I decided at the age of 14, having lost my virginity that I would go on the pill. Behind my mums back, just went with a friend to the sex clinic and they halfheartedly set me up with the common contraceptive for most girls. I took it on and off for a while, never taking too time to think about the pill itself. Gave up. Went back on it 5 years later. Older and wiser, first year of uni, I thought, this is a responsible and mature decision. I began the pill, more intuitive with my body having lost my period for a solid year previously because of weight loss, getting it back inconsistently. It was time to sort it all out. I went on the pill and noticed my mood swings, my constant negative attitude, weight gain, and WHY was it that the pill that was meant to regulate my period made me get my period for 5 weeks straight? I gave up again. I went back to the Doctor, switched to a more dangerous, more powerful, more side effects pill. Took it up a notch, tried it out for a few months, and what do you know? Same thing. Back I went to the Doctor, getting a little impatient now, and starting to question this Western medicine thing, was it even helping me at all? A bigger, badder pill was prescribed. I think you know what happened with this one too. I gave up at this point, and it was a revelation. One of my more braver, and ‘listening to my body’ type of decisions. I decided the nasty effects of the pill was only hindering my body, not to mention the fact it wasn’t even doing the sole thing I wanted it to do which was to regulate my period. Almost a year on and I am stronger in my decision than ever, I refuse to take something that affects my body in such a way that might be detrimental to my life. I wasn’t happy, and I decided I would do it the natural way. And now I have a happy healthy lifestyle, with a healthy menstruation. I keep track on the best period tracker app ever ‘Clue’ PLEASE check it out, it is the best invention ever! I know other people’s journey’s on the pill may be different based on the fact that every one and every BODY is different, I just wanted to share my own journey!
PMS is just one of those things that, being women, we all have to deal with. Nat lets us in on her little secrets for managing PMS. ...more