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The combined pill is a very popular choice due to its benefits including control of bleeding, relief of PMS, PCOS and endometriosis symptoms and treatment of acne. It can be taken in different ways to suit you and your side effects, making it flexible to fit into your lifestyle.

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Yasmin pill (Combined pill)

211 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

So torn about Lucette/Yasmin. They cleared up my PCOS symptoms so well- my skin cleared almost immediately after years of terrible acne; stopped extreme sweating and prevented excessive hair growth. My mood is brilliant compared to other pills which made me very depressed/strong mood swings. However, I have chronic IBS and extreme urinary urgency on these pills. I took a 3 month break and my symptoms cleared within 2 weeks so I know this is the cause. These symptoms aren’t talked about much so I wanted to raise awareness. It’s a tough balancing act between horrible PCOS symptoms and horrible IBS/bladder symptoms.

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Used for 8+ yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Used the Yasmin combined pill to treat acne. Was extremely effective. However, I've suffered with gastroparesis for 10 years and didn't realise it was caused by this contraceptive. I was really quite poorly for several of those years, unable to eat enough so was malnourished and my career suffered. I felt so nauseous every single morning. When I first started taking it as a teenager I would vomit every morning. I was prescribed domperidone and had numerous doctors appointments and hospital appointments over the years and no one ever mentioned my symptoms could be caused by the contraceptive pill I was taking. I recently missed a few pills and noticed an improvement in my symptoms, so stopped taking it. For the first time in over 10 years I experience normal hunger, don't feel sick all the time, and am able to eat a normal sized meal. I can't overstate how much of a transformation it's been for me.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
37 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I absolutely love Yasmin. It has absolutely no side-effects for me, unlike the implant which gave me cystic acne. It is a good low-angrogen contraception.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

So torn about Lucette/Yasmin. They cleared up my PCOS symptoms so well- my skin cleared almost immediately after years of terrible acne; stopped extreme sweating and prevented excessive hair growth. My mood is brilliant compared to other pills which made me very depressed/strong mood swings. However, I have chronic IBS and extreme urinary urgency on these pills. I took a 3 month break and my symptoms cleared within 2 weeks so I know this is the cause. These symptoms aren’t talked about much so I wanted to raise awareness. It’s a tough balancing act between horrible PCOS symptoms and horrible IBS/bladder symptoms.


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Used for 8+ yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Used the Yasmin combined pill to treat acne. Was extremely effective. However, I've suffered with gastroparesis for 10 years and didn't realise it was caused by this contraceptive. I was really quite poorly for several of those years, unable to eat enough so was malnourished and my career suffered. I felt so nauseous every single morning. When I first started taking it as a teenager I would vomit every morning. I was prescribed domperidone and had numerous doctors appointments and hospital appointments over the years and no one ever mentioned my symptoms could be caused by the contraceptive pill I was taking. I recently missed a few pills and noticed an improvement in my symptoms, so stopped taking it. For the first time in over 10 years I experience normal hunger, don't feel sick all the time, and am able to eat a normal sized meal. I can't overstate how much of a transformation it's been for me.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
37 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I absolutely love Yasmin. It has absolutely no side-effects for me, unlike the implant which gave me cystic acne. It is a good low-angrogen contraception.


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Rigevidon pill (Combined pill)

542 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Stopped using

When starting the pill, i got intense cramps that lasted a good few months and then went away. Ruined my mental health & my sex drive. Improved my skin massively Since coming off: my cycle STILL hasn’t regulated and its been about 1.5 years.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

If I could give it 0 stars I would. AVOID!! 6 months in this pill gave me extremely painful chronic cystic acne all over my chin and cheeks. It destroyed my self esteem and I almost had to go on accutane to stop it. It also made me very depressed. If you struggle with mild acne already, sweating, mood swings, irregular periods and excessive body hair growth do NOT let your doctor put you this pill! It is very androgenic and worsens these symptoms, but it’s often used as a “starter pill” when you first decide to take contraception. I switched to Yasmin after this and it changed my life and completely reversed all these side effects. This pill is a nightmare!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

i was on this pill for maybe 2 years or less, awful. i’ve came off it about a week ago and i’ve started a new one called lizinna. my sex drive decreased a lot , i was always agitated about everything that much it started affecting my relationship. i gained weight which was shocking as i have a fast metabolism and used to be skinny. i became very lazy and just wanted to rot in bed all the time . everything just annoyed me and i had terrible mood swings not recommended


