Last year, I stopped taking the contraceptive pill and it changed my life.
I started taking the pill when I was around 14 years old because I had heavy periods. Sometimes, my period would last for weeks, and not even a super tampon would save me from leakage.
I remember staying at a friend’s house when I was around 13 years old and I had my period, or as we used to say in high school, “my relatives were in town!”. I woke in the middle of the night to find my super tampon and ginormous pad had leaked all over her crispy white sheets.
I was absolutely beside myself with embarrassment, made even worse when her mum woke at 3am to find me cleaning the sheets in the bathroom.
She gave me a hug and whispered in my ear, “It happens to us all,” as she helped me clean and change the sheets. What an angel.
Before I started on the pill, I was changing a super tampon every half-hour and by the time I was 14, I’d ran completely out of underwear. I was constantly chucking them in the bin because I was too embarrassed to put them in the wash basket.
Mum finally cottoned on and took me straight to Big W for some new undies and then onto the doctor.
I told the doctor everything and without any questions, he put me straight onto a contraceptive pill. Not long after I started taking it, my period became light and only came once a month.
For a few years, everything was perfect.
At the age of 18, my hormones must’ve been playing up a little, as I started to get breakthrough bleeding. Sometimes my period would last almost 30 days. After this, I decided to go back to the doctor. Once again, he didn’t ask any questions and instead, just upped the dosage.
It did help to be honest, but only for a little while. For the next 10 years or so, I went on and off the pill and would almost always get breakthrough bleeding. I never once tried to understand what was actually happening to my body and instead, just stuck to the easy option of taking my pill.
At 28, I went off it. I didn’t notice any side-effects such as a difference in my moods or unusual periods, but I didn’t really track them either. I just went with the ‘flow,’ if you will. After around 12 months, I began a relationship with my current partner, James, so I decided to go back on the pill.
At the age of 31, two years after going back on the pill, I met Elise Carr, a women’s sexuality coach and absolute goddess, from Stellamuse.com. She enlightened me by educating me on my own body, which is something the doctors had never done.