After having three children, our family is just the size that we want, so we are faced with the decision of what birth control method to use going forward.
When I was younger, I was always on the birth control pill. It happened to be my method of choice.
I was disciplined about taking it daily. For me, it was easy and effective. But now, I am not so sure that this is the route that I want to go.
It has been eight months since I have decided to go back on the pill. I have been on multiple pills and am starting to get frustrated and exhausted from the process of finding the right one.
I am questioning that this is the right birth control choice for me.
My biggest issue is that I don’t like putting the hormones into my body. Every time I start a new pill, my body goes through an adjustment.
I am always told that the symptoms will subside within a month or two. Great. Until then, I experience nausea, cramping and other PMS symptoms.
The second thing is there are so many options of different pills.
When I started the first pill, I was given an office sample. When my doctor called the prescription in and I went to pick it up, my co-pay was over $100 a month.
What ever happened to my $20 co-pay? I called my doctor to ask for a similar pill that wasn’t as expensive.
My second pill was supposed to have hormone levels similar to the first one that I tried. But with this pill, I went two months without getting a period.
“This is normal,” I was told. It just made me feel paranoid about pregnancy if I could never count on a period.
So my doctor switched my pill for something with a different hormone level.
I had another month of my body trying to adjust to what I was putting into it. Hey, at least the birth control part was working.
Except, I was feeling so bad that I never wanted to have sex. I didn’t need a pill for that method.
After one normal month on that pill, I began spotting on the second month in mid-cycle. The bleeding seemed abnormal so I went in to my doctor to have things checked out.
Nothing unusual was detected.