Cilest pill and body hair getting darker

How our community feel they have been impacted by body hair getting darker on cilest pill

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

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Out of the 78 reviews for cilest pill, 11 people (14%) reported body hair getting darker.

Reviewers that reported body hair getting darker as a side effect

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Used for 8+ yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  18th Mar 21

I was originally prescribed Cilest at the age of 15, as a last resort solution to help clear my severe acne, as well as help with my heavy, long, painful periods. Despite the odd little breakout / redness, my skin cleared up and I was literally able to enjoy my life for 15 years whilst on Cilest, without having lumpy, sore, red, inflamed, infected skin (which is what I've got now). My periods were also much lighter and less painful in comparison to my teenage years / since coming off Cilest. I was taking Cilest consistently for 15 years, and only stopped when my doctor refused to continue prescribing, once I had surpassed the "safe" BMI limit of 35. I saw multiple GPs, begged and pleaded, even insisting I would sign a document for my records to state I would not hold the practice / practitioner responsible if I suffered any consequences such as blood clots if they continued to prescribe Cilest. Still no joy. Alternative contraceptives have been unsuitable, and I'm truly unhappy that I'm no longer able to take Cilest. Since coming off Cilest, my skin is horrific; constantly spotty, acne, red, lumpy, inflamed all over my face and neck, I'm even getting spots on my back again - not the thing I wanted to relive from my teenage years! Since coming off Cilest, my periods are agonising, heavy, and last for 7 days. I have gained weight, my mood is unstable and sex drive is non-existant (however, these latter three may be a result of changing anti-depressant medication, but we'll never know). I was diagnosed with hyperhidrosis maybe 10 years after taking Cilest, but never once was the link made between the two, despite multiple doctors / specialist / dermatologist referrals. My hyperhidrosis was always linked to my anti-depressant medication (Citalopram sweats are a "thing" apparently), but I still believe I'm naturally sweaty without Cilest. Similarly, I'm generally a hairy person, or have been for as long as I can remember, so possibly not a direct side effect of Cilest. Possibly have PCOS. I've suffered with vaginal discharge for as long as I can remember, so it's difficult to say whether it's a direct result of Cilest or just genetic / something I'm prone too. I've tried all sorts of medication, and even had surgeries to treat this discharge / cervical ectopy. It's difficult to ignore the fact that since coming off Cilest, however, I've had significantly less discharge, to the extent where I no longer feel the need to wear pantyliners EVERY. SINGLE. DAY (which was the norm for 15 years).

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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  14th Sep 20

I changed to this pill from Microgynon and as soon as I changed I noticed a huge change in my mental health, feeling extremely anxious and emotional. Stopped my periods but instead, spotting most days which is a extremely annoying. I wouldn’t recommend this pill.

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Sep 19

I’ve been taking Cilest on and off now for a few years. It has its problems but it is better for me than microgynin(not sure on the spelling) that I was initially given that gave me awful mood swings. I now only notice bad mood swings on cilest when I take the 7 days off the pill. I have recently been told that they no longer making cilest though so will once again have to find another suitable contraception for myself.

Somewhat negative mood

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Cilest pill common side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

51% of cilest pill reviewers reported vaginal discharge

50% of cilest pill reviewers reported tender breasts

47% of cilest pill reviewers reported breast enlargement

37% of cilest pill reviewers reported period like cramps

33% of cilest pill reviewers reported thrush

Possible cilest pill side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

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