Can we get a little personal over here today? I think it's important to talk about issues that affect women with your girlfriends, so why not here? I've been on the contraceptive pill for a long time now and I think it's time to start thinking about some alternatives. Doctors have told me lots of different things about how long you should be on what we call the combined oral contraceptive pill in the UK before you should take a break - some have advised no more than 6 years, others have told me 10 is fine, and I'm sitting somewhere in the middle.
Aside from the fact that I've been taking it for basically my whole adult life and it's probably time to give my body a little breather, I also recently remembered reading an article about how women thinking about getting married should go off the pill and rebalance their hormones as it could affect how they feel about their partner!! While I'm not getting married anytime soon, and I'm sure I would feel the same about my boyfriend on or off the pill, it's certainly very telling that a study is saying the pill could affect your hormones so much that it might impact major life decisions.
I've really only had good experiences on my pill, Ovranette, and it has really helped some of the problems that I first started using it for, but lately I just have this feeling I am not quite myself. I'm feeling antsy for no reason, suffering quite badly with bouts of anxiety and generally feeling lethargic and not really up to it, if you know what I mean. It really could be nothing to do with the pill, seeing as I've been using it for such a long time without any side effects whatsoever, but you never know; as your body grows and changes, I would assume your hormone levels change too, and something that worked 5 years ago might not always work for you now.
Other options include the injection, the implant, the patch, the coil and so forth, but all of them still entail controlling your hormones, and some of them release chemicals into your body at much more alarming levels since you don't take them every day like you do with the pill. I'm also terrified to go off the pill and go back to the unbearably long, painful periods I used to have.
So if you are happy to share, then I'd love to know what you do and what works for you. Have you had negative experiences with any of the methods I've mentioned or have you tried something I haven't? If you don't want to talk about it, perhaps you could leave an anonymous comment, but really I'm curious to know what you girls are using too.