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Rated 2.7

7 reviews

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Effect on fertility

Rated 2.6

392 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

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None

Effect on fertility

Lovima pill ingredients

Main hormones in Lovima pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen


Cerazette pill ingredients

Main hormones in Cerazette pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen

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Lovima pill reviews

7 reviews

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

  •  Still using

First few weeks were lovely, no noticeable side effects. Then came the breakthrough bleeding which didn't stop for months on end and still continues to this day at a minimal level. Couldn't fault this pill otherwise but the breakthrough bleeding is a major inconvenience and almost defeats the point of being on a form of BC. Breasts became slightly more enlarged and occasional lower back pains. I just wasn't one of the lucky ones for which bleeding stops completely. Periods are much lighter though but more drawn out. My usual 4-5 days are now 7-9 and that's not counting the daily spotting. It's been good as a temporary measure but I'll be glad to be off Lovima when the time is right because predictable periods >>> unpredictable spotting.

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2nd Apr 24

  •  Still using

Lovima has essentially stopped my periods, with rare spotting for 1-2 days (hardly requires a pantyliner), but mostly these only come if I have been late taking a pill (less than 12 hours late but more than 6ish hours late). My mood is definitely slightly better, I noticed it especially after > 6 months. Less side effects than a combined pill so honestly would recommend.


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

  •  Still using

I have found that the mini pill just doesn’t work for me. I’ve been on it 3-4 months and I thought by now I’d be used to it. I have been pretty much non-stop bleeding/spotting for around 2 months now and my mood has been awful. I am in the process of changing to the copper IUD as I’ve seen better reviews for this. Only positive I’ve found is that it covers me for 12 hours so if I miss one I just take it again when I remember


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

  •  Still using

First few weeks were lovely, no noticeable side effects. Then came the breakthrough bleeding which didn't stop for months on end and still continues to this day at a minimal level. Couldn't fault this pill otherwise but the breakthrough bleeding is a major inconvenience and almost defeats the point of being on a form of BC. Breasts became slightly more enlarged and occasional lower back pains. I just wasn't one of the lucky ones for which bleeding stops completely. Periods are much lighter though but more drawn out. My usual 4-5 days are now 7-9 and that's not counting the daily spotting. It's been good as a temporary measure but I'll be glad to be off Lovima when the time is right because predictable periods >>> unpredictable spotting.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2nd Apr 24

  •  Still using

Lovima has essentially stopped my periods, with rare spotting for 1-2 days (hardly requires a pantyliner), but mostly these only come if I have been late taking a pill (less than 12 hours late but more than 6ish hours late). My mood is definitely slightly better, I noticed it especially after > 6 months. Less side effects than a combined pill so honestly would recommend.


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

  •  Still using

I have found that the mini pill just doesn’t work for me. I’ve been on it 3-4 months and I thought by now I’d be used to it. I have been pretty much non-stop bleeding/spotting for around 2 months now and my mood has been awful. I am in the process of changing to the copper IUD as I’ve seen better reviews for this. Only positive I’ve found is that it covers me for 12 hours so if I miss one I just take it again when I remember


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Cerazette pill reviews

392 reviews

Used for 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Still using

I used this pill for my mental and physical health. I had debilitating periods for years along with servere mood swings. This has helped a lot along side using Sertraline


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

Was really anxious about taking these after coming off rigevidon however I’m pleasantly surprised. Minor spotting episodes during the first few months of taking but not bothersome. My skin and hair are oilier but not unmanageable. No more intense period pains or heavy bleeding.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week 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 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Still using

I used this pill for my mental and physical health. I had debilitating periods for years along with servere mood swings. This has helped a lot along side using Sertraline


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

Was really anxious about taking these after coming off rigevidon however I’m pleasantly surprised. Minor spotting episodes during the first few months of taking but not bothersome. My skin and hair are oilier but not unmanageable. No more intense period pains or heavy bleeding.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week 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
  •  2 weeks 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.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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
  •  3 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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