Desomono pill vs Cerazette pill

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Desomono pill

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Cerazette pill

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Overview

Rated 2.0

18 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.6

390 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Desomono pill ingredients

Main hormones in Desomono pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen


Cerazette pill ingredients

Main hormones in Cerazette pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

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Desomono pill reviews

18 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  29th Jan 24

  •  Still using

This is my favourite contraception. Other brands make my mental health so bad this doesn't. Period cramps can be bad but that's about it. Highly recommend

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  19th Dec 23

  •  Still using

This was the 1st contraception I ever tried and I went on this pill for 2 reasons: The 1st was for cramps and the 2nd was for a contraception which I used alongside condoms. When I started this pill I was on my period/experienced spotting for 140days from May (when I started the pill) to December. However, I did not experience cramps so I was happy to continue with this pill as the period was very light. After this I got my period about every 6weeks and started to get mild cramps but would reduce with paracetamol. After about 18 months of being on this pill I started to experience cramps again. My period was been dreadful. I’ve been on my period for 2weeks now with cramps and heavier bleeding than usual. I’m really tired and run down due to it all and absolutely hate it. A new doctor informed me that this was not the best pill to go on if I don’t have any underlying health problems i.e. A risk of clots. I had no other side effects on this pill so I think it is a good option if you don’t experience cramps and are looking for a contraceptive with less hormones as my friend has had a good experience on it. However it’s definitely not for me and I’m going to change asap.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Oct 22

  •  Still using

I had been on the combined pill for 10 years prior to this, but had to switch because I had two migraines. On the positive side, my previously very painful periods became a lot lighter and almost painless. However they are now incredibly irregular and long lasting. I've got 40 days without a period, to then have 21 days of bleeding. My skin is the worst its been since I was a teenager, and no skin products I've tried have made any difference. Losing weight has been impossible. I'm here looking for other options because I'm fed up!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  29th Jan 24

  •  Still using

This is my favourite contraception. Other brands make my mental health so bad this doesn't. Period cramps can be bad but that's about it. Highly recommend


Top side effects not reported

1 helpful

0 comments

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  19th Dec 23

  •  Still using

This was the 1st contraception I ever tried and I went on this pill for 2 reasons: The 1st was for cramps and the 2nd was for a contraception which I used alongside condoms. When I started this pill I was on my period/experienced spotting for 140days from May (when I started the pill) to December. However, I did not experience cramps so I was happy to continue with this pill as the period was very light. After this I got my period about every 6weeks and started to get mild cramps but would reduce with paracetamol. After about 18 months of being on this pill I started to experience cramps again. My period was been dreadful. I’ve been on my period for 2weeks now with cramps and heavier bleeding than usual. I’m really tired and run down due to it all and absolutely hate it. A new doctor informed me that this was not the best pill to go on if I don’t have any underlying health problems i.e. A risk of clots. I had no other side effects on this pill so I think it is a good option if you don’t experience cramps and are looking for a contraceptive with less hormones as my friend has had a good experience on it. However it’s definitely not for me and I’m going to change asap.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Oct 22

  •  Still using

I had been on the combined pill for 10 years prior to this, but had to switch because I had two migraines. On the positive side, my previously very painful periods became a lot lighter and almost painless. However they are now incredibly irregular and long lasting. I've got 40 days without a period, to then have 21 days of bleeding. My skin is the worst its been since I was a teenager, and no skin products I've tried have made any difference. Losing weight has been impossible. I'm here looking for other options because I'm fed up!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

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Cerazette pill reviews

390 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I actually really loved the Cerazette mini pill. It basically stopped my periods, so pretty amazing because my period cramps are unbearable. I was really sad when I had to stop taking it but I just couldn't deal with the extreme acne it gave me. It started about 3 weeks after starting Cerazette and it vanished within a couple months of stopping it so I am 100 percent sure it was this pill. I have never before or since had acne at all (apart from when I was a teenager eons ago, but basically I am not someone who ever has it). I am waiting for a mini pill that will not give me acne, meanwhile I make due with the combined pill.


