When I first considered taking birth control, I was immediately overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available and their respective side effects. So after a quick Google search and a conversation with my doctor, three different appointments ended with me receiving three forms of birth control: the single hormone pill, the two-hormone birth control pill and an implant option. Here is my experience trying these different methods and the various side effects I encountered with each.
The single hormone pill
The single birth control pill was the very first one I’ve tried, and to be completely honest, it was a rather pleasant experience. The most difficult part was trying to take it every day at the same time, but once I did, I slowly got the hang of it. When I started the pill, I had a slight increase in appetite, as well as light spotting, but the latter only lasted a few days. Overall, I would say the single hormone pill had the least number of side effects compared to the other forms I’ve tried. It’s salso important to note that the only reason I stopped this birth control was because I forgot for a few days and just decided to give up after a couple of times.
The “common” two-hormone pill
My second experience was my least pleasant with the two-hormone pill. Although I definitely was more determined and consistent when taking it, throughout my first few weeks of taking it, I felt exceedingly nauseous; however, after consulting with my doctor, I realized it was a very common side effect for women. Another side effect I quickly noticed were sudden mood changes. I often went through cycles of extreme numbness, which I knew was especially uncommon for me because I tend to be a very sensitive person. However, after the first few weeks, my body seemed to regulate — and by the one-month mark, I was back to normal!
Although this form of birth control is still relatively new to me (I currently have only had it for around three weeks), the side effects came quickly and lasted long. Personally, the side effects took a couple of weeks for me to feel them, and I didn’t find them that bad. The side effects I am currently experiencing are spotting and slightly more emotive mood swings, but both are manageable — considering the benefit. Compared to the others, the side effects were more bearable and less immediate.
Although I have only limited experience with birth control, I hope my experience widens your knowledge of the birth control options and helps destigmatize them. Everyone is going to react differently, and it’s important to talk to a medical professional about what’s right for you.