The Pill & I

I’m 26 this year and I have been taking the pill since I was 14! That’s 12 years, 12. Where on earth has that time gone? The reason for me taking the pill at 14 was because I had a boyfriend and my Dad thought it was best. 14 does probably sound quite young but I was with said boyfriend for nearly 10 years soooo….

Anyway, the first ever pill I took was microgynon. I think that’s the pretty standard ‘starter’ pill. For some reason or another it didn’t work for me, I wish I remembered why.  I then went on to take on that was yellow and I had to take one every day, that also didn’t work for me. I then went on to take one for my skin, I was quite spotty. Apparently, you can only take that one for a year so my doctor took me off. I believe my next pill was Yasmin, which is the one I’m taking now. Yasmin is a combined pill, you take a tablet for 21 days then have a 7-day break. In that 7 day break, you have a period. The thing I like the most about this is that I can manage my periods, I know that in the 7 days break it’s going to happen. But, if I don’t fancy having a period one month I can skip it by taking 2 packets, it’s safe don’t worry.

I have heard so many horror stories and people having bad experiences on the pill but I’ve never had a problem with Yasmin and touch wood, I never will. Contraception isn’t really talked about as well which isn’t good. It’s a positive thing and can help so many people. Obviously, I’m not a doctor and I don’t want to suggest you take the pill but if it’s what you want to do, have a chat with your doctor.  I just wanted to share my good experience with the world and let girls know that the pill isn’t a bad thing.

Laura x


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  • Reply Millies Moments

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    February 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm
  • Reply PaleGirlRambling

    I tried Yasmin and had a constant period for just under two months before giving up!
    Was on microgynon but it gave me awful migraines so had to stop!
    I really want to find a pill that works for me, so frustrating!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    March 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      I wish I could remember how many tills I tried before I found this one! Fingers crossed you find one that works for you xxx

      March 12, 2017 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Chloe

    It’s great you’ve been on the pill for so long and never really had issues with it. I’ve been on and off various types for about 7 years and have had so many (serious) problems. You’re so lucky!

    Just a heads up though, I was on Yasmin for a while and it made me really depressed. Hopefully you’ll be okay!

    March 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Gemma

    I’ve been on a few different pills over a few years and totally couldn’t handle it! They made me moody and stroppy like a child, haha. The last one I was on gave me the longest period I’ve ever had – I didn’t think it would ever stop! You’re so lucky you found a pill that works for you, but it is sometimes trial and error! I ended up getting an IUS is which definitely not talked about enough – it lasts 3 years!
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience in such a taboo subject!

    Gemma |

    May 3, 2017 at 11:05 am
    • Reply hellolaurax

      What’s an IUS? I don’t think I’ve heard of that one? Xx

      May 7, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Tereza

    The problem with pills given in the UK is that they are for free hence they are not the latest releases and are out dated. I’m from Czech Republic where you have to pay for your pill. That means bigger competition and therefore your doctor will prescribe you with the best possible pill there is (which is more expensive than what you’d normally get her). Microgynon is probably some 20 odd years or even older now so no wonder that it doesn’t work for anyone. I’m on Jeanine which is very similar to Yasmin, similar hormones, the same brand and I’ve never had problems, touch wood! So happy you’re on Yasmin because what other girls are on just drives me insane. xxx

    July 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      Wow that’s interesting! I never knew that the pills are outdated in the UK. I’m glad I’m on one which is similar to you. Xx

      July 9, 2017 at 4:33 am
  • Reply rachel ? (@kyvbey)

    I’ve been taking the pill from quite a young age too, I was 13 and now I’m 20. I initially started taking Dianette before moving onto Yasmin for skin issues and heavy periods and asides from being a pain in the ass to remember to take I haven’t noticed any serious issues with it! As long as I remember to take a break from it now and then to let everything settle back to normal x

    Rachel |

    July 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      It’s nice to hear of another person who has had a positive experience with Yasmin! Normally all I hear is negatives xxx

      July 19, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Heather Townsend

    Great post, you’re right contraception isn’t talked about enough. Like you I started on microgynom when I was about 15 (20 years ago! OMG! haha) anyway then had a couple of different ones in between and I’ve now been on Yasmin too for probably 10 years or so…
    I (touch wood) haven’t had any problems with it at all, I think it’s a great one as other ones in the past (sorry can’t member the names) have given me bad headaches, weight gain & mood swings, but Yasmin seems pretty good. Glad you’re getting on with it well too : )
    Heather xx

    August 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      It’s nice to hear of someone else getting on with it really well too. I honestly have read so many bad things about Yasmin xx

      August 20, 2017 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Aimie

    Yasmin sounds so similar to microgynon. I started taking it when I was 17 purely to help with my periods. At first it was great but I was very forgetful with taking it and when I did remember I tried to carry on taking it to not get a period. Do you think Yasmin is the better one? ?

    August 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      For me Yasmin is the better one! xx

      August 20, 2017 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Rachel Wuest

    I was on the pill for a while until I switched to an IUD as it’s more effective and I love it! Not that I had anything in particular against the pill, just feel loads more confident with an IUD, one less thing to worry about!

    October 13, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply April

    When I was 17 – 18 I didn’t have a period for five months and it was suspected I had PCOS. At the age of 19 I started to take Yasmin to help regulate my cycle so for this reason I took those pills continuously rather than have a gap in between packets. Shortly before my official PCOS diagnosis at 21 I came off Yasmin because my GP said it wasn’t good for my weight and I’ve been on various POPs ever since. When I finish my current pill packet I will go back on Cerazette like I did in the past.

    October 22, 2017 at 10:17 am
  • Reply ashleigh

    Yasmin was absolutely awful for me, periods were fine! but my mentality was crazy. It caused me to turn psycho and really messed up my hormones. the doctors said it was really weird but yeah! glad it has worked for you hun but definitely a crazy experience for me. lol

    November 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Daniella

    I came off the pill in October because I changed to a progesterone only pill which I didn’t get on with, I was also on the pill for a good 8 years or so.. I’ve been so much happier since I come off of it, but do miss getting to pick and choose when I want my period! Haha x

    Daniella //

    January 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    This is an interesting! I am coming off of Yasmin because I’ve been doing a lot of research in to side effects etc and while I’m glad it’s working for you, one thing I would say is make sure you are supplementing with a B vitamin. The pill literally depletes a lot of vitamins in your body (zinc is another one) and it sort of masks this effect whilst you’re on it, which is why people get crazy effects when they come off of it. Just something I thought I’d point out because I didn’t know until recently!

    February 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply hellolaurax

      I didn’t know about the vitamin B or zinc! Thank you I will have a look into this x

      February 4, 2018 at 7:04 am

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