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 1  contraceptive extreme cramps, hair thinning, severe mood swings, loss of appetite for no reason, and major loss of sex drive, shortness of breath for no reason, extra and chunky discharge, breast tenderness back pain. I was on Ortho-Cyclen for a year which is essentially the same thing before I started Desogen and had all the same problems. A lot of my symptoms can also be STD related but I was thoroughly checked multiple times before deciding it was the pill and you should make sure you get checked too. Some of the symptoms aren't even known by most OB/GYNs such as the extra and chunky discharge, the shortness of breath and loss of appetite for no reason (this is common for the first month or two but it has continued for me.) The only thing good about this pill is that I didn't get pregnant. So glad to be off and feeling much better. F 20 1 years
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5/23/2014

 1  Oral Contraceptive Dizziness, bloating, fatigue, no sex drive, cysts in breasts. When I started taking Desogen 3 years ago, I was fine and I felt no different besides some small mood swings. As time went on, I gained weight in the thighs and hips (normal), breasts got larger, and I developed IBS symptoms ( bloating and constipation). Just recently my breasts have been so painful... I can't do physical activities without feeling pain and it hurts when my boyfriend simply touches them... not fun. Found out I have cysts... clearly from the pill. I am so angry that it took 3 years for things to go wrong with this pill. Unbelievable. F 20 3 years
.15 mg 1X D
5/21/2014

 1  mainly to regulate menstruation Cannot recall dosage because it was so king ago, but I want ti add my experience. I was taking it for more than a year, but did not connect the side effects with it, because it was ny first time ever taking contraceptives. Weight gain (which was fine), breasts larger, but worst was very severe mood swings that followed my cycle. When I discussed it with my gyn, I s surprised that she did not report an adverse event. I feel this drug should be taken off the market.. I agree with many other commenters that when it spiked my emotions to the negative, it was severe. If it's not already off the market, I think it should be, or more research should be done to see if there are physical/clinical chracteristics that are indicators for individuals for whom Desogen should not be a choice. I entered the age around which I was taking the prescription. F 28 1.5 years
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4/19/2014

 1  Regulate periods Irregular periods and heavy bleeding, longer periods, ended up on the hospital with blood clots F 42 3 months
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3/16/2014
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 1  Birth control Painful, aching boobs Bloatingness, Weight Gain Constipation Painful sex Prolonged periods Acne F 18 6 months
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12/4/2013

 3  Birth control Cramping before period which is normal. Slows down heavy periods. Facial hair growth, glands swelling, no sex drive, breast enlarge one size, moody, bloating. F 2 years
0.15 1X D
10/17/2013

 2  Birth control It's made me super sleepy and emotional. I feel as though I'm always tired and on the brink of crying of anything/anyone gets under my skin. Not to mention I'm started to become really bloated with no change to my diet since before taking it. Deff gonna be changed as soon as I go back to my dr. F 21 1 months
10/11/2013

 4  Regulate my period/pregnancy I believe that I haven't had any side effects from the pill. So far I feel very satisfied with the pill. No weight gain or anything crazy. F 23 2 years
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10/9/2013
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 2  Birth Control Breast were tender the first few weeks, and I think they've grown. Two days before I was supposed to start my green pills for my period I had the worst cramps of my life. I couldn't move, and had to wake my boyfriend up. He gave me Vicaden (sp?) to help and then had to carry me back to bed. I started my period 5 days late even though it's supposed to help regulate periods. I just started a new pack, but I'll be waiting to see if it will work with preventing a pregnancy... F 19 1 months
8/29/2013

 1  Contraceptive Cystic acne, weight gain, headache, very tender breasts and some cramping. I have never had so many cystic blemishes at one time as I had when I started taking this birth control! At first I didn't realize the connection but once I did I started making plans to change as soon as the month was up. As soon as I started on the last week of the pack my face cleared right up! I had also been wondering why in the world ALL of my pants got so tight all of a sudden and now I realize. My nurse practitioner changed me to desogen this year because I didn't want to gain any weight and she said this pill was very low hormone and wouldn't do so. There was nothing wrong with the pill I had been taking which is Tri-Linyah. I am back on that and experiencing breast tenderness as well but at least my face isn't broken out the way it was. That I cannot handle! F 29 1 months
150-30mcg 1X D
7/29/2013
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 2  Prevent pregnancy Migraines & hair thinning. Inability to lose weight no matter what new diet or exercise I tried. Moodiness. F 38 2 years
4/26/2013

