09/09/2019

Combined pill

About the reviewer

Reviewer age

Age:

18-25

Time taken

Time used:

5 - 8 years

Had children

Had children:

No

Reviewer height

Height:

5'8"/172.5cm

Reviewer weight

Weight:

60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb

Currently using

Currently using:

No I've stopped using it

Experience

I was on Levlen for a number of years in my teens (about 16-22). I found it a bit difficult to remember to take it every day at the same time, especially if I was going through a dry spell and wasn't worried about falling pregnant. It was handy that I was able to have some control over my period, e.g. skipping my period when going away for a weekend or if I had a bit sports competition and I didn't want my period that week. To begin with it was fine, no changes to mood or anything and my periods were relatively regular. After a few years though, I started noticing changes. Every month for the same 6 days I was getting super anxious and depressed, almost to the point of panic. My boyfriend mentioned it to me and suggested that it might be the hormones because it was so out of character for me. I went back to my doctor and they said that this was common feedback - after about 4 years funny side effects can start happening.

Impact whilst taking

Time taken

Mood:

Very negatively

Impact on weight

Weight:

No change

Had children

Periods:

Irregular periods, Spotting / light bleeding between periods,

Reviewer height

Sex drive:

Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

Head

Aura symptoms

Body

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Down There

Impact after using

Time taken

Mood:

Very positively

Impact on weight

Weight:

No change

Impact on weight

Return to cycle:

3-6 months

Reviewer height

Sex drive:

Increased sex drive

Head
Body
Down There

Experience after taking

I went straight from the pill to the Implanon, so I'm not 100% sure what it would have been like if I had gotten off contraception altogether.