21/08/2019

Cilest

Combined pill

3/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
3 - 5 years
Had children
No
Height
5'5"/165cm
Weight
50kg - 55kg / 7st 12lb - 8st 9lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently

Experience

I have been on this contraception for 3 1/2 years now and, for the most part, I’ve had nothing bad to say. I take packets back to back until I start getting a breakthrough bleed, and then I take a 4 day break. This is what the doctor recently told me to do as well (although I was doing this for a year or so anyway). This means that I barely have periods, but for some reason does seem to give me worse cramps and mood swings when I take a break. I have had recurring cystitis and a few bouts of thrush since being on the pill, however have never put it down to the pill and just thought that i was particularly prone to it- I’m now questioning whether it is down to the pill! Recently, my moods have been extremely unstable, so I’m going to investigate possible causes for it and possibly stop taking the pill if it continues because it’s becoming quite unbearable. It’s cleared up my skin (although it wasn’t too bad in the first place) and, although my weight fluctuated a bit in the first few months, it hasn’t caused me to gain weight in the long run.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
No change
Periods
Lighter periods
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Better skin

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Cystitus

Thrush

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Pelvic infection

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