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Rated 2.6

323 reviews

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91% - 99+%

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None

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Hana pill ingredients

Main hormones in Hana pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen


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Main hormones in Desogestrel pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen

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Hana pill reviews

14 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I feel like I haven't been on it long enough to give it a chance but I've been spotting from the day I started 3.5weeks a go and I've had enough. I've also had terrible heartburn and nausea too.

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I was worried about side effects going on to Hana but had zero side effects apart from breast tenderness for the the first two weeks, and a regular period (although slightly lighter and shorter than normal) in week 3. I started seeing some spotting in week 5, I'm in week 7 now and on day 16 of continuous bleeding. It's reasonably light but inconvenient. No PMS symptoms other than the breast tenderness, which started in week 1/2 and is the same as the breast tenderness I got with PMS. I'm going to stick with it for now but if the breast tenderness and continuous bleeding hasn't stopped after 3 months I may give up on it as it's pretty inconvenient.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
39 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  28th Sep 23

  •  Still using

It started off well 3 weeks no bleeding then a light period for a week, mood was more mellow and just abit lower, no sex drive at all. Started second pack and had a week no bleeding at beginning and 3 weeks non stop bleeding to the point I just finished my lst pill and I’m giving up. I currently have another migraine and bleeding is getting heavier again I have no sex drive my mood is mellow in a way I’m just so frustrated about the bleeding it just making me feel gross so my mood is getting worse by the day . I think all mini pills are like this with me I tried another one three years ago and had similar side effects. Definately not for me. If I didn’t get the headaches still and had less bleeding maybe I’ll stick with it but maybe some women are just not meant for this synthetic hormone pill.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I feel like I haven't been on it long enough to give it a chance but I've been spotting from the day I started 3.5weeks a go and I've had enough. I've also had terrible heartburn and nausea too.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I was worried about side effects going on to Hana but had zero side effects apart from breast tenderness for the the first two weeks, and a regular period (although slightly lighter and shorter than normal) in week 3. I started seeing some spotting in week 5, I'm in week 7 now and on day 16 of continuous bleeding. It's reasonably light but inconvenient. No PMS symptoms other than the breast tenderness, which started in week 1/2 and is the same as the breast tenderness I got with PMS. I'm going to stick with it for now but if the breast tenderness and continuous bleeding hasn't stopped after 3 months I may give up on it as it's pretty inconvenient.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
39 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  28th Sep 23

  •  Still using

It started off well 3 weeks no bleeding then a light period for a week, mood was more mellow and just abit lower, no sex drive at all. Started second pack and had a week no bleeding at beginning and 3 weeks non stop bleeding to the point I just finished my lst pill and I’m giving up. I currently have another migraine and bleeding is getting heavier again I have no sex drive my mood is mellow in a way I’m just so frustrated about the bleeding it just making me feel gross so my mood is getting worse by the day . I think all mini pills are like this with me I tried another one three years ago and had similar side effects. Definately not for me. If I didn’t get the headaches still and had less bleeding maybe I’ll stick with it but maybe some women are just not meant for this synthetic hormone pill.


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Desogestrel pill reviews

323 reviews

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

  •  Stopped using

I bled for 10 solid weeks. Sometimes, it would be very heavy and sometimes light, but I never stopped completely.


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Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

If you are prone to acne or have depression, I would it advise trying this pill. Started it August 2023 and by October I was very depressed, but it hadn’t occurred to me at that point that it could have been caused by this pill. After that depressive episode ended after a week to two weeks my mood has stayed generally low, also very emotional pretty much all the time and quicker to anger/become frustrated. Also began breaking out in spot in November and am still experiencing this now (January 2024), however I did only change from this pill to another two days ago. Have also experience a significant loss of sex drive, although that could be because I’ve been so down and sometime anxious. Finally, a last, weird one (that I can’t be sure was caused by this pill but would be very interested in hearing if anyone else has experienced this while on this or another hormonal contraception). In September last year I began to feel an aching exactly where period cramps are felt and thought it was just that, because of my body adjusting to this new pill. I then woke up a couple of nights later to extreme cramping in my lower abdomen and then almost passed out on the toilet. Tunnel vision, sudden pins and needles in my hands/arms, cold sweat over my entire body, etc. called 111 because I thought I was having some extreme reaction to the new pill, saw an out of hours GP who said it probably hadn’t been caused by this pill, which I accepted. Had, sometimes very, painful, aching in my lower abdomen after every meal then for a week after. Believed by the end it had to have been gastroenteritis. Fast forward four months and last weekend I had the same aching happen the day before, the following night I wake up again with the same extreme aching, then upset stomach, and finally the almost fainting spell again. It then continued in the same pattern as last time, with bad aching after meals for the next few days after. Like I said, I can’t definitively say those two episodes were caused by this pill but am truly hoping it never happens again now I’ve changed back to a combined.


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

  •  Stopped using

I bled for 10 solid weeks. Sometimes, it would be very heavy and sometimes light, but I never stopped completely.


