27/07/2021

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

3/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
5 - 8 years
Had children
No
Height
5'3"/160cm
Weight
105kg - 110kg / 16st 7lb - 17st 4lb
Currently using
Yes I'm using it currently

Experience

I started taking the mini pill when I was 15 and I have continuously gained weight since then with minimal change in my diet. I am now 21, some of the weight I have gained I am sure is due to the natural changes of my body that come with ageing however this has not stopped and I have gradually gained weight and only managed to lose any when I temporarily came off the pill for 3 months last year. It completely stopped my periods which I like, and I found it actually helped regulate my emotions however sometimes I struggle with feeling like my whole personality has changed because of this. I also get very painful breasts which I had beforehand due to having a large chest but it has only gotten worse. I also began suffering from the occasional migraine after I started desogestrel specifically but this could be caused by something else. I also got one ovarian cyst that popped on it’s own due to desogestrel which was very painful but hasn’t happened since.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
I can't tell
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
I don’t know / can’t tell

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Migraines

Tender breasts

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Back pain

Cystitus

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

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