My 11 Months Of Birth Control Horror

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Article by LeloB. Posted on April 30 2016 at 9:38 am

Oh my word, I don’t even know why I bothered coz I was single vele!

NB: Not for sensitive readers heheh 

Before last year April, the only birth control method I’d ever used was abstinence (let’s not talk about whether or not it was by choice) and protection but for reasons I will not bore you with, I started speaking to my Dr about other methods. So we talked about the pill, I was like nope, I’m gonna forget taking them everyday and we moved on to other common methods, the injection, the patch but they all just felt like a lot of admin so eventually she mentioned the Implant and my eyes went wide with curiousity!

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Implanon sounded like a dream on paper!

It’s a match stick size little thing that the Dr inserts on your upper arm and you don’t feel pain, though there might be bruising for about a week. You insert it once and you’re protected against pregnancy for 3 years, I mean what could be more perfect? No dates to remember, total freedom right!? Haa! If only I knew.

To cut a long story short, let me list the horror I experienced with it:

  • My arm would feel numb now and again
  • I had regular headaches (of course at the time, I didn’t know what was the cause)
  • I had zero desire for sex (not that I would have gotten it but it wasn’t even a thought hle). Okay maybe zero is an exaggeration but let’s say the interest decreased.
  • I had it on for 4 months and I was bleeding for more than half that time. True Story. This makes me wonder why we hear that a person needs a blood transfusion coz they’ve lost a lot of blood but I was bleeding all that time and yet I didn’t need a transfusion? Our bodies are strange.. Well, the Dr did say I’m anaemic after running tests and I had to start taking iron deficiency treatment.
  • I gained A WHOLE LOT of weight! It’s still here.

The bleeding was the worst for me because I thought what is the point of birth control if you can’t have sex while on it? LOL

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I went to the Dr after about 2 months of it and she gave me something to stop the bleeding. It worked for a while but a month later it was back to the same bleeding. I am a tampon girl but ended up buying pads during that time coz I got tired of tampons everyday. At the end of the 4 months, it was the same story so I went back to the Dr and she finally admitted that most of the patients she had recommended it to were also returning to have it removed. She went as far as saying she wasn’t gonna tell her patients about it anymore coz it was presenting way too many problems. Granted, my horror with implanon was not as BAD as this lady’s story but I was so relieved once I took it off. Though I do still kinda miss feeling it in my arm.

So now that Dr and I had agreed that Implanon only looked good on paper, we started exploring other options but this turned into an interview I wasn’t ready to have. She started asking me about when I wanted to have another child as that would guide us in the discussions and that was a bit of a sore topic for me because how do I decide that on my own?

Anyway, we talked about the earlier options again and though she was leaning towards the pill or patch, I suggested the injection but she warned me against it and said it was hormone based like the implant and feared I’d go through the same drama again. I wasn’t about the other options. Worst of all the pill because there is no way I will ever remember to take it at the same time everyday. I am very forgetful, so I told her I’d think about it and get back to her and so our conversartion ended.

Then a week or so later I went to a different Dr. lol and asked for the injection tltlt. I don’t know what had gotten into me heheh. For some reason I thought my first Dr was trying to control me by not giving me what I wanted. I mean, so many other women use the that and don’t have issues, why would she think I’m special? Now I know other women do have issues, we just don’t talk about these things enough.

Huuu shem, I was never ready for what was to follow! The drama continued:

  • More bleeding, now heavier and more frequent. The worst was continously for 3 weeks in one month.
  • Continued weight gain
  • Brittle nails
  • More iron supplements
  • Insomnia ( I don’t know if this was the cause but now that I think of it, this could be it )
  • Eating like a pig

So with the continued drama, my monthly schedule was now about waiting for that time of the month to come and into the 2nd/3rd week I’d have to go to the Dr for them to give me something to stop the flow. I remember at one point I was wondering just how much I’d spent on sanitary pads & tampons coz it was just too much! My pharmacy’s cashier even chats to me like we are old friends now. I was a regular, either for pills or to stock up on supplies.. yhuuu I suffered Lawd!

