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.
What is in the Gedarel 20/150 pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 2 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Whilst there's no guarantee, Gedarel 20/150 can improve acne for some people. According to our data and medical research, more people report an improvement than those who don't take the combined pill. Take a look at our user-generated reviews to see how our community report how Gedarel 20/150 affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne .
Can Gedarel 20/150 cause mood swings?
There is no definitive answer as to whether the combined pill causes mood swings or depression. Some research says it does - and some says it doesn't! Helpful we know. What we are sure of is that when it comes to your mental health, it's important that you weigh up your individual risks against the benefits of Gedarel 20/150. Check out our guide to contraception and mood to find out more and don't forget to look at our user-generated reviews above to see how our community report Gedarel 20/150 affects their emotions.
Does Gedarel 20/150 cause weight gain?
The combined pill has not been proven to affect weight. With that said, there are a few related areas that could impact weight gain or loss including appetite, water retention and how the body stores fat. Take a look at our guide to contraception and weight for more information and to look at our reviews to see how hundreds of people have felt their weight has been impacted by Gedarel 20/150.
Can I take Gedarel back to back?
Yes! 'Back to backing' is not just that thing you did before your girls holiday to Zante in 2010. Taking the combined pill like Gedarel 20/150 back to back and avoiding a withdrawal bleed is perfectly safe and can be done for as long as you like. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking .
How the Gedarel 20/150 pill works:
Gedarel 20/150 is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Gedarel 20/150 prevents pregnancy in three ways – by stopping ovulation, making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and by preventing the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Gedarel 20/150 is around 93% effective with typical use which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking the pill each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined.
There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Gedarel 20/150 pill:
You should take your Gedarel 20/150 pill around the same time every day. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Gedarel 20/150 is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (check out our blog on [taking your pill back to back(https://thelowdown.com/blog/taking-the-pill-back-to-back)). Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Gedarel 20/150 is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you should complete your current packet before stopping and consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. If you have unprotected sex and stop your pill before the packet is finished you may ovulate (release an egg from the ovary) and could become pregnant. You can use our Missed pill calculator if you have missed any pills from your packet. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill for more advice.
How safe is the Gedarel 20/150 pill:
Gedarel 20/150 is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.