Hey lovely ladies!
Today we are going to talk about something that you all voted for me to write on. If you don’t know what I’m talking about head over to twitter and follow me @locatingstyle to enter my polls that help me decide what you all want to read over here on the blog.
Anyway, today I’m going to talk to you all a bit about my experience using “THE PILL” as birth control, and how I came to use birth control in the first place. Today is all about my experience, but I would love to gather two or more girls using a different form of birth control than me and talk to them about their experience to let you all know about each option, so if you are a girl that is on a form of birth control other than “the pill” and would be open to sharing your experience with me and the rest of the blog please by all means leave a comment below or send me an email which is all linked in my contact me page!
So let’s get into my experience using the pill as birth control!
First we will talk about how I came to get on birth control in the first place which has to deal with my endometriosis. I struggle a lot from endometriosis which simply put is the excess growth of lining inside and outside of the uterus and it causes a lot of really crappy side effects one of which being extreme abdominal pain during my period. Even though I had this pain since I first started my period over the years it grew worse, and got to the point were when I’m on my period I can’t function fully because of all of the pain. Because the pain became so severe it was interrupting my everyday life I decided to finally go to the obgyn to hopefully get some relief from the pain. When I arrived at the obgyn the first I told them about my family history, and all of my symptoms and they decided that I had endometriosis. The first treatment they offered me for the pain was birth control, however at that time I wanted nothing to do with birth control so i opted for pain medication instead, but mixed with my depression and anxiety pain medication wasn’t a good thing to keep around and they started to stop helping after a while. However, with how persistent endometriosis is I ended up going back to the doctor to talk a little bit more about birth control. After weighing out all of the different options for birth control they decided the “THE PILL” would be the best fit to try and help regulate my hormones, get rid of the pain, and keep my endometriosis at bay (not to mention it was the most cost effective).
I can’t remember the name of the first birth control they put me on, but it didn’t work at all. I was taking birth control regularly, one pill each day, including the placebo pills for the last week, but nothing was helping the pain. This first type actually ended up making my period longer and made me bleed heavier, and this was not something I was looking for in birth control. I wanted to get rid of my bad period symptoms not add to them. After two months I decided to go to my regular doctor, hoping she might be able to prescribe a birth control that was better fit for my body. After explaining to my doctor how the obgyn said I had endometriosis and that they prescribed me this first type of birth control and it wasn’t helping. I told her how my periods had become even lengthier and the bleeding was heavier, and she immediately prescribed me the birth control Tri Ortho Cyclen and told me the horror story of how it can take many different tries to find the birth control that is the right fit for each persons body and the added struggle of endometriosis doesn’t make this process any easier. Once starting Tri Ortho Cyclen at first I thought it was going to work because I didn’t have any cramps the week before my period, but when my period started cramps were even worse than before. My period was longer and even more painful with birth control than without it, so I decided to take myself off of birth control because I was tired of trying birth controls and getting even worse results.
After about a year of not taking birth control my cramps became too much again, so back to the obgyn I went and onto a different birth control pill to take, however this time I was given an option nobody had presented me with before. This was probably ignorant of me, but I had no knowledge that the last week of birth control pills in the pack are just sugar pills so you will still have your period once a month like regular, but I was given the option to go right into a new pack of birth control instead of taking the week of placebo pills so hopefully I wouldn’t have a period at all. The name of the new birth control was called tri sprintec, and just like mentioned above I took the pill every day, but this time skipped placebo pills and went straight to the new pack. This is the birth control regimen I’m on right now, and I’m honestly still not a fan at all. At first it was okay because I was just spotting instead of having a period, but after a month of taking the pills I started having two periods a month, and still with the regular amount of cramping sometimes a little bit less. A few times I would miss a day and just catch up the next day, but I my body isn’t adjusting well to this kind of birth control as far as I can tell. I’m really wanting to give up at this point and just tell them to take the baby making machine out of me, but I want to be a mama too much, so I suppose I’ll stick to the birth control I’m on now until my next appointment in early August, and then I will update you all on what the next steps are for me and give you more information about why the pill works this way.
If you would like a blog post further explaining endometriosis and my situation I will gladly do a girl talk on that! I can’t wait to gather more girls to girl talks on other forms of birth control so I can give y’all all the information and experience stories I can! Remember, If you’re a girl willing to speak on using a form of birth control other than the pill I would love to hear from you so we could talk a bit about all you’ve experienced on using that specify birth control method! You can always leave a comment of contract me through any of my links at the bottom of this webpage! Thanks so much for taking time out of your day and reading about my experience and hopefully gaining a little knowledge on the subject!
Much love girls,