So eventually the Dr prescribed the patch, I used it for a week, then suddenly I had a light bulb moment and remembered ukuba I’m single lol.  So I asked myself what exactly is the reason I’m putting myself through this? I don’t know, so I’m now off these things. I’m done, and o mpone o mpolaye! I AM DONE! 

Pity it’s after gaining all this weight and after popping all those pills!

May will be my first clean month, hopefully all that nonsense is off my body now.

I lasted all of three weeks on this poison. 💊☠⚰It’s just not made for me. #WomenTings

A video posted by Lady Skollie (@ladyskollie) on

A friend tagged me on this video and it gave me hope lol, I’M NOT ALONE in the struggle!!! If there’s anything to take out of this, stay away from Implanon, it is bad news! 

I look forward to hearing what horrors you experienced through using birth control methods. Let’s share!

By Lelo

72 Comments

  1. I’m also in birth control but not getting any action! How lame… I’ve also had my lil horror stories, I’m on the pill because I heard the patch and injection make you gain weight, started off with ginette but I constantly got endless headaches from it, the worst ever but it did wonders for my skin and period flow. I’ve now switched to Yasmin, the headaches are gone, clear skin and literally have my period for 3days max!

  2. I was on the injection. I didn’t gain weight or break out. But the bleeding!!!

  3. Lol Lelo what a journey you’ve had with “family planning” lol. Girl I hate those things! I tried the injection for the same reasons you were avoiding the pill. Forgetfulness. Didn’t work. I suffered from continuous bleeding, huge appetite consequently weight gain and so forth. I decided to try the pill. I was advised to put it next to my tooth brush so I’m reminded to take them every morning when I brush my teeth. It worked for me. I can attest that the pill happened to be the best form of contraception to work for me.

    • Which one in particular? I hear some people have problems with certain types of pills and Dr then has to put them on another

      • I use Nordette.

  4. Thiza wami,about 10 years ago I used to take injecton yeses I gained weight yooo and since then i stoped using all these things now I am relying on condoms no Jesu qha coz azihambelani nami

  5. Oh my word Lelo! How did you survive all of that?! Askiesi
    I went on the pill a few years back to regulate my period and have never looked back since… im happy with it.
    I get minimal cramps and duration is 3 days, so when i hear other ladies talk about having a period for about a week i just want to give them tight hugs.
    Hope the patch works for you : )

  6. Geez gal! Did you have to put yourself this ordeal and yet you didn’t have a man in your life. Askies. What happened to abstinence?

  7. Lol guys it was traumatic! I’ve now decided to be off these things, I can’t even try something new, I’m not emotionally ready for any type of side effects.

    Miss M, I stopped using the patch after about a week and after I stopped I started bleeding again and had to just bare it. Hope the next cycle will be normal

  8. My Dr suggested i go for the iucd the copper one.I haven’t experienced any problems with it as yet after 6 weeks I have to go check if it’s still in place.Its for 5 years,but when ever I want to remove it I can.

    • Slondile, a lot of people on my Twitter are saying it’s good! Do they insert it in your vj??

      • Sorry to jump in but yes it’s inserted through the village through some rod like thing. Gynaecologist struggled with mine but finally got it in. It last 12 years max and the Mirena (hormonal iud), lasts for 5 to 7 years max.

        • Sorry meant vagina. Dang autocorrect.

        • Lol at village. Thanks Gal.

          So if I put it on , how long after removing it can I fall pregnant ? I really wanna have a girl before turning 40 & the way time flies, that’s happening soon.

          • It’s non-hormonal so you can get preggies immediately. The only major side effect is the heavy periods for the first three or so months, but afterwards, your cycle gets back to normal.

        • I’m also using hormonal IUD, I have 2 boys and not planning on having anymore kids. I chose this method because I’m also very forgetful, I had it inserted last year July I think and so far so good, I love it!

