In Issue 01 of the zine, we spoke to 22 people about their experiences with female contraceptives. Some were those who've taken various options, while others talked about how they effected their partners.
Issues with contraceptives are many - while symptoms like acne, weigh gain, headaches, loss of libido, mood swings to name a few are most common, other people experience far worse symptoms. however, after speaking with friends online for their stories, most had gone through a bad experience on at least one of the methods they'd tried.
Perhaps not so uncommon after all?
Over the course of Issue 01, we hear stories of non-stop bleeding for months, copper IUD's getting placed wrong inside the cervix, the implant making mood swings seem like an understatement... but the purpose of the zine was and is not to sway people away from contraception, but rather to let you know that this IS NOT OKAY, and that you should TRY SOMETHING ELSE.
As sisters entering this creative and hopefully educational project together, we've made new friends, learnt A LOT, and have helped a community of people feel safe talking about topics that others deem taboo.
Let's keep talking.
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