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Rated 3.3

11 reviews

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Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

105 reviews

Daily

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91% - 99+%

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None

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None

Effect on fertility

Zelleta pill ingredients

Main hormones in Zelleta pill

Less-Androgenic progestogen


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Main hormones in Noriday pill

Androgenic progestogen

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Zelleta pill reviews

11 reviews

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

  •  Stopped using

Overall, I was happy with this pill. I am not currently on it as I'm in between prescriptions and its been difficult contacting my doctor. However, the last week without it has made me realise how I was benefitting from it. I used to get mood swings quite often which disappeared when on this pill. The first month, my mood swings were still there like before and I found that I was more likely to cry over small things but this went away after the first 4 weeks. Before, I would also get medium pain cramps that lasted nearly the whole day for about 2 weeks on and off every month. This went down to small cramps for an hour maybe one or twice a month which was definitely a positive. I did get one or two more spots on my face which was annoying as I've struggled with my skin for a while and was finally starting to clear it up before starting the pill but this wasn't a significant impact because I was used to my stubborn skin. I also got spots on my back and chest, but these started going away again after about 6-8 weeks. The main impact I had was my period. It went from being pretty regular and heavy for 6-7 days every month to a very light period (ranging from light/medium to basically only spotting) that lasted for 3 weeks. Although without cramps and because it was so light it didn't impact me much (it was more an inconvenience). After this, I wouldn't get my period for over a month (about 5 weeks) and then it started again. I understand that this is what would put most people off getting the pill and it was what I had been dreading the most but I realised that it wasn't as bad as I thought as most days I could get away with just a panty liner rather than an actual pad or tampon (and it reassured me I wasn't pregnant).

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Apr 24

  •  Still using

I couldn’t be happier with this pill. After having a break from contraception and using FAM and falling pregnant twice, I decided I needed to go back on birth control. I initially tried the copper coil but it expelled after 24 hours and I didn’t want to go through the insertion process again. I went to the doctor and she’s said to give the mini pill a go, and I was prescribed Zelleta. I was really nervous as I have previously been in the combined pill for 7 years and it really impacted my mood so I was hesitant to try a pill again, but the doctor told me my body could react differently to the mini pill and she was right. The first two weeks I had headaches almost everyday, and was feeling extremely tired but I think this was down to my body getting used to the pill. After the three week mark they both disappeared. I had no loss of sex drive, I would actually say it’s increased which took me by surprise. I’ve lost around 8lbs and I feel like I have more energy. The only downside for me is my skin (previously completely clear) has had some breakouts but I will take it. My low mood and anxiety has decreased significantly. I was so hesitant to go back on the pill but when your doctor says they’re not all the same and you just have to find the right one for you, listen to them because it’s so true.


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

  •  Still using

The main side effect I experienced at the beginning of taking this pill was nausea, mainly after I had taken the pill but also throughout the day to the point where I thought I could be pregnant but it has subsided. I have started getting very irregular periods and regular spotting but I don’t really mind it too much, generally they’re a lot lighter and not painful. I have gotten a few more breakouts but they’re quite small, and could be due to other factors - do not let this put you off this pill. In terms of mood I have been crying more but not necessarily because I’m sadder at all? just out of happiness etc haha. No impact at all on sex drive etc yes. Overall a pretty good experience so far (but don’t want to jinx it)


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

  •  Stopped using

Overall, I was happy with this pill. I am not currently on it as I'm in between prescriptions and its been difficult contacting my doctor. However, the last week without it has made me realise how I was benefitting from it. I used to get mood swings quite often which disappeared when on this pill. The first month, my mood swings were still there like before and I found that I was more likely to cry over small things but this went away after the first 4 weeks. Before, I would also get medium pain cramps that lasted nearly the whole day for about 2 weeks on and off every month. This went down to small cramps for an hour maybe one or twice a month which was definitely a positive. I did get one or two more spots on my face which was annoying as I've struggled with my skin for a while and was finally starting to clear it up before starting the pill but this wasn't a significant impact because I was used to my stubborn skin. I also got spots on my back and chest, but these started going away again after about 6-8 weeks. The main impact I had was my period. It went from being pretty regular and heavy for 6-7 days every month to a very light period (ranging from light/medium to basically only spotting) that lasted for 3 weeks. Although without cramps and because it was so light it didn't impact me much (it was more an inconvenience). After this, I wouldn't get my period for over a month (about 5 weeks) and then it started again. I understand that this is what would put most people off getting the pill and it was what I had been dreading the most but I realised that it wasn't as bad as I thought as most days I could get away with just a panty liner rather than an actual pad or tampon (and it reassured me I wasn't pregnant).


