04/07/2021

I don't know/can't remember

Combined pill

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
12 - 18 months
Had children
No
Height
5'5"/165cm
Weight
50kg - 55kg / 7st 12lb - 8st 9lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

My mental health significantly deteriorated as a result of being on the pill. When reviewing my contraception at the doctors, I raised my concerns to only be scoffed at and told that it was bound to affect my hormones. I lost my appetite, lost my sense of fun and personality. I think there is an important distinction to be made between feeling hormonal and feeling depressed or anxious.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
I don’t know / can’t tell
Periods
Irregular periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

Dizziness

High blood pressure

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Increased sweating

Back pain

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
Very positively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
3-6 months
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Headaches

Dizziness

Spots or acne

Back pain

Nausea or vomiting

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

All of the issues I experienced whilst being on the pill did eventually go, I did have a few panic attacks but after 4-6 months I noticed a drastically positive difference. I felt stronger, more clear-headed and more in touch with how my body functions and feels.

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