18/06/2020

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
36-40
Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
Yes
Height
5'5"/165cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

After 3 years of taking this mini pill I’ve decided to stop the main reason being I’ve been having such very sudden, heavy and prolonged periods whilst using it. The negatives listed above have also have an impact on my decision to stop taking it. I used to feel i knew my cycles and body but this pill has really screwed things up in terms of familiarity. I don’t get as many migraines with aura which is good and Pmt anxiety symptoms have improved apart from first several months of taking it where they were much worse and fairly constant. I had a choice between the coil and this pill..i think i chose the lesser of the 2 evils but i look forward to a time where it doesn’t fall almost entirely upon women to bare the responsibility and awful side effects that birth control can cause. I’ve only stopped taking the mini pill in the last 6 days and so far have had no negative symptoms other than a few mild stomach cramps.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

Migraines

Headaches

Aura symptoms

Tender breasts

Enlarged breasts

Nausea or vomiting

High blood pressure

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Better skin

Back pain

Thrush

Vaginal dryness

Cystitus

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Pelvic infection

Impact after using

Mood
Somewhat positively
Weight
No change
Periods
I don’t know/can’t tell
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

No effects

Tender breasts

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

Better skin

High blood pressure

Enlarged breasts

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Experience after taking

Its too soon too tell of abt definate changes.. Around 6 days of stopping taking the mini pill but so far so good and looking forward to getting a menstrual routine back?! Never thought id miss it but i did.

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