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Pill, coil, implant dilemmas!

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user1490644872 Sun 02-Apr-17 22:37:53


After 12 years of using condoms as contraceptive as I didn't want to go on the pill after having my last child I finally took the plunge last year and started taking the pill.

My main motivation was feeling so thoroughly fed-up of heavy and painful periods and wanting to be in control with regards to sports/swimming etc... I was prescribed microgynon and for the first few months had quite erratic mood swings and was tearful which eventually settled down. I do have migraines with aura (infrequently) but my GP does not feel I need to come off the pill.

I have realised after being on the pill for nearly a year that it has changed me. I feel very flat most of the time, short tempered and find it quite hard to get excited or enthusiastic about things. My sex drive has plummeted too. I have palpitations regularly daily but my blood pressure is perfect (go figure?) but I guess this could be nothing to do with the pill?

So, now I am in a pickle about what to do. I can't carry on like this. I'm not depressed but I do want to be me again, but, I don't want to revert back to the heavy and painful periods I used to have to contend with.

I am considering implant or coil as alternatives but keep reading lots of horror stories.

Can anyone offer any advice?

Thanks smile

Blahblahblahyadayadayada Sun 16-Apr-17 21:06:39

Some people really swear by the Mirena IUS for heavy periods. However it does contain a small amount of progesterone that is released into the uterus. Copper foil hasn't got hormones but it might make periods heavier- maybe people with experience of this can comment.

I am also considering my options having tried most categories of pills. I suspect I haven't found the right progesterone or combination pill for me yet but I'm fed up with having to ride out months of bleeding/ bad skin/low mood/fluid retention/achiness etc so I might give the copper coil a go.

Bizarrely, dianette never caused me any problems, presumably as it doesn't contain a progesterone. It's no longer used for contraception, however.

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