16/03/2021

Gedarel 20/150

Combined pill

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
No
Height
5'10"/177.5cm
Weight
75kg - 80kg / 11st 11lb - 12st 8lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I was fairly happy after being on this pill for just over 2 years, I experienced pretty much no side effects. Then, I got a pain in my calf which I thought was a pulled muscle. After living with excruciating pain for three weeks, I was diagnosed with a blood clot, which was caused by gederel. If I hadn’t been diagnosed when I did, the clot could have moved up to my lungs with potentially fatal effects. Even now, 6 weeks after diagnosis there is still a risk of this happening. It has been the scariest experience of my life, and has affected me mentally and physically in so many ways. I will never use any hormonal contraception again, it is not worth the toll it can put on your mind and body, just to be able to have sex without a condom.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
Lighter periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Issues wearing contact lenses

Womb cramps

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
I don’t know / can’t tell
Weight
I don’t know / can’t tell
Periods
I don’t know/can’t tell
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

No effects

Tender breasts

Back pain

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

No change has been too noticeable so far (7 weeks after stopping)

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