Experience of being on the pill

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I've seen a few posts now and again about people's experiences with being on different types of contraception, as well as seeing tweets about bloggers swapping from pill to implant, to coil - the list goes on. For this post, I wanted to share with you my 100% truthful experience with being on the pill.

Note: This will be all truths and no lies. Also, I'm being 100% open with it and I talk about boob pains, sizes and periods. If this will make you uncomfortable, then don't read on!

I started the pill during Easter of 2016, so it's approaching a year. The pill that the nurse gave me was Microgynon 30 ED, which look like this. 



In the box:

  • 3 x pill strips
  • Information booklet
  • Days of the week stickers


This means that I have a pill to take everyday, even on my period, although the white larger pills at the bottom are called "placebo pills", which are basically made of just sugar. They're there purely for the fact that if you're like me and are forgetful, you have a pill a day to remind you where you're at, rather than doing some guess work. You can get Microgynon without the placebo pills if you want to, I just find it easier with them in.

Information on Microgynon 30 ED

Ah yes, the fun part where I act like I'm smart - except I am writing from what a booklet says which is included in the box. I'm going to be truthful here, I have no bloody clue what some of this booklet means, so I'll do my best!

Each box comes with three packets (or strips as I call them), and each one lasts a month. The beige (definitely yellow) tablets contain 150 micrograms of progestogen levonorgestrel (according to Drugs.com, this helps change the vaginal mucus to make it harder for sperm to reach the uterus), and 30 micrograms of oestrogen (a hormone which is secreted by the ovaries).

The large white pills contain inactive ingredients, which are: lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170, talc, montan glycol wax, titanium dioxide (E171), gylcerin (E422), ferric oxide and pigment yellow (E172).

This may sound very confusing, but basically both types of pill included in each packet of Microgynon 30/30 ED taste like sugar, so nothing dodgy or paracetamol taste to it!

Important notes:
  • If you miss a pill and it has been 12 hours, take your next pill immediately then your pill at the regular time you take it - it does not matter if you take two pills.
  • If it has been more than 12 hours, do the same as above but make sure that if you have a sexual encounter that condoms are used for at least 7 days afterward.
  • If you have missed a pill by over 12 hours, your protection with Microgynon 30 ED may have been decreased, meaning the chances of pregnancy may have rose from their originally shrank state.
  • If you are sick (throw up), or have diarrhoea, within the first 4 hours of taking a Microgynon 30 ED pill (beige/yellow, not white placebo), the pill may not have worked. Take another of the beige/yellow pills and then take your pill at your regular time (unless you have taken it after your regular time, in which case, ensure you still take one).

Possible side effects of taking Microgynon 30 ED

  • Feeling sick
  • Stomach ache
  • Putting on weight
  • Headaches
  • Depressive moods/mood swings
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Vaginal or breast discharge
  • Migraine
  • Breast enlargement



My experience with being on Microgynon 30 ED

Personally, I feel like I've been very lucky with being on this type of contraceptive pill. By this, I mean I don't think I've experienced many of the side effects described.

My periods have definitely been lighter, and this was the main reason I wanted to go on the pill. It wasn't to stop myself getting pregnant, although this is a close second reason, but I used to have extremely heavy periods and it would be dreadful. I'd feel very sick and in so much pain due to cramping, that I'd cry in the middle of school and have to sit in the nurse's office with a hot water bottle until the cramps went away.

Side effects I have experienced though has been breast enlargement. I was a very late bloomer in the boob department, and I honestly thought I'd be an A forever. Now I'm sat here with I think either a C/D cup, and they've definitely grown a lot more since I started taking Microgynon 30 ED. I also noticed that I'm getting headaches a lot easier than normal, which SUCKS SO BADLY. They hurt, but honestly they go away very quickly. Sometimes they stay a little longer, but I can get rid of them with a dose of Ibuprofen or Paracetamol. With regards to weight, it hasn't really made me gain or lose anything. My weight fluctuates a lot due to what I eat, as well as what exercise I get - same as everyone else. Breast pain is something which is touch and go with me, sometimes they'll feel sore and achy, but most of the time they're okay.