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Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

If you are prone to acne or have depression, I would it advise trying this pill. Started it August 2023 and by October I was very depressed, but it hadn’t occurred to me at that point that it could have been caused by this pill. After that depressive episode ended after a week to two weeks my mood has stayed generally low, also very emotional pretty much all the time and quicker to anger/become frustrated. Also began breaking out in spot in November and am still experiencing this now (January 2024), however I did only change from this pill to another two days ago. Have also experience a significant loss of sex drive, although that could be because I’ve been so down and sometime anxious. Finally, a last, weird one (that I can’t be sure was caused by this pill but would be very interested in hearing if anyone else has experienced this while on this or another hormonal contraception). In September last year I began to feel an aching exactly where period cramps are felt and thought it was just that, because of my body adjusting to this new pill. I then woke up a couple of nights later to extreme cramping in my lower abdomen and then almost passed out on the toilet. Tunnel vision, sudden pins and needles in my hands/arms, cold sweat over my entire body, etc. called 111 because I thought I was having some extreme reaction to the new pill, saw an out of hours GP who said it probably hadn’t been caused by this pill, which I accepted. Had, sometimes very, painful, aching in my lower abdomen after every meal then for a week after. Believed by the end it had to have been gastroenteritis. Fast forward four months and last weekend I had the same aching happen the day before, the following night I wake up again with the same extreme aching, then upset stomach, and finally the almost fainting spell again. It then continued in the same pattern as last time, with bad aching after meals for the next few days after. Like I said, I can’t definitively say those two episodes were caused by this pill but am truly hoping it never happens again now I’ve changed back to a combined.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Jan 24

  •  Still using

The first three months were very positive, however, since then I have gained weight, become extremely emotional and my anxiety and mood changes increased. I had a heavy period every two weeks and spotting in between. I am now changing pills as advice from a doctor


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I had been taking the mini pill for close to 3 years when I stopped taking it (which is actually today at the time of writing!). I've been on a pill of some kind for going on 6 years and was moved to the mini pill after getting migraines with aura. This pill initially was amazing, it stopped my periods completely, stopped my headaches and lifted my mood - the latter two had been negatively impacted by taking the combined pill previously. However, my symptoms took a turn and it's since caused me to come off hormonal contraception altogether. I went from having no period for 9 months to having totally irregular, long and drawn out periods that would literally last weeks at a time. I'd finish one and start another one a few days later and it really started to bring me down. My acne has also really increased in recent years, to the point that I am now too self conscious to leave the house without makeup. My sex drive decreased and I suddenly started getting vaginal dryness, which has impacted my sex life with my partner. Add to that the tender and enlarged breasts and general numb feeling and it's been quite the ride. I would say that I do prefer this pill to the combined pill - it made me feel more like me, and I think if the irregular bleeding had been less intense, I'd maybe never have come off it until wanting to start a family. But I just can't let this pill and its side effects bring me down anymore. Currently only day one into coming off it and actually excited to get my cycle back!


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Still using

I’ve been on this pill for 4 months now and all round it’s been good. It completely stopped my periods from the beginning and I’ve not experienced any bleeding since starting. It’s not affected my mood or anything like that which is always a bonus, in my opinion this pill isn’t for those who suffer with or have a past with acne. My skin had completely cleared up before I started this pill and I’ve been suffering breakouts since the start - so I’m switching to the combined pill instead. I’d definitely recommend this pill if you don’t have a past with acne but if you do, maybe look into other methods as it could make it worse.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  7th Jan 24

  •  Still using

I take this to reduce pain and stop periods as I have suspected endometriosis, but it ended up improving my acne and got rid of PMS too. The first six months were pretty awful and I bled the entire time, it was recommended that I took a double dose with some ibuprofen for a few days, which stopped it and I haven't had a period since which is great! I highly recommend to anyone struggling with period pain, this pill significantly improved my quality of life.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6th Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I tried this pill for 6 months to help manage heavy periods, painful cramps and lower back pain whilst on a waiting list for laparoscopy for endometriosis adhesions. I’d tried 3x combined pills before but had issues with them affecting my mental health so tried the POP this time. I experienced nausea for the first 6 weeks and some dizziness, but this subsided. It did improve my skin and I haven’t experienced any changes in anxiety or low mood. Coming off this pill as it didn’t stop my periods, it made them irregular instead. This made managing them (with the same level of cramps and back pain as before) really difficult.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
37 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2nd Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I started this pill in February as I cannot take the combined pill. For the first few months all seemed well, my period stopped. I suddenly started to become very absorbed in negative thinking. I felt anxiety like I had never experienced before and felt so overwhelmed by situations that would not normally make me feel that way. I started feeling quite withdrawn and not enjoying my hobbies such as my mountain biking as much. Social situations would make me feel anxious before they had taken place. I came off the pill around september as additionally I had been getting repeated bouts of cystitis (triggered from sex) so wanted to try something none hormonal. I also found that after a few months of being desogestrel that my periods went all over the place and I would bleed every 2 weeks. I had an appointment to get a coil fitted but the sexual health clinic advised not to get it done whilst i was being investigated for recurrent cystitis. I spoke to my GP a few weeks back who told me if I had persevered with desogestrel, my periods would settle into a normal pattern. To be honest, I had been on it for over 6 months so I think thats a fair shot at being on it for a good amount of time. I started to take desogrestrel again 3 weeks ago to give it another shot.. over christmas I have been all over the place again. I have properly researched into how this pill can affect some peoples moods. This isnt for me, and I dont think I ever realised how it can impact the mood for some people. Unfortunately I am one of those that this doesnt work for.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
47 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  22nd Dec 23

  •  Still using

Very happy with this pill as I'm not getting many side effects and it has stopped my periods. I still get some mild cramping without bleeding. Breasts seem bigger which I am ok with. I am in perimenopause and was having terrible heavy periods and period pain which was not resolved by HRT. I was prescribed this pill in addition to my HRT and it has stopped all the heavy bleeding and pain and I can stay on it until I'm 55. Another thing is that I no longer get spots. I was getting spots quite often even though I'm in my 40s but I've had none now for months so I'm very happy.


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