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Just wasn't good at taking it everyday which caused some bother and my skin was badly effected with large sore spots on my chin. Other than that had no complaints, it stopped my periods which was my main aim.
Came off the pill and got the implant as I wasn't good at remembering to take the pill everyday. Biggest issue with the implant was the irregular bleeds that felt nearly constant and being really emotional all the time.
Cerazette was very kind to me for the first 6-8 years of being on it. In my late 20s however (after 8 glorious period-free years!), I started spotting irregularly for no reason which was very annoying. I also noticed I was feeling angrier/ more tearful than I had previously, and the final straw was a pill-induced migraine that led to me turning my back on hormonal contraception for good (the best thing I ever did).
I’ve been using the patch for 3 months now and I love it! The first month and a half was a bit rocky. I did have quite severe mood swings, however myself and my partner recognised this was caused by the patch and we knew at some point it would level out. Which it did! I also noticed that my periods have become regular and accurate. The day after I take the patch of for the rest week, I start my period and it usually lasts for 4 days. I do get painful cramps on the first day of my period, but again this quickly stops. The whole process of using the patch is super easy and simple, I don’t have to worry about remembering to take a pill everyday. I have a weekly alarm set in my phone to remind me to change it or take it off during the 4th week. It has worked perfectly for me. And no babies. Wahoo!
I was hopeful my bleeding pattern would settle down, but after 6 months I was still getting spotting or a light bleed every 4-5 days. I also struggled with a low mood, loss of sex drive, dizziness, nausea and hot flushes!
I got on the patch (Xulane for US) 6 years ago as a last ditch effort before getting accutane for my horrible acne. The patch cleared up my acne incredibly, within months. I didn't have any rapid weight gain, but 6 years later I look back on my body pre-patch and can tell I'm heavier and it is a lot more difficult to lose weight while on it. I want to come off of it though because I had never had a migraine in my life, and have had about 7 while on the patch that have visual aura preceding them, so I will be coming off because they're contraindicated with hormonal birth control. Overall, better skin, no babies, difficulty losing weight, possible slight decrease in sex drive, and horrible migraines.