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Stopped using

When starting the pill, i got intense cramps that lasted a good few months and then went away. Ruined my mental health & my sex drive. Improved my skin massively Since coming off: my cycle STILL hasn’t regulated and its been about 1.5 years.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

If I could give it 0 stars I would. AVOID!! 6 months in this pill gave me extremely painful chronic cystic acne all over my chin and cheeks. It destroyed my self esteem and I almost had to go on accutane to stop it. It also made me very depressed. If you struggle with mild acne already, sweating, mood swings, irregular periods and excessive body hair growth do NOT let your doctor put you this pill! It is very androgenic and worsens these symptoms, but it’s often used as a “starter pill” when you first decide to take contraception. I switched to Yasmin after this and it changed my life and completely reversed all these side effects. This pill is a nightmare!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

i was on this pill for maybe 2 years or less, awful. i’ve came off it about a week ago and i’ve started a new one called lizinna. my sex drive decreased a lot , i was always agitated about everything that much it started affecting my relationship. i gained weight which was shocking as i have a fast metabolism and used to be skinny. i became very lazy and just wanted to rot in bed all the time . everything just annoyed me and i had terrible mood swings not recommended


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Eloine pill (Combined pill)

38 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I switched to this brand of pill after getting quite bad mood side effects on the previous pills I had tried (microgynon, yasmin) as I'd heard it was better for that sort of thing. It definitely was a lot better than the previous pills I had tried (they made me extremely depressed, constantly crying and not being able to deal with stress) but since making the decision to stop the pill a month and a half ago I have realised it was definitely still affecting my mood a bit. I feel a lot more bubbly, confident and more in tune with my emotions off the pill. I found it dulled my emotions a bit - I rarely cried even when I needed to - whereas now I feel like my emotions are normal. The main reason for coming off the pill though (as my mood was something I was okay with) was my sex drive. The pill almost completely killed it. Since coming off the pill this has changed dramatically and is what I'm most happy about. I would say Eloine is still a good pill to try and it has done me well for the past 2 and a half years. If you've struggled with low mood or other mood symptoms on previous pills and are very keen to be on contraception I would definitely recommend it.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I started taking contraceptive pills when I was 16. If I knew I had all these side effects I would never started. I tried to stop taking them a few times and my body has an awful reaction when I don't take the pills (such as more hair, massive acne, bad mood, depression, etc).


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Apr 24

  •  Still using

I have been taking the Eloine pill for 10 months now and it has been pretty good. Not much has really changed for me which is great. My periods are the same (if not lighter) , my skin has stayed clear and I haven’t lost or gained any weight. The only thing I have noticed a change in since taking Eloine is a slight increase in anxiety and being more emotional than I used to be. However, these aren’t too extreme and are manageable. Overall i’m very happy with the Eloine pill 😊


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I switched to this brand of pill after getting quite bad mood side effects on the previous pills I had tried (microgynon, yasmin) as I'd heard it was better for that sort of thing. It definitely was a lot better than the previous pills I had tried (they made me extremely depressed, constantly crying and not being able to deal with stress) but since making the decision to stop the pill a month and a half ago I have realised it was definitely still affecting my mood a bit. I feel a lot more bubbly, confident and more in tune with my emotions off the pill. I found it dulled my emotions a bit - I rarely cried even when I needed to - whereas now I feel like my emotions are normal. The main reason for coming off the pill though (as my mood was something I was okay with) was my sex drive. The pill almost completely killed it. Since coming off the pill this has changed dramatically and is what I'm most happy about. I would say Eloine is still a good pill to try and it has done me well for the past 2 and a half years. If you've struggled with low mood or other mood symptoms on previous pills and are very keen to be on contraception I would definitely recommend it.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I started taking contraceptive pills when I was 16. If I knew I had all these side effects I would never started. I tried to stop taking them a few times and my body has an awful reaction when I don't take the pills (such as more hair, massive acne, bad mood, depression, etc).