        • I’m also on Mirena, on my last year. I wish I knew about it in my 20’s. No complications. My concern is I haven’t been on periods ever since I had it, but the 3months injection also did the same.

  9. I was on the pill called tryphasal, I saw hell with severe headaches and random crying. Since then I never played with conception again

    • The Dr prescribed that to stop my bleeding and it worked! Hayi I’m with you girl, I’m off them too.

  10. Lol I’ve still got the implant. I’m on my 2nd year. So I guess different strokes u know. Before the implant I’d never used any contraception, only after having my son. I just think we as ladies need to pay att to our bodies & what they tell us. Glad ur ok though Lelo…

    • You are lucky Tshepi! I saw the most and the worst mistake i made was to google side effects after having it inserted!

  11. Yoh askies Lelo. I had a horrible experience with the injection Nur-isterate(sp)! Was on it for 3 months…Yoh the severe migraines; mood swings, depressive moods, crying etc etc. I was such a sour person towards my boyfriend for those 3months. Eventually I google’d the side effects and realised it was this injection that was making me so miserable. Never again!!! Doctor put me on a pill called Mirrelle afterwards and it’s amazing! Skin is great, period is 1-2 days, no weight gain but most importantly No Migraines!

    • That’s the same injection I was on! I’m taking a break for now till I NEED to be on something.

  12. Konje where are we on male contraception? That’s all I wanna hear now. My body IS a temple, especially after these articles! #singadinwa #rhaaa

    • I don’t see man using those. They are used to females protections. Sizophela nyan

    • Lol safe to keep it as a temple Googs! Don’t suffer the same fate we did

  13. I was on Yasmin since 2012(and also single)it worked fine regulates my periods but the crying and depression happened erverytime a week before my periods were due.stopped it two months ago.month one was ok moods swings went away but now month two i didnt get my periods,im going to see the doctor to find out if this is normal.

    • Lol…”crying & depression” our hormones have a way of playing with our emotions hey, I cant deal. I also have those moments. Especially 3 days before periods. I feel you Kay!

  14. On the copper iud and love it. Been a year now. I’ve tried all sorts of birth control for years and this works for me. Just the insertion pain and now I’m protected. Also not getting any action but I prefer being safe incase I do. And I use condoms as well. Better safe thand sorry for me.

  15. Anybody used the Nuvaring? Wanted that one but eish, didn’t know it’s now available in SA. A friend is using it but I think it’s too expensive for 3 weeks of use. Guess I’m cheap like that.

    • Lol! we need affordable family planning,nothing too expensive I’m with you there.

    • Nuvaring? Have not heard about it, will google

  16. There is a pill called YAZ so many good doctors I trust swear by it and I have experienced zero side effects since I started 2 years ago… I just had to put reminders on my phone not to forget and if u do I hear it’s forgiving i.e. U can take it again when u next remember but the limit is 7 days. No weight gains, and helps as a lubricant if ur struggling… I only take it for period pain problems and it’s been wonderful! NO foreign objects in your body…

    • So there is YAZ & Yasmin? So many options

      • I’ve been both on Yaz and Yasmin (on Yaz currently) Dr prescribed it coz of my severe period pains (they were the WORST). First few months I used to take it same time everyday (I think it was excitement ) after a while I’d take it everyday (not at the same time though) and I’ve never had problems with it. No period pains anymore, period is 3 days Max. I forget to take it some days and have to play “catch up” .

  17. I was also on the pill (Yasmin) and I kept forgetting to take it at the same time each day. Needless to say, I have a 3 month old daughter now. Other than forgetfulness, it treated me well. Normal cycle, no weight gain. I need a new method kodwa all these stories? My goodnessseems like the IUD is the only one without hell-ish side effects

    • Lmao!!! Congrats on your baby girl

  18. Yhooo Lelo, what an experience with family planning. When I had my first child I was actively on pills and BOOM! baby came…Anyway after the baby I was on injection, I had an appetite of a pig! Gained weight like you would never believe. I stopped it and tried the safest which is condom. I’m now on Yasmine pills, they don’t give me any headaches whatsoever only a bit of appetite which I can control.