With regards to period pains, for me, Microgynon 30 ED has made them a bit less painful, but they still hurt me. Sometimes they're extremely short and sharp, other times they drag out and feel like a dull ache in my stomach. My periods have been lighter and resemble a bit heavier than spotting the majority of the time. My periods tend to last 5 days, but due to coming off my pill and allowing my body to realise and be like "Yep, bleedy time!", it's been about 2-3 days, so I get a 2-3 day period, pretty much (yay for me).

Why did I choose the pill?

Personally, I really dislike the idea of a foreign object being inside my body for a period of time, like an implant or a coil. I'm not saying people shouldn't have them, I just feel a bit sick at the thought of one of those being in me. Also, I've heard a lot of horror stories about implants and it makes me cringe everytime. The concept of an implant breaking makes me freak out, because I have no idea what happens if it does (although I heard a story where a lot of women's implants broke and they all got pregnant - NO thanks!). Another reason why I don't feel comfortable with having an implant is that I don't like my skin being cut/injected with anything, so the thought of my arm being cut open so an implant rod can go in my arm makes me want to throw up and cry - I'm literally cringing at the thought of the idea/pain as I'm writing this!

I chose the pill because it's an easy way to be protected from getting pregnant/having lighter periods. I know there are different percentages for the chances of getting pregnant when having regular sex whilst on the pill, but they're honestly so tiny. Plus, WHO THE HELL KNOWS WHAT REGULAR SEX IS?! I don't, and as a fact, the internet does not either. Trust me, I've googled it.

I hope you guy enjoyed my (weirdly) in depth post on the pill, my experience, and also got some knowledge of Microgynon 30 ED!

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Have an amazing day!

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28 comments

  1. The pill for me just didn't work out. But it's nice to see an in depth post for someone who it did work for. Lately there just seems to be a lot of pill bashing. People need to understand it's not for everyone, that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad!

    Terri x
    www.territalks.co.uk

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    1. I feel like there's more people out there than I think who it doesn't actually work for, if I'm honest! I guess it is easier to have an implant so you don't forget to take a pill or it's just genuinely better for the body!

      - Chloe
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  2. This sucks that I didn't work out for you! My first one was horrible but I managed to switch and my new one is fine!!

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    1. I'm still on it at the moment and it's doing its jobby for now, even if some of the side effects suck. I'm so glad the new one is right for you, sweets!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  3. I love this post. I know about sore boobs, I was an F in year 8 so when I got my first period I thought they were going to explode literally. I didn't work well with the pill at all and I tried all of them so I went for the implant, I didn't want a coil because I've already had two children so I didn't want anything else up there haha! With my implant I had a period for 6 months but now I have none so it's working great. It's great that you've shared your story, more women need to share their stories, for other women who don't know much can be a little more informed. :) x

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    1. A period for six months?! Oh god, that must've been dreadful! I agree with you with the story sharing issue, more girls/ladies need to be informed about the different types and realise that it has a different effect on different people!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  4. This post is so informative, whilst being funny at the same time - congrats on approaching a subject like this in such a great way! The pill didn't work out for me (although I was on a different one) so it's always good to see people having better experiences than I did. Great post.

    XO
    Ashley
    https://ashlexyz.wordpress.com/

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    1. I've heard quite a few people didn't agree with the pill for whatever reason, so I thought I'd post this to kinda break up the negatives about it!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  5. Happy it worked out for you Hun ,
    I was really forgetful when I had the pill it wasn't for me. Pixie xx

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    1. I've forgotten a few times I must admit, but as soon as I've remembered I've taken it and I've been fine.

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  6. Such a good post.. I started of on this exact pill when I was 16, as I've always suffered with really bad periods and they said it would make them easier to cope with but it just didn't so I ended up choosing the injection pill which I get every 12 weeks in my arm and I've been on that since I was 17 and I'm now 21, so I don't have periods at all and I have no side effects but I know it's different for everyone! You aren't supposed to be on it for this long but I've had a knee injury for 21 months so I don't really want my first period in 5 years while I'm on crutches because it would just be so painful and ew!