 1  Birth control Helped clear acne, weight gain, low libido, hungry all the time, low energy and felt sleepy a lot, gave me a yeast infection when I first started, made sex painful for some reason and I was very moody. I wouldn't recommend it! F 27 6 months
3/30/2013

 2  Regulation of breakthru bleeding. Change in personality, frequent crying, fatigue, moodiness, low libido, no weight gain, no increased appetite, helped with acne, bad depression all together. F 35 10 days
.15 1X D
3/13/2013

 5  Birth control Lost wait, extreme breast growth, little to no ache! I'm very impressed with this pill and I plan on continuing to use it. Only problem is mild nausea in the beginning but totally worth it for all the positive side effects! F 16 6 months
3/4/2013

 2  Avoid pregnancy weight weight, 7lbs lost libido Lack of desire to do anything lack of patience/irritability Was switched from Yaz...my mind is not made up yet, seems as though symptoms change every month. F 27 7 months
0.150mg 1X D
3/4/2013

 5  PCOS Mild headaches the first week, acne cleared, hair loss slowed, facial hair nonexistent. F 38 1 months
2/22/2013
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 3  Pregnancy prevention Weight gain, lowered libido, mood swings. Desogen did help clear my acne, and regulare periods F 23 6 months
2/7/2013

 1  Birth control Nausea vomiting severe headache clotting my arms went to sleep at night problems sleeping bleeding for 6 days blurred vision Hate this pill. I am not taking it anymore. Calling gyn tomorrow. My 1st period was horrible. Vomiting blurred vision the headache that has eased but still there. I have a 3 year old and I can't have a constant headache. Dr switched me from ortho Novum 777 because I developed a cyst. I would rather take my chances with the ovarian cyst then the issues. All of this drug brought me after only 1 month F 41 30 days
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12/30/2012

 1  Contraception/Acne I was on Junel Fe for about a year and a half. My doctor changed my pill to apri, the generic of desogen because I complained about my acne. I was so excited to try this pill to get rid of the acne.. Around the 6th day I started to feel very weird, emotionally. I am ALWAYS an up beat person and never had problems with my emotions. It made me feel very weird, just negative thoughts and just in general not a great mood as I usually am .. I stopped taking this pill as soon as I noticed a change in my mood. I am going to go back on the Junel Fe. Birth control is different for everyone and this pill may not be perfect for everyone, it may work with others, but for me it didn't. F 19 7 days
30 mg
12/3/2012
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 3  Birth control I've been taking desogen for 3 months now and I can't wait to change it next month. I'm hungry all the time and I can't control my emotions. I have no sex drive what so ever to the point I'm confused on why im even taking birth control pills lol. Doesn't really help with acne but helps alot with cramping . Not a long term pill but I guess its good to start with F 22 3 months
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12/1/2012
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 2  contraception omg this pill is horrible!!!! it made me gain like 20 pounds, and i swear at least 10 of those pounds when to my thighs... not cool. It did make my boobs bigger, but its really not worth it. it also helps a little with acne. It has made me crazy the whole time I've been taking it. Mood swings, anywhere from anger to just full blown rage over the smallest things. It made me very unhappy with life in general. It pretty much changed my whole personality. I'm sad for no reason at all and have absolutely no energy. That's just not me, I've always been happy and upbeat. I also think thats what has been making me feel sick and dizzy too. It does seem to help with cramps, but only because i take only the active pills for the most part, if i take the nonactive ones i get a week of hell and stomach pains. As for sex drive... what sex drive? Even kissing grosses me out since taking this pill! It has just turned me into a very cold person and i hate that! Seriously reconsider taking this pill!! for real this pill is horrible! F 23 1.5 years
1X D
11/13/2012

 5  Prevent Pregnancy Nothing bad F 17 4 months
10/25/2012

 1  Contraceptive - migraines at least twice per month - no sex drive - no noticeable clearing of skin - lethargy After one month of taking Reclipsen (the generic of Desogen), I began getting frequent migraine headaches - something I used to only ever get after a VERY strenuous workout. My sex-drive disappeared while I was on this pill. It took 3-4 months after stopping this pill before my sex drive began coming back. Having no sex-drive in a relationship is an unacceptable side effect for a pill that is supposed to enable sex! I felt tired and lethargic while on this pill. Before taking Desogen my boyfriend and I regularly enjoyed nights out with friends. Following1-2 months after beginning this pill, I felt lethargic all day. I no longer had the same disposition while going out which lead to not wanting to spend nights out. I would never recommend this oral contraceptive based on my experience and other women's experiences. F 22 5 months
1X D
10/22/2012

