Contraception can either be used as a form of birth control or as a way to regulate hormonal and period problems. For me, it was used as the former.
My contraception journey began when I started having sexual intercourse. I used condoms to start with, which is the safest contraception method you can find on the market because if used correctly are really efficient at stopping you from getting pregnant and protect you from STDs. I used this method for quite a long time, but it started getting annoying as it’s not very practical on a regular basis.
the hormones in the pill work differently on every woman
This is when I decided to move onto the pill – For the first few months I was quite happy as my periods were regulated, but then I started noticing side effects. I started getting really moody, I noticed a strong loss of libido and often felt dizzy. I also found it hard to remember to take it every day. Of course, the hormones in the pill work differently on every woman and can be the best solution for some, but it just wasn’t right for my body. I was also concerned because it does not protect you from STDs!
IUDs can either be hormonal or non-hormonal
Finally, I started my own research and found the IUD (Intrauterine Device). This is a small birth control device that is inserted by a gynecologist into a woman’s uterus. IUDs can either be hormonal or non-hormonal. I decided to go with the non-hormonal one, meaning that I still have my periods, whereas with the hormonal IUD, your period is limited to a light bleeding and is sometimes non-existent.
I had it done more than a month ago now and I have to admit, the first week was really painful but it seems worth it so far. I no longer have side effects I was getting from the pill and I don’t have to worry about getting my IUD changed for another 5 years! If you decide to get one you should be careful and still wear a condom with new partners as it doesn’t protect you from STDs.
I hope that you find my experiences so far interesting and were able to learn something from my contraception journey!