27/07/2021

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

4/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
No
Height
5'8"/172.5cm
Weight
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently

Experience

I went on this pill very briefly about 7 years ago as a teenager and it instantly stopped my periods but had a negative impact on my mood. I then was hormone free for 7 years but wanted to try a pill again because I’m in a long term relationship and my PMS was giving me awful mods swings anyway so I thought it was worth a go. I couldn’t try the combined pill due to occasional migraines with aura. My experience of this pill this time around was very different. My periods were lighter but with a lot of spotting in between for the first 5 months, but my mood definitely improved as I wasn’t having 2 week long PMS anymore. I said I would persevere until 6 months to see if the spotting would finally stop and fingers crossed it has and also my period has stopped (it’s been about 7 weeks since my last period at this point, negative pregnancy tests!). Mood is still much more stable, I had tender boobs for the first 4-5 months on and off but this has gone away now, and my sex drive is about the same as before or maybe a bit better now that I’m not suffering with PMS. Overall I’d recommend giving this pill a go and if you get spotting try and persevere with it because it might take your body a long time to adjust like mine did!

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat positively
Weight
No change
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
No change

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Tender breasts

Enlarged breasts

Thrush

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

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