From my perspective, oral contraceptives may provide you with a 99 percent chance of safety against unwanted pregnancies, but beware; the risk of taking oral contraceptives may have a tremendous effect on your life. How? Here’s my story…
My first baby was by cesarean section so I knew I had to be careful about subsequent pregnancies. After a lot of research and face-to-face doctor discussions, I assumed pills to be an effective way to avoid any unwanted pregnancy for at least two years. A month after my delivery, I started taking contraceptive pills (those that were safe while breastfeeding) and I noticed how emotionally sensitive I became.
Small matters would make me cry, I would be angry all the time, my sexual appetite diminished and I would be upset throughout! Further, I’d sleep most of the day, feel tired most of the time and would do nothing except look after my baby. I was no longer interested in anything. These were the psychological effects.
Now for the physical effects: I gained nearly 45 pounds in my first pregnancy and lost hardly 10 pounds. I knew I had a long way to go on weight loss, but with the oral contraceptives, I was not able to do that either. I was working out in a gym for two months and instead of losing weight (Note: I was breastfeeding too), I kept on gaining pounds! I ate healthy foods and the scale was moving in the opposite direction! I was supposed to lose weight and ended up gaining more than 20 pounds until my second pregnancy (Note: I left my contraceptive pills and was pregnant immediately the following month).
It was in my second pregnancy where I realized what the pills were doing to me. I was happy, not gaining much weight, ate well, was active and ended up having a happy pregnancy. Now 37 weeks pregnant, I came to know that oral contraceptives increase the chances for cervical cancer. My colleagues (who were nurses) warned me about breast cancer and its link with the oral contraceptives.