Growing up in the Catholic Church, I was taught to revere Mother Teresa as the embodiment of goodwill and sacrifice; she was a woman who devoted her life to making poor people better off, they told us. It was only as I started to analyse her actual effect on 3rd world countries, that I realised she was not a 'friend of the poor', but as Christopher Hitchens put it, a "friend of poverty".
Completely out of the blue I was feeling very low and the only change in my life was this little pill. So of course recognising the difference it made, I immediately stopped taking it. But not everyone has the awareness to realise that it could be the pill having this effect on them, particularly when they haven't been warned that it can have this side effect.
At present there are too many are unnecessary hurdles in the way - whether it's time, money or the need to explain yourself - I dread to think how many women are put-off going altogether. In short: the morning after pill needs to be free and easy to obtain. We need better education, information and awareness about options and availability.
I was recently shocked by the gravity of such problems when a journalist informed me that one of her friends had died suddenly following a perforation of uterine body with the coil, aged just 23. This was performed by an inexperienced non-gynaecologist and, unfortunately, the perforation remained undetected until it was too late.
In 2013, she received $4.7million to work on male contraception, and two days ago, at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting, she revealed that by tinkering with an existing male oral contraceptive, her team had made some progress in finding a non-hormonal pharmaceutical solution to prevent sperm reaching maturity...
I couldn't imagine another week with the IUD in me, let alone three months. I'm having it removed, finally, in a few days' time, but I'm faced with yet another dilemma. Do I swear off IUDs for the rest of my pitiful existence? Or do I switch to the IUD I'd dreamed of, a copper coil, as the answer to my prayers?