    • Hey sana! Been through the most!

  19. Once in college, my doctor put me on Yasmin for 6 months to regulate my cycle. I had a terrible week but was fine after that. But years later, I find myself sceptical to be on any form of contraception.

  20. Ohhhhh the bleeding!!! I went through the exact same things you went through. My word!!! Years on after stopping the injection, I still don’t care for sex. For 8 months I didn’t get my periods at all immediately after I stopped. Ke poison ntho tse! Thanks for sharing your story and giving us a chance and platform to share ours too.

    • I so wish I could also be ‘blessed’ with that 8 months break Kari, my word! You’re welcome, thanks for sharing as well.

  21. Lelo, your question “Yaz or Yasmin” just prompted me to check Google the differences… I was on Yaz, which was good to me, no issues. Then a couple of months ago had to go for my repeat script nd Dr. gave me Yasmin… When I got my pills from the pharmacy I noticed that Yasmin had 8-inactive pills instead of 4 that Yaz has. I dismissed the differences nd thought maybe the brand had changed the composition of the pills…. Little did I know!! I’ve just realised now that all the symptoms I’ve had were prob cos of Yasmin instead of Yaz… MY GOODNESS, PMS seems to start too early for me, cravings, mood swings!!!! Going to see Dr. on Tuesday morning

    • lol so you only realized now after googling? Bathong wena!

  22. I have never took contraceptive.. I am 25, the longest relationship I had was maybe 3 months. I always said I will start them when I’m in a serious relationship it never happened. I always opted for Condoms and Morning afters (please don’t judge) but I could not make commitments on my body with relationships that I was not sure of. I’m glad I never did and I got lucky no unwanted Mbambinos.

    • Heheh Masego, no judgment! Just scared what if the morning after don’t work , coz they warn against them being used other than for an emergency. And When I’ve had to ask for them, it was a little embarrassing, that I found myself whispering to the pharmacist lol. You don’t mind that awkwardness?

      • Lol not Really. I mean just because we don’t see pharmacist buying them doesn’t mean they don’t, so the awkwardness I can take it.

    • No judgement from me too..lol. what I hate is having to go to the chemist to buy them..the looks on the pharmacists’ faces make me wanna run. Not to mention that I find the side effects way more brutal than the pill.

  23. Just be aware that most cases of pulmonary embolism found in women is caused by birth control medicine. Dr’s and Gynaes don’t tell patients this and it can cause far more damage than headaches and crying…

  24. Yuh after all the horrors birth control put me through, it’s been 6 months being BC free. The non stop bleeding, weird food cravings, blood transfusions, iron deficiency and weird food cravings drove me up the wall.

  25. I believe if your single it’s best to abstain or use condoms.

  26. I’ve been through it all. Endless headaches and mood swings while on Triphasil; copper IUD for 3 years which caused terrible period pains; the patch for 3 months which made me cry for no reason…I was an emotional wreck. Now on injection…appetite is crazy, I’ve gained so much weight and mood swings galore. I don’t know anymore.

  27. Was on depo provera and gained so much weight,birth control from the devil i tell you.

  28. Hi Lelo
    I’ve been on Implanon for about 2 years now. I had similar symptoms when I started using it for about 2/3 months i.e. Headaches, spotting and an irregular cycle..period!
    After those 2/3 months the side effects stopped and have not experienced any discomfort ever since.for me, this has been the best contraceptive I have ever used.. I was on the pill for the longest time and did not get any joy from it..
    I guess our bodies have their unique ways of adjusting to contraceptives ( Impanon is a foreign object in your body)… I’m still happy with it in my system!

