Progesterone only / Mini pill

Desorex

What the packet says

What is it?

Hormonal ingredients
Inactive Ingredients

Lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone PVP K-30, stearic acid, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, silica, colloidal anydrous, HydroxypropylMethyl Cellulose, Polyethylene Glycol, Talc, Titanium Dioxide

How it works

The Progesterone only / Mini pill is a small tablet you swallow daily that (unlike the Combined pill) only contains one hormone - progesterone. It prevents pregnancy by making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for an embryo to grow in it. The Progestogen-only pills with desogestrel in them (so all of them except Micronor, Noriday and Norgeston) can also stop ovulation.

How does this compare?

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent

Clinical effectiveness

99% if used perfectly

What does this mean?

Contains hormones

  • Yes
  • No
What does this mean?

Need help?

Speak to a Doctor about your concerns

What you said

These stats are based on 17 reviews

Side Effects

Show more

After Effects

Show more

Moods & Emotions

Periods

Body Weight

Sex Drive

Reviewer data

Time Taken

Age of Reviewers

Reviewers had children

Reviewers currently using

Detailed information

How to get started

  • Your doctor or nurse will do some tests to make sure that you can take the pill. They check your medical history, make sure that you’re not pregnant and take your blood pressure.
  • Most women can start the pill at any time in their period cycle. However unless you start the pill on the first day of your period, you won’t be protected from pregnancy straight away. Make sure you read the packet carefully and use condoms or other methods until you’re covered.
  • There are special instructions for starting the pill if you have just had a baby, abortion or miscarriage.
  • There are normally 28 pills in a pack, and unlike the combined pill you don’t have a break between packs.
  • It’s really important you reliably take the progestogen pill at the same time every day (more important than with the combined pill). There are two different types of progestogen only pill:
    • Three hour traditional progestogen-only pills must be taken within three hours of the same time every day
    • Twelve hour desogestrel progestogen-only pills must be taken within twelve hours of the same time every day.
  • If it helps, keep your pill packet somewhere you use or look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone.
  • You will normally be given a prescription for the pill for a couple of months, and will need to go back to your doctor for regular check ups (e.g. blood pressure tests).

How to stop

  • Stopping the pill is easy – you just stop taking it. As soon as you stop taking it, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy.
  • If you have periods, you may prefer to wait until you reach the end of your current pill packet before stopping, so you can keep your cycle more regular.
  • Check out our survey results to see how long it took most women’s cycles to return to their definition of ‘normal’, and read up about after effects they’ve experienced.

Things that can go wrong

  • Missing or forgetting to take a pill has happened to all of us. Check out the NHS guide on what to do, depending on how many you’ve missed and where you are in your cycle. If you’re in any doubt, make sure you use a condom or don’t have sex until you’re protected.
  • There are a few things that can stop the pill from working properly – make sure you watch out for these and check your pill information leaflet or speak to your doctor if you have any questions:
    • Vomiting and diarrhea will impact on how the pill is absorbed into your body. If you’re sick within two hours of taking the pill you’ll need to take another pill straight away and the next pill at the usual time. If you’re sick or have severe diarrhea for longer than this, check your pill packet for what to do next – and use condoms or abstain if you have any doubts.
    • Some medicines and antibiotics (like rifampicin and rifabutin, St John’s wort and anti-epilepsy drugs) change the way your body digests the pill.
  • With any combined type of hormonal contraception there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries.We are developing a full guide to the medical research on the serious and potentially life threatening side effects of contraceptives here.

Reviews

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

I found this better than the combined pill

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

I was put on this pill due to them not having my original one. In the first month my mood swings were awful and I was pushing e…

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

I took Desogestrel for 3 months. My periods were very heavy and lasted for 3 weeks; which was certainly the most effective cont…

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

In terms of reliability, it’s a great pill. However, I’m sick of having pregnancy like symptoms on it such as the munchies,…

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

I was pleased that I didn’t gain so much weight, it made me have cravings for dirty carbs like crisp, chips and white bread b…

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

I’ve had acne for most of my teenage/adult life before going on this pill, and expected it to get worse but surprisingly …

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

The first month I’d say is bad, with bad mood swings, my skin was a state but after that it sorts itself out

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

I didn’t have much weight gain with this pill that was noticeable, just weight gain due to life. I did experience quite a dra…

Read more

Progesterone only / Mini pill

- Desorex

Started taking Desorex on recommendation from my dr as I suffered very heavy irregular periods. I also suffer from migraines so…

Read more