I just want to start by saying that everyone’s experience is completely different when it comes to contraception, and I am not a medical professional, but I wanted to share my thoughts.
A few months ago, I came off of the implant as it was really affecting my mental health, and you read how it nearly ruined my life here. I was not given a lot of options when I went to see the nurse at doctors surgery and was a bit shocked that they decided to put me on the combined pill, Rigevidon, when there is a history of breast cancer in my family. However, the nurse said it should be fine, so I just went along with it and have been taking it for a few months now.
When I first started to take Rigevidon, I felt like it took a little while for my body to adjust. Usually four hours after taking it I would feel incredibly nauseous, so much so I would be sat for hours on the bathroom floor. However, once I had my first break and started taking it again, I didn’t feel like this again; I assume it was just my body getting used to it.
I would take a pack (21 days) and have a seven-day break to try and get my body back into its normal cycle. However, when I recently went for my 3-month check-up, the nurse said I shouldn’t be doing this as apparently, you ovulate on the 8th day, and if you miss it, you could get pregnant straight away. I now take 63 pills in a row and have a shorter 4 day break in between to make sure I am protected.
Apart from feeling nauseous, I haven’t had any problems taking it myself, my skin seemed to clear up after coming off of the implant but seemed to get bad again when I took my break. My weight hasn’t been shifting, but this is because I am super hungry all of the time.
I do know there is a lot of stigma around the combined pill, and of course, everybody can react in a different way, but you need to find something that works for you without compromising your health.
I feel like anything is better than the Nexplanon implant, in my opinion, because that completely screwed me over in the end. If you are having a problem or feel like the contraception you are on is affecting your health in any way, then definitely book an appointment to see your doctor as they will be more than happy to help.
Since I have been taking the pill, I have been a lot happier in myself mentally, don’t have shower cries, feel emotionally unstable, and a lot less grumpy. Remember though, this is my experience, and everybody reacts in a different way. I just think this is a much better option for me than what I was on previously.
I just wanted to share my experience on Rigevidon as I know many people are super scared of this particular pill. If you want to ask any questions about my experience or have your own opinion, please leave a comment below!