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Used for 8+ yr
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I used Cerazette for 15 years and didn't really think about it, which is a testament to how few notable side effects I had. Worked effectively, and didn't hugely affect my appearance (skin or weight) which was very important to me when I began taking it at 21. However, I suffered from headaches / migraines almost weekly which I never connected to Cerazette until I stopped taking it, and since then they've gone completely (it's now been almost a year since I last took a pill). I've also got so much more energy, and my libido came back as soon as I got my periods back. Overall, if you can't take the combined pill and want a hormonal option, I really would recommend it, but be mindful that some side effects might come on slowly over years.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this contraception for 12 months and didn't notice any negative side effects. I have heavy periods with pain and after a few months of using the mini pill these mostly stopped which was a great benefit. I have listed weight gain as a symptom however I would not attribute this to the pill and more to unrelated health reasons. Ordered through The Lowdown which I found easy to do. Where possible I prefer not to go through the NHS for cost reasons/hope those who really need their services get them and the Lowdown offered a great alternative.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I actually really loved the Cerazette mini pill. It basically stopped my periods, so pretty amazing because my period cramps are unbearable. I was really sad when I had to stop taking it but I just couldn't deal with the extreme acne it gave me. It started about 3 weeks after starting Cerazette and it vanished within a couple months of stopping it so I am 100 percent sure it was this pill. I have never before or since had acne at all (apart from when I was a teenager eons ago, but basically I am not someone who ever has it). I am waiting for a mini pill that will not give me acne, meanwhile I make due with the combined pill.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

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Used for 8+ yr
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I used Cerazette for 15 years and didn't really think about it, which is a testament to how few notable side effects I had. Worked effectively, and didn't hugely affect my appearance (skin or weight) which was very important to me when I began taking it at 21. However, I suffered from headaches / migraines almost weekly which I never connected to Cerazette until I stopped taking it, and since then they've gone completely (it's now been almost a year since I last took a pill). I've also got so much more energy, and my libido came back as soon as I got my periods back. Overall, if you can't take the combined pill and want a hormonal option, I really would recommend it, but be mindful that some side effects might come on slowly over years.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this contraception for 12 months and didn't notice any negative side effects. I have heavy periods with pain and after a few months of using the mini pill these mostly stopped which was a great benefit. I have listed weight gain as a symptom however I would not attribute this to the pill and more to unrelated health reasons. Ordered through The Lowdown which I found easy to do. Where possible I prefer not to go through the NHS for cost reasons/hope those who really need their services get them and the Lowdown offered a great alternative.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I took this on and off during covid 19 then had a break then went back Oct 2023. The first time around it was amazing no unwanted side effects, very effective. I took a break because I was not sexually active. When I went back on it in Oct 2023 my experience was the complete opposite. The 1st month was fine then I had constant spotting for the nextnear 2 months I could not cope with it and eventually stopped taking it. Then my period did not show up for a month but eventually came back.


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

  •  Stopped using

I switched to the mini pill due to lack of blood clot risks. Everything was fine for first 3-4 months, then I got severe acne. I didn’t recognise myself. Doctor recommended I switch back to combined pill.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  28th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

I started this pill after being advised to come off the COCP. It gave me severe cystic acne on my body and face which caused pain and low self-confidence, it also caused very frequent UTI's (which I never had before taking this pill) and issues with the skin of my vulva (burning/dryness/pain) which even consultants could not diagnose or treat. I ended up coming off this pill and going back onto the COCP and all my symptoms went away.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

I only lasted 8 weeks on Cerazette due to the constant bleeding and complete loss of sex drive. I had heavier period-like bleeds every 2 weeks and still continued to spot in between. I had headaches 3-4x a week, constipation, more acne than usual, and it was starting to make me depressed. I took a month off before switching to Noriday, which I'm also stopping for loss of sex drive and spotting.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Feb 24

  •  Stopped using

For me personally this contraceptive method didn’t suit me. The side effects became too much that I didn’t want to take the pill anymore.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  17th Feb 24

  •  Still using

In the beginning, I thought I got lucky with this pill as although my periods were regular and light before, made them come every two months. I'm not sure whether it's circumstantial or the pill but after about 6 months I started to feel very depressed and couldn't shift this feeling of emptiness. I also lost my sex drive completely and became unbothered about everything and everyone. I wish more non-hormonal birth control was available other than the coil. I'm starting a different kind of progesterone-only pill today so hopefully it goes better than this did.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  31st Jan 24

  •  Still using

Ive been on this pill for just a week so far and its the best mini pill ive tried. I have no side effects apart from some mild dizziness and some drowsiness which is considered normal. If anything i feel more relaxed and happier on it. Ive tried multiple combined & mini pills and had bad side effects from them so cerazette is definitely a big improvement for me.


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