So I announced today in a video that there’s going to be a hormone diaries project! I am extremely excited but also very nervous as there’s a lot of work to do and I’ve just moved house so fingers crossed I don’t freak out with stress.
Basically, I started The Hormone Diaries as a series on my YouTube channel over 2 years ago. Also, wow 2 years. I just had to check when the first episode was uploaded and omg I can’t believe it’s been that long! Anyway, I started THD to document the process of coming off the contraceptive pill I’d been on for 7 years. I’d been on it since I was 17 years old and because of the pill I didn’t have any periods so I wanted to go hormone free for a while and see what happened. Spoiler alert: my tits ached way too much and I went back on hormonal contraception (the mirena coil to be exact).
So although my hormone diary is not at an end (does it ever end???), I want to learn about other people’s hormone diaries. The comments section on those videos for the last 2 years have been an incredible wealth of information and very much inspired me.
And so was born this project! I would love for you to share your own hormone diaries. You can comment on this blog post or I’ll be doing posts over on my instagram over the next few weeks and you can comment there too. Share your experiences! When did you get your first period? Any dreamy/nightmareish contraception stories? What’s the healthcare like in your country? Is your mental health affected by your hormones? Do you have any conditions/disorders? What was your pregnancy experience? What side effects have you experienced from contraception?
How to get involved
I would love if you wrote your answers (comment here or instagram) in the form of a diary entry.
Dear my period,
Dear the coil,
Dear my PCOS,
Dear my acne,
Dear my HRT,
(more topics below!)
Here are mine:
Dear Cerazette, we had a good run. 7 years. I’m very grateful that you were the first pill I tried and I didn’t have any problems and have to find a different one. We worked well together, you & I. You got rid of my periods (thanks very much) and didn’t cause me depression. It was a pleasure putting you in my body everyday, I hope other people find as much happiness with you as I did. All the best, Hannah.
Dear my boobs, WHY DO YOU HURT SO MUCH FOR TWO SOLID WEEKS BEFORE I GET MY PERIOD?! What have I done to deserve this? Why do you hurt so much?! You are the reason I had to go back on hormonal contraception, I hope you’re happy! Lots of love, Hannah.
You entries don’t necessarily have to be funny, in fact I want serious stories too because this is important to talk about! They can be one sentence or essay-length. Whatever you like!
In advance, thank you so much. This project won’t work without your help so I am extremely grateful if you are willing to share your story. To give you a bit of inspiration and an idea of the topic areas here’s a list (love a good list). But if you have a story outside of the list that you feel is relevant please also share! I would also like to add that trans and non-binary voices are very much welcome. Hormone diaries are not just reserved to cis women and I know you have such important stories and insight into this topic.
All things period!
- Actually bleeding
- PMS – mood, acne, boobs, pain
- Equipment – pads/tampons/cups/underwear
- Period tracking apps
- Different types – the pill, coil, implant, injection, ring, condoms, fertility awareness
- Physical changes
- Mood changes
- Sex, relationships & love
- Hormonal vs non-hormonal
Diseases/disorders/infections AKA when things go wrong
- Turner Syndrome
Trans and non-binary
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- Menstruating/not menstruating
- Physical changes
- Mood changes
- Probs loads more but ya girl has never been pregnant (enlighten me!)
So there you go! Hope this wasn’t too much info at once but remember I’ll be posting each week on my instagram so you can comment there or bookmark this page and come back to it! Again thank you so much! I really look forward to this project and seeing all your responses!