  29. Hi Lelo
    Sounds like you’ve been through hell and back, askies hle. I also forced the doc to put me on the injection because I would forget the pills. The side effect for me is that I have not seen my period since Oct 2015. I’m not complaining though, my Gynae says all is well. Fortunately I did not gain any weight either. I’ve stopped taking it because I remembered I have been single for the past two years…Kwaaaks…Things we put our bodies through. Lol.

  30. I started contraception at age 15 with injection it was okay for me coz it stopped my mentrual pains. I didn’t experience any issues besides being afraid of the big prickle every 3months. But then I moved and didn’t know where to get it and I just stopped and dealt with pains and pain killers. I decided to try the pill 2 years ago started with Clara and I would get huge pimples and just bad skin so I talked with my doc about changing. I now use Yasmin on and off my skin is great but I’m gaining weight and get super emotional at the drop of a hat. I don’t think I’ll be off it completely because my period pains also bad so it’s a choice between pain killers and contraceptive pills. A lot of women I know have the same issue

  31. I am on depo, for past 2 years or so cos I have ovarian cysts. I have gained more than 10 kgs from it. I don’t want anything to do with it EVER again!

  32. I am on nur-isterate. I have hectic mood swings. I get depressed and cry a lot for no reason. Also had bleeding for about 3 weeks. Really don’t know what’s the best option

  33. After stopping an injection I opted for Yasmin.my body went back to normal , no mood swings/emotions etc. I forgot to take my pill and I have a 2 year old now. My Dr suggested a loop which for some reason I don’t trust. I went back to Nuristarate(sp). Moods, headaches, emotions are all back . luckily I don’t bleed that much , just spots but my body still goes through the PMS process…. Its terrible for a week every 2nd I suffer. I’m really considering going back to Yasmin or the loop.

  34. yoh,I will stick to condoms.

  35. I’m on IUD(loop) never been happier. It expires next year. It has been a good four years no side effects. Pill got me feeling pregnant and I’d forget it. The injection I wouldn’t even try because of the weight gain I saw iwth others.

  36. Thank you for the article Lelo, it helped me a lot as I am in a process of deciding the right contraceptive I should use. I have the worst period pains and someone advised me to try contraceptive cause pain medication is not working anymore.

  37. Yhooo this implant thing is poisoneous I tell you. It ruins your life. I also experienced terrible headaches, loss of sexual drive, mood swings and unending periods that will just come during umcimbi (such a turn off) and weight gain. That thing is not good at all and I don’t know why Dr’s don’t tell us the truth about it. It is not good.
    I’m on Yasmin now but it is also giving me nausea and my Dr suggested this IUD that I will do on Friday. I hear it’s painful during inception.

  38. We are never really told the pros and cons of these things.I am also on birth control and i am single :-(,i am on the 3 months injection,i have recently started bleeding heavily,i went to my doctor who gave me some pills to balance my hormones and stop the bleeding and it has worked,i dont even want to talk about the weight gain and eating like a pig,because now i look like a baby elephant.

    I tried the loop a few years back,worst experience of my life,i bleed so much i though i might need blood transfusion,i was soo weak and in so much pain,i had it removed within 3 days.For now i am going to stick to my injection and find a way to deal with the weight issue.

    Great article.

  39. I’m on injection which I will soon stop because there is no point really I am single. When I first started I knew that the pill won’t work I’ll forget about it so I opted for the 2/3months injection; see I have already forgotten what injection I am on, tltltltl.
    I was spotting for couple of months but now am all good that’s the only thing i’ll miss as soon as I stop with it. The admin ye-pads and blood coming out is too much for my liking. Yes, I eat alot but fortunately I don’t gain all that weight.
    I have always been scared of the Implanon- the idea sounded nice but it kinda scared me. And besides I don’t have a child yet so I don’t want to think I wont meet a good guy within the next 3 years… 🙂

