As you may have noticed from the title of this post, I’m hoping to start a mini series off whereby every Tuesday I have a chat about more personal topics/life advice. To kick start this off, I wanted to holla at my fellow ladies who need to shut down the baby factory or calm those periods down.
I’m by no means a doctor, so all information gathered can be found online or comes from personal experience.
I’ve only been on 1 form of oral contraception and that’s the contraceptive pill. I’ve been taking Loestrin 20 for over a year now and can honestly say I only really have positives to say.
Loestrin 20 is a combination pill of estrogen and progesterone that prevents ovulation (eggs being released from the ovaries). This pill:
- Increases the natural thickness of the mucus at the neck of the womb
- Thins the line of the womb to make it harder for fertilised eggs to implant there
How is it taken?
I visit my local iCash clinic (“Integrated contraception and sexual health services across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, and Suffolk”) when I need more of the pill. It’s a free service and friendly for all ages covering a wide range of sexual health aspects. I’m usually given 3 boxes of pills each time, each containing 3 packs of 21 pills. That’s 63 pills. The recently introduced method I was told to follow, is to take 63 pills consecutively and then have a 4 day break to allow my body to experience a breakthrough bleed. The good news is that you are still protected during the 4 day break (not from STIs so wrap it before you tap it)
I can’t talk about any other forms of the pill or methods of taking them, as this is what I’ve been accustomed to for a long time now. I take my pill around 20:40 every night as that time fit my schedule the best when I first started taking it, but it still works well now. This pill completely stops my periods, and I get a bleed around day 2/3 of the pill break for around 3 days. The bleeding during the break can be very heavy, however once I start taking the pill again the bleeding stops completely again after around 2/3 days.
How about physical/emotional effects?
Personally, I’ve experienced no drastic side effects from this pill – which is definitely something that worried me as I’d heard so many horror stories. I’ve had no cramps, mood swings, changes to my mental health or best of all – periods! My bra size did increase quite a bit after starting this pill, which I have no other explanation for. Not having a period though is so convenient and means I don’t have to worry about coming on when I have plans.
Scary Mommy, a subscription story on Snapchat wrote about the detrimental mental effects the combined pill can have on its users. They wrote “women taking oral contraceptive birth control are more likely to be treated for depression” with the depression risk increasing to 80% for teenagers.
“Loestrin 20 is most often prescribed for young women who don’t have any major health issues. It’s not suitable for women who have an increased risk of getting a blood clot, including women over 35 who smoke.”
I obviously 100% advise seeking medical advice if this pill sounds like something you believe would be beneficial to you and your lifestyle. It seems like a great option for women that experience particularly heavy and painful periods. I’ve heard so many unfortunate stories of young women experiencing such a detrimental effect from taking the pill; no matter what reason they may be taking it for. I hope this post has educated some on another option that is out there if the current option isn’t working out. Let’s break the stigma of taboo topics and talk more!
I hope you enjoyed this bitesize look into this pill and found it somewhat informative. My question for the comments is: do you think a male contraceptive should be created? E.g. a pill or inplant for males? A study was undertaken for male hormonal birth control, but the potential side effects (which are just a few of what women experience) were deemed too much.
Thank you for reading and until next time,