When we started trying for a baby back in 2013, I came off the pill when my packet ran out. I started taking the pill many years ago to help with period pains and heavy flow (sorry for the tmi!). I was very happy with my type of pill – Microgynon, it really worked well. This pill was one of those combined pills so contained oestrogen and progestogen, I was always great at remembering to take it each day as well.
Unfortunately when I went back to see my doctor after having baby girl last year, I believe it was at my 6 week check up, I wasn’t able to go back onto Microgynon. My doctor explained why to me – I was breastfeeding so only able to take the mini pill, Cerazette. Which contains only one type of hormone progestogen. She was also very kind in that I was given a few leaflets on all the types of contraceptives available to me.
I have to tell you that my mum was going on to me about taking contraceptives again straight after baby girl was born as she got pregnant with my sister a little over 5 months after I was born.
“You don’t want two under 2 and both still in nappies like I did!”
I don’t know about you, but I love to have a nosey online, whenever I need to find out some information. I just had a quick glance at the leaflets from my doctor when I got home, they were not very appealing.
Did you know that there is such a thing as a Cyberchondriac?
Well there is! It’s a person who compulsively searches the internet for information based on their symptoms. I know when I was pregnant I had to stop myself from Googling every ache and pain, before I worried myself sick!
I think you just need to be careful online. Only use trusted websites such as Online Pharmacies and the NHS Choices website agreed Civilized Health “many sites may share inaccurate and distressing conditions relating to your symptoms.”
Did you know that those aged between 25-34 were most likely to search about problems related to sexual health and sti’s?
Nowadays we all know that most things can be solved through the internet, and it reduces the embarrassment of speaking to your doctor about your sexual health. You can get test kits and medicines for sti’s and also the morning after pill from the Online Doctor Lloyds Pharmacy should you need to.
One of the most important things you need to keep up with to take care of your sexual health is having a regular Smear Test. Sometimes this can be missed while you are pregnant so please remember to book one if you are due.
I recently had mine and after having a baby I can say that a Smear Test is nothing! I had every Tom, Dick and Harry up there, prodding, poking and then breaking my waters with what looked like a crochet needle when I was in delivery. So my once very sacred private place is not so much any more!
There are too many babies out there losing their mum’s to Cervical Cancer, it seems to be rife in the news at the moment. Don’t be one of those numbers.
Do you have any tips for looking after your sexual health?
Have you ever searched your symptoms online?
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