After a date gone unexpectedly far, I decided it was time to get on the pill. I did my research on different contraceptives like an IUD and the Nuva ring. According to money and science, the pill seemed the most fitting drug for me. I was a little fearful about going on the pill because some of my friends have gone complete bat shit after starting it. Still, I went to the doctor and we decided on a pill.
I had to wait to get my period before starting it, which felt like an eternity, but that gave me time to research what to expect. I know girls refuse to go on the pill because of mood swings and bloating, but I figured three months of misery is better than a lifetime of raising a kid out of wedlock. However, I did not experience those side effects.
I had cramping for the first few days, and my period lasted for eight days (do I even have that much blood in my body?), but I noticed some other changes too. I had joked that maybe this pill would do the opposite and make me change from a crazy bitch to a normal girl. That actually happened. I started waking up in a good mood and tolerating people I couldn’t stand and usually would just ignore. It was bizarre, but it definitely helped me at work and in my personal relationships. I thought maybe I was being weird, or the changes would only last a few days, but they remained. Apparently, the hormones in the birth control actually helped me!
I also noticed physical changes in my body. I wasn’t bloated unless it was my fault, like if I drank two pints of screwdriver at a baseball game or ate two bowls of ice cream. But I experienced benefits as well. My skin started to glow, and even my boss noticed. I had also been taking biotin for months after a mishap with bad judgement, sheers and straight across bangs, but my hair still wouldn’t grow. After I started taking birth control pills, my hair was noticeably longer after just two weeks.
I’ve seen firsthand from friends that the pill is not for everyone. However, the pill I am on (Loestrin) worked perfectly for me and helped me in my everyday life. It’s important to try different things if one method is not working out for you. And you also need to give your body time to get used to the changes. Do your research and talk to your doctor. After all, one girl’s nightmare could be the solution to another girl’s life problems.