28/04/2021

eloine

Combined pill

4/5

About the reviewer

Age
36-40
Time used
1 - 3 months
Had children
No
Height
5'11"/180cm
Weight
65kg - 70kg / 10st 3lb - 11st 0lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently

Experience

About me: I’m a 36 year old Caucasian with diagnosed PCOS in my late 20s (main symptoms for me are follicle growth and acne with light thinning in central parting. Never had weight problem or excess hair growth. Prior to taking this pill I suffered from extremely heavy and painful periods in first two days of cycle). I’ve never had children (hoping one day I will!) As a bit of background I went on this pill in the past as a 20 something I was on ‘Yaz’ (this is the replacement). It’s a low dose version of ‘Yasmin’. Full strength combined pills make me bloat to excess. Through thorough research online I selected this brand/drug type due to the suggested benefits to skin (I suffer from hormonal acne around chin and have done since I was a teen). I also selected it as the combination pill is thought to help with acne (antiandrogenic qualities). I suspect Progesterone only pills would further imbalance my hormone levels. One should note that this pill has a slightly high risk of blood clots. And the chemist will make you jump through a few more hurdles when asking for a script in the U.K. I’m at the end of my second month taking this drug. Acne still going however I’ve noted a decrease in oil production. (Stats from study show impact after 6 months so I’ll try it for this long and see). Bloating has decreased /water retention has decreased so this feels much better. Periods are less painful. The period length was slightly longer which is a bit annoying but to be expected as my body adapts to the drug. No noticeable change in hair growth. Slightly lower mood but it’s hard to tell if it’s from the pill or external factors (national lockdown etc). As for the contraceptive outcome. Not pregnant so that works for me.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat positively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
Lighter periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Better skin

Spots or acne

No effects

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