  40. Geeeez my hell was with the loop! After having a second baby (unplanned) immediately after giving birth to him I sat down with my gynae and told him I need a birth control that I didn’t have to remember all the time and I asked him about Mirena. He told me I don’t have enough real issues to need to use Mirena so I should go for the copper-T loop…lawd have mercy! About a year after I had that thing inserted I started having seriously heavy flows. I don’t know what triggered it after so long. I remember one day going to work and the moment I got to work I could feel something was not right and when I got to the loo i discovered the red sea. I had to immediately go back home. The pains were bad…the worst I’ve ever felt, and I was never one to get period pains before. At my next gynae visit for a pap smear I asked my doc to check if that foreign object was in it’s proper position because it was giving me hell. I told him my story (this was a new gynae in a new city ) and he immediately said he’s removing it. I did not protest coz I had had it with the red sea every month! But alas…he put me on pills. …because, my rusty old body can no longer regulate itself for the period to be normal. After a few months of these pills I got tired of taking them (even with a reminder for them on my phone I still felt they were too much effort). But unlucky for me the moment I stopped them my cycle changed to 50-60 days so I had no clue when I was ovulating or fertile or what was what…I had no choice but to go back on the pills. Even checked for a medical aid that has a benefit for contraceptives because on top of buying pads and all that I still had to pay for the pills too. I’ve made peace with them now. My phone has an alarm and I always make sure I carry them everywhere with me…not taking any more chances again. Tough being a woman nhe, what with all that we have to go through. God bless us all

  41. For me the iucd has been the best thing ever. Had mine for 5 years now.

  42. I’m still on Implanon – Thought it was the best thing ever! Now 10 kgs later -sengizwile!!! The past 2 years have been awful! Took me a while at first to relate all my symptoms to the implant. Now my biggest struggle is finding something that is just as effective without the side effects.

    The pill is not an option and when I compare how the injection has treated me in the past to all this weight gain – maybe I can just stay fat -they make leggings in all sizes. (VERY HEAVY SIGH)

  43. Thiiiza family planning…. I found out I had polycist in 2013/14 and had irregular periods and my Dr suggested family planning to help regulate my periods I told her straight up that pills wouldn’t work for me, she was also again the injection due to weight gain and Patch was the only option for me…… what a horrible 6 months it was especially coming from the patch free week (headaches and nausea), but I must truly say that it helped a lot with regulating my periods.

  44. I had the implanon insterted last year february at the clinic and i spotted for 2 weeks and suffered headaches for about a month or so. I have since not had my periods regurlaly and gained a whole lot of weight from size 32 to 36 but my 2 year old toddler is the reason i still have it in my arm. I DONT WANT NO MORE BABIES!!!

  45. hi Lelo thanks for the post,
    i was on nuristerate for ten months but started having all sorts of weird things, mainly dizziness,INSOMNIA and lightheadedness.how long did your insomnia last for?

  46. Wow i had no issues with the implant but mine was a different name from yours. I had it for 5 years and removed it last year. I enjoyed having it. I got my periods every 3 months,so i never really got to stress about toiletries. My periods got back to normal after 3 months of removing the implant. I guess we are all made so differently. I wouldn’t mind having the implant again.


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birth control horror

Oh my word, I don’t even know why I bothered coz I was single vele!

NB: Not for sensitive readers heheh 

Before last year April, the only birth control method I’d ever used was abstinence (let’s not talk about whether or not it was by choice) and protection but for reasons I will not bore you with, I started speaking to my Dr about other methods. So we talked about the pill, I was like nope, I’m gonna forget taking them everyday and we moved on to other common methods, the injection, the patch but they all just felt like a lot of admin so eventually she mentioned the Implant and my eyes went wide with curiousity!

implanon birth control

Implanon sounded like a dream on paper!

It’s a match stick size little thing that the Dr inserts on your upper arm and you don’t feel pain, though there might be bruising for about a week. You insert it once and you’re protected against pregnancy for 3 years, I mean what could be more perfect? No dates to remember, total freedom right!? Haa! If only I knew.

