13/09/2019

Loestrin 20

Combined pill

4/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
3 - 5 years
Had children
No
Height
5'4"/162.5cm
Weight
50kg - 55kg / 7st 12lb - 8st 9lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

This was generally a very good pill for me, as it lightened my periods significantly and did not cause any other physical symptoms. I also credit it with improvements in my skin, although I was not diagnosed acne prior to taking the pill and just had normal, irregular spots. However, I stopped using it because my periods became so light that I began to worry about pregnancy. Furthermore, I had a couple of pauses of about 3-6 months due to my then-partner going travelling, and when I went back on the pill each time, it was difficult to readjust. For the first 3 months of being back on the pill, I experienced moderate-high levels of anxiety, which I had never previously suffered from. I believe this to be linked to the pill because the pattern was consistent over 4 years of coming off and on, plus I am now off the pill for the foreseeable future and am experiencing no anxiety. Overall, I would recommend it, but encourage users to monitor their mental as well as physical health, and take appropriate steps during any difficulties.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat negatively
Weight
No change
Periods
Lighter periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Tender breasts

Better skin

Back pain

No effects

Impact after using

Mood
Somewhat positively
Weight
No change
Periods
2 months
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

Spots or acne

Nausea or vomiting

Tender breasts

No effects

Experience after taking

I had been suffering from moderate anxiety at the beginning of my time periods on the pill, which would then subside after about 3 months. This happened each time I began the pill after a break over a 4 year period. I was 3 months into the pill again 12 months ago, and decided to simply stop rather than wait it out, and my mental health returned to normal within a month or two. I am now using condoms exclusively with my partner, which has a share of its own concerns, but my general anxiety is non-existent. I also noticed an increased sex drive, but that could be to do with a change of partner.

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