Does the combined pill cause body hair increase?

How our community feel they have been impacted by body hair increase on the combined pill

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Out of the 2295 reviews for the combined pill, 0 people (0%) reported body hair increase.

Reviewers that reported body hair increase as a side effect

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  29th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I've never had mental health issues but this pill has made me almost suicidal and made me act out in ways I never thought id behave like kind of erratic. Also made me gain 2 stone when I didn't think that would happen to me, not a good experience over the 3 years.

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I started taking this medication after doing research into combined pills. I started birth control from pre-teen age and had bad experiences, especially related to low mood, anxiety and depressive symptoms (using cerzette and logynon). I wanted to find a pill which would not affect my mental health, but would improve my acne, lessen menstrual symptoms and be effective as a contraception. I came across Yaz, which was discontinued so requested this alternative from my GP. My doctor warned me about increased blood pressure, which I have experienced but I'm still in the normal range. I have gained weight on this pill, but I have also gone through the later stages of puberty while using this pill (so my body has changed anyway). I may have gained weight for other reasons, but I have noticed my appetite increase. Compared to other pills, the notable effects on mood were probably external environmental factors rather than due to the pill. I do experience anxiety anyway. After being on this pill for about 3 years, which included the coming out of lockdown phase, I would say my mental health is now stable and I'm still using this pill. In terms of sex drive, it has decreased slightly, but this could be due to being in a long-term relationship too/other environmental factors. My skin has significantly cleared. I choose to not take the break on this pill, which I did double check with a doctor about. I wouldn't do this without checking. I have experienced breakthrough bleeding as a result of this, but it stops if I take the pill consistently every day at exactly the same time. I have never been pregnant while on this pill and plan to stay on it. Overall, at 19, I feel I am very stable, mentally and in terms of menstruation. I would recommend it. I do advise trial and error as birth control effects everyone differently :)

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Used for 5 - 8 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I'm going to give this pill 4/5. First off, I started on this pill in 2019 at age 20 in combination with Spironolactone (for 6 months) to help my skin as I had back and chest acne. It definitely did the job well, my skin is so clear and I have no chest or back acne, just the occasional small spot on my face. I wasn't having sex when I first started this pill so it really was just for my skin, the only noticeable side effects at first were my boobs - they grew a lot, I went from a 32dd to a 34ff. I also had some initial weight gain but didn't have a problem losing it, I successfully lost 3 stone whilst on this pill but my boobs stayed massive (30f). The other side effect I noticed were how sensitive my eyes became, even when its rainy/cloudy outside I can barely keep my eyes open without sunglasses; I believe this is due to the pill drying them out as it has done my skin. In the past 2 years however I have noticed (as has my boyfriend and mum) how emotional I am, I cry at everything, sometimes I will be working and just start crying as well as a general feeling of melancholy and being unmotivated - even my coworkers would say 'isn't it about time you cried today?'. Not ideal. I have been contemplating coming off this pill for the past year as the lack of control regarding my emotions has become unbearable, I can't have a regular conversation without crying. Have decided that I am going to do it, although I am nervous that my skin will go back to being spotty though.

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Combined pill common side effects

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54% of the combined pill reviewers reported tender breasts

50% of the combined pill reviewers reported vaginal discharge

48% of the combined pill reviewers reported breast enlargement

45% of the combined pill reviewers reported period like cramps

40% of the combined pill reviewers reported vaginal dryness

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Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

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