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1st Jul 21
Vaginal ring

I went on the ring at 27 and used it for two years. At the beginning I had a lot of spotting which went away after a few months. Overall, this contraceptive heavily affected my mood and contributed to a serious depression. Only after talking to a friend I decided to stop taking it in order to see how I feel without - it was as if a heavy weight was lifted off my chest. I also have to mention during those two years I had extreme low sex drive and vaginal dryness. I find it very scary that mental health is not taken into consideration when prescribing hormones and gynecologists tend to ignore the topic.

 
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Time used

12 - 18 months

Stopped using

Impact whilst using

Mood

Very negative

Skin

Don't know

Sex drive

Reduced

Weight

Gained weight

Bleeds

Lighter

Other side effects whilst using
 Vaginal dryness
 Enlarged breasts
 Nausea or vomiting
 Tender breasts
 Thrush
 Vaginal discharge
 Cystitis
Experience coming off Vaginal ring

After two weeks my mood was a lot better, I had more energy and pleasure in doing things. My sex drive also increased. For some months afterwards I noticed my hair (on arms legs and down there) was more and darker. This lasted only a few months and went back to normal.

Impact after using

Mood

Very negative

Skin

Don't know

Sex drive

Increased

Weight

Lost weight

Cycle return to normal

1 month

Other side effects after using
Darker body hair
Increased body hair
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