Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well.
So, I’m sure some of you saw me voicing my concerns about contraception very publicly on Twitter about a month ago, as I’d decided to come off the pill, and was wondering what to start next.
I was on the implant about 2 years ago for a matter of weeks before it made me go on such an emotional rollercoaster that I got it taken out and went on the pill, Rigevidon, which I’d been on until recently.
I’d never loved it, and think it did contribute to mood swings and anxiety, but the pain reason I stopped it was how sick it made me. I would take it and within a minute feel so nauseous to the point where I sometimes had to go to the toilet because I thought I was going to be physically sick.
I had planned to go on the injection, as I wanted something I didn’t have to remember every single day, but after tweeting about it, so many of you told me it had fucked up your emotions/mental health and made you put on a lot of weight, so I decided against it, as one of my worries was also that once it’s in, it’s in. There’s 3 months worth of hormones inside me and I can’t change my mind and take them out again.
With all that in mind, I was left with few choices. I really didn’t want something inside me (which is ironic as the whole stress of finding a contraception to suit me is because of having something inside me…inappropriate joke. I’m aware my parents read my blog. Soz mum and dad).
I decided to try the contraceptive patch. It’s basically a plaster that you stick anywhere on your body apart from your boobs. You wear one patch for a week at a time for three weeks, and then have a week free where you should have a period/bleed.
It contains the same hormones as the combined pill, and the hormones are released through the patch that’s stuck on your skin.
I’ve been on it for just over 2 weeks now, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you; I don’t think there are enough blog posts or articles out there about peoples experiences on contraception, and we just have to read official websites like the NHS, which is great, but sometimes you want to hear someones first hand opinion. I’m going to do a 2 week, 1 month, 6 week, 8 week, 3 month and 6 month contraception update for those of you that might be interested, just to let you know how I’m getting on, and to share my patch journey (ha).
So, side effects. After around a week on the patch, my boobs were incredibly sore and tender. There was a day where even putting a bra on was painful. Even though it’s only been 2 and a half weeks, I’ve noticed my boobs have grown too. My normal bra, a 32b, is too small for me, so I’ve been wearing a C cup (best fucking day of my life).
I’m eating more too. I mean, I’ve always been greedy, but I’ve got an increased appetite and can see I’ve gained a few pounds around my middle. I haven’t actually weighed myself as I think weighing yourself when you’ve just started a new contraception or after holiday/a heavy weekend is the devils work.
Emotion wise, I don’t feel like it’s worth commenting on, as I have been a little bit tearful the past week or so, but that is purely down to the awful things that have been happening in the world, and not down to the patch. I’ve obviously felt more anxious too, as I’m sure every single one of you reading this has as well, so I will comment more on my emotions over the next few months.
My skin has had a little breakout too. It’s not too bad, but I’ve got some spots on my right cheek and at the bottom of my forehead which are slowly going as I’m making sure I take my makeup off properly before bed and use my trusty skincare saviours (read about them here).
Those are pretty much the only side effects I’ve had but none of them have been too bad to deal with, and they are nothing compared to what the pill sometimes did to me, or what the implant did to my hormones!
Some of you may be concerned about the durability of the patch, but honestly, it doesn’t come off! The first week I wore it, it stayed firmly on, however my second patch started coming off the other day because I’d been trying loads of clothes on and got the patch trapped on a dress so the corner came off a bit so I just stuck another patch on, which you can do. As long as you stick a new one on in the first 48 hours you’re still protected against pregnancy.
You can shower, bath, fake tan, swim, anything you want, and it will stay on. You’re also over 99% covered from pregnancy if you use the patch correctly.
So yeah, that’s about it for now with my 2 week update; I hope some of you found this helpful, and I’ll update you some more in 2 weeks time!
All my love BGP xx