Joined at November 2021

15th Nov 21
Microgynon 30 pill - Combined Pill

I started taking Microgynon when I was going through a difficult time in my life which meant it took longer than it usually would for me to realise the catastrophic effect it had on my mental health. I went from someone who is naturally very calm, resilient, and happy go lucky, to extremely angry and sad. I felt like I was constantly under an oppressive grey cloud. I was also constantly hungry, distractingly so, and gained a stone in weight within about two months. I had less periods because the pill enabled me to skip, however I had undiagnosed adenomyosis, so when I would have a period it was extremely painful.

7th Dec 21

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Time used

18 months - 3 years

Stopped using


Impact whilst using


Very negative


No change

Sex drive



Gained weight


No change

Other side effects whilst using
 Breast enlargement
Experience coming off Microgynon 30 pill

My doctor put me on Femodette (which I also didn't get on with, but it was much better) and within a week I felt a huge lift in my mood and felt more like myself. My appetite also went back to normal

Impact after using


Very positive


No change

Sex drive

Don't know


Lost weight

Cycle return to normal

I don't know / can't tell

Other side effects after using

No side effects provided