05/12/2019

Loestrin 20

Combined pill

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
No
Height
5'1"/155cm
Weight
40kg - 45kg / 6st 4lb - 7st 1lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

Physical and mental health at risk. At first I trusted this contraception, no side effects and was happy. After about three months, I suffered from hideous dryness and eventually secondary vaginismus. This cause me a great deal of physical pain and damage to my genital area and caused me to develop a phobia of sex for about 6 months as it was impossible to have sex even with copious amounts of lube. I believe this is due to the low oestrogen content of the pill as this is a negative effect that happens to some people during the menopause, where oestrogen is low too. The mental effects this pill gave me after 3 months too were unbearable. I would have uncontrollable crying episodes for, at times, up to 4 hours over tiny innocent situations – I wasn’t upset myself, the pill just drove me to these breakdowns. It was like someone else was in control of me. I still feel quite traumatised by these states and become anxious and frightened when thinking about them in case they were to happen again. Please please trust your body and your mind if you are on this pill. I thought lower hormones would be a good thing for me, but I hope this proves it’s not for everyone.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
No change
Periods
Lighter periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Better skin

Tender breasts

Vaginal dryness

Thrush

Impact after using

Mood
N/A
Weight
N/A
Periods
N/A
Sex drive
N/A

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

N/A

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