Does progestogen-only / Mini pill cause headaches?

How our community feel they have been impacted by headaches on progestogen-only / Mini pill

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

None or not sure

86%

A bit

6%

Quite a bit

4%

A lot

2%

A great deal

2%

Out of the 1234 reviews for progestogen-only / Mini pill, 0 people (0%) reported headaches.

Reviewers that reported headaches as a side effect

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Still using

I couldn’t be happier with this pill. After having a break from contraception and using FAM and falling pregnant twice, I decided I needed to go back on birth control. I initially tried the copper coil but it expelled after 24 hours and I didn’t want to go through the insertion process again. I went to the doctor and she’s said to give the mini pill a go, and I was prescribed Zelleta. I was really nervous as I have previously been in the combined pill for 7 years and it really impacted my mood so I was hesitant to try a pill again, but the doctor told me my body could react differently to the mini pill and she was right. The first two weeks I had headaches almost everyday, and was feeling extremely tired but I think this was down to my body getting used to the pill. After the three week mark they both disappeared. I had no loss of sex drive, I would actually say it’s increased which took me by surprise. I’ve lost around 8lbs and I feel like I have more energy. The only downside for me is my skin (previously completely clear) has had some breakouts but I will take it. My low mood and anxiety has decreased significantly. I was so hesitant to go back on the pill but when your doctor says they’re not all the same and you just have to find the right one for you, listen to them because it’s so true.

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

  •  Stopped using

Took this for 7 weeks and my mood has rapidly declined over the last two weeks. Any inconvenience that I’d usually be able to brush off or get over seems to leave my crying uncontrollably. Anxiety levels are higher than normal for me. The two periods that I had while on the pill were definitely longer lasting, would usually be 5 days max but last one was 8 days (although light towards the end). Stopping today because of the depressive thoughts


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

  •  Still using

I have PCOS, so I don't have periods normally as is and hormonal birth control effects me differently. My review is for the other PCOS girlies who have amenorrhea (lack of/no menses). I started cramping almost immediately. I take the pill at noon everyday, and the cramping sets in 30 minutes later. It is worse at night before bed. As far as emotional side effects, I've noticed I am more apathetic than usual, but otherwise fine.


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Progestogen-only / Mini pill common side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

52% of progestogen-only / Mini pill reviewers reported tender breasts

47% of progestogen-only / Mini pill reviewers reported period like cramps

45% of progestogen-only / Mini pill reviewers reported vaginal discharge

41% of progestogen-only / Mini pill reviewers reported breast enlargement

39% of progestogen-only / Mini pill reviewers reported vaginal dryness


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