Combined pill


About the reviewer

Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


I was previously on Levelen ED from 16yrs to 21yrs. I chose to stop the pill at that stage as I was concerned about it’s effect on my mood and mental health. When I stopped I noticed an increase in sex drive, but my skin got worse. As I was getting married 18 months later, I asked my GP what my options were to improve my skin and she prescribed me the Femmetab as it was a lower dose. It cleared up my skin, but I initially had trouble with spotting/my period coming earlier than expected which is mostly resolved now, and I can’t control or skip my periods with this lower dose, which is inconvenient sometimes. I get some brownish discharge about a week before my period is due and I sometimes feel like it’s barely held back by the pill. For about a week leading up to it, I get some lower back pain and moderate cramps for one or two days.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat negatively
I don’t know / can’t tell
Lighter periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking


Better skin

Back pain

Tender breasts

Spots or acne

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

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