So I recently had a bit of a rubbish experience with contraception and I don’t think we talk about this enough. We seem to be totally fine with putting all sorts of shit in our bodies and not taking notice of what it does to us, which is the reason for this post. If you’re having trouble with either Microgynon or Cerazette, I’m with ya sista!
I started taking Microgynon back in 2010 to stop my horrendous periods. I’d be bleeding for weeks at a time and they were awfully heavy. I would bleed through my school skirts and I couldn’t stop it. This then resulted in an iron deficiency. Microgynon stopped the bleeding and put my periods into a regular cycle but they were still incredibly painful.
After about two years of taking Micrgynon I was told that I absolutely should not be on this pill because I experience migraines with aura – when I have a migraine, I develop stroke-like symptoms – and the oestrogen in the combined pill increases the risk of a stroke in patients who experience this. I had no idea that the pill was causing my awful migraines and that actually I shouldn’t even be on it because of this, but luckily a different doctor flagged it up and changed me straight away. I was to have a different form on contraception without oestrogen, which only really left me with a progestogen only pill. Why it took two years to come to this realisation I don’t know.
After coming to the conclusion that I should stay away from oestrogen, I was given Cerezatte – a progestogen-only pill (also known as POP or mini pill). This pill is taken every day with no break, whereas Microgynon is taken every day for three weeks, with a one week break. That one week break would then be when you have your period. Cerazette has to be taken at the same time every day – if you take it more than twelve hours late, you’re not protected. Anyway, I was on Cerazette for four years and only came off it recently. At the time, I thought it was the perfect pill. I had no problems whatsoever, and to be fair, that’s probably the case for the first three years of taking it. I had no periods at all which for somebody who has periods like I do, this is welcome news! Of course, it all changed.
The last year of taking it was not fun at all. I’ve been with my boyfriend for four years and I’d say we’re in a happy relationship. Well, we are now.
During my last year on Cerazette I didn’t want my boyfriend near me at all. Lots of people talk about lack of sex drive or loss of libido when on different types of contraception but this wasn’t even just that. It wasn’t about sex. Yes we weren’t having sex (and I’m talking months) but it was more about a total lack of intimacy and affection on my part and, to be honest, me being downright horrible to him. Pushing him away from me, not wanting him near me, being snappy, grumpy, lethargic – how he’s still with me now, I don’t know.
With that, I decided that enough was enough and that actually this was becoming damaging to my relationship, so I decided to stop taking it. I’ve been off it now for just over a month and I’m like a different person. To the point where my boyfriend told me that he’d ‘rather never have sex again than [me] go back on that pill’. We are back to normal now and everything’s good again – I’m simply not being horrible anymore!! I want him near me and I want to spend time with him. All in all we’re both much happier and I think my skin seems clearer, too.
Coming off Cerazette wasn’t all fun and games though. In the last month I’ve literally experienced every pregnancy symptom you’ve ever heard of. Cue dreaded pregnancy test. I’m not pregnant so it’s cool but this is what I’ve been experiencing:
-Needing a wee all the time (especially at night). I can get up and go to the loo before bed and literally before I’ve got back into bed and laid down I need to go again.
-Sore breasts, and I don’t just mean tender and a little bit sore, I mean can’t actually wear a bra right now because it hurts so much
Sorry this is such a lengthy post but I really do think that us girls don’t get enough support on this subject and we need to support each other and share our experiences! It was only from researching online that I realised that everything I’ve experienced is totally normal and it made me think that there are probably so many other girls looking for more information, just like me.
So now I’m back to square one with not much option for a different form of contraception. Anyone else in the same boat?