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Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

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1215 reviews

The progestogen-only pill, aka progesterone only pill, POP or 'mini pill', is one of the most frequently reviewed methods at The Lowdown. Funnily enough, it only contains one hormone progestogen in it, unlike the combined pill which also contains oestrogen. It's very commonly used and considered very safe for most women.

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Progestogen-only / Mini pill

Progestogen-only / Mini pill benefits

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

Period pain

Progestogen-only / Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Progestogen-only / Mini pill

progestogen

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4 days ago

  •  Stopped using

For me personally this contraceptive method didn’t suit me. The side effects became too much that I didn’t want to take the pill anymore.

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

In the beginning, I thought I got lucky with this pill as although my periods were regular and light before, made them come every two months. I'm not sure whether it's circumstantial or the pill but after about 6 months I started to feel very depressed and couldn't shift this feeling of emptiness. I also lost my sex drive completely and became unbothered about everything and everyone. I wish more non-hormonal birth control was available other than the coil. I'm starting a different kind of progesterone-only pill today so hopefully it goes better than this did.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for nearly 6 months and during that time I was very nauseous. I also had horrendous mood swings and completely lost my sex drive. The worst symptom however was the random bleeding, completely out the blue with no warning which was so inconvenient


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This was great for my mood and mental stability. Instead of my mood completely dropping drastically and making each month unbearable with emotions, overthinking and mood swings, this gave me a clear head and no drop. I could barely tell when I was due a period. Unfortunately each month I’d have a week of absolute burning and discomfort that made me cry anyway. I came off it to get my body back to normal and just risked the mental health side.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I was suffering a hormonal imbalance since having my son I went on the depo (which I knew doesn't agree with me) it took 2 years for my periods to come back and they came back with a vengeance. I was down depressed, bleeding all the time, no motivation and no sex drive and constant hormonal headaches. I had completely lost myself. I decided to try the mini pill to have a break from it all and I'm so glad I did I've got myself back I'm happy, jolly and not anxious at all. If your suffering with a hormonal imbalance and need a break like I did I highly recommend cerelle


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I bled for 10 solid weeks. Sometimes, it would be very heavy and sometimes light, but I never stopped completely.


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Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

quite a positive experience so far, noticed I don’t show signs of ovulation, occasional small headaches but not significant, no negative effect towards mood :)


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

Ive been on this pill for just a week so far and its the best mini pill ive tried. I have no side effects apart from some mild dizziness and some drowsiness which is considered normal. If anything i feel more relaxed and happier on it. Ive tried multiple combined & mini pills and had bad side effects from them so cerazette is definitely a big improvement for me.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

This is my favourite contraception. Other brands make my mental health so bad this doesn't. Period cramps can be bad but that's about it. Highly recommend


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