Hey all, I had a similar thread a few months ago.
I originally started using the pill because I was having pre-marital sex. However, I developed IBS and tried numerous medications to control it, and my symptoms always got worse around the time of my menstral cycle. I read online that this was true for other women, and I was suffering from chronic stomach pain that often stopped me working I was desperate for a solution. No one yet knows what causes IBS and many doctors don't even think it's real so I was banging my head against a brick wall with trying to get help from doctors - I had to wait several months to see a specialist and he couldn't suggest anything else from what I'm already taking.
I heard the contraceptive implant helped in some cases, so I tried it. And I have to say, since then I've had very little pain from my IBS and I've used to have a lot of time off sick, and now I haven't had to have a single day off due to it. I feel much better in myself. However, I've started to put on weight because of it (my diet hasn't changed and it's a very common side effect) and I have been thinking about stopping it for that reason and going back to my regime of constant painkillers - but I'm scared my IBS is going to get out of control again.
Today at Church one of my friends at RCIA told us that someone went all the way through it but then they found out she was living with her boyfriend so she wasn't allowed to join. I'm scared that my use of contraception may prevent me converting at Easter if I approach my Priest about it. I'm scared that if I'm asked to stop using it, I'll be suffering from constant abdominal pain for one week out of every 4, when my cycle is due. There is always a chance however that my IBS won't ever come back as bad - at the time, I was living with a lot of stress which makes symptoms worse, but now it's all back to normal.
I know I'm bringing the same old things up again, but I feel really lost at the moment. I guess all I'm asking for are some words of wisdom and encouragement, and if anyone else has been through the same. I know there's a chance it will be okay for me to continue to use it as I want to keep it for medicine reasons rather than for contraceptive, but I'm too worried that if I mention it to my Priest he'll tell me I can't convert until I get rid of it. :(
About chastity - I'm working on that, it's something me and my boyfriend are trying to get used to and we're not perfect.