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Combined pill

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Overview

Rated 2.8

2444 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.7

1283 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Combined pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combined pill

progestogen

oestrogen


Progestogen-only / Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Progestogen-only / Mini pill

progestogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

32% somewhat negative

40% lighter periods

47% lost sex drive

48% no impact

44% improved skin

Cycle return

36% don’t know impact

32% somewhat negative

37% stopped periods

50% lost sex drive

43% no impact

46% no impact on skin

Cycle return

37% don’t know impact

Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Period pain

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Combined pill reviews

2444 reviews

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Brevinor pill  

I noticed no side effects on this pill and was pleased with my experience

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Increased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

Yasmin pill  

I have mixed feelings about Yasmin. I was on it for a long time and it was a good pill in that I experienced few side effects that I thought might come with the pill, like weight gain or mood swings. It also completely cleared up the bad skin on my back. However, the last five or so years before I went off it I had almost zero sex drive and significant vaginal dryness, which impacted my ability to have and enjoy sex. My breasts also enlarged significantly, from about a C to about a double D, which I found very uncomfortable. About two months after coming off the pill, my sex drive started returning. It is now I believe completely back almost a year after coming off it, and I find myself utterly astonished at the difference in myself. I wish I had gone off this pill sooner as my sex life suffered for years, negatively impacting my relationship with my partner and my body. My vaginal dryness is also no longer an issue. Unfortunately the bad skin on my back returned after I came off it, but I am more than willing to deal with this in light of the other incredibly positive changes.


Improved skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Rigevidon  

This pill helped me so much mentally , it helped me regulate my mood better and focus on tasks so mentally it was great, physically however not so much. On this pill I was much hairier, oilier, sweatier and spottier than I naturally am and when I stopped taking it all of the above cleared up.It did however give me regular and much lighter manageable periods.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Brevinor pill  

I noticed no side effects on this pill and was pleased with my experience


Increased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

Yasmin pill  

I have mixed feelings about Yasmin. I was on it for a long time and it was a good pill in that I experienced few side effects that I thought might come with the pill, like weight gain or mood swings. It also completely cleared up the bad skin on my back. However, the last five or so years before I went off it I had almost zero sex drive and significant vaginal dryness, which impacted my ability to have and enjoy sex. My breasts also enlarged significantly, from about a C to about a double D, which I found very uncomfortable. About two months after coming off the pill, my sex drive started returning. It is now I believe completely back almost a year after coming off it, and I find myself utterly astonished at the difference in myself. I wish I had gone off this pill sooner as my sex life suffered for years, negatively impacting my relationship with my partner and my body. My vaginal dryness is also no longer an issue. Unfortunately the bad skin on my back returned after I came off it, but I am more than willing to deal with this in light of the other incredibly positive changes.


Improved skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Rigevidon  

This pill helped me so much mentally , it helped me regulate my mood better and focus on tasks so mentally it was great, physically however not so much. On this pill I was much hairier, oilier, sweatier and spottier than I naturally am and when I stopped taking it all of the above cleared up.It did however give me regular and much lighter manageable periods.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments


Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

1283 reviews

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

Cerazette pill  

Was great for 2 years, no side effects. Then after 2 years was getting very irregular bleeding even though you get no periods on this pill. That is why I stopped using it.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Cerelle pill  

I'm giving this pill more time because maybe it's just an adjustment. But I've been a bit weepy with sore breasts and spotting every week. Also a really tender feeling in my lower abdomen-especially during sex. Which I hate obviously. So I'm definitely not getting pregnant because I no longer enjoy sex.. so in that respect it is effective. It's getting one more month and then I'm done.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Cerazette pill  

Took it for 2 years. It numbed and blunted my feelings and led to outbursts because I wasn’t aware I was feeling bad in the first place. Had a terrible effect on my ADHD and made my meds much less effective, leading to massive burn out. I was sooo depressed and angry, and couldn’t figure out why. I had a light period non stop!!! I started getting the worst acne, which I found out was hormonal acne. This was what prompted me to stop! And I’m so glad I did!!! Using a combined pill with some estrogen right now and it’s been a total game changer!


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

Cerazette pill  

Was great for 2 years, no side effects. Then after 2 years was getting very irregular bleeding even though you get no periods on this pill. That is why I stopped using it.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Cerelle pill  

I'm giving this pill more time because maybe it's just an adjustment. But I've been a bit weepy with sore breasts and spotting every week. Also a really tender feeling in my lower abdomen-especially during sex. Which I hate obviously. So I'm definitely not getting pregnant because I no longer enjoy sex.. so in that respect it is effective. It's getting one more month and then I'm done.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Cerazette pill  

Took it for 2 years. It numbed and blunted my feelings and led to outbursts because I wasn’t aware I was feeling bad in the first place. Had a terrible effect on my ADHD and made my meds much less effective, leading to massive burn out. I was sooo depressed and angry, and couldn’t figure out why. I had a light period non stop!!! I started getting the worst acne, which I found out was hormonal acne. This was what prompted me to stop! And I’m so glad I did!!! Using a combined pill with some estrogen right now and it’s been a total game changer!


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

I have endometriosis and this is the only pill I’ve tried that has stopped my daily pain. After a couple of failed attempts at a coil fitting my doctor suggested the progesterone only pill and I wish I had started taking it years ago! It’s increased my sex drive, dramatically reduced my endometriosis pain, had a positive impact on my mood and hasn’t caused weight gain or acne. The two main side effects I’ve had are occasional spotting and nausea, I’m still only on my 2nd month of the pill so hoping these settle down soon.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

This pill has been amazing for me, I went on it because of very heavy periods and it really helped with that, I would really recommend it. I have heard a lot of bad stories from friends about their (different) pills but for me I don’t think I’ve had any bad side effects or experiences with it and I’ve been on it for nearly 7 years!


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Noriday pill  

I have PCOS, so don’t get regular periods and take the mini pill in order to balance my hormones. However, I don’t feel that it truly does balance them; I frequently get break through bleeding, feel bloated, have very low energy and experience cramps even when not on my period. As there is no breaks in this pill cycle, I never know if bleeding is a real period or an effect from this pill which concerns me. If I forget to take this pill, it can trigger a hormonal migraine.


Increased sex drive

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

I completely lost my appetite for sex and became very irritable


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

I have tried lots of contraception and this has not been good for me. I was in agony with abdominal pain for a week and had period symptoms with no bleeding, followed by random bleeds.


Worse skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Slynd pill  

Lowered my Bp to the point that I’m off meds. Only mini pill that I haven’t bled through.


Improved skin

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Desogestrel pill  

Spotting, headaches, period type pains. Not for me


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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