Yesterday, I had my contraceptive implant removed due to the unbelievable side effects i'd been approaching with fast diminishing optimism for the last year and 3 months. Not good. The nurse, and I then discussed the options I had, which avoided the progesterone only approach. Since my skin or mentrual cycle found it easy to make friends with excess amounts of this hormone. I have been on the pill on and off since i was 12/13 for various reasons and the implant was the only LARC I had tried. The nurse then informed me that because of my weight (she informed me quite insensitively although I understand the seriousness), I was at a higher risk of a blood clot/stroke/heart attack if I took the combined pill. However we made an agreement that I would lose the weight and she would provide me with a 'skin friendly' combined pill (was given munalea), as long as I conformed to these terms. I was supplied with three months worth. However I failed to correctly inform the nurse that I am also a smoker, not a significant smoker but I do regularly smoke. (My mum was there) So I was extremely reluctant to being truthful as I thought it would also have no impact until she explained the risk factors.
The nurse mentioned the copper coil, it sounds like a really good idea to me. The side effects seem much more manageble than those of hormone contraceptives and my weight and smoker status wont be as much of a risk (whilst i am attempting to quite smoking as quickly as possible and lose weight). However i don't want to waste the pill i've been supplied with. Do I carry on with the pill? Or make an appointment to get the coil?