a week and forget about it. I get on really well with it.

  • Lynn

    There *are* lots of long-term studies on the pill. Check out “Bitter Pill” By Dr Katharina Dalton and “The Pill, Are You Sure its For You?”, or just plug some search terms into pubmed.

    As for other alternatives, check out Fertility Awareness. It is hormone fee for sure. It also provides amazing feedback on one’s health. The caveat is that it takes about 2 mins each day. Toni Weschler’s “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” has all the info. I’ve been using it for 8 years and no babies. 🙂

  • jo

    I’m the same as you Hannah, the pill made me totally emoshe and made me fat. I tried lots of different pills, condoms, and a diaphragm. But I now have a non hormonal IUD and its AMAZING! The best thing is it lasts for ten years, and to have it removed all you have to do is go to the docs or family planning clinic. X

  • I have exactly the same problem. Went on the pill for the first time last year (at 22) and last a whole 2 and a half months of crazy crying, angry-ness, lashing out at my poor boyfriend, putting on weight and crazy heavy periods. Then I said nuh-uh not happening. We’re going back to condoms! And there we have stayed.

    Sure, every now and then I think about going back and trying a different pill. My best friend has the implant and she doesn’t have periods, doesn’t have craziness, doesn’t have weight-gain but HAS grown some pretty impressive boobage. Very tempting. Until she told me she’d actually had a SIX WEEK LONG PERIOD when she first had it put in. SIX WEEKS. Of blood.

    Again: nuh-uh no thank you!!!

    It’s all very vague and up-in-the-air, and even doctors can take many years to get your prescription right. So nope. I’m staying as I am!

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  • It amazes me how much drama we all seem to have with all these different types of contraception! Women do not have it easy in this respect!! I was the only one of my friends at 16 to consider any other contraception than the pill. Friends had all gone to GP who just decided for them, I knew I was seriously forgetful and didn’t want “The Fear” so I went to a clinic and they recommended the injection. I found it really good and stopped having periods all together. After two years I came off it because I was single and slightly scared (is it wrong to miss the feeling of a period?) of what I was doing to my body. Next I tried Rigevidon pill and it made me a complete psycho screaming at my very well-meaning grandpa who had no idea what was going on. I went back on the injection, periods stopped and was happy, however after another year I was told that long term its not good and I should switch. Having been on the injection, I was recommended the implant as I was unlikely to have bad side effects with it. It was weird having it put in and male friends do think I’m some kind of cyborg but I have had no problems with it that I can tell and I’m covered for 3 years! I would say it is really important to talk to someone that knows and that won’t dismiss your fears, GPs just don’t have enough specialised information or experience. No, we don’t know the long term effects but I couldn’t face living with that sick to the bottom of my stomach feeling that comes with the pill/condoms/pull out.

  • Charlotte Miller

    I’ve been on so many different types of contraception now it’s insane. Seriously, the coil, two different types of implants, and 3 different types of pills. If I don’t get the crazies, it’s that I’m in so much pain I’m only working 3 weeks a month, and that’s not cool Yo! I’m back on Microgynon again now after a 7 year struggle, my hormones are normal(ish) and I’ve all of a sudden got boobies!! (I was a B last year, now I’m a D) I think it’s just best to do what you think you’re going to be happiest with, trial and error I say!

  • Inês

    Hi hannah, I´m just 17 and i started to take the pill for acne purposes but I started to have other symptoms like nausea, increased heartbeat and just stressed out with everything so I stopped.. I´m very dramatic and paranoid so I was very preocuppied with further damages! I think that you should go to your doctors and explain your situation so that they can help you and advise you 🙂 Good luck xx

  • Aimee

    I completely agree that the pill is handed out far too willy-nilly!
    For me, i started my period at 14 and because they were so horrendous and all over the place, i was put straight on the pill and assured it would calm things down. Which it did. So i continued with it and thought nothing more about it.
    I came off the pill about two years ago (after being on it for 6 years!) and my troubles started again.
    Cutting a very long story short, i was diagnosed with Endometriosis and have had 2 surgeries in the past 6 months to try and ease my symptoms. I’ve now been put in a medically induced menopause to prevent the Endometriosis returning and my partner and i have been told to start trying for babies as soon as possible.
    My point is.. My consultant has told me that my bad periods all those years ago were the first signs of Endometriosis and being put on the pill had basically hidden it for all these years. If i hadn’t been on it, i would have probably been diagnosed sooner and it wouldn’t have been so severe.
    I’m very lucky to have been told that my baby making parts are all healthy and working fine, but a lot of women aren’t so lucky and are told they cannot have children.
    They really shouldn’t just hand out the pill so quickly. One in ten women have Endometriosis and it really is the most debilitating thing. I didn’t even know what is was until a year ago! Young girls need to be educated properly about contraceptive pills etc and i think a lot of nurses need to be educated on things like Endometriosis! I saw the nurse at my GP’s surgery last week for something else.. And she’d never heard of it!

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  • Polly

    I lived with 4 boys for 2 years, and they are the reason I came off the pill. They made me realise that the girl who was crying every single night out cos something tiny didn’t go my way was not the girl they had signed up to live with, and they wanted to put a stop to it. So I’ve been off the pill 2 years, I’m now not a crazy, mascara covered mess every Friday night ( and I also lost a bit of weight too). Definitely agree that it’s a hella lot easier off the pill. The only thing I miss is being able to pin-point to the hour when my period would begin, now it’s anyones guess.

    • Lynn

      If you chart your cycles, you will have an effective form of contraception *and* will know when your period is due. It’s such a pity that everyone thinks Natural Family Planning is just a right-wing Catholic thing. There is a secular method called Fertility Awareness Method, and the difference between the two is that Fertility Awareness Method allows a person to use barriers if they desire. This lady is a Christian, *but* her overview of the method is so good that I think the link is worth reading:

  • Hayley

    hi Hannah

    I’m on the patch after years of switching through pills and implants and I have to say it’s a godsend!

