My Contraception History
This post I’ve been wanted to write for years now because I’ve had such an experience with contraceptives and I love telling my experience with the many different options I’ve tried, it feels like many but it is only 4. I’ve linked more info on each subject in the category title.
Let’s start at the very beginning, I was 14 and started dating my first boyfriend so my mum shipped me off to the doctors to get whatever contraception that was the most reliable for young adults, that being the Implant. Getting the implant sounded way scarier than it was, I didn’t find it sore at all. I remember a small jag, a stapler type device going in my arm then some stitches that were stuck on, piece of pie. I had a very impressive bruise that I was showing off to everyone at school because I felt grown up being on a contraceptive. My periods became a lot lighter with the implant but a lot more irregular but I don’t ever recall it phasing me too much. When I was 16 I started getting stabbing ovarian pains but the doctors couldn’t figure out why. They decided to remove my implant 6 months before the expiry date but the pains continued. And in pops contraception number 2!
My ovarian pains continued for a good year, I was in and out of A&E with the pains but the doctors still couldn’t figure out what they were. I had ultrasound scans done at the Gynaecologist department, internal ultrasound scans and blood tests. The scans showed nothing but the bloods came back consistent with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome but I had no symptoms or cysts present on my ovaries.
With the pains continuing the doctors thought it would be best to put me on Rigevidon which surprisingly worked magically. My pains stopped, my periods were regular and I was protected from having a baby what more could you want?
After 3 or so years on the pill I started getting a lot of weird vaginal problems; reoccurring thrush, vaginal dryness, lack of sex drive. These were very odd for a 18/19 year old who was sexually active. I got referred to Gynae again but Gynae couldn’t see anything wrong at all but gave me weekly medication for the chronic thrush I had been suffering with. I done a bit of research after feeling I was at a loose end and I found that the pill can often cause all these symptoms. I was confused because I had been on the pill for 3 years now and hadn’t had any trouble with it until then. So I decided it was a gold idea to come off the pill and go hormone free for a while.
I phoned my local sexual health clinic and booked an appointment to get a copper coil fitted, I felt so liberated phoning up and taking charge of my own sexual health. Honestly I didn’t expect much having the coil fitted, I honestly thought the speculum would be the worst part but boy oh boy I was wrong. Some women find coil fittings a walk in the park, some describe it as a smear test (I haven’t been invited for one yet so I can’t compare) but what I felt put me off ever having kids. The doctor put it in mid conversation, without a polite “1, 2, 3, deep breath”, I was literally mid sentence and I gasped and grabbed the nurse assistants hand. After the insertion I didn’t feel great at all, in fact, I vomited. I would have dealt better with the pain had I known what to expect. Going home I felt awful with intense cramps, so I bought myself some chocolate and headed straight home to bed. I had the cooper coil in for 9 months, my periods were semi regular, extremely heavy and very sore which is the reason I opted to get it removed.
Going hormone free was a good decision for me because it cleared my thrush, balanced my sex drive but also lead to my diagnosis of PCOS. As it turns out the pill and the implant were masking the symptoms of PCOS and as soon as I went hormone free these symptoms arose. I started getting hormonal acne and hairs growing everywhere. I went to the doctors where they diagnosed me with PCOS. It doesn’t really effect me at all just now, just my hairy bits and acne get a bit annoying and it’s harder for me to lose weight but it may interfere with fertility in the future which kind of scares me.
The Mirena Coil (current method)
After getting the copper coil removed I got it replaced with the Mirena Coil. The doctor hyped this up so much “The best contraception for PCOS ever, stops periods, amazing, can even do your dishes”. I was sold, I got it in there and then and I must admit it was so much easier than the copper coil insertion, it felt almost lighter inside of me and the cramps were nothing compared. So a few weeks go by and I start noticing spots along my jawline which I discovered can be because of the Mirena, so I upped my skin care and that seemed to put the spots at bay. A good 5 months after the Mirena was fitted I started getting cramping in my cervix and bleeding after sex, this really concerned me so I went straight to the doctors who sent me to gynae yet again. Gynae said it was nothing to worry about at all and sent me on my way. My doctors concerns grew so she referred me for a second opinion at Gynae who checked me over and discovered that my coil strings were not visible from my vaginal canal. The doctor tried a thread retriever which was too painful for me so I got referred for an ultrasound which confirmed that my coil was indeed still in my uterus but if I wanted to get it changed or removed I’d have to get general anaesthesia as it was too high up for a normal removal. I pondered with getting it out but I decided to see how it was for a few months but then I started getting severe PMS. It’s unlike PMS I have ever experienced before, I was so depressed and anxious and really wasn’t myself for around 2 weeks at a time. This went on for 3 months until I decided (with help from my friends) that it was time to go back to the doctors to talk about removal.
I’m currently waiting on hearing back from gynae about getting my Mirena removed. I don’t suspect it’ll be a pleasant experience but I will be sure to keep everyone updated on the experience on my blog.
That was a lengthy one, thanks for sticking to the end.