After months of cystitis and thrush, I gave up the contraceptive pill for good... I was about 19 at the time and I’d heard from a friend that it might be the cause, and they were right. So I started using my first ever hormone-free contraceptive (aside from condoms): the fertility awareness method (FAM).
When I was a hippy extremist...
I felt that everything in my life should be natural. My contraceptive choice was the last thing on that to-do list. If I'm honest, it didn't even occur to me. I always thought contraception either works or doesn't so taking the pill was the only option because it was the one that worked. At least, that's what I'd been told.
I used to feel like I was vulnerable to becoming pregnant. As if my fertility was a weakness which would be exploited by sperm. I felt like it could happen at anytime, and my life would be forever changed. I needed to shut that part of me down. I needed to know it was all 'under control'.
When I was a teenager I took "the pill" for contraception. But I found myself in a never-ending loop of Cystitis leading to antibiotics, leading to Thrush, leading to anti-candida drugs. This pattern would rinse and repeat itself every few months. It was awful. When I started working at Neal's Yard Remedies I told one of my colleagues and they suggested it was the pill upsetting my hormone levels. I was intrigued to say the least. The thought of ending the burning pain, the itching, scratching, horrible symptoms, was so tempting. I just had to find out.