    You pop it on your thigh/ hip area- no one knows it’s there, periods are controlled and it’s easy as you don’t have to think about it for a week!

    Only downside is I get a sore sticky patch for a day after changing it , but I always alternate sides to stick it on and I tend to have the same effects with plasters.

    I too wore mine on holiday with a bikini and just stuck in on my bum that week, happy days.

    They tend to give you a few months supply when you go to pick it up to so I have a nice stash in the cupboard.

    Easy. Simple. Effective and you don’t have to remember to take it every day, or have plastic rods inserted in your arm or anything else stuck up your vagina.

    H x

  • Emily Spencer

    I feel exactly the same about ‘the pill’. I’ve been on it since August 2013 and to be honest *touch wood* I’ve not had any side effects from it. Apart from maybe how it turns me into the green eyed monster whenever I take a weeks break on it. But when I take the weeks break my body and my mind automatically feel different… better I suppose! But theres no way my boyfriend would even go near me if he knew I had stopped taking it.
    I wouldn’t recommend the injections at all as a, they sting like a MF and b, it screwed my body up entirely. I bled for 6 months straight, my mood swings were awful, I’d suffer with bad headaches and my skin was appauling.
    I think contraception is all good and well, taken only In short bursts. I know women who have been on the pill for 10 years or more! And you think ‘surley that isn’t good for their health’.
    Although I did hear somewhere they were thinking of a male contraceptive pill .. maybe that’s the future? Because after , its better to un arm the gun than fire at a bullet proof vest….

  • D

    I found your blog by accident and I love it! It touches on so many issues and personal experiences; it’s so easy to identify with. It’s also a relief to see that other girls are experiencing similar things…I was on microgynon 30 for 1.5 years. I don’t know if it was the pill alone (I also started uni at that time, so more drinking, bad food, stress….) but I developed a severe digestive problem. I can’t eat many foods, I suffer from stomach aches and just feel like absolute crap. The pill also made me put some weight on and eventually I came off it. I then tried the non-hormonal coil and OMG that was a mistake…. severe pain down the right-hand side of my body, headaches and just discomfort (during my 3rd year exams :S)…so after 5 weeks I had it removed. I agree with you 100%- my body doesn’t tolerate any additional hormones and things in my body (which makes life a tad more complex, as it would be nice not to think about contraception), but oh well 🙂

    Thanks for your blogs!

  • I couldn’t agree more with everything you have said! I had been on numerous pills for about 7 years, numerous due to the horrific side effects each seem to offer. Some have been that bad it ended a relationship because I was crazy! I have now been off the pill for 18 months, however I still haven’t recovered from this as everything from my periods coming and going when they please to the MASSIVE red painful under the skin spots that I get all of the time not just around my period. These spots are getting that ridiculous that I am considering going back on the pill just to stop them. Why do women get the short end of the straw the majority of the time?!

  • A

    Can’t tell you how chuffed I am I came across your blog! It’s like reading my own thoughts!

    I’ve been on the injection for the past year, it’s my second time on it and only came off for a couple of years because apparently 4 years on it with no break is not good! They said that there are no tests carried out for the effects after 4 years. Back in August though I missed an injection and didn’t end up getting my next one for 5 weeks. It was then I realised how much it affected my mood. I kept telling friends how I couldn’t believe my mood, I just felt happy all the time! I ended up going back for the next injection but I’ve decided now it’s my last. I had a convo with a girl at work who agreed that you don’t realise how it affects you till you come off it! For the two years I wasn’t on the injection I was put on the pill, couldn’t tell you which one just that it’s in a pink packet, and I was such a horrible person! I definitely got SAD during the winter months of the first year and I definitely put it down to the pill. Old fashioned all the way for me after December! Just chuffed I’m not the only one!!

    Will be sat with a cuppa having a nose at the rest of your blog!

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  • Vicky

    Hey! got here after reading your new skincare routine post.
    I gotta say, I’m 23 and on the pill. Mine was called Yasmin, now I’m using generics because Yasmin was hella expensive. Oh yeah, this one was not covered by my NHS (I’m from Spain).
    I have been taking it for almost 4 years now. I’ve taken a couple of breaks, and it was the worst: my skin got all messy, my periods didn’t come and all in all, I felt like a giant hormonal idiot.

    Now, I take the pill due to my PCOS but I still use condoms. It kind of comforts me to think that if it broke, I’d still have that “safety net” to cover for me. I mean, right? RIGHT?? Oh, and if I remember to take the pill every day (not as easy as it sounds), my skin looks great (besides the casual chin spot when ovulating that ruins your day and no make-up product in this world can cover).

    Anyway, this post made me think about it. As you said, not everyone has the same reactions to the pill. And maybe the cheapest / more convenient one for your NHS is not the best option. Messed up world, right? I still think it’s insane that we have to be the ones undergoing all this process while guys only have to put down their pants. Let’s hope that male contraception becomes all the rage and THEY are the ones who have to endure all this process (it’d be good, for a change).

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, Hannah. I love reading your posts -that’s a first on the ego-blogosphere.
    Love from Spain! x

  • I was just reading your updated skin care routine and clicked the link to bring me here. I was given Microgynon (shock) a couple months ago but i still haven’t taken it because of the horror stories i’ve heard! Weight-gain, break-outs, lower sex drive etc etc. eeeeek no thank you!

    how long did you stick to microgynon before they let you change? i HATE being a girl sometimes


    • hannahgale9

      I think i was on it for about a year but only stayed with it so long because I had NO idea it was causing any problems – I just thought it was all typical teenage stuff, but it was horrible.

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