Anonymous submission for our first zine. The side effects and the way being on hormonal contraceptives can make you change, CAN SOMETIMES be more than what is described to you on the back of your pill packet / info leaflet. This person was not given the full low-down before agreeing to take hormonal pills. We should always be informed before we ingest hormones. We should be able to find out more information online or in person BEFORE we sign up to doing this.
On our website we have a new feature - a 'hat they don't tell you' about the 6 main contraceptives: https://thepeachdiaries.co.uk/Contraceptives
My personal experience with one particular brand of the pill was not good. I was crying often and felt really down. I did not feel like myself, and my behaviour changed for the worse in many ways. This isn't how the pill is meant to work - yes there may be side effects, but these kind of bodily responses are not okay.
You are allowed to ask for a new contraceptive method from your doctor. You can take a break from hormonal contraceptives. You can take a break from penetrative sex if that's what will allow you to practice safe sex... having access to contraceptives is a luxury that so many people in the world do not have access to, but that doesn't not mean we have to accept the level of progression contraceptives are currently at. We can ask for more, we can ask for better.
Have you had a particularly bad or good experience on hormonal contraceptives? We'd love to hear from you. (Can be posted anon if you let us know in the e-mail). :-)
#writing #sex #contraceptives #mentalhealth