Combined pill


About the reviewer

Time used
3 - 6 months
Had children
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently


This was really effective in clearing up the acne on my face and back (it initially got worse but after 3 months my back cleared completely and I now only get a couple of small spots on my face). However that’s the only positive I have experienced. After 6 months I still experience breakthrough bleeding on the second/ third week of pills despite taking them at the same time everyday without fail. I get constant dull womb and lower back cramps and still have breast tenderness. The worst effect by far is the impact this pill has had on my mental health. I started off feeling a bit more emotional than usual which I fully expected during the adjustment period but my mental state has gotten progressively worse with time, I feel depressed, more anxious and insecure. I feel like I’ve completely lost myself while on this. These feelings start to ease on the pill free week. Unfortunately some doctors (not all!) are very reluctant to attribute mental health concerns to your pill and try to blame something else but nobody knows your body better than you! Push for change if something feels wrong because I wish I’d put my foot down and changed sooner.

Impact whilst taking

Very negatively
No change
Lighter periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Better skin

Back pain

Tender breasts

Nausea or vomiting

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

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