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Apr 24

  •  Still using

I have been taking the Eloine pill for 10 months now and it has been pretty good. Not much has really changed for me which is great. My periods are the same (if not lighter) , my skin has stayed clear and I haven’t lost or gained any weight. The only thing I have noticed a change in since taking Eloine is a slight increase in anxiety and being more emotional than I used to be. However, these aren’t too extreme and are manageable. Overall i’m very happy with the Eloine pill 😊


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Microgynon 30 pill (Combined pill)

295 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

On this for about 14 years, taking a few short 6 months breaks. Only in hindsight can I connect the dots on some side effects including eczema (many people go on the pill for acne, it has a drying effect so you can imagine for someone with dry skin it makes it worse) and recurrent UTIs. These symptoms became pronounced when going on and off the pill in my 30s. Dryness and loss of libido when trying to go back on it again recently was unmanageable. Sex drive and sensitivity completely disappeared. 6 weeks later I am working it out of my system and sensitivity and libido is slowly coming back. I would also question the role the pill has played in depression and anxiety over the years. I have no evidence for this but can only say that coming off it I have never felt more peaceful or like myself. Since I have fairly light periods and no other menstrual or health issues except eczema I would say going on the pill was the wrong choice for me in hindsight and have since educated myself on my hormones and am using natural cycles.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

While it was brilliant to stop my period, I struggled with the moodiness and lack of sex drive. I wasn’t motivated to exercise, while I loved going from a B cup to a DD cup the rest of my body grew too. Headaches and migraines frequently which isn’t ideal either.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I went on this pill to manage my extremely heavy periods. I've loved having lighter and shorter periods and my skin has been great, but decided to come off the pill after ~3 years as I started getting very anxious. I've found since coming off that my anxiety levels have been a lot lower.


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Used for 8+ yr
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

On this for about 14 years, taking a few short 6 months breaks. Only in hindsight can I connect the dots on some side effects including eczema (many people go on the pill for acne, it has a drying effect so you can imagine for someone with dry skin it makes it worse) and recurrent UTIs. These symptoms became pronounced when going on and off the pill in my 30s. Dryness and loss of libido when trying to go back on it again recently was unmanageable. Sex drive and sensitivity completely disappeared. 6 weeks later I am working it out of my system and sensitivity and libido is slowly coming back. I would also question the role the pill has played in depression and anxiety over the years. I have no evidence for this but can only say that coming off it I have never felt more peaceful or like myself. Since I have fairly light periods and no other menstrual or health issues except eczema I would say going on the pill was the wrong choice for me in hindsight and have since educated myself on my hormones and am using natural cycles.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

While it was brilliant to stop my period, I struggled with the moodiness and lack of sex drive. I wasn’t motivated to exercise, while I loved going from a B cup to a DD cup the rest of my body grew too. Headaches and migraines frequently which isn’t ideal either.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I went on this pill to manage my extremely heavy periods. I've loved having lighter and shorter periods and my skin has been great, but decided to come off the pill after ~3 years as I started getting very anxious. I've found since coming off that my anxiety levels have been a lot lower.


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Cilique pill (Combined pill)

60 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

switched from levest bcos of skin, didn’t really help my skin at all i think i experienced more breakouts on it than when i was on levest, made my boobs bigger but also i feel like it made my cellulite worse?? also was bloated a lot. sex drive went down like crazy


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Used for 8+ yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I have stayed on the pill for so long as it has helped get my acne under control as well as my period, I regularly took it bsck to bsck for 2 months at a time if I needed o and had no issues


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

Having used cilique for 6 years I have found it very reliable and never had any issues. However all of a sudden it’s not an available and don’t know what’s the next best thing. Doctors have prescribed Gedarel but I’m not enjoying the reviews.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

switched from levest bcos of skin, didn’t really help my skin at all i think i experienced more breakouts on it than when i was on levest, made my boobs bigger but also i feel like it made my cellulite worse?? also was bloated a lot. sex drive went down like crazy


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Used for 8+ yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I have stayed on the pill for so long as it has helped get my acne under control as well as my period, I regularly took it bsck to bsck for 2 months at a time if I needed o and had no issues


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

Having used cilique for 6 years I have found it very reliable and never had any issues. However all of a sudden it’s not an available and don’t know what’s the next best thing. Doctors have prescribed Gedarel but I’m not enjoying the reviews.


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You can buy different combined pills on The Lowdown website. Simply click through to our Pharmacy , fill in a short questionnaire, and enter your details to order online.

Currently, you cannot buy the combined pill over the counter. With The Lowdown, you can order several combined pill brands online and get them delivered to wherever you are in the UK.

The combined pill is available across the UK. With the Lowdown, you can buy the combined pill from anywhere in the UK, with expert help available and reminders for when to re-order. We can also deliver to your workplace, hotels, basically wherever you are at that time as long as it's in the UK!

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