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Overview

Rated 2.7

49 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

295 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Norgeston pill ingredients

Main hormones in Norgeston pill

Androgenic progestogen


Cerelle pill ingredients

Main hormones in Cerelle pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen

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Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

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Norgeston pill reviews

49 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
51 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I was on Cerelle for 6 mths which was not working out for me as I had prolonged, frequent irregular periods on it. The doctor suggested changing to Norgeston and it has been great. I have been on it now for 5 months and my periods, although not regular (actually there has been a slightly longer gap between periods, which is nice) have been back to normal length of around 6 days long. In fact better than normal as I’d been getting very heavy periods possibly due to me being perimenopausal. I’ve got lighter periods now that don’t come as often with no bad side effects. Also, a good side effect is that I don’t get feelings of depresssion any more before my period like I used to when not on the pill. I did have a blip recently with bleeding - but it’s because I missed a pill and I bled for 20 days, so I asked my doctor and they told me to take 2 pills a day until the bleeding had stopped for 7 days and this has worked. I recommend this pill!

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

This hormone made me suicidal. I was trialling it for 3 months as I intended to get the mirena coil but wanted to see how I reacted to the specific hormone before I had it more permanently in my system. All day every day all I could think about was killing myself. I felt miserable and severely depressed. I started getting spots on my face and chest, one of my breasts is still slightly larger than the other since taking and stopping this medication (past them being sisters not twins level of different). The low mood wasn't noticeable to me until I'd run out of the 3 months script and couldn't get any more for a while. Within days I felt miles better. My period had been stopped already by my cerazette usage, and it didn't return while I was taking Norgeston. Absolutely I would recommend trying Norgeston before committing to the Mirena coil, if I hadn't I'm not entirely sure I'd still be here!


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Aug 23

  •  Still using

I can’t describe how happy I am to have found this pill after being put on about 5 different combined pills, both types of coil and the implant and having horrendous side effects. The only side effects I’ve had with this was a little spotting when first starting, and now I have normal regular periods. My skin, mood, tiredness etc has not changed at all. This has the same hormones as the kyleena implant so maybe avoid if you’ve tried that and didn’t get on with it. Couldn’t recommend this pill enough if you’ve tried multiple methods and none of them seem to be working for you!


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
51 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I was on Cerelle for 6 mths which was not working out for me as I had prolonged, frequent irregular periods on it. The doctor suggested changing to Norgeston and it has been great. I have been on it now for 5 months and my periods, although not regular (actually there has been a slightly longer gap between periods, which is nice) have been back to normal length of around 6 days long. In fact better than normal as I’d been getting very heavy periods possibly due to me being perimenopausal. I’ve got lighter periods now that don’t come as often with no bad side effects. Also, a good side effect is that I don’t get feelings of depresssion any more before my period like I used to when not on the pill. I did have a blip recently with bleeding - but it’s because I missed a pill and I bled for 20 days, so I asked my doctor and they told me to take 2 pills a day until the bleeding had stopped for 7 days and this has worked. I recommend this pill!


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

This hormone made me suicidal. I was trialling it for 3 months as I intended to get the mirena coil but wanted to see how I reacted to the specific hormone before I had it more permanently in my system. All day every day all I could think about was killing myself. I felt miserable and severely depressed. I started getting spots on my face and chest, one of my breasts is still slightly larger than the other since taking and stopping this medication (past them being sisters not twins level of different). The low mood wasn't noticeable to me until I'd run out of the 3 months script and couldn't get any more for a while. Within days I felt miles better. My period had been stopped already by my cerazette usage, and it didn't return while I was taking Norgeston. Absolutely I would recommend trying Norgeston before committing to the Mirena coil, if I hadn't I'm not entirely sure I'd still be here!


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Aug 23

  •  Still using

I can’t describe how happy I am to have found this pill after being put on about 5 different combined pills, both types of coil and the implant and having horrendous side effects. The only side effects I’ve had with this was a little spotting when first starting, and now I have normal regular periods. My skin, mood, tiredness etc has not changed at all. This has the same hormones as the kyleena implant so maybe avoid if you’ve tried that and didn’t get on with it. Couldn’t recommend this pill enough if you’ve tried multiple methods and none of them seem to be working for you!


