There’s a lot of fear mongering recently in regards to contraception. About how the implant causes X awful side effects, and the injection caused Y. How the pill is the worst decision somebody has ever made, but you know what, for me it’s the best decision.
We can’t ignore facts. When we’re putting hormones and chemicals into our bodies, there’s going to be side effects. Recent studies have confirmed what a lot of people have been saying for a long time – that the pill (and other hormonal contraceptives) can cause depression. Pretty serious stuff.
And it’s okay to want to go hormone free, or stick to just condoms. That’s fine. But it’s not for everyone.
I’ve been on the pill for 5 years now. I got it a few months into uni, after I met my boyfriend Danny. I’m on microgynon FYI, which is usually the first the doctor will prescribe because it’s the cheapest I believe. I’ve had small side effects like mood swings and weight gain (given the amount of pizza I eat, I can’t blame it entirely on the pill). And I love it.
I love the security. That it’s just part of my routine. I love that I can take two packets back to back to avoid an inconvenient period. I love the peace of mind that other contraceptives can’t give me.
Hormonal contraceptives aren’t for everyone, but for me, right now at this point in my life, the pill is perfect. It fits into my lifestyle easily, and for someone who doesn’t plan on children in the near future if at all, it’s something I need for my own sanity. I need to know that I’m in control of my contraception, and life. And if that means I need to take a pill every day, so be it.
And that’s the thing with contraception, and health. You know what’s best for you. If you’re completely against hormonal contraception, there’s plenty of other options out there (link to nhs website here). The are contraceptives other than the pill, but it’s not all awful side affects and horror stories.
Not everyone has a horrible experience with it – which is why I wanted to throw my two pence in. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fear of it all, but sometimes, you have to go with the right option for you.