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Rated 2.7

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Rated 2.7

343 reviews

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91% - 99+%

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None

Effect on fertility

Lovima pill ingredients

Main hormones in Lovima pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen


Desogestrel pill ingredients

Main hormones in Desogestrel pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen

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Lovima pill reviews

7 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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
  •  3 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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Desogestrel pill reviews

343 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
42 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

The biggest pro for me was that my periods have stopped completely and my boobs have grown a bit! Woo hoo!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Was on the pill for over 2 years however last 6 months experience period like cramps but no period, hair loss and and back pain. Came off the pill altogether and realised how much my mental health had changed as well as side effects.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

Initially was bleeding a lot, with periods lasting for agessss, but then my periods became shorter and eventually stopped. My boobs also initially were super tender and became a bit bigger? But I've since lost about 15lbs unintentionally (to the point in which I'm now underweight) and they've shrunk. Sex drive has definitely decreased a bit, but nothing major. Overall not too shabby!!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
42 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

The biggest pro for me was that my periods have stopped completely and my boobs have grown a bit! Woo hoo!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Was on the pill for over 2 years however last 6 months experience period like cramps but no period, hair loss and and back pain. Came off the pill altogether and realised how much my mental health had changed as well as side effects.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

Initially was bleeding a lot, with periods lasting for agessss, but then my periods became shorter and eventually stopped. My boobs also initially were super tender and became a bit bigger? But I've since lost about 15lbs unintentionally (to the point in which I'm now underweight) and they've shrunk. Sex drive has definitely decreased a bit, but nothing major. Overall not too shabby!!


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I had to switch from the combined pill to the mini pill following a bought of migraines with aura. At first, it was great - I didn’t get periods, I felt good, I wasn’t worried about strokes etc. However, after around 6 months of my body getting used to it, my periods came back, extremely irregular (I.e. 3 periods in one month), my mood and mental health had significantly declined, and my skin is absolutely terrible.


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

  •  Stopped using

Switched to this after not liking the combined pill side effects. After a few months of using it and having very irregular periods I noticed my skin and hair became very oily, needing to be washed daily. My hair also became thinner. I decided to stop this pill and look for an alternative.


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

  •  Stopped using

Constant spotting throughout use. Skin had a few spots but generally felt less smooth, larger pores and oilier. Noticeable decrease in sex drive. More apathetic mood.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This contraception has been great for me. I went on to stop my periods as I suffer badly with cramps and it did stop them. I haven’t noticed many physically side effects but I do feel my sex drive has been badly hit! I also think I am a little less joyous on this pill, nothing is wet yourself funny to me anymore!


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

  •  Still using

I have found desogestrel good over the last few months compared to my experiences with the combined pill however it has definitely affected my mood. I feel more negative than I would usually and less motivated to start/do things. I am hoping that this will level out as I am on it a bit longer. I have noticed that there is a difference even between the brands of desogestrel, when I switch my mood changes and it takes a couple of weeks to stablise again.


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

  •  Still using

This is an easy and quick contraception method which I have found really beneficial to me personally. My periods have now essentially stopped, with very irregular periods now being the norm with my last period being over a year ago. Because of that, when I get a period it is only a few days at a time, whereas before they would sometimes last over 2 weeks. Menstrual pain such as cramps, lower back pain etc are also a lot more controlled. I still get these every month or two but they don't last for long and the pain has decreased massively although I do get breast tenderness more than I used to pre-pill. The downsides though do include acne which has had periods of improving/getting worse and weight gain. Overall though, I like the ease of this (mine is the 12 hour mini pill) compared to other options out there.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

After a really rough time on combined pills (Rigevidon & Loestrin 30, both of which gave me horrific mood swings / changes to sex drive) I went on progesterone only pill Desogestrel/cereals and was on it for about 3 years. I had a great time on it it evened my moods out (I suffer from bad PMS) and it stopped my periods which was great. I came off it because after 6 years on the pill by age 22 I wanted to see if I was any different off it and wanted to go hormone free. However, I also came off it because after the Covid vaccines and during my 3rd year of uni my periods came back even though nothing about my pill had changed and I was having 2 week long periods every 2 weeks for about 6 months ☹️ went to the doctor and had ultrasounds / checks etc and everything was normal so the doctor said it might just be stress / my cycle settling into itself in my 20s post-initial puberty stage. That period of time was super frustrating and I blamed the pill for a lot of things. But when I came off it it all went back to normal ASAP and I have a very regular, trackable cycle now that I really appreciate especially as I look deeper into PMS/PMDD/anxiety and my cycle. I now use (male) condoms with my partner of 3 years and we both really like them. I’m very pro condoms particularly as a lot of women/girls are anti just from knowing boys don’t like them (I know I was). I actually way prefer it now and think they don’t have a big impact on either of us at all so totally recommend them if you are looking for a non-hormonal, non-invasive method of contraception (however I do acknowledge that being in a long term relationship may make this an easier conversation than it can sometimes otherwise be).


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