My first one was fine (no side effects), my second one I have a whole list of side effects, so even if you think it's fine be aware your body reacts differently each time you get a new one
I tried a few different contraceptives until finding the patch and I love it! It’s so much better for me than taking a pill everyday and there’s the freedom to be able to stop using it when I like which I wouldn’t have with the injection or implant - which was important to me because of previous bad experiences with hormonal contraceptives! I love the patch and it’s done for me exactly what I’d hoped it would.
In the beginning it was really good, stopped my periods and was great to have something in and forget about it. However, what started as a breakthrough bleed ended up being 6 months on my period. My mood was also impacted I was always either crying or angry. One of the worst ones I ever tried
Was fine the first few months of being on it but quickly changed and was awful. I’ve tried a lot of contraceptions and this is one of the worst. While it helped regulate my periods it made them so heavy I was bleeding through super tampons and pads and my cramps got so bad I was throwing up. The moods was the worst part I was so depressed and angry all the time I was always losing my temper or crying and there was no in between. As soon as I came off it I instantly felt better.
Overall one of the best contraceptives I’ve tried and I’ve tried some form of each. Started using to help with endo associated pain and heavy periods. Completely stopped my periods other than the occasional spotting towards the end of the 12 weeks after injection. Found it had no long term impact on my moods and very few side effects in general and improved my skin. Really handy only having to get it every 12 weeks rather than take a pill everyday. Only downfalls are for about a week after the first 2 injections I was very teary and hungry all the time but this stopped once I got used to it. Also had an impact on sex drive and caused weight gain during the whole time I was on it.
Best condoms on the market. Highly recommend :)
The insertion process was awful despite taking painkillers beforehand and doing everything I was advised to (the nurses at the appointment were also so unsympathetic when I nearly passed out). Immediately after fitting I had horrendous cramps and hot flushes which lasted for several days afterwards and I was bedbound. This pattern of heavy cramping and bleeding continued and I also experienced quite severe low mood. I struggled to book an appointment to have it removed as they told me it needed time to settle down (they were suggesting anywhere between 3-8 months) but I eventually managed to get it removed a month after having it fitted. If it weren’t for the low mood I might have stuck through for a few months to see but I honestly felt so low every single day. The removal process was surprisingly smooth however!
I have mixed feelings about the mini pill. I started taking it in 2018 after trying a combined pill and at first I was over the moon. My periods had stopped, it didn’t cause the mood swings that the combined pill did etc. But now I’ve been on it for 4 years I am being affected by my low mood, loss of sex drive and breakthrough bleeding with severe cramps and breast tenderness. I’m looking to move away from hormonal contraceptives all together but this was probably one of the best of a bad bunch.
Useful as I could buy over the counter in Dubai where I was working. Unfortunately my periods stopped coming and it gave me too much anxiety! Negative pregnancy tests though- swapped back to Microgynon so I’d start having my regular withdrawal bleeds again.
I'm 10 months in. First 6 months were unpleasant, excruciating waves of pain throughout the month. Pain is now limited to periods and ovulation. Discharge has increased quite dramatically and is pretty unpleasant. Previously used to use the smallest size tampon, now the largest will last 1 - 2 hours.