Combined pill and lower back pain

How our community feel they have been impacted by lower back pain on the combined pill

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

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Out of the 2455 reviews for the combined pill, 836 people (34%) reported lower back pain.

Reviewers that reported lower back pain as a side effect

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Jun 24

I didn’t have a positive experience with this combined pill, my moods were very irrational and irritable, my periods irregular and it made me sweat more, which was a strange and uncomfortable side effect!

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Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful


Used for 12 - 18 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Jun 24

Everything started great with this pill. Daily mood swing around 6hrs after taking the pill so I switched to taking in the evening and noticed I had angry nightmares but I can live with that. After 6months of taking the pill I had a period lasting 18 days that left me unable to walk and I was so scared I went to A&E. I was prescribed tranexamic acid, no diagnosis made. I continued to take drovelis. My next period arrived 5 weeks later and lasted 3 weeks. I have given birth without pain relief and the pain of that period was far worse. Hospital diagnosed me with stage 4 adenomyosis stating I must have had terrible periods for years which I haven't. This all came on very suddenly. It might not be linked to drovelis but it seems odd to me and my instinct says it is. I now have a "bulky uterus" and daily pain despite stopping the pill. My options are mirena or hysterectomy. I also had gastro issues starting around 4months after starting drovelis. My inflammatory markers were up, I had bleeding and my normal bowel habits altered dramatically. I was seen under urgent care pathway for cancer screening and given all clear. Suspected Colitis or Chrons but all negative. Since stopping the pill all of my symptoms have steadily improved. It didn't occur to me for a minute that it could be linked to drovelis. It may not be but I hope my symptoms are recorded by the manufacturer should anyone else experience the same.

Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful


Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2nd Jun 24

Honestly the worst pill! I have been on this pill for 6 months and have decided to come off it. I experienced weight gain, loss of sex drive, bad mood swings, vaginal dryness. I do not recommend this pill to nobody. I spoke to my doctor and he said yes because of the estrogen I expereinced weight gain. So if your doctor or nurse tells you that it does not make you gain weight it sure does!

Very negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful


Combined pill common side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

53% of the combined pill reviewers reported tender breasts

48% of the combined pill reviewers reported vaginal discharge

47% of the combined pill reviewers reported breast enlargement

44% of the combined pill reviewers reported period like cramps

39% of the combined pill reviewers reported vaginal dryness

Possible the combined pill side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

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