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Gedarel 20/150 pill reviews

2.7

129 reviews

Gedarel 20/150 is a low oestrogen combined pill that contains a type of progestogen called desogestrel - which is also in most mini pills. Gedarel 20/150 might be a good option if you are suffering from side effects related to oestrogen with other combined pills, like nausea and sore boobs.

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Gedarel 20/150 pill

Gedarel 20/150 pill benefits

Some of the benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Gedarel 20/150 pill ingredients

Main hormones in Gedarel 20/150 pill

Low oestrogen

Less-Androgenic progestogen

Gedarel 20/150 pill alternatives

Contraceptives that work in similar ways, or brands that have close or exactly the same hormonal ingredients


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Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

Breast pain was too much I could not even lie down.

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Somewhat negative mood

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Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

This definitely helped me with my PMS symptoms. No significant changes to my weight. I had more sensitive skin / allergic reactions during my time on it but not necessarily due to the pill. My mood was pretty similar to when I was off the pill.


Somewhat positive mood

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Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  7th May 24

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

It was alright however I gained weight on it and it made me have horrible mood swings


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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Combined pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  15th Apr 24

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

Having been on this pill for a year, I noticed that I hadn't felt like myself for a while. I found myself with persistently lower moods. Even during times of joy, the feeling felt dampened. This is the primary reason I decided to stop taking this pill; no contraception is worth losing yourself to! I am still in the early stages of being off this pill, but I feel relieved to have made the choice. It did make my withdrawal bleeds ("periods") very light. However, I do also think it completely suppressed my libido. I (being naive) thought that being on a low dosage pill, I might have fewer symptoms, but it just hasn't worked for me. I just wish there were more non-hormonal options out there.


Very negative mood

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Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  31st Mar 24

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

I had terrible experiences (bouts of acne) around age 17/18 with higher dose pills like Yasmin. Eventually settled on Marvelon and was put onto Gedarel (higher dosage) when there were stock issues. After 2 years I moved to the lower dose of Gedarel, and had a relatively positive experience with it for around 5 years but things have worsened recently. Side effects have been; spots around chin around end of pill pack, some spotting when taking back-to-back, lower sex-drive. More significant side-effects have been water-retention/weight gain and boob size increase. I am now thinking about coming off Gedarel as I have noticed the side effects have become more dramatic and all other things are equal - my boobs change massively in size throughout the course of a pack of pills, they are tender, and my weight is also massively fluctuating (I assume from water retention - between 55 - 60kg within the month). I am very active and generally healthy, if anything I am less stressed and have a healthier lifestyle now than I did a few years ago, yet the frequent changes to my body are making me feel uncomfortable in my own skin.


Increased sex drive

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Combined pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  30th Jan 24

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

I have now taken this for a year and the side effects of this pill are more prominent than my previous pill. I bleed and spot after having a break, my sex drive has decreased and I encounter random strong period cramps randomly throughout the month


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

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Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  13th Nov 23

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

Positives: 1. in my last year on this my acne was almost none existent, which was a massive an improvement from when I started it. 2. My periods were also shorter (4-5 days), and my last day bleeding was very light. 3. Not 1 pregnancy scare the whole 3 years, completely protected!! Negatives: 1. no sex drive, I was told this wasn’t a result of the pill but of my mood & life. I can vouch this was incorrect because I’m now 3 months off the pill & my sex drive is through the roof. 2. My mood was always flat, I had happy moments but generally life felt pretty grey 3. My heavy period days were just as heavy & crampy as pre-pill. 4. Exhaustion & lower back pain pre-period. 5. Weight gain & obsession with food, always felt hungry. Overall this pill wasn’t bad as I just got used to the symptoms, but since being off it I genuinely cant believe that I was that shell of a person for the 3 years on it, and the 6 years before that that I was on other contraception.


Somewhat negative mood

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Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Sep 23

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

The pill is overall effective in preventing pregnancy, however, in the two years I have been using it, I have been experiencing spotting and unexplained bleeding intermittently. It doesn't happen every single month but is very unpredictable and inconvenient. I would not recommend this if you are after something which gives you regular, consistent periods.


Improved skin

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Combined pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Aug 23

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

It took a couple of months for initial symptoms to improve after beginning this pill, and I have taken it continuously for all except the first cycle. The first cycle was a disaster, I cried for 48 hours of the pill break, and haven't taken one since! No spotting since then, and I've noticed some weight gain and hair loss but nothing drastic.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

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Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Aug 23

Gedarel 20/150 pill  

I changed to this pill because I was feeling sick on pills with higher oestrogen levels. However, I have been taking this for 2 years now and have noticed severe weight gain. I have gained 14kg in 2 years which is around 2 stone, (28lbs). This has severely impacted my mood and overall quality of life. I have also developed IBS style symptoms over this period of time which have gone unexplained by GPs. I have seen other's post that their pill was responsible so I am beginning to think that this might be the case with me too. Trying to find an alternative at the minute as I want to see if coming off this makes a difference or whether the weight gain and IBS are just my own doing.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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