To cut a long story short, let me list the horror I experienced with it:

  • My arm would feel numb now and again
  • I had regular headaches (of course at the time, I didn’t know what was the cause)
  • I had zero desire for sex (not that I would have gotten it but it wasn’t even a thought hle). Okay maybe zero is an exaggeration but let’s say the interest decreased.
  • I had it on for 4 months and I was bleeding for more than half that time. True Story. This makes me wonder why we hear that a person needs a blood transfusion coz they’ve lost a lot of blood but I was bleeding all that time and yet I didn’t need a transfusion? Our bodies are strange.. Well, the Dr did say I’m anaemic after running tests and I had to start taking iron deficiency treatment.
  • I gained A WHOLE LOT of weight! It’s still here.

The bleeding was the worst for me because I thought what is the point of birth control if you can’t have sex while on it? LOL

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I went to the Dr after about 2 months of it and she gave me something to stop the bleeding. It worked for a while but a month later it was back to the same bleeding. I am a tampon girl but ended up buying pads during that time coz I got tired of tampons everyday. At the end of the 4 months, it was the same story so I went back to the Dr and she finally admitted that most of the patients she had recommended it to were also returning to have it removed. She went as far as saying she wasn’t gonna tell her patients about it anymore coz it was presenting way too many problems. Granted, my horror with implanon was not as BAD as this lady’s story but I was so relieved once I took it off. Though I do still kinda miss feeling it in my arm.

So now that Dr and I had agreed that Implanon only looked good on paper, we started exploring other options but this turned into an interview I wasn’t ready to have. She started asking me about when I wanted to have another child as that would guide us in the discussions and that was a bit of a sore topic for me because how do I decide that on my own?

Anyway, we talked about the earlier options again and though she was leaning towards the pill or patch, I suggested the injection but she warned me against it and said it was hormone based like the implant and feared I’d go through the same drama again. I wasn’t about the other options. Worst of all the pill because there is no way I will ever remember to take it at the same time everyday. I am very forgetful, so I told her I’d think about it and get back to her and so our conversartion ended.

Then a week or so later I went to a different Dr. lol and asked for the injection tltlt. I don’t know what had gotten into me heheh. For some reason I thought my first Dr was trying to control me by not giving me what I wanted. I mean, so many other women use the that and don’t have issues, why would she think I’m special? Now I know other women do have issues, we just don’t talk about these things enough.

Huuu shem, I was never ready for what was to follow! The drama continued:

  • More bleeding, now heavier and more frequent. The worst was continously for 3 weeks in one month.
  • Continued weight gain
  • Brittle nails
  • More iron supplements
  • Insomnia ( I don’t know if this was the cause but now that I think of it, this could be it )
  • Eating like a pig

So with the continued drama, my monthly schedule was now about waiting for that time of the month to come and into the 2nd/3rd week I’d have to go to the Dr for them to give me something to stop the flow. I remember at one point I was wondering just how much I’d spent on sanitary pads & tampons coz it was just too much! My pharmacy’s cashier even chats to me like we are old friends now. I was a regular, either for pills or to stock up on supplies.. yhuuu I suffered Lawd!

So eventually the Dr prescribed the patch, I used it for a week, then suddenly I had a light bulb moment and remembered ukuba I’m single lol.  So I asked myself what exactly is the reason I’m putting myself through this? I don’t know, so I’m now off these things. I’m done, and o mpone o mpolaye! I AM DONE! 

Pity it’s after gaining all this weight and after popping all those pills!

May will be my first clean month, hopefully all that nonsense is off my body now.

I lasted all of three weeks on this poison. 💊☠⚰It’s just not made for me. #WomenTings

A video posted by Lady Skollie (@ladyskollie) on

A friend tagged me on this video and it gave me hope lol, I’M NOT ALONE in the struggle!!! If there’s anything to take out of this, stay away from Implanon, it is bad news! 

I look forward to hearing what horrors you experienced through using birth control methods. Let’s share!

By Lelo

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