19/09/2019

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
No
Height
5'5"/165cm
Weight
75kg - 80kg / 11st 11lb - 12st 8lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I felt quite severely depressed whilst on this pill – I was constantly down and learnt to accept the fact that I was never going to be happy due to contraception. My anxiety was terrible from the moment I woke up my heart would be racing, I’d be scared to go into uni most days (or avoid it all together). I felt too ashamed to tell anyone how I was feeling until I finally told my doctor and she suggest I came off it – I have never felt better these past two months having coming off it and can genuinely say I don’t feel anxious anymore and am much happier and can laugh a lot more now. I wished I’d of came off it sooner! I think there should be a lot more open conversation surrounding the effects on mental health due to contraception. It’s like some sort of secret that women are battling with behind closed doors and that should not be the case! (At least that’s how I felt)

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Very negatively
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Dizziness

Increased sweating

Better skin

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Thrush

Vaginal dryness

Cystitus

Impact after using

Mood
Very positively
Weight
No change
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

Tender breasts

Enlarged breasts

Womb cramps

Experience after taking

Happier healthier outlook on life, confidence levels boosted, less anxious

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