03/08/2020

Lucette

Combined pill

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
No
Height
4'11"/150cm
Weight
45kg - 50kg / 7st 1lb - 7st 12lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I was ok on this pill for the first year or two, although it definitely immediately affected my sex drive, causing loss of libido and vaginal dryness, and seemed to have a long-term effect (didn’t wear off when I stopped taking it, which was psychologically quite difficult to deal with). But in the second year of being on it, I started to get awful migraines, where I would be ill the whole day and sometimes be vomiting all day. As I went into my third year on it, my existing anxiety became terrible – debilitating – to the point where I would have several panic attacks a week. At first, I thought this was just me and maybe my anxiety and migraines were my age, but, although I have still had some anxiety since coming off, I have been a lot happier and have had NO migraines whatsoever. My GP has now advised me never to go back on the third generation pills as a result of the fact that it’s quite clear that my migraines were entirely down to this pill. So I would recommend trying the second generation, if you can, before these ones.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

Migraines

Headaches

Dizziness

Nausea or vomiting

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Better skin

Spots or acne

Vaginal dryness

Thrush

Impact after using

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Dizziness

Increased body hair

Spots or acne

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

Mental health a lot better, no more migraines, more vaginal discharge (no more vaginal dryness, which was a big relief).

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