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    1. Oh god you're right, that would be really painful to try and deal with whilst having a knee injury! I completely forgot to write about injections in the post, but mentioning that I'm not alright with injections and stuff kinda covers that I guess? So glad you found something to work for you, though!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  7. I'm glad you've found something that works for you! I was on that one when I first started taking the pill when I was 14 and it didn't work for me at all sadly... no pull has! Nor had the injection and the coil I had fell out haha I don't have much luck do I?! Haha. But it's really good that they help slightly with pain and you haven't experienced much side effects!!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. Oh god, that sounds like a bit of a pain in the ass to try and deal with! I'm surprised too about not experiencing many of the side effects in all honesty!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  8. I'm glad you've found something that works for you! I was on that one when I first started taking the pill when I was 14 and it didn't work for me at all sadly... no pull has! Nor had the injection and the coil I had fell out haha I don't have much luck do I?! Haha. But it's really good that they help slightly with pain and you haven't experienced much side effects!!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. Oh god, you really haven't had much luck at all! Yeah I'm glad I haven't experience migraines or anything like that!

      - Chloe
      xoxo

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  9. It was great to read such an honest discussion of your experience. For a while I've been considering going to the doctors and asking to be put on the pill, like you primarily due to heavy periods rather than to prevent pregnancy but I always end up putting it off.

    I know that not everyone will have the same side effects but reading your post has made me realise I should stop delaying and give it a go. If my body doesn't deal with it well I can just ask to try another one, or stop taking it again. So thanks for taking the time to share

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    1. I've wanted to go on it since I was like... 16? But didn't want stigma in case people thought I was using at a pregnancy preventer. I'm so glad that this post helped, lovely! It's worth a shot because if you never try, you'll never know! Plus, it's not the be all and end all if one of the different types of pills doesn't work - there's loads!

      - Chloe
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  10. Great post! Really nice to finally see an in depth post about the pill. One of the side effects for me were putting on weight, migraine and mood swings, but you know, it's doing it's job so why not haha. Xx Larice

    https://hilarice.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/beauty/

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    1. I've seen loads on implants and stuff, or posts about coming off the pill, but not really any of proper real experiences - so I thought I'd give my say.

      - Chloe
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  11. This is such a great honest review of the pill, I personally can't go on any of the pills because of my blood condition but it would of been my first choice otherwise x

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Kayleigh! That's so sucky that you can't go on them, but it's benefiting your health by not doing it!

      - Chloe
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  12. I'm on this pill and have been for the last couple years, it was the first pill offered to me and I haven't had any problems with mine! I didn't suffer with any side effects either which is a bonus but you mentioned about headaches and now it's made me think that the cause of my headaches could be a side effect of this! It's strange how it could react different to someone else compared to you. Love this post! x


    www.courtneyleighblogs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was my first offered one too and works a charm for me! I know what you mean though, it's so weird that the side effects vary from person to person!

      - Chloe
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  13. I've never had much luck with the pill, so I opted for the implant. It's made my period pains nonexistent but my periods a million times worse. I've been bleeding for a year now, and I've had enough. I'm changing soon to another contraceptive, but not sure which one yet. Wish doctors gave us more information when offering us options, because they never told me this could happen.

    Fran xo
    catsandgeekery.co.uk

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    1. I've heard a lot of people too that haven't had much luck with them, I'm just happy I did because all the other methods make me feel kinda sick. Me too if I'm honest, all I heard was side effects of the one I choose, as to the side effects of all of them!

      - Chloe
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  14. I actually loved this. Props to your for talking about something that is viewed as 'taboo' on your blog. People need to realise that these things are natural and should be talked about. I'm giving you a virtual high five, girlll x
    https://ciaraslittleblog.wordpress.com

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  15. Awww such a great article and so informative! There are many things here I didn't even know about the pill, I'm so grateful to you for sharing and can't wait to read more from your blog :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
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