Progesterone only / Mini pill


About the reviewer

Time used
3 - 5 years
Had children
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it


I switched from the combined pill to the mini-pill due to aura migraines and at first it seemed great. No problems of note, seemed to do the same job and my periods stopped altogether. Very handy, no PMS at all and just went about my daily life. It was only when I stopped taking it did I realise the impact it had on me…I guess it was a slow process so not immediately noticeable. While taking the mini-pill I had very low libido, hair thinning at the temples and it kept my acne at a consistently bad level as well as pretty shoddy digestion being constipated quite a lot of time. Whilst I still struggle with acne, there is a clear up and down in response to my monthly cycle now, whereas it was pretty much consistently bad whilst taking the mini-pill. Coming from the combined didn’t help, as that actually helped my skin. Overall not a terrible experience but in hindsight, not the best either.

Impact whilst taking

Somewhat negatively
No change
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Spots or acne

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Somewhat positively
No change
6 - 12 months
Sex drive
Increased sex drive


Spots or acne

Tender breasts

Enlarged breasts

Increased sweating

Increased body hair

Womb cramps

Experience after taking

Very neutral start…nothing much happened in the first few months. My period took it’s sweet time coming back but I think that was due to a) being on the mini pill which had stopped my periods b) being on oral contraceptives for approx 15 years in total and c) my lifestyle (under-fuelling my body). My acne flared up for a few months while my body figured out how to cycle again. When my period did show up again after 8 months the symptoms were a little intense for a while; incredibly sore nipples and breasts, mood swings galore and quite teary at times. Now my cycle has evened out I’m so happy I am hormone free, PMS symptoms have eased to just a few days before my period, mood sings are lesser, my sex drive is better than ever and I’ve noticed some new hair growth at my temples where it had started to get thin.

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