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My Experience On The Pill Injection & Why I Came Off It

04/10/2016

Having been on one pill or another for the past 7 years, I’ve experienced both the ups and down of being on it.

I first went on it not long after my 16th birthday, not because I needed it for contraception (I was still a virgin at the time) but for the same reason most women seem to go on it these days; to help me control my periods.

At the time they were irregular and really painful, I would be stuck in bed for two or three days per time and I could even have a period every three weeks!

Now that one did suck, big time!

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The option I was given was to go on the pill.

It was presented like a solve all and I’m not going to lie, I snatched it up with both hands without even thinking about it.

Originally I was on the combined oral pill. With this one, you take it for 21 days and then have a 5-day break where you would have a period, then start taking it again at the end of that break.

While on this my periods became slightly less painful but the main perk to this was knowing exactly when I would be coming on and not being caught by surprise halfway through the school day and praying I’d brought some pads with me!

While the pill helped somewhat with my periods, the downside was I started to notice my anxiety and depression were getting gradually worse.

It actually got to the point where I would have a panic attack while standing at the door, trying to force myself to step outside.

Originally I just put this down to all the shit that was happening at school with bullies and such, but when I left school and the problem didn’t go away, that’s when I started to question things.

I ended up switching over to the pill injection when I was 18 for several reasons.

I had finally put two and two together that my anxiety and depression had got gradually worse since starting on the pill, so I spoke to my mum about it.

She suggested trying the injection, as she’d been on it since not long after having me and has never had any real side effects – it even stopped her having periods which was my idea of heaven!

I booked an appointment with the nurse and she said there was no reason why I couldn’t switch over to it, then booked for me to come and have it when I was on my next period.

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For anyone who might not be familiar with the injection and how it works I’ll give a quick explication: you have an injection every 12 weeks and you are covered from pregnancy for that whole time.

You don’t have to remember to take or do anything extra, although the responsible adult in me feels I have to say that if you’re having sex with a new partner, please use a condom too as you could still catch an STI.

Plus condoms make things a hell of a lot less messy!

You can still “spot” from time to time and it doesn’t stop them for everyone, but from personal experience, it stopped me having them altogether.

This was one of the main reasons I didn’t want to stop taking it, I really don’t want to start having periods again.

However a few months ago I decided that since I wasn’t seeing anyone and didn’t need it for contraception anymore, I would test out a theory I had; that this pill was starting to affect my mental health like the previous one had.

I’d noticed in the last year or so that every time I was due for my top up injection I would become ridiculously anxious and more prone to depressive episodes.

So I decided to come off the pill for a while and give my body a break from all the fake crap I had been pumpingย into it for the last 7 years!

As soon as I was due for my next injection (and because I was actually watching for it) I noticed that I was becoming anxious over everyday things like going to uni or even just leaving the house.

If someone didn’t answer me back within a few minutes of me messaging them I would feel like shit and convince myself that they hated me and I was a lonely friendless freak.

Very melodramatic I know.

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A few months after I came off the pill, I noticed I was no longer feeling as anxious and that my depression was starting to ease off a little.

Now I’m not saying my social anxiety has gone (far from it unfortunately) but I’ve noticed since coming off the pill and getting over the withdrawal stage, I’m back to what I’d call my old self.

I can go out more on my own and I’ve even been able to sit in a new restaurant, order food and eat on my own – something I’ve never been able to do before now!

I’ve still not had a period since my last injection about 6 months ago, which I’ve been told is normal and it could take up to 18 months for me to actually have one.

This is the thing that is a bit annoying as I have no idea where and when I’m going to have it, so I just carry pads with me at all times.

As much as I love being on the pill for all the different practical reasons, it isn’t great for my mental health.

While I’m sure I’ll go back on it again if I get into a relationship (I don’t want kids, so just using condoms would be way too anxiety-inducing for me!) I’m enjoying being off it and giving my body + my brain a rest.

I’m really curious to hear your experiences with the pill; have you had the same problems? Or has it had the opposite effect for you and helped you with your mental health? Either way, let me know in the comments below!

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23 responses to “My Experience On The Pill Injection & Why I Came Off It”

  1. Liz says:

    Luckily for me, I can say that being on the pill has been a positive experience for me.

  2. Jade Marie says:

    Oh that’s good to hear! I’m glad that not everyone has had such a bad experience on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Liz says:

    Thank you. I was going to change to another contraceptive one time, which was the rod, but I heard so much about it that wasn’t good and I am a little squeamish to the idea, that I thought I stick with what I know is ok for me.

  4. Leneth says:

    I recently stopped taking the pill but got another contraceptive instead, the implanon. They have said that this will massively help with moodswings and such because it contains only one hormone. I can already feel the changes actually. It’s still a drug like you say, but since I have a boyfriend I would like to have some sort of contraceptive haha!
    It’s not like I’m “cured” of my anxiety or panic attacks, but I can feel a certain relief and peacefulness in my mind. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I think as long as it’s working for me, it’s staying ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad it’s worked for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ like you say as long as it works for you that counts ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. A very interesting post! I myself suffer from anxiety and am on the pill but havenโ€™t noticed anything in particular. One thing however is when Iโ€™m on the 5 day break which is the time where you would get your period, I become really on edge, etc. I thought this could have been down to hormones and such but now after reading this I think there might be more to it. Great post!
    Emma x

    https://www.emmauty.blogspot.com

  7. Jade Marie says:

    It could be, I’ve spoken to a few people who have said they get anxious on the 5 days break too so you’re not on your own! And thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  9. Very informative post! I like to learn about mental health so this was really helpful! I haven’t been on the pill yet so I can’t really comment on it, but I hope I have a great experience whenever I do! And I never knew people got on it because it help their periods! Learn something new everyday ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  10. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ™‚ if you like learning about mental health feel free to check out the rest of the posts in the series and the others on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I really hope you do have a good experience! And yeah loads of people do, it’s a really common reason actually ๐Ÿ’š

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  13. Sarahnity says:

    I was never insisted to take a pregnancy test! They never even asked me if I could be. But I stopped to cure my depression. And voila it’s all gone!! Painful periods are back though but I felt like I’ve actually taken control by quitting! Great post btw I love hearing other people’s experiences.

  14. Jade Marie says:

    Well she said to me it was a requirement! I was like not a chance- there’s no way in hell I am and I refuse to do one! I hate my doctors anyway, should really change ooo
    And oh wow I’m glad it worked so well for you!! In all honesty though I’d take painful periods over depression any day! Thank you for letting me know about your experience too ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Sarahnity says:

    Yes painful periods are way better than depression!

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Thanks for stopping by! Iโ€™m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. Iโ€™ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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