Okay, so we have already had the talk, you should already know what an IUD is, and if you don’t then make sure you read this post before continuing on. As I already stated, the IUD is a physical form of contraception which is inserted into your uterus, the copper coil acts as a spermicide and the implantation does not interfere with a woman’s hormones. And this post explains why I made the decision that an IUD was for me!
About six months ago I came off the pill. I was depressed, I was on medication, seeing a psychologist and diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. I had been depressed for such a long time I could barely remember a time before it, and I was desperate to try to overcome it!
In an effort to try absolutely everything to get better again I asked my doctor if I could come off the pill, I had been taking Levlen ED for 6-7 years at this stage, she advised that it may not show any results as I had been on it for such a long time, but agreed that it was worth a shot. Coming off the pill, a hormonal form of contraception was a bit of a rollercoaster for the first 2-3 months. Each period was different, and my PMS varied from month to month. Some months I had no pain but severe mood swings, while other months I was confined to the couch in the foetal position with full control over my senses.
After about 4 months the worst was over, my periods were levelling out and the mood swings were lessening. Even now, over 6 months on I have mood swings exactly one week before my period, and at the moment I am combating this with a higher dose of anti-depressant at that time. But at least I can say that for 3 weeks out of a month I am me, and unless you have gone through something very similar to this yourself, where you feel like you have lost yourself and don’t even remember how you were you will not understand how huge a milestone this is for me! I am presuming that with time the mood swings will gradually lessen, but considering I was on a medication that changed my hormones for about 6 years, it will take some time.
This experience may not be the same for everyone, I’m just thankful it worked for me. I wish I had learned to listen to my body earlier and realised that the pill was literally turning me insane. One thing I know with 100% certainty, I will never go on the pill again!
What form of contraception do you use?
Is it hormonal or not?
Why did you decide it was the right choice for you?
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*Please do not use this post as a substitute of advice from your doctor.