Coming Off The Pill

This has been playing on my mind for nearly a year and I’ve finally made the decision to bin the pill. Ever since I discovered it can effect your mental health as well as contribute to other nasties, I’ve wanted to come off my contraceptive pill to see if there is any improvement with my mind and also, I just don’t feel healthy pumping hormones into my body every single day. I’m the type of person who rarely takes any medicine. If I have a headache, I ride it out. I have a 4Head stick and paracetamol in my bag for severe migraines because occasionally I will get those and I can’t even open my eyes it’s that bad. But for colds, there is nothing a pack of tissues and a hot water bottle can’t solve for me. I’m a little prone to tonsillitis and only then will I get antibiotics from the Drs because I’ve seen tonsillitis turn into sepsis for a friend from work so its important to get it checked out. But back to the point, I rarely take tablets.

I was dreading making the first step. I thought my first period would be long and ridiculously painful when coming off the pill after 7 years but here I am, still in my pjams with a hot water bottle and its no more uncomfortable than I remember it to be. Emotionally however, I'm a nervous wreck and have been crying over Creme Eggs and cups of tea. I’ve been on the pill called Zeletta for 3 years and this pill is designed to be taken every single day with no break as you would with the standard pill. This means some women have no periods at all, some have them occasionally and some stay regular. I haven’t had a period for 3 years. THREE. Is that normal for a female body? Each to their own, but as I’ve got older I can’t seem to justify doing this to myself any more.

Then there’s the C word. No you filthy animals not down there. The dreaded C word that haunts most families and is literally caused by anything these days. Tap water, tea, coffee, artificial sugar, oxygen, you name it. It’ll probably cause cancer. The pill is also said to higher the risk of breast and cervical cancer alone so another great reason to toss it down the toilet and be rid of it. Which brings me onto my next mission – get a smear. I got invited to get my first smear test done last July and would you believe it, I booked myself in for one. Then I had the accident with my hand and my smear was on the same day as my hand surgery so I had to cancel. I’ve been putting it off ever since, thinking ‘I’m not technically due til I’m 25’ and ladies, this is not the case. Get yourself down to your clinic and get one. We’ll do this together. I turned 25 in November but you can request a smear whenever you so wish and you don’t need to have reached the ripe old quarter of a century to warrant one.

So the next question is, what other methods of contraception will you consider Ellis? Well the whole point of coming off the pill is to stop filling my body with hormones. I understand why people are against condoms, ‘mood breakers’ and all that but I need to fully explore the world of birth control a little more. As for infants, as a 25 year old who will be 26 this year, if it happens it happens. I’ve been told by many friends and family members there is no right time whether the reason may be financial or living arrangements, but I’ve got to a point where if I were to fall pregnant, I wouldn’t feel as though my life was over. Lets be honest, we’ve all had pregnancy scares haven’t we? I had to take a test the week after Christmas because I was being sick in the morning, had sore nips and extremely light spotting but for the first time in my life, I was a tad disappointed when it came back as negative. We’re not trying for a baby by any means, but whilst pregnancy still scares the living hell out of me, I’m no longer frightened or embarrassed by what other people might think.

And should I feel a little excited about trying new menstrual products? Why the hell not?! I’ve been contemplating trying the Mooncup and I think I may order myself one. I have no problems using tampons and pads but the Mooncup is said to be healthier and better for the environment so I’ll obviously be reviewing it here when I purchase one. If you’ve tried a Mooncup, do comment your thoughts and experiences if you’re comfortable to do so. I’d love to know more.

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

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