Finding the right contraception can be a delicate process, and for most women, there is no easy fix.
Women are taking to Twitter today to discuss the devastating side effects of their contraceptive pill.
For those who think the quest to avoid pregnancy is as simple as swallowing a pill once a day (and as many will attest, that's also pretty easy to forget!), it's actually far more complicated - even traumatic - for many women.
#MyPillStory began after two British journalists spoke out about their own issues with the Pill.
So much this. It gave me migraines, mood swings and weight gain. Hated it; gave it up years ago. https://t.co/9UqZGlNHbl— Kate Bevan (@katebevan) March 31, 2016
Now, the trending hashtag is exposing the prevalence of this unspoken issue.
Migraines, bleeding, blood clots, weight gain, loss of libido, and a host of highly dangerous mental health issues are just some of the side effects women are battling while on the Pill.
Headaches, severe mood swings, nausea, vomiting and the autoimmune issues I have were all gifted to me from hormonal bc. #mypillstory— Haley Stewart (@HaleyCarrots) April 4, 2016
Clue up if you're under the impression constantly pumping hormones into your body doesn't have an effect at some point #MyPillStory— Clare Drinkwater (@ClareDrinky) April 3, 2016
Best bit of #MyPillStory, getting pregnant because no one told me it was incompatible with anti-depressants I was on to combat side effects.— Jo Marie O'Reilly (@JoMarieOReilly) March 31, 2016
Took the pill when I was 18 cried everyday for a year, high anxiety, no libido, no idea what was going on until I stopped #mypillstory— Hayley (@H3tzel) March 31, 2016
While few would say the Pill isn't a significant piece of bio-technology - many are asking if there is really enough information and education about it.
Fortunately, the range of contraceptives available to women is increasing. However, the most recent research indicates oral contraceptives are the most popular measure among Australian women.
The use of IUDs and contraceptive implants is on the rise, and is often preferred by medical professionals - not in the least thanks to the reduced risk of side effects.
There is also a male pill just around the corner - and most women will be glad there is hope for them yet.
If you are struggling with your choice of contraception and are prone to any of the side effects listed above, you should seek the help of your medical professional.