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Apr 24

  •  Still using

I couldn’t be happier with this pill. After having a break from contraception and using FAM and falling pregnant twice, I decided I needed to go back on birth control. I initially tried the copper coil but it expelled after 24 hours and I didn’t want to go through the insertion process again. I went to the doctor and she’s said to give the mini pill a go, and I was prescribed Zelleta. I was really nervous as I have previously been in the combined pill for 7 years and it really impacted my mood so I was hesitant to try a pill again, but the doctor told me my body could react differently to the mini pill and she was right. The first two weeks I had headaches almost everyday, and was feeling extremely tired but I think this was down to my body getting used to the pill. After the three week mark they both disappeared. I had no loss of sex drive, I would actually say it’s increased which took me by surprise. I’ve lost around 8lbs and I feel like I have more energy. The only downside for me is my skin (previously completely clear) has had some breakouts but I will take it. My low mood and anxiety has decreased significantly. I was so hesitant to go back on the pill but when your doctor says they’re not all the same and you just have to find the right one for you, listen to them because it’s so true.


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

  •  Still using

The main side effect I experienced at the beginning of taking this pill was nausea, mainly after I had taken the pill but also throughout the day to the point where I thought I could be pregnant but it has subsided. I have started getting very irregular periods and regular spotting but I don’t really mind it too much, generally they’re a lot lighter and not painful. I have gotten a few more breakouts but they’re quite small, and could be due to other factors - do not let this put you off this pill. In terms of mood I have been crying more but not necessarily because I’m sadder at all? just out of happiness etc haha. No impact at all on sex drive etc yes. Overall a pretty good experience so far (but don’t want to jinx it)


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Noriday pill reviews

105 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1st Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

Took this for 7 weeks and my mood has rapidly declined over the last two weeks. Any inconvenience that I’d usually be able to brush off or get over seems to leave my crying uncontrollably. Anxiety levels are higher than normal for me. The two periods that I had while on the pill were definitely longer lasting, would usually be 5 days max but last one was 8 days (although light towards the end). Stopping today because of the depressive thoughts


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

Noriday worked well for me with regards to my mental health. I didn't notice any major change, unlike other progesterone only pills. However, I had UTIs constantly for the whole time I was on it. I've been off Noriday for a week and my bladder feels back to normal!


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

  •  Stopped using

I've been on Noriday for 3 months now and it's been a more positive experience than Cerazette, but I am ultimately stopping because I want to have a sex drive again and I won't be sexually active for some months. This pill did balance out my moods a lot, I experienced less headaches, my periods were lighter and less painful but I did experience spotting as soon as it was my ovulation week through to my periods which I continued to get. I also experienced hair loss, my hair tends to shed any but it was noticeably more and even came out in a clump one time. In the future I'll be using condoms whilst I contemplate a copper IUD as I think hormonal methods just aren't for me.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1st Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

Took this for 7 weeks and my mood has rapidly declined over the last two weeks. Any inconvenience that I’d usually be able to brush off or get over seems to leave my crying uncontrollably. Anxiety levels are higher than normal for me. The two periods that I had while on the pill were definitely longer lasting, would usually be 5 days max but last one was 8 days (although light towards the end). Stopping today because of the depressive thoughts


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  24th Mar 24

  •  Stopped using

Noriday worked well for me with regards to my mental health. I didn't notice any major change, unlike other progesterone only pills. However, I had UTIs constantly for the whole time I was on it. I've been off Noriday for a week and my bladder feels back to normal!


