14/04/2021

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
3 - 6 months
Had children
No
Height
5'4"/162.5cm
Weight
50kg - 55kg / 7st 12lb - 8st 9lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

Going on this pill was the worst decision I’ve ever made. I was borderline suicidal, I’ve never felt so low as when I was on this pill. I’ve been off it for coming up to a month and I’m still not myself. (I do have a history of anxiety, but not depression.) It ruined my sex drive – I went from wanting sex every day, to barely wanting my boyfriend to touch me. It made my skin bad (I’ve never struggled with skin problems before) and it made me gain weight. I was on it from Dec – March, tried to give it the six months that the doctors advised but holy hell it was awful. The side effects were definitely a contributing factor in my relationship breaking down. I don’t wanna sound dramatic but yeah being on this pill was one of the worst things I’ve ever gone through.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Issues wearing contact lenses

Spots or acne

High blood pressure

Enlarged breasts

Nausea or vomiting

Tender breasts

Vaginal dryness

Womb cramps

Vaginal discharge

Impact after using

Mood
Somewhat positively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
I don’t know/can’t tell
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

No effects

Better skin

Womb cramps

Experience after taking

My skin went back to normal pretty quickly, and I wasn’t as bloated. I still haven’t had a period since coming off (mid March), but I think that’s normal. My mood has lifted slightly but on the whole, it’s so much worse since starting the pill. My sex drive has started to come back.

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