Nearly 16 years. That’s how long I took the pill. I was 16 when I received my first Rx. I always hear about the potential for the ‘severe side effects,’ but I did not ever include myself as a possible victim. What they don’t mention (out loud) is the potential for depression and suicide. It wasn’t until a pathology class in 2007 that I realized that I was a victim. I learned that the type of pill I was taking (Demulen) is known to cause depression. Prior to my awakening, I went to my M.D., explained my symptoms and received Prozac. The anger came when I learned that the depression may very well have been caused by the pill. From that realization came the farewell to the pill and the anti-depressant. From that point I knew that I would not ever again use female contraception. I also pondered about what I was going to do should I be blessed in the future with a daughter. What would I do for her when I view the majority of female contraception as poison? No more worries…I was blessed with a Son in 2010 and I am now sterile.