So let's talk about contraception.
I used to have a tag for this, but since those days I have cheerfully wandered off Microgynon 30 and onto Marvelon. That was about... five, six years ago? And generally it was working for me but over the last year, perhaps longer, not so much. I stuck with it though because mostly I am lazy, but the last five months have become intolerable. ( Cut because of slight TMI )
Anyway, I had made up my mind to talk to the nurse once this prescription was out because there's another reason behind getting fed up and that is trying to get an appointment. You know what I don't enjoy? Having to explain to the receptionist why I want an appointment. Oh no, just 'contraception' won't work, I have to give DETAILS. I have complained about this before, but it's clearly not working. I planned to speak to the nurse and perhaps go on another pill and then move from there, but I had a really distressing time with the receptionist ("No, I don't want to talk about why I want an appointment I'm in an open plan office and surrounded by MY COLLEAGUES!") and now I have lost my fucking patience with the damned pill. PLUS my appointment isn't for about another two weeks.
So. When I do go and speak to her, I will be speaking to her about wanting to go onto long term contraception. This is a new thing for me. I don't really want an implant on the basis that I tend to try and rip my eyebrows out at an ingrowing eyebrow, let alone something in my arm. The coil is a bit... odd, conceptually but I think I would like to start with it and move from there. I just can't face having to go through the faff of making an appointment every six months, even though I was cheerfully on a twelve month prescription when still living up north. I will be making this quite clear to the nurse. I can't find a local family planning clinic for over-25s, unfortunately.
In the meanwhile, I am now off any kind of hormonal contraceptive for the first time since I was 18. How alarming and strange. Obviously I am using other contraceptives, but it's a slightly weird feeling. I will try to keep up to date with any changes because I do think it's important to talk about this kind of thing. But still.