Sexual Health

My Experience With the Pill

The bar. The IUD. The copper-coil. Condoms. The pill.

Here are just a few of the many forms of contraceptives available to us these days. It can be overwhelming when deciding on which method works best for you. It can take a few tries to get it right. Trust me, I would know.

Getting on the pill is not as complicated a process as you might think. You book an appointment with your GP, they brief you on all the side effects and possible dangers of the pill, take your blood pressure and weight and once they’re happy, they hand you a prescription and hey-presto, you’re on the pill!

I am currently on a combined oral contraceptive pill called Marviol. This means that my pill contains artificial versions of the hormones progesterone and oestrogen that are naturally produced in a woman’s ovaries.

I started on the pill when I was 17 (I’m now 20). I started out on a pill called Mercilon. Naturally, I experienced the usual symptoms such as sore breasts and bloating. However, after about six months I began to feel very down and just not myself. I began to lose interest in college and socialising with friends so I decided to go to the on-campus doctor. I told her of my symptoms and she changed my prescription to a different brand of pill with a slightly different dosage. Within a month or so my mood improved drastically.

So once you find the method of contraception that works for you, you then need to stay on top of things. If you received the bar or IUD, then happy days! You don’t have to remember to do anything. If you chose the pill however, you have to take it at the same time every day.

The best tips I can give for taking your pill is to set an alarm on your phone and NEVER hit the snooze on it. There are also many apps available that help you keep track of whether you’ve taken your pill or not and your period.

I will be staying on the pill for the foreseeable future. And of course, this is my own personal experience. Everyone is different. What doesn’t suit my body might be the perfect fit for someone else. Take your time with finding what’s right for you. Trust me, it’s worth it.