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Cerelle pill reviews

295 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for nearly 6 months and during that time I was very nauseous. I also had horrendous mood swings and completely lost my sex drive. The worst symptom however was the random bleeding, completely out the blue with no warning which was so inconvenient


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This was great for my mood and mental stability. Instead of my mood completely dropping drastically and making each month unbearable with emotions, overthinking and mood swings, this gave me a clear head and no drop. I could barely tell when I was due a period. Unfortunately each month I’d have a week of absolute burning and discomfort that made me cry anyway. I came off it to get my body back to normal and just risked the mental health side.


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

  •  Still using

I was suffering a hormonal imbalance since having my son I went on the depo (which I knew doesn't agree with me) it took 2 years for my periods to come back and they came back with a vengeance. I was down depressed, bleeding all the time, no motivation and no sex drive and constant hormonal headaches. I had completely lost myself. I decided to try the mini pill to have a break from it all and I'm so glad I did I've got myself back I'm happy, jolly and not anxious at all. If your suffering with a hormonal imbalance and need a break like I did I highly recommend cerelle


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for nearly 6 months and during that time I was very nauseous. I also had horrendous mood swings and completely lost my sex drive. The worst symptom however was the random bleeding, completely out the blue with no warning which was so inconvenient


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This was great for my mood and mental stability. Instead of my mood completely dropping drastically and making each month unbearable with emotions, overthinking and mood swings, this gave me a clear head and no drop. I could barely tell when I was due a period. Unfortunately each month I’d have a week of absolute burning and discomfort that made me cry anyway. I came off it to get my body back to normal and just risked the mental health side.


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

  •  Still using

I was suffering a hormonal imbalance since having my son I went on the depo (which I knew doesn't agree with me) it took 2 years for my periods to come back and they came back with a vengeance. I was down depressed, bleeding all the time, no motivation and no sex drive and constant hormonal headaches. I had completely lost myself. I decided to try the mini pill to have a break from it all and I'm so glad I did I've got myself back I'm happy, jolly and not anxious at all. If your suffering with a hormonal imbalance and need a break like I did I highly recommend cerelle


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

  •  Still using

quite a positive experience so far, noticed I don’t show signs of ovulation, occasional small headaches but not significant, no negative effect towards mood :)


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

  •  Stopped using

I got given this pill as I have always had an issue with migraines whilst on the mini-pill. I was on this pill for 4 months and I didn't get one migraine which was great and really balanced my mood swings which I suffered badly from after my pregnancy. However, I literally bled on it all the time none stop. I would wake up in the morning with a a heavier bleed and by the evening I would be spotting. This happened everyday with no break. I finally gave up due to this.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I had to switch from my combined pill due to risk of breast cancer and stroke. I loved my previous pill but this one I've had such negative experiences, so anxious and depressed and angry, as well as random bleeding and making my work and home life difficult to cope with. I will not be taking this pill beyond the 3 months prescribed


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Oct 23

  •  Still using

Only been on this for 2 months to may make an updated review after longer time. But I was on the Evra patch for about 2 years, I loved it until the end as I got very teary all the time, had no sex drive and when I went on holiday the patch kept sweating off. My skin was always fine on contraception though and didn’t notice any weight gain. With cerelle for the 1st month I had a period as normal, my 2nd month I’ve had no period. I still have a low sex drive (which I had on the patch too) so maybe it’s an outside factor, haven’t noticed any major weight gain, skin is still fine. I’m still teary but I guess I’m just a depressed gal rather than contraception affecting me. Haven’t noticed any change to my boobs. On the patch I was very dry all the time which made sex not fun, on Cerelle I feel like I have more discharge which isn’t too much of a bad thing.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

Initially I really enjoyed having no period at all. I then noticed I was having regular weekly mood swings becoming irritable, angry and emotional for no reason. My breasts also got bigger and I struggle with large breasts anyway which I struggled with a lot.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Sep 23

  •  Still using

This pill has been amazing for me! It has completely stopped my periods and I have no side effects whatsoever. Cerelle has actually had a positive impact on my mood and also cleared up my hormonal acne. The only negative thing I've experienced with Cerelle is that I bled every day for the first month of starting it. I recommend anyone who is having issues with the combined pill to try the progesterone only pill, as I also can not tolerate oestrogen, and had terrible side effects from the combined pill.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  18th Sep 23

  •  Still using

I’ve had no issues with this pill until recently. Been on it for 4-5 years now after previously being on the combined pill for 9 years. Over the last two months I’ve been having period cramps and bleeding at the same time each month. I have never bleed on this pill until recently and I have never spotted on this pill or previously on the combined pill.


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