Combined pill and pelvic infection

How our community feel they have been impacted by pelvic infection 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, 118 people (5%) reported pelvic infection.

Reviewers that reported pelvic infection as a side effect

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
33 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Apr 24

Took a while to realise that these were side effects of the pill. Already have a history of depression and anxiety but around 3.5 months into taking this my mood plummeted, I started to have increasingly awful problems with vaginal dryness, thrush and vaginitis. In hindsight I was also having an awful lot of headaches and some migraines, which I haven’t had an issue with for years. 10 days after stopping, every single symptom has gone!

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Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful


Used for 8+ yr
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  17th Feb 24

After taking the contraceptive pill for the past 15 years and being told it’s perfectly safe, I found out at the beginning of this year that I have 3 tumours on my liver as a result of long term usage of the pill. This week I underwent major surgery and had a liver resection to remove the biggest tumour, which at over 7cm was at risk of haemorrhaging. I’ve got two other smaller tumours which will hopefully shrink now I’ve come off the contraceptive pill. I hope my story highlights that hormonal contraception is NOT SAFE!

Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful


Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Jun 23

I began to get thrush very badly to the point the itching was excruciating. I would then get water infections which twice led to developing kidney infections. Before this pill I had only ever had cystitis and thrush once or twice and they weren't that bad and would go away quickly. On this pill, I was in a constant state of having thrush, a water infection, both. It was horrendous to the point I could barely leave the house. Nothing worked to treat it until I found Optibac probiotics for women which would keep them at bay somewhat but the only thing that really helped was stopping taking this pill and taking these probiotics. I cannot explain the impact this had on my life and the pain caused by having these conditions chronically.

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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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