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Femodette pill

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Overview

Rated 2.5

29 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

139 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Femodette pill ingredients

Main hormones in Femodette pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen


Gedarel 30/150 pill ingredients

Main hormones in Gedarel 30/150 pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen

Medium oestrogen

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Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Femodette pill reviews

29 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  16th Feb 23

  •  Still using

Went on the pill to regulate my cycle after months of intermenstrual bleeding (suspected cause for which was a prolonged period of stress). The pill's been great in bringing my cycle back to normal and I've been taking it for 13 months now. The withdrawal bleeds at the end of each set of pills are very light and I have almost no cramps compared to what I had during my natural menstruation. The pill has also helped me with hair issues and I no longer have breast tenderness. No mood, no skin, no libido issues, etc. The only side effect however is vaginal dryness and it has been quite the issue issue - will likely switch to another pill just because of that.

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Used for 3 - 5 yr
38 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  15th Nov 21

  •  Stopped using

I went on Femodette after using Microgynon and I immediately noticed a few improvements. Mental health-wise I started to feel more like myself again within about a week, and my appetite went back to normal after being constantly hungry on Microgynon. However, my sex drive completely disappeared, my breasts hurt constantly, and while my moods were nowhere near as low as they had been on Microgynon, after coming off Femodette I realised that it had still made me quite angry and emotional.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Aug 21

  •  Stopped using

I was looking for contraception to manage my painful periods, heavy bleeding that doesn't help my anaemia and my period also sometimes causes my IBD to flair. I had been having no periods for almost a year because of getting sick from IBD. When the periods returned, I wanted to go continuous pill to stop the blood loss, but Microgynon didn't work for me before so I decided to try Femodette as I'd been on it as a teenager. Within 3 days of taking this my mood became extremely unstable, it was quite scary. I now think my depression and self harming in my teens may have been at least partially related to being on this pill!


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
34 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  16th Feb 23

  •  Still using

Went on the pill to regulate my cycle after months of intermenstrual bleeding (suspected cause for which was a prolonged period of stress). The pill's been great in bringing my cycle back to normal and I've been taking it for 13 months now. The withdrawal bleeds at the end of each set of pills are very light and I have almost no cramps compared to what I had during my natural menstruation. The pill has also helped me with hair issues and I no longer have breast tenderness. No mood, no skin, no libido issues, etc. The only side effect however is vaginal dryness and it has been quite the issue issue - will likely switch to another pill just because of that.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
38 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  15th Nov 21

  •  Stopped using

I went on Femodette after using Microgynon and I immediately noticed a few improvements. Mental health-wise I started to feel more like myself again within about a week, and my appetite went back to normal after being constantly hungry on Microgynon. However, my sex drive completely disappeared, my breasts hurt constantly, and while my moods were nowhere near as low as they had been on Microgynon, after coming off Femodette I realised that it had still made me quite angry and emotional.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Aug 21

  •  Stopped using

I was looking for contraception to manage my painful periods, heavy bleeding that doesn't help my anaemia and my period also sometimes causes my IBD to flair. I had been having no periods for almost a year because of getting sick from IBD. When the periods returned, I wanted to go continuous pill to stop the blood loss, but Microgynon didn't work for me before so I decided to try Femodette as I'd been on it as a teenager. Within 3 days of taking this my mood became extremely unstable, it was quite scary. I now think my depression and self harming in my teens may have been at least partially related to being on this pill!


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Gedarel 30/150 pill reviews

139 reviews

Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This pill has been amazing for me. I've been on and off for several years and can confidently say this pill completely clears my hormonal acne - where other treatments have not worked. No negative side effects either!


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

  •  Still using

Only side effect I've noticed is increased acne


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  15th Jan 24

  •  Still using

More agitated for the first month. Very tender breasts and they grew a lot but have gone back down a bit since. Periods are heavy but only for 2 days then finish on the 4th day which is much shorter than before. Cramps are very bad on those 2 days tho. My contacts get sooo dry but after 4 months the other side effects calmed a lot.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This pill has been amazing for me. I've been on and off for several years and can confidently say this pill completely clears my hormonal acne - where other treatments have not worked. No negative side effects either!


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

  •  Still using

Only side effect I've noticed is increased acne


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  15th Jan 24

  •  Still using

More agitated for the first month. Very tender breasts and they grew a lot but have gone back down a bit since. Periods are heavy but only for 2 days then finish on the 4th day which is much shorter than before. Cramps are very bad on those 2 days tho. My contacts get sooo dry but after 4 months the other side effects calmed a lot.


