Why I Switched Birth Control Pills, and Why it Didn’t Work

By Eva

This is my story about switching methods – remember that this doesn’t mean it will be the same for everyone!

The combination pill
I remember the day I decided to stop taking Yasmin. It was a hot summer day and I was wearing my favorite orange skirt. I was walking to the store with my boyfriend at the time and I was so mad! I don’t remember why, but I was really angry and I felt I would cry at anytime. I was especially mad at my boyfriend, and I excused it with “you get more mad at the people that are the closest to you”. Also, I would blame it on my teenage hormones, “you are supposed to be angry all the time”. These weren’t really good excuses, but I had to reason with something. It took some weeks before I was comfortable with quitting the pill, but when I stopped, it was like a veil that lifted, and I could think rationally again. All my anger and irrational emotions were gone.

The mini pill
Still wanting to use birth control I started on the mini pill because my doctor thought this would be a better option for my emotional stability. He concluded that my low metabolism contributed to why I reacted in such a way. The way I remembered it I could not take pills containing estrogen because that would conflict with the medicine I took for my low metabolism. My memory of the mini-pill is just blood, blood, blood. It would not stop! It was Christmas and we did the traditional route visiting friends and family during the holidays. Being 17 and not so comfortable with changing pads and tampons at other people’s homes it was very uncomfortable and a big hassle. After trying the mini-pill for three months I decided to stop. My continuous spotting became irregular periods again, and it would be so for another 6 years.

Back on the horse!
I was 24 when I started taking the pill again. I had then been in a 5 year relationship, and we were getting quite serious. I had taken what my previous doctor had said to heart; I thought I could not start on the pill again. After seeing an endocrinologist I found out that the doctor was wrong, nothing indicated that I should not use the pill. I was so happy to start on the pill again. After 6 years with periods that could last up to two weeks, I now had the possibility to regulate my period.

Talk to each other!
Being older I now see that I should have been more curious and asked more questions about birth control, and what kind would work for me. I believe it is important to be vocal about periods and everything that comes with it. Being young and trying to navigate through the contraception landscape can be confusing, and you’ll find a lot of contradicting information. Talk to your doctor, friends and family, and you’ll see that it will get easier to talk about periods and birth control. Every woman goes through it in one way or another and has her own story to tell. That is why I chose to tell mine because there is a huge probability that there are several women that could learn something from my birth control journey, and may be experiencing the same.

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