Microlite pill vs Microgynon 30 pill

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Overview

Rated 2.0

1 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.6

291 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Microlite pill ingredients

Main hormones in Microlite pill

Androgenic progestogen


Microgynon 30 pill ingredients

Main hormones in Microgynon 30 pill

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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Microlite pill reviews

1 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Feb 23

  •  Stopped using

Although this was promoted to me as the lowest dose hormonal contraceptive pill it still had very real side effects which I disregarded for quite a while. The hormonal effect was enough to lighten my periods and acne, increase my breast size and appetite (and thus, weight) and so it also caused me years of intense progesterone-related fatigue and dulled my mood negatively. I know others who liked it and were happy with the more 'positive' side effects but worth being conscious of the hormonal effect even with a low dose pill

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Feb 23

  •  Stopped using

Although this was promoted to me as the lowest dose hormonal contraceptive pill it still had very real side effects which I disregarded for quite a while. The hormonal effect was enough to lighten my periods and acne, increase my breast size and appetite (and thus, weight) and so it also caused me years of intense progesterone-related fatigue and dulled my mood negatively. I know others who liked it and were happy with the more 'positive' side effects but worth being conscious of the hormonal effect even with a low dose pill


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Microgynon 30 pill reviews

291 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

After taking the contraceptive pill for the past 15 years and being told it’s perfectly safe, I found out at the beginning of this year that I have 3 tumours on my liver as a result of long term usage of the pill. This week I underwent major surgery and had a liver resection to remove the biggest tumour, which at over 7cm was at risk of haemorrhaging. I’ve got two other smaller tumours which will hopefully shrink now I’ve come off the contraceptive pill. I hope my story highlights that hormonal contraception is NOT SAFE!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I have been able to live my life fuller due to the less horrific and heavy periods - now I only have 4 periods a year and it’s now in my control


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for multiple years and ended up coming off because the longer I was on it, the worse my migraines became. It started to get unbearable to the point where I was feeling nauseous and couldn't get out of bed and I was prescribed migraine medication. When I stopped using it, the side effects stopped and my migraines disappeared, I've not had once since and I don't need to take migraine relief. My body also had a lot of water retention so when I came off I went back to my normal weight and the thrush disappeared too. Best thing I ever did was coming off it.


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Used for 8+ yr
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

After taking the contraceptive pill for the past 15 years and being told it’s perfectly safe, I found out at the beginning of this year that I have 3 tumours on my liver as a result of long term usage of the pill. This week I underwent major surgery and had a liver resection to remove the biggest tumour, which at over 7cm was at risk of haemorrhaging. I’ve got two other smaller tumours which will hopefully shrink now I’ve come off the contraceptive pill. I hope my story highlights that hormonal contraception is NOT SAFE!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I have been able to live my life fuller due to the less horrific and heavy periods - now I only have 4 periods a year and it’s now in my control


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0 helpful

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for multiple years and ended up coming off because the longer I was on it, the worse my migraines became. It started to get unbearable to the point where I was feeling nauseous and couldn't get out of bed and I was prescribed migraine medication. When I stopped using it, the side effects stopped and my migraines disappeared, I've not had once since and I don't need to take migraine relief. My body also had a lot of water retention so when I came off I went back to my normal weight and the thrush disappeared too. Best thing I ever did was coming off it.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

Ruined my life within months and I was extremely withdrawn and anxious


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  7th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

Used this to skip periods and reduce pain. It helped with pain but I couldn't go a few months without persistent breakthrough bleeding, so had to switch. Other than that it was a pretty good experience, didn't impact my mental health at all and had no other noticeable side effects.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

The first couple of years I couldn't fault this pill, it was perfect. After about 2 years I was having horrific mood swings/PMS so my GP recommended I take the packets back to back so I don't have a period, that worked for a bit but my mental health had never been worse. After an attempt on my own life I decided to stop taking it and my mental health has never been better, I just wish I had connected the dots sooner so I didn't have to get to that point


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  11th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I didn't get pregnant which was good but I cried everyday, got fat and hated sex. I couldn't get wet and sex just was sore and not good. My skin was great though... not worth it


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

  •  Stopped using

good for me except it gave me painful cystic acne but didn’t experience any irregular bleeding or mood swings until the last month of using it (which is why i stopped)


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Used for 8+ yr
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3rd Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

This pill was pretty seamless for me. It did not affect my moods or skin. My periods were very light, lasted a few days with little to no cramps. My libido suffered significantly and this symptom worsened as time went on which is the reason I switched to a non-hormonal method. Other than this, it was a great option for me.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2nd Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I have endometriosis and adenomyosis and was put on microgynon by my gynaecologist. I was happy at first because my severe and constant pain disappeared (and only reappeared during my period, and even then it was only 10% of the pain I used to experience. However, the negative side effects unfortunately didn’t make the lack of pain worth it. My mental health (which was already quite terrible as I suffer from OCD and anxiety) crumbled. I was depressed and had CONSTANT mood swings. I was irritable, always in a bad mood and snapping at my husband. I also felt like a zombie, unable to focus on anything and feeling so disconnected and dissociated. I also put on water weight. I’m a small woman who runs a lot, so it was definitely linked to the pill. After doing some research, I asked my doctor to switch me to Eloine, and so far it’s been AMAZING. My mood has stabilised and I honestly feel the happiest and most connected to the world I have in a long time. I think Eloine has balanced out my endometriosis-induced hormonal imbalances and I feel amazing. For context, I’ve tried 4 types of combined pill: microgynon (androgenic), cimiszt (less androgenic), millinette and femodene (also less androgenic). I’ve also tried the mini pill cerazette and I was on the implant for 1 year. All of these made my mental health crumble and I spent 8 years of my life (18-25) battling with deciding between having bad mental health or having endo pain. Don’t try microgynon!!!!! And do research into the different types of combined pill. I never researched and just took what the dr gave me. The Lowdown really helped me research!


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