 1  Contraceptive I gained so much weight it isn't even funny. (I went from 135-160 lbs in less than 5months, and my weight had been 135 for almost 2 years) Not really even an increased appetite either. Infact I worked out more and ate healthier :( also It caused me to become incredibly irrational, argumentative and an over all negative person. I am exhausted all the time and have no desire to do anything on my days off. My body aches and this makes me so sad. I used to be a small, pretty, and over all happy person. This pill makes me hate my life in general. I need to find another pill or just get off this one! DO NOT TAKE THIS PILL! F 20 7 months
1X D
9/13/2012

 1  birth control complete lack of sex drive, extreme mood swings, irritability and anger I used to be on a tri-phasic pill but the genius *sarcasm* doctor at planned parenthood said that someone my age shouldnt be on that type of pill and switch me to this horrible pill. It completely killed my sex drive, I was very easily irritated and angered, and would have some pretty violent mood swings from being depressed one minute angry the next and then incredibly happy. Also, this pill did absolutely nothing to help with cramps/PMS which used to be helped by the other bc I was on. In short I would not recommend this pill to anyone. F 22 6 months
1X D
8/20/2012
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 3  Birth Control Sex drive so low that Ryan Gosling couldn't even turn me on, bad dizziness in the first 2 weeks, mood swings, extremely emotional, thoughts of suicide, and slight weight gain. I think the worst side effects of this pill are the lowered libido, and occasionally considering suicide (which isn't normal for me) but everything else is tolerable. F 19 1 months
1X D
7/19/2012

 1  prevent pregnacy I developed Deep Vein Thrombosis in my arm at age 34 back in 2009. I had to self administer injections of Lovenox into my stomach and be on Coumadin blood thinners for 9 months. I was on bed rest for a few weeks and I could not work the whole time. Desogen did clear my acne up. It did give me bad mood swings. I was tired a lot and had no energy. I would not recommend this pill to anyone. Too bad this pill wasn't Yaz or Orcella because I could be getting a big settlement. Nobody will help me with a Desogen case. F 36 6 months
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7/19/2012
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 1  Birth control Horrible depression and rage. I have been on the pill for 15 years but recently was switched to Desogen because the clinic no longer carried my other BC. I have never experience this before. I was telling a friend about how crazy I had been and she asked what BC I was on. I never even thought about it being my BC since I have never had these problems with previous BC. I just want to be myself again! F 31 3 months
1/day
7/10/2012

 5  BC, Bad Cramps without it None noticed I have had a great time with Desogen. My skin cleared a bit, and my horrible cramps went away. I noticed no side affects at all. I used it to skip periods for three months straight and when I let myself have a period, my uteran lining came out in one piece which creeped me out, but that happens with lots of BC and was my own fault for skipping so many months. The generic, Apri was fine too, I took that back in college. F 28 5 months
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7/9/2012
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 1  Birth control complete lack of sex drive, random mood swings, depression, anxiety, irritability, random weight gain... helped my acne though pretty quick.. for three years I have been on a tri-cyclin birth control and this is my first time being on a monocyclin.. I requested to be switched because my previous birth control was starting to make me break out rather than prevent my acne. within a week or so I was noticing a drastic change in my sex-drive and felt horrible for my boyfriend because I usually have a very high drive. I also found myself starting to despise my boyfriend who is one of the sweetest people I've ever known.. Everything he does makes me irritated and I feel like I'm constantly angry at him. Incredibly irritable - even small things would set me off.. Also getting very depressed where I don't feel like doing anything and my outlook of life is just bad.. Everything seems horrible. I didn't even think it could be my birth control until I read these reviews.. I'm so glad i looked it up.. gonna call my doctor right away and get switched. F 21 30 days
1X D
6/23/2012

