Sexual Health

Interview 55 - Natasha

Female
Age at interview: 25

Brief outline: Natasha recently graduated from university and does voluntary work for a charity organization. She decided to have the contraceptive implant but after two months started to experience heavy, irregular bleeding. She had it removed and now she uses the contraceptive pill. Natasha thinks that doctors should do more to warn about the ways in which an implant can messed up the menstrual cycle.

Background: Natasha recently graduated from university and does voluntary work for a charity organization. Single. Ethnic background' Indian

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Natasha recently graduated from university and does voluntary work for a charity organization.

When Natasha was nineteen years old she decided to have an implant. She wasn’t good at remembering to take the pill besides; a friend of hers was using the implant and highly recommended it to her. The first two months were fine but after that she started to have a lot of bleeding that lasted anything from a couple of months to several weeks. In short she realized that it has completely ‘messed up’ her cycle. Natasha had the implant for about a year but then decided to have it removed. She knew she could do so at any time if she was not happy with it. Natasha says that doctors do mentioned possible adverse effects, but what they should do is to warned women of the fact that they are messing up their system.

After her implant was removed she had very heavy periods for about six months and her GP sent her for a CT scan. The test showed a problem with her womb. Natasha went to see a gynaecologist who told her that her womb had an odd shaped and it can caused complications in pregnancy. Natasha felt she was treated like a scientific anomaly by the consultant rather than a patient and decline to be examined by medical students. At the time, she was twenty and found it difficult to cope with a medical condition that very few women had. In her experience, she has found that nurses are more sympathetic than doctors.

Natasha also considered using the contraceptive patch but changed her mind when she found out that it only comes in a colour that it is mostly compatible with white skin rather than darker skin tones.

 

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