01/07/2021

Vaginal ring

1/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
12 - 18 months
Had children
No
Height
5'2"/157.5cm
Weight
55kg - 60kg / 8st 9lb - 9st 6lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

I went on the ring at 27 and used it for two years. At the beginning I had a lot of spotting which went away after a few months. Overall, this contraceptive heavily affected my mood and contributed to a serious depression. Only after talking to a friend I decided to stop taking it in order to see how I feel without – it was as if a heavy weight was lifted off my chest. I also have to mention during those two years I had extreme low sex drive and vaginal dryness. I find it very scary that mental health is not taken into consideration when prescribing hormones and gynecologists tend to ignore the topic.

Impact whilst taking

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

Side effects whilst taking

Headaches

Dizziness

Better skin

Enlarged breasts

Nausea or vomiting

Tender breasts

Spots or acne

Vaginal dryness

Thrush

Vaginal discharge

Cystitus

Impact after using

Mood
Very positively
Weight
I lost weight
Periods
1 month
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

No effects

Dark body hair

Increased body hair

No effects

Experience after taking

After two weeks my mood was a lot better, I had more energy and pleasure in doing things. My sex drive also increased. For some months afterwards I noticed my hair (on arms legs and down there) was more and darker. This lasted only a few months and went back to normal.

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