For the past 3-4months I have been debating whether or not to blog about my experience on the contraceptive pill, but I often came to writing the blog title and then closing shortly after. I don't quite know why, perhaps because it's such a sensitive and personal experience that only my mum knows about. The fact that I am sharing my experience with you today is to highlight that not everyones' experience is as 'hunky dory' as many might assume. But before I start I just want to make it perfectly clear that I am not here to scare, frighten or scaremonge about the contraceptive pill; I am no Dr/Nurse and I am not medically trained. I am purely blogging about my personal experience on the contraceptive pill.
2005 one got into a new relationship and did the mature thing and got onto the pill. At that point amongst my friends and I being on the pill was the 'coolest' thing (yes I know naive -,-) and of course the most safest thing against unwanted pregnancies. Of course the Drs did their usual checks; blood pressure, checked family history, and advised to use condoms as a 'double back up' precaution. Many people I believe never stay on their first pill after having too much trouble and often switch to different ones until they are settled on one they are happy with. I started on Microgynon 30 and stayed with that until the day I took myself off it in November 2010 which was the start of something I am currently still battling today.
I became very unwell during the end of November 2010, to the point where Drs didn't have a clue what the heck was wrong with me. I was experiencing excruciating leg pains, and I had not long returned from a holiday in the US. Of course, the Drs put 2&2 together and immediately thought Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and I was fast tracked through so many tests and scans to double check all was well (thankfully I was clear). At that point during the investigation no-one told me to stop taking the pill, and of course I was already feeling unwell, anxious, scared and sick with worry, and so for my own sake, I just took myself off the pill and threw out the remaining 8 months supply of pills in the wheelie bin (ta-ta!). After I threw them out, I then realised it was now a matter of playing the waiting game for the return of the 'Phantom Cycle'. Having done internet research (good ol google) and had a brief telephone call with the nurse, I estimated about a month or so my cycle would make a welcome entrace and I'd be back on track . . . but that was not the case.
Weeks and weeks passed and I saw nothing, so I became slightly concerned and went to my GP, who too said it was a little strange. I was told to give it a further 6months and if nothing happened but to come back where I'd undergo further investigation. Hoping and praying that something would happen, I ended up having several blood tests that showed some abnormality. Those blood tests were repeated again and the abnormality was still present but had risen, and so I was referred to a consultant at the hospital. (I give my Drs credit as they were on the ball, and I only had to wait 6weeks).
Having met with the consultant who requested further tests, and an MRI scan of my brain, it turns out I have a teeny tiny growth on my piturity gland which he believes is the main culprit for my absent cycle! Before I was on the pill my cycle was fine, painful but it was fine. But since being on the pill and coming off it, it's gone awol and I am pretty certain it's the pill that has upset the chemical balance in my body and not returned to how it was several years ago. I am now on medication for 3 months which *prays* I hope gets the ball rolling after 18months (yes . . 18months!) of playing the waiting game, otherwise I have absolutely no idea what the next move will be. But right now I am trying not to think about it too much and plod on like normal.
Having done a bit of research into this whole issue, it turns out there are quite a few women out there who too have experienced complications since stopping the contraceptive pill; some women even becoming diabetic and some finding it very difficult to conceive as a result of stopping the contraceptive pill. None of this information when I was in my late teens was ever mentioned to me, and I only wish I had done thorough research before joining the 'cool' wagon many moons ago. I am not condemning the contraceptive pill at all, just that from my experience it hasn't been as good as some women may have experienced.
So basically what I am trying to say is - if you are on the contraceptive pill or planning on going onto the pill, do your research, talk to your local family planning clinic, go for your 6 monthly checks, and if you're not happy being on the pill for a long period of time - talk with a dr/nurse. If you feel something isn't right, you don't feel right or you experience any sort of leg pain, get it checked out. I just wish I had looked into it all thoroughly before going onto the pill several years ago.
I hope some of you have found this blog post insightful.