Monday, 13 February 2017

My honest 8 year experience on the contraceptive pill

I gained a stone, bleed like I was dying, cried like a bitch, but now we're best friends.

I went on the contraceptive pill when I was 12 years old, so eight years ago and I'm still on it till this day and I have never had a break from it. So it’s fair to say that I can share my experience as I have been on it long enough. But please do remember, this is MY experience and everyone’s experience on medication/ pills is different so don’t just go by what I say – speak to your GP and do your own research too.  

I'm on the Zelleta pill that comes in 75 microgram tablets and contains the hormone Desogestrel.

Desogestrel is a progestin used in hormonal contraceptives. Most combined oral pills contain it and its estrogen dosage is lower than what was previously used in the pill and therefore allegedly reduces the likelihood of weight gain, breast tenderness, and migraines.  

You may know that there is a hell of a lot of controversy surrounding contraceptives containing Desogestrel. Studies as far back as 1995 suggested that the risk of blood clots is doubled for women on these pills, the one I take daily. However, it was discovered (so they say) that drugs containing Desogestrel as the only active ingredient do not show an increase in the risk of blood clots.

So, you're probably wondering, why do you take a pill that some experts say is deadly? Why consume something that is so extremely controversial? Because it works for me.  

For eight years my body has grown on this pill, transformed and aged. For my pill to work and stop me getting pregnant I have to take it every single day and at the same time each day. For the first couple of years, I took it consistently and rarely forgot to take it. In eight years I have never had a pregnancy scare, never even needed to take a pregnancy test and I have had an overall tremendous experience (and yes, I have been regularly sexually active throughout my time on this pill because I can’t seem to function without sex).

Do I still take it daily and if not does it affect me? Honestly, no I don't. I often forget to take it. Because my body is so used to it now I can forget the occasional day and not fall pregnant (so far, quickly touching wood right now. Do not recommend my idiocy always take your pill). For me to fall pregnant now I would probably have to not take my pill for a whole year before my body could even fall pregnant. However, nothing is impossible and it's important to remember that it could happen and you could very well fall pregnant after not taking it for a day. But there is one thing if I miss a couple of days in a row Mother Nature greets me. 
Periods, how have I not mentioned Satan yet. My pill stops me having them, fabulous right? No cramps, no mess and no moods for 4-7 days of the month. Honestly, in my opinion, it is my favourite part of being on this pill. I can't remember what a period cramp feels like now, it's been years. But if I forget to take my pill a lot that month I have a 'little bleed'. A 'little bleed' is just that, blood spotting or more frank my body releases a tiny bit of blood. But there are no period cramps and no mood swings. I can choose when I allow my body to do this, all I have to do is stop taking my pill for a couple of days. But I do not recommend this. I've been on this pill for nearly a decade and I know how my body works, yours is completely different.

A lot of people ask me if my pill made me put on weight (because it's debated whether they do increase weight gain) and to be honest, its hard to tell. Because I went on the pill when I was 12, had ‘puppy fat’ and my body was already changing it was hard to tell whether it was the pill making me gain weight or just my body transforming. I did gain a lot of weight around the time I went on the pill, however. Another reason it’s hard to tell is because I do little to no exercise and eat like a bloody pig (feel free to send me your diet tips).

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