A TEENAGER claims she suffered a mental health breakdown after being ‘pressured’ by her school into going on birth control that she didn’t want.

Tia Thornborough, 17, claims her the school nurse pushed her into getting the implant which left suffering extreme mood swings and her anxiety levels got ‘100 times worse’.

The former Doon Academy pupil had gone to the school for help with her mental health when she claims she was was given a pregnancy test and sent to get the implant.

Tia said she was given ‘no time to think’ and claims the nurse told her teachers right away and set up an appointment just two hours after they had spoke.

She said: “I didn’t even want to be on the rod to be honest, I went to the school nurse for a normal check up and she said I will refer you to doctors and get the rod in.

“I felt nervous and didn’t know how to say I didn’t want it and I had an appointment two hours later.

“The school then made me go round and get it.

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“I went to the nurse for mental health and she made me take a pregnancy test then told me there was better forms of contraceptives than the pill and then said I will book you an appointment.

“I felt pressured into it, she had told my teachers before I had even had a chance to think about it.

“Maybe the nurse could have made an appointment for a few days after and gave me time to think.

“My mum said don’t get it in because she had it and did the same thing to her.”

Now one year later she has had the implant removed after her behaviour on the contraceptive started to drive a wedge between her and her fiance.

Tia said: “When I had had the rod in my arm my mental health was 100 times worse.

“I constantly felt bad about myself my anxiety was a lot worse with constant mood swings and always down in the dumps.

“But now I’ve got it out I feel much happier.

“I had it in for a year but in less than 24 hours with it out I feel much better.

“I wentto the mental health nurse but was put on a two year waiting list and referred back to CAMHS.

“But that didn’t help.

“I noticed things were making me a lot angrier than they used to.

“I’d just go off my nut a lot more and cry over stupid things.

“As soon as I got it in I noticed a change and after three months I wanted it out.

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“It took me nine months to actually phone them and get it out because I have a bad fear of needles.

“I decided it was time because it started to test mine and my finances relationship. It was ruining the happiness I had.

“Im on the pill now and that is much better for me.”

The teen is now urging others to seriously think about birth control and pick the one that’s right for them, -and not feel pressured into it.

She added: “Id tell anyone considering the rod that if they are going through mental health issues don’t get it, I don’t think it’s a good idea.

“I know the pill you need to remember to take it and if you don’t you could get pregnant but it works better for me.

“The nurse said it wasn’t the rods fault and she pressured me again into not getting it out.

“When I went to the appointment she said she wasn’t going to take it out.

“But I told her it was my body and I wanted it gone.”

In response to an enquiry from the Cumnock Chronicle, Eddie Fraser Director of Health and Social Care said: “School Nurses provide drop-in sessions within secondary schools where young people can present and receive confidential advice and sign posting to services when required.

“In some East Ayrshire schools a Sexual Health drop-in delivered by a sexual health nurse from GP practices is also available where young people can access sexual health advice and be allocated appointments within their GP practice, where more complex needs may be taken forward.

“School Nurses do not prescribe any contraceptive medication.”