 5   No side effects it is the best and all the other ones had awful side effects. Id just say take it at exacty the same time each day to be sure your 'side ' effects arent due to taking the pill at varied times! I would recommend it to women who spot or are an emotional reck on other ones because I was on everything else and nothing worked until this F 28 4 months
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6/6/2012
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 1  Birth Control Vomiting, extreme mood swings, weight gain, low sex drive. I would never recommend it. F 34 3 months
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6/3/2012
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 1  Pregnancy prevention Extreme mood swings, periods lasting at most two days, complete change of personality and out look of life, negative thoughts, angry outbursts, very severe headaches, fatigue, loss of breath. But mostly the extremely negative mood swings. I felt that it was a very good birth control for me because I felt normal for the whole month but when my period came around and passed and I began taking the pills after the seven days something in my head felt like it clicked and I had very severe headaches, fatigue, lack of breath, and the most outstanding part of the side affects was the mood swings. Every month for a whole one to two weeks I would not be the same person, and there was a lot of drama within my family because of my sudden changes and also with the relationship with my boyfriend. I would never recommend this pill to someone if they were to have the same results as I did. F 16 3 months
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5/26/2012
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 1  avoid pregnancy depression, mood swings, feelings of isolation, suicidal thoughts, chest pains, shortness of breath, and lengthening my period. would NOT recommend this pill. F 21 5 days
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5/6/2012

 1  Acne, endometriosis, birth control. After taking this pill for almost a year, I've realized how awful it affected me. It helped clear up my acne quickly, but oh man have I had the worst and craziest mood swings and anxiety!! I get super irritated easily, can't control my emotions, get depressed and very tired throughout the day. I also want to eat everything in sight. An awful thing as well is that I constantly bleed randomly throughout taking the pills when I should not be bleeding. I never stopped to consider that these symptoms were brought on from the birth control I was taking... But it definitely is. I would not recommend this pill to anyone! F 23 1 years
4/18/2012

 2  Clear up acne Acne didn't clear up. Breast tenderness, anxiety and panic attacks, breasts got a little bigger that was the only plus. Super bad cramps on my period!! Mood swings like you wouldn't believe..depression.. also one of the worst yeast infections. Tiredness and dizziness. This pill is horrible!!!!!! F 17 3 months
4/10/2012

 2  To prevent pregnancy Migranes, SEVER anxiety, nausea, vomiting, heart palpitations I tried this pill a year ago and didn't like it so I'm not really sure why my doctor put me on it again but oh well. I took it for a total of 2 days this time and the side effects were the same and just as horrible as before. I had a severe migrane yesterday with nausea and anxiety and today I woke up in a panic attack with nausea and vomiting. I called my doctor and I'm switching tomorrow. Thank goodness. Again, everyone is different so maybe it will work for you but it just didn't work for me. Estrogen really messes with me in the first place so this wasn't really a surprise that it failed. F 22 3 days
30MG 1X D
4/10/2012
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 2  Prevent pregnancy Suicidal ideation, lack of sex drive, continual cramping, excessive weight gain, depression I wish I'd never taken this pill. I was on Ortho-Tricyclen Lo for almost a year before I got pregnant and miscarried. My doctor decided Desogen was a better replacement for the Ortho, and it worked great for preventing pregnancy. However, it did so because I found my husband's touch revolting...we only had sex an average of once every two months. And that was after I got tired of him badgering me for it. I was constantly angry and depressed over nothing. I cried all the time over nothing. Every day I drove I wanted to drive my car off the bridges and cliffs I passed. I thought about shooting myself. I never think like that, ONLY when I was on this pill. It got so bad my husband told me to stop taking it because risking pregnancy was better than risking my sanity/life. I've been fine ever since I got off that pill, it's just taken awhile to work the weight off. My suggestion would be if you try, stop taking it as soon as you start to feel any of those side effects during times other than menstruation. Good luck! F 26 3 years
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3/14/2012
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 1  Due to my Endometriosis I've got Endometriosis and High Blood Pressure. I'm a student so due to no insurance I went to my local health department and was given this to try. I only took TWO pills but I noticed an immediate change in my body. After a few hours of taking this med I was extremely tired. I had absolutely no energy. I also found myself extremely irritated with the sound of my brothers voice?? What's up with that..right? At one point I even asked him to shut up. That only led to an argument...which I'm sure I won. By day two my blood pressure (which by the way was doing so well due to my new exercise regiment that I no longer needed to take my pills) spiked to 143/99 and my pulse dropped to 55 beats per minute. Needless to say I quickly popped two blood pressure pills. I also noticed extreme bloating and edema in my legs. This is a terrible drug! I've decided to stop taking these pills IMMEDIATELY and call my doctor in the morning. My advice to you....be very aware of your body and know Pay attention to your body! F 28 2 days
28 day 1X D
3/5/2012

