I didn’t grow up with vast knowledge on Birth Control. You can read all about the only ever sex and reproductive health talk I got the day I got my first period here. The only form of birth control I was aware of were Condoms and well, that didn’t go very well seeing that I got knocked up. (please note the Withdrawal Method failed dismally in this case, use it at your own risk). A few months after having my daughter we decided that we were going to try and not have another unplanned pregnancy so off to New Start Centre we went. (Contraceptive is free at New Start Centre)
I didn’t realise there were so many birth control methods available. The counselor was very helpful and talked us through all the methods. I had to weigh in so that she could check if my BMI was in check. Unfortunately I was overweight and according to her I could not get onto almost all the methods because the hormones would make me gain even more weight.
She suggested I try The Loop also known as IUD: Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Birth Control. An IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is wrapped in copper or contains hormones. The IUD is inserted into your uterus by your doctor. I think that method is only for the brave because having the IUD inserted is the most uncomfortable experience I have gone through to date. Once it was done she told me that the only thing I would need to worry about was an extra day or two to my monthly period. WRONG!
When I got my first period after getting The Loop I didn’t make it to work. I never get period pain and I was confused when my lower back and abdomen were in excruciating pain. I couldn’t even leave my bed. I felt nauseous, I was weak and the thought of food was not helping matters at all. I had to call in sick and made my way to the doctor. I thought I was going to die! At the same time I thought I was pregnant but how are you even pregnant when you are on your period? I was worried sick. When I got to speak to the doctor he told me that I was suffering from Dysmenorrhea; which is basically painful periods. The doctor informed me that it was part of the side effects of the birth control method I had opted for. I got a couple of pain killers and sleeping tablets to help me sail through my monthlys. Well, that didn’t help much but at least it made me feel a little better.
That was not all, after my period I had a massive breakout on my face. I have never seen my skin transform into someone that I couldn’t even recognise in the mirror. Then my pee started to smell like copper. Oh my word!!! Maybe it was just in my head…all the same before I got to the second month of using that method I went back to New Start and asked them to remove it! I was unhappy and uncomfortable. The counselor tried to convince me that my body needed at least 3 months to adjust to the foreign body but I would hear none of it. I was not about to go another month of having an 8 day period!!! Do you have any idea how expensive tampons are?! Being on your period already sucks as it is now imagine going at it for a whole week… Goodbye sex!
Once they removed The Loop I went and bought a whole box of condoms. Yes, I am one of those individuals who don’t mind buying her own condoms because I value my health. After that experience I just decided condoms are the way to go for me, I won’t have it any other way.
P.S I tried to use the female condom, it’s a NO for me, it’s too big, actually looks like a plastic bag, but that’s just me.
Ladies, talk to me, which birth control method are you on?
Which one did you have a bad experience with?
Who taught you about birth control?
Stay in tune with your body, your health is your business.