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

  •  Stopped using

I've been on Noriday for 3 months now and it's been a more positive experience than Cerazette, but I am ultimately stopping because I want to have a sex drive again and I won't be sexually active for some months. This pill did balance out my moods a lot, I experienced less headaches, my periods were lighter and less painful but I did experience spotting as soon as it was my ovulation week through to my periods which I continued to get. I also experienced hair loss, my hair tends to shed any but it was noticeably more and even came out in a clump one time. In the future I'll be using condoms whilst I contemplate a copper IUD as I think hormonal methods just aren't for me.


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

  •  Stopped using

I was on Noriday for just over 6 months. While my skin improved and my boobs got bigger, this was not worth the other side effects. Not only did I have constant break through bleeding but it tanked my mental health. I had been lucky enough to have never suffered mental health issues but since going on the Noriday pill, I have been riddled with anxiety and started having semi-regular panic attacks. It also killed my motivation for life (including my sex drive). I came off it 3 months ago in favour of the non-hormonal IUD and I am STILL feeling the knock on effects from this pill. I still have significantly bad anxiety / panic attacks which I am hoping goes away once my hormones regulate themselves but right now it feels like a never ending nightmare. Obviously everyone reacts differently to the pill but I just wish someone had warned me of this possibility before I started taking it.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  27th Sep 23

  •  Still using

I have no idea what to do, my options are limited. I’ve been on this since coming off desgesterol, which was working for me for years until it decided it wasn’t. Weight gain, dizziness and heavy periods. I’m always tired too.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Jul 23

  •  Stopped using

This pill worked perfectly for around a year then it started disagreeing with me. Most of the literature says that periods stop when taking this pill but that wasn't the case for me. They would come every month, last 7 days and be heavy for roughly 4 of those days. Then I started getting spotting/breakthrough bleeding most months. I mostly went on this pill to help my periods, it was disheartening that it didn't work for me as my mood wasn't massively affected and I felt it would finally be the pill that worked for me.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  30th Jun 23

  •  Stopped using

Tender breasts 2ish weeks before period. Loss of sex drive. Very bad bloating and constipation at times. My anxiety increased but this could have been due to the relationship I was in. I would feel very depressed a day before my period, but the rest of the time I was OK. I would get pink/brown discharge a day or 2 before my period and I am still getting this after 4 months of being off this pill. My period were lighter which was good and I had no pregnancy which was good. I felt bigger (I don't weigh myself though) and this may have been because of the bloating or due to weight gain.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Jun 23

  •  Still using

I have had some side effects, but they're all small and manageable. Ive found that if I take the pill on the dot of when im supposed to I don't get any symptoms, they just tend to pop up when I've taken a pill a little late (say 2 hours past when I was supposed to). For me this has been the best contraceptive I've been on, my libido hasn't been changed, i'm not bleeding excessively and I haven't noticed an effect on my mood either (all of which I had experienced to an extreme level on both other contraceptives I've used before; the Depo-Provera shot and the Cerazette (Desogestrel)).


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  16th Feb 23

  •  Still using

I have been using Noriday for 1 month now. I started taking it on the first day of my period and found that my period pains were worse and my period lasted for around 8 days rather than 5-6. Since then I have had low level cramping and aching however nothing significant. I have had quite a lot of bloating but not change in weight. I do believe I have still ovulated this month and I haven’t seen any real change in mood or libido which are the two main things that are normally affected for me. Overall so far I’d say this has been better for me than Cerazette and Microgynon but will report back once I’ve used it for a while longer


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  9th Feb 23

  •  Still using

I tried Noriday after a bad experience with Azalea (lot of heavy, painful bleeding). Noriday suited me perfectly. I experienced regular periods monthly. My periods were fine, not too heavy. I would experience some cramping for a week before my period every 3 months or so which wasn't ideal but not a deal-breaker. My skin cleared up so well since taking Noriday. I didn't notice any major changes to my mood. Any weight gain (minor) was caused by inactivity and being in a relationship rather than the pill itself. I did find that my breasts did feel quite tender before and during my period and grew a small bit since.


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