 1  Birth Control INSOMNIA and when it wasn't insomnia, complete and utter fatigue. So bad I couldn't function. Eating everything in sight. Bad moods, anxiety attacks The only reason why I'm sticking with this pill to the end of the month is so I don't get irregular bleeding. It's absolutely terrible. This is the worst birth control pill I've ever been on. The worst is how it makes me feel. I'm either really really tired (falling asleep in my classes - I'm a college student) or I'm up pulling an all nighter for no reason. I have never felt this much of a lack of energy. It even kills me when I go to the gym, which is supposed to give you energy. This pill is affecting all my mental and physical problems. I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis recently and since I'm eating everything, my stomach hurts all the goddamn time. My anxiety is way worse. I'm having panic attacks for no reason and I can't breathe most of the time because my chest tightens up so bad. Honestly this is been the longest most painful month of my life. Someone get me off this pill! F 21 3 weeks
1X D
2/23/2012
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 1  Birth Control / Acne Depression, irritability, negative about life, mood swings, Weight gain, (I gained 10lbs in 2 months when I'm normally pretty steady with weight), bloating in stomach area, increased appetite, fatigue and lack of energy. My acne cleared up like a charm though. I attribute the higher amount of estrogen to the side effects I experienced. I think the desogestrel progesterone is good for my skin, but bad bad bad for my moods and energy. F 32 2 months
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2/4/2012
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 2  Birth control/regulate period Migraines, hair loss, cramps, loss of appetite, the only reason I've stuck with it this long is because my doctor gave me a 6 month supply F 19 6 months
1/30/2012

 1  Birth control After only a few days of taking Desogen, I felt a slight increase in my breast size. They feel fuller. However, so does the rest of my body. I feel constantly bloated. I have a loss of appetite. I'm constantly sad, anxious and on the verge of tears. I keep over-reacting to things. Overall, I hate the way I feel about everything especially how it's made me feel about myself. F 24 2 weeks
.15mg 1X D
1/17/2012

 4  I am taking Desogen for PCOS great with weight loss. already down 20 lbs and only my 2nd month. HORRIBLE CRAMPS!! And an increase in migrain frequency. I have been on Apri 30mg (desogen) BCP for a little less then 2 months. I like it mainly because it is reversing the 2 worst symptoms of PCOS the weight gain and the acne. I am already down 20lbs and have 2 weeks left on my 2nd pack. Acne is doing well too. I still break out but only the week before i get my period. The downfall of Apri...is the HORRID, EXCRUSIATING cramping. for about a week or so (like 2-3 days over a week) before my period came last month and about 2 days over a week this month.. The cramps are the worst i have ever experienced. Dizzy, nausious, sharp pains on my sides where my ovaries are and in my back. I mean ill granted 2 weeks out of the month im in bad pain but for me its worth it if the medication is helping me lose weight and making my face clear. I dot have any intentions of stoping this medication. Also the other bad thing is the week before my period comes, I get a bad migrain about every day untill my peroid is over. F 25 2 months
30mg 1X D
12/23/2011
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 3   some acne, shorter and lighter periods, I didn't gain any weight at all and I did not have any mood swings, if anything it made me feel more balanced emotionally. The only problem I have with it is that I started getting acne on my chest.. which I never did before. I switched to this off of another BC to give me lighter periods, which it definitely did. I sometimes only have it 2 days. My libido stayed the same and didn't have any 'dryness' at all. My doctor gave me enough for a year so I can't really change now. Other than the acne I'm overall happy with it. F 21 6 months
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11/8/2011
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 1  heavy periods/bad cramps crazy beyond crazy mood swings, chest pain, headaches, bloating, constipation. I have already started spotting. I eat healthy and exercise and have a great bmi but I know I will gain weight if I continue taking this because all I want to do is sleep. I never feel like this and I would rather deal with debilitating cramps than this misery. It has been a miserable two weeks and I called my doctor right away to get off of it. F 21 14 days
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10/17/2011

 3  Regulate periods and prevent pregna Appetite loss, breast swelling, extreme cramping, headaches, tiredness, mood swings, emotional My period came twice in thirty days and was irratic and I had horrible cramping which I have never expirienced before. F 25 30 days
30 1X D
10/14/2011
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 2  preventing babies ACNE galore, tiredness, moodiness