Contraception is an important thing we all need to know about growing up, but there seem to be so many options that we get overwhelmed and don’t know what to choose.
Just over 2.5 millions of Aussie women between 18 and 49 use a form of contraception, according to research by Roy Morgon.
For the majority of these women, the oral contraceptive pill is the most comment.
However, while the pill has been liberating for many, there’s no denying that the side effects can be severe for some who use it.
Mammamia spoke to Dr Deborah Bateson about the pill to determine if you shouldn’t use the pill, or if you’re on the wrong one!
As we are all told by our doctors, when starting on any form of contraception it all comes down to giving it time before you can tell if it’s right for you.
“The key thing about knowing if your pill is right is around side effects. Give us a couple of months to settle down if you’ve just started a new pill, because it can take two to three months for your body to get used to.”
Make sure you let your doctor know everything yo’ve been feeling and to look out for the signs that you might be on the wrong pill.
These could include when the following symptoms cross the line into ‘excessive’ pain and discomfort:
- Mood swings
- Breast Tenderness
- And even depressive symptoms.
Again - it’s important to note when these become excessive and overwhelming.
But don’t start freaking out!
“The reality is, you may get some side effects. Some women hit on the right pill straight away, other women have to try a few types.”
Dr Bateson advised that if any is effects are “impacting on your quality of life”, then you should see someone “right away”.
Especially if they are “persisting beyond the first three months”.
The combined pill is the most common prescribed oral contraceptive, containing both oestrogen and progesteron, but doctors are able to change dosages to better suit individuals.
Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor anything you want, because understanding the ins and outs, and pros and cons of contraception is vital.
“Your doctor will ask about your medical history, because there are certain women who won’t be able to take a combined pill. Some medications interfere, so you’d want to make sure you give them all the information.
"It’s also really important to know about your plans and priorities regarding lifestyle. For example, will taking a pill everyday suit you or would you prefer in an implant?”
Dr Bateson also revealed that it’s good to keep an open mind about your contraceptive options.
“There’s no harm being on the same pill for your whole reproductive life, but we do want to make sure you’re not just on it because you’re unaware of other things.
"It may be very different, what suits you at 18 to wait may suit you now at 25. There’s no harm in changing, but the effectiveness of the pill doesn’t ware of at all [if you stay on the same one].”
Want to find out more about what contraceptive is best for you?
Visit contraceptivematch.com.au and visit your GP.