08/08/2021

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

2/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
18 months - 3 years
Had children
No
Height
5'9"/175cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I was on various brands of the desogestrel mini pill for around two years but ultimately stopped because it seemed like the longer I was on it, the worse hormonal acne I got. Also, it was only when I came off it I realised how much it had been impacting my libido. For the first month on it I was spotting most days, then my periods became very irregular for around 8 months before stopping completely. It did work, but I’m not sure whether it was worth the side effects.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
I can't tell
Weight
I gained weight
Periods
Stopped periods
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

Spots or acne

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Thrush

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
I don’t know / can’t tell
Weight
No change
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

Better skin

Enlarged breasts

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Experience after taking

My skin cleared up within a month, my period came back straight away (and is now more regular than it ever was pre-pill) and my sex drive returned.

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