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My Experience On The Combined Pill - (Almost) One Year On

Hi guys!
In this post I'm going to share my experience on the pill after one year, the positives and the negatives. Please note that my personal experience may not be the same as someone elses experience, as every human body is unique, and what may work for some may not work for others!

Read my full disclaimer here.

 I started taking the combined pill (Cilest) on January 1st 2018 (it was a Monday, so it fell perfectly!). If you would like to know how the combined pill works, check out the NHS website - it has all the information!

A bit of background information regarding why I decided to take the combined pill:
My period gave me super bad cramps and each time they seemed to get worse - to the point where on the first day of my period, I would be crying in pain and rocking back and forth, trying to distract myself. I wish I was exaggerating.
I went to my doctor and at first he put me on 'period pain' tablets (I can't remember the name at all), however I didn't get on with them too well, so he suggested the pill. I've heard a lot of bad experiences with the pill, both in person and online, so I was slightly sceptical but nevertheless willing to give it a try. The combined pill is known for reducing period pain, plus at the time I had severe acne, which in some cases it helps, and I was in a relationship (and still am) - so really, it seemed like a win-win-win! 

The Positives

Lets start with period pains...

The first period I had was slightly less painful, but not massively, however with each period the pain reduced more and more. Now, a year on, my periods are hardly painful at all, to the point where I can hardly feel the cramps! It has also made my periods lighter and shorter, so in terms of menstruation Cilest has been very effective.

My skin...

In the first few months I noticed no change with my skin and was very disappointed. In February I made the decision to come off the antibiotics I was taking for my skin, and from then on my skin improved majorly. I found I got less oily throughout the day, and my skin was pretty much clear by July which was incredible for me as I had severe acne for a number of years. Of course, my clear skin was probably down to a few other factors such as my skincare routine and the summer, but I do believe that the pill contributed the most.

Being in a long term relationship, the combined pill is helpful because it can be used as a contraceptive method too.

The Negatives

Taking it every day
I can be quite forgetful to say the least, so remembering to take the pill every day (especially at the same time!) can be difficult, however the app Clue gives daily reminders, and I also have a note on my wall to remind me! 

My mood
I noticed that when I started taking the pill, my moods got worse and my mood swings can be very sudden, something I'd never really experienced before. Of course, it's probably due to the extra hormones, which makes sense, but it is a big negative for me. I know other people have had problems with their mood whilst on the pill, so it comforts me to know I'm not the only one. My mental health hasn't always been great anyway (more on that another time), so I know there will be other factors contributing, but I also believe the pill has had a negative effect.


So, that's my experience so far! It's had a mixture of positive and negative aspects, like I imagined it would.

Are you/have you been on the pill? If so, what were your experiences like? Comment below!
- Charlotte x

Blackpool Trip 2018 - A Photo Diary

Hi guys! 
The last photo diary I did was my Brighton Trip one back in August, which I absolutely loved making and is one of my favourite posts, so I've decided to do one for my Blackpool trip! 

I went to Blackpool on the 25th October and returned on the 28th October. Going to Blackpool is a family tradition and so we go every October. This year I went with my mum, dad, brother, cousin, my cousin's girlfriend and my boyfriend. Blackpool has a special place in my heart because it was always a place we went to with my Grandad, who adored it, but sadly he passed away this April. I have so many fond memories of my childhood holidays to Blackpool, and this trip brought them all back which was so nice for all of us.

This trip was made even better because a few days before we went I got a new camera!! I got the Canon EOS 4000d DSLR and I am so in love with it, so be prepared for lots of pictures in this post! 

Thursday 25th - Day 1 

We arrived around 6pm after a long 5 hour journey (!!), checked into our hotel and went for a meal in Velvet Coaster (Wetherspoons).

We then went for a walk down the South Pier and along the coast, looking at the famous Blackpool Illuminations.

South Pier, Blackpool

Friday 26th - Day 2

Friday was such a busy and fun day! 
We took a long walk to the Blackpool Tower and my cousin, his girlfriend, boyfriend and I went to the top whilst my mum, dad and brother went to the ballroom. Before doing this we went shopping (I didn't buy anything - I know, I was surprised too) and took a walk through the Winter Gardens.

View from our hotel window (kind of edgy, right?)

such a beautiful day...

The views at the top were incredible and although the height took a bit of getting used to, I loved looking at the scenery.

me pretending to look through a telescope 

it was so windy!!!

the comedy carpet

my brother James 

yes, I did take a photo of my doughnut (sorry not sorry)

Go Karting! I came last haha

James posing again

After Go Karting we went back to the hotel to rest for a while, before going to Pizza Hut. We then took the tram down to the lights at the very end, which include boards as well. Unfortunately this was very short lived as it was so cold (honestly, it felt like icicles were on my face) so here are the few photos I managed to take. 

We then went to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, and... wow. I was truly mesmerised by how beautiful it is! My Grandad loved dance, like me, and he used to love coming in here.

'Charlotte, you look like a French tourist!'

We then took another walk down the Central Pier.

.... and after a brilliant but exhausting day, we returned back to our hotel. I fell asleep very quickly!

Saturday 27th - Day 3

This was possibly my favourite day because we went to the Pleasure Beach! 

As you can see, the weather was lovely all day. We arrived at around 11am. 

The Big One rollercoaster is the tallest in Europe at 205 ft, and has always been one of my favourites. We waited for a long 2 hours, but it was so worth it (and extremely windy). The G-force is insane!

I'm so happy we got to ride the new ride, Icon. We bought fast track passes because the queue was so long. The ride is so cleverly designed with so many loops, and I love the way at the beginning it shoots off without any warning. 

We stayed until 9:30 PM but missed the fireworks as it was freezing and we wanted to get in the warmth as quick as possible. I really enjoyed this day!

Day 4 - Sunday 28th 

Sunday was the day we returned home, but we went out in the morning for a walk along the front, where I managed to practise my photography skills. We also went Go-Karting, and I came second!! (much to my cousins dismay haha) 
My super comfy faux-fur coat from New Look


Our trip to Blackpool was, as always, truly enjoyable and I'm so glad I had the chance to use my new camera!
Have you ever been to Blackpool? Comment down below!

See you next week :)
-Charlotte x