The pill, periods, and other TMI
Everyone has their own story when it comes to PMS, pills, and other contraceptive methods. But a recurring theme amongst all women seems to be one of "I'm so confused!" or "What is wrong with me?". We think that the first step in getting clarity is to expand our understanding of women's unique relationships with their female hormones. Your response will be ANONYMOUS (unless you are cool with us contacting you later for further research). This survey should only take 1-2 minutes. We are deeply thankful for your help in illuminating our quest to finding better femhealth options! <3
Hi, how old are you?
Sorry for being rude, but let's get straight to it: how would you describe the regularity of your periods?
Like clock-work (start date and end date are always as predicted)
Pretty regular (start date and end date may shift 1-2 days)
Irregular and unpredictable
I don't get a period at all
Are you currently on the pill?
No, but have in the past
If yes, how long have you been on the pill? (Enter in years; "0" if not on the pill)
If you are on the pill currently or were in the past -- when you first got on the pill, was it solely for contraception or for other reasons (i.e. tame acne, irregular/heavy periods, ovarian cysts, etc.)? If 'other', briefly explain the reason.
Do you currently, or have you in the past, experienced any of the following "PMS symptoms"? (Select all that you experienced on a regular basis, or at least once in the last 3 months, before and/or during your periods)
Recurring bloating / digestive distress (constipation, diarrhea)
Weight loss / gain
Lack of libido / interest in sex
None of these
Were you or are you on the pill when experiencing these symptoms?
Did you ever relate these "PMS symptoms" to the pill?
Yes, I think they were caused by or made worse by the pill
No, I think they have nothing to do with taking the pill
I don't know / I can't tell the difference
If not, what did you attribute these symptoms to?
After experiencing these symptoms, did you continue to stay on the pill (and/or switch to another brand/formula), or go off the pill completely?
Stayed on pill / switched to a different brand or formula
Got off the pill, thank u next
If you are not on the pill currently (or when you were not on the pill for a period of time), what contraceptive method do you use? (Select all that apply.)
Hormonal IUD (Mirena, Kyleena, Skyla)
Female condom / other barrier method (cervical cap, diaphragm, sponge)
Spermicide / gel
Sterilization (tubal ligation, vasectomy)
Femtech (Daysy, Natural Cycles, etc.)
Did you know that of the alternatives listed out in the previous question, the first six are ‘hormonal contraceptives’, meaning that they suppress your natural hormonal cycle by overriding it with synthetic hormones?
Are you aware of the potential long-term negative side effects of the pill & other hormonal contraceptives? (i.e. nutrient deficiencies, leaky gut and other gut dysbiosis issues, increased risk for autoimmune diseases / certain cancers, disruption of thyroid function and adrenal health, difficulty conceiving, etc.)
Not at all
Have you experienced or heard of "post-birth control syndrome"?
Yes, experienced it
Yes, heard of it
No, not familiar
After learning about the long-term negative side effects of hormonal contraceptives, how interested are you in learning about nonhormonal alternatives?
Do you currently use a period tracker? If so, which one do you use?
No period tracker
How much do you trust the period tracker / how accurate has it been in your experience?
Don't trust at all
Are you familiar with the ‘sympto-thermal charting’ method (i.e. daily temperature and cervical mucus check)?
Yes, I do it or have done it
Yes, heard of it but haven't tried
If you are charting or have in the past, please explain your experience:
If you are not familiar with sympto-thermal charting, how would you describe your level of interest to learn and try it?
If you said you have no interest in trying or have quit doing it - what is the reason? (Select all that apply).
Seems too complicated / involved
Want to learn but didn't find good resources and/or guidance
The apps and/or devices aren't good enough
The apps and/or devices are expensive
Thank you for completing our survey and taking an advancing step toward finding answers around femhealth! If you have more to share about your experience with hormonal contraceptives and/or sympto-thermal charting, and open to talking to us again, please leave your email address below. If you prefer to keep your answers to the survey anonymous, but still want to be included in subsequent studies, then send us a clean email at
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