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Why I’m going to try Natural Cycles

Firstly, this is not a sponsored post. I have not been contacted to talk about this.

I also am not recommending this method for anyone else. I am just giving my thoughts and reasons as to why I am trying it.

I am still of the belief that this method is not as ‘sound’ as traditional methods as I believe it can be used incorrectly giving a higher chance of pregnancy. I am also of the belief that if it would be a total disaster for you to get pregnant, you should either use a different method or us protection while using this method.

According to this article on the NHS website, around 5 out of 1000 women will become pregnant using this method, which is a success rate of 99.5% if the method is used accurately. The pill is 99% effective.

I am trying this method with the idea that it wouldn’t be terrible if I was to have an unplanned pregnancy. I’m in a stable relationship, I’m 32 years old and we are financially secure. I would not be trying this if I felt like having a baby would ruin my life.

The reason I’ve decided to try this natural method is that I am sick of putting hormones into my body and I feel like it’s making me feel crap.

The first pill I started taking around 3 years ago felt alright. But a month or so after I started taking it, I had a terrible bout of vertigo and had almost two weeks off work. I didn’t connect the two. I also gained two stone. I take responsibility for this it was at the start of a new relationship and we drank a lot of wine and ate too much cheese. The issue is when I tried to lose the weight, it wouldn’t come off. I was exercising and tracking my calories, but the weight wasn’t coming off. This is when I asked to switch to another pill.

This pill I eventually came off because it made me very emotional. I felt like I was losing my mind. I would cry at the smallest thing. A puppy on the TV would make me feel overwhelmed, I would suddenly burst into tears then be okay 10 seconds later. It was embarrassing.

I went on another pill, then when I went back to get more after 3 months the doctor asked if I had ever suffered from migraines with aura, which I had as a child. When I had said this in the past, the doctors just heard ‘as a child’ and didn’t delve into it. Apparently, this means that I am at a higher risk of stroke with the pills I had been taking for the last 2 and a half years and had to immediately come off it.

I was then given a different type of pill. This one has given me headaches. I never get headaches. I also had a really scary migraine where I couldn’t see or remember peoples names.

I’ve also felt sick a lot and generally just felt a bit crap.

It wasn’t until I started looking into it and reading the experience of others it occurred to me that all these things could be caused by the pill! I think I realised this when my friend had been put on the same pill as me and it gave her vertigo so she had to come off.

I’ve spoken a lot about how I’ve quit drinking because of my hangovers – two glasses of wine leave me completely out of action the next day which is pretty silly. Well, apparently the pill can change how your body processes alcohol which could be why my hangovers are so bad after such little alcohol.

I can’t say if my vertigo, feeling sick, crazy emotions, headaches and hangovers are all to do with the pill, but I want to come off it and see if any of these things improve so I can start being able to have a glass of wine at a wedding again and not cry at a picture of a baby duck.

So that’s what I am doing.

I’ll keep you updated.

1. noun: a female blogger that writes about her own experiences, observations and opinions. 2. verb: to act like a complete idiot or to do something stupid. e.g: She did a Corinne.

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