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Used for 8+ yr
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Nov 23

  •  Stopped using

Overall had a very negative experience, especially with my mental health. I had severe anxiety. It works for lots of women, but not for everyone.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Aug 23

  •  Stopped using

I was put on this pill for suspected endometriosis and I felt extremely dizzy 24/7 on it to the point where I couldn't go out. I was having multiple panic attacks a day because I'd never felt like this before. I had to stop it because it was affecting my ability to work and felt back to normal again 24 hours after taking the last pill. As the first pill brand I'd ever taken, it put me off hormonal contraception for life as it nearly lost me my job and the side effects were 100x worse than my endo symptoms. I haven't had a single panic attack since and it's been over a year since I stopped it.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Jul 23

  •  Still using

It did control my periods making them regular each month. I was hoping it could control my heavy periods due to perimenopause and adenomyosis. I tried continuous pill taking with this and it does not work. After or nearly at finishing a blister pack, my body just starts bleeding like I'm on a period, so I have to give it a 4 day pill-free bleed. I'm happy that the periods are regular and 4 days long per month, but not happy that the periods are so very heavy still, in the first few days. I started feeling anemic even though I take iron supplements, so I was forced to take tranexamic acid during the 4 day bleed to reduce the bleeding. Tranexamic acid works but it always gives me a bad headache. So basically I feel unwell all through the 4 day bleed - either I'm bleeding profusely and low on iron, or I'm taking tranexamic acid and not bleeding profusely but have a bad headache all day while I'm taking tranexamic acid. So for that reason it's not an ideal pill though does improve things a bit. I'll also add, the first month I was on this, I felt unusually fatigued all day, falling asleep at my job, wanting to sleep 10 hrs at night, etc. I also had severe stomach cramps which could not be alleviated even if I took the pills just before bed - I'd just wake up middle of the night from the stomach cramps too. And it gave me bad flatulence, like IBS, for hours after I take a pill, farting all the time. And I had loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness too. I switched to Gedarel 20/150 for a lower estrogenic dosage to reduce all those side effects but then I started spotting pretty much a couple days after starting that, so this means the estrogen wasn't high enough to control bleeding. So I went back on to this Gedarel 30/150 and thankfully I seem to have regained myself and all the side effects were gone. So I stuck with the Gedarel 30/150 for 2 months already. My body got used to it, all side effects gone, no more vaginal dryness, low sex drive, stomach cramps. The heavy periods during the pill free days however, are not great as I described above... and also the fact this pill doesn't seem to work for continuous pill taking regime for me as my body always wants a bleed at the end of a pack... Not sure why.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  11th Jun 23

  •  Still using

I take this continuously, running packets together with no break. I haven’t had a bleed in years and my acme has reduced. I don’t have a period and improves my skin. What’s not to love! No negatives!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
37 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Jun 23

  •  Still using

This is the best pill I’ve been on (aside from Dianette) and it doesn’t adversely affect my mood as much as other pills I’ve been on.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  8th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

It did it's job as a contraceptive. I have been using a combined contraceptive since I was 17 to help with my periods and acne- I didn't even have a boyfriend at the time. I had been on it for over 10 years and last summer was the last straw. I developed an ectropian cervix which is where the cervix kind of swell I guess is the right term but basically the cells that are on the inside of the cervix come visible on the outside of the cervix. This caused lots of spotting and bleeding during sex which was obviously a huge red flag. I had been back and forth to the Dr's and felt dismissed most times, then jt came to my smear test. I was of course very apprehensive and bled during the procedure. I was referred to coloscopy 2 years ago and I am still waiting for that referral. My smear came back clear. However I was so worried and anxious and when I asked at the Dr's, I was told to still keep the referral. This then leads me onto my next major side effect. Since being on the pill I have been prescribed anti anxiety medication. 2 different brands for about 5 years. I experienced headaches and a complete loss of sex drive, which now coming off the pill has only just started to return a year later. I was miserable. I was a different person completely. But each time j felt completely dismissed by my GP bar one. I came off it last year after being very emotional and decided enough was enough. I had got married in the April and decided that getting pregnant was not a complete disaster so it no longer served its purpose. It has been the best thing I have ever done for my body. It has knmy been since coming off it, how much I have realised it effected me, both physically and mentally.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  8th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

at first it was alright, i was on it for about a year. realised after a couple of months that i had gained weight without changing my diet. mainly went on it for acne which if anything made it worse! wouldn’t recommend to a friend unfortunately


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