20/08/2021

Desogestrel

Progesterone only / Mini pill

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
18-25
Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
No
Height
5'6"/167.5cm
Weight
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I move onto this pill after my doctor took me off the combined pill due to me experiencing migraines. In short, I hated it, it just was not for me. I developed cystic acne within a few weeks of starting that did settle down a bit over time, but still persisted too much for me to feel comfortable with – I had never had issues with acne prior to going on this pill, beyond the occasional spot so this was a big change for me. I also feel that the pill made me gain weight/change how my body weight was distributed and led me to carry more weight around my tummy, again something which I’d not had a problem with prior to this pill. The only plus side was that the pill totally stopped my periods, and as someone who suffers from severe period pain and anaemia this was great.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Dizziness

Spots or acne

Issues wearing contact lenses

Tender breasts

Vaginal discharge

Cystitus

Vaginal dryness

Impact after using

Mood
I don’t know / can’t tell
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

Enlarged breasts

Spots or acne

Womb cramps

Cystitus

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal dryness

Experience after taking

In the end I decided to take a break from hormonal contraception and stopped taking pill a month ago. I didn’t have any bleeding until today, whereas with the combined pill I would always start my period 3 days after I started my pill break. My skin has cleared up massively and gone back to nearly pre-pill standard which is great, and my weight has started to even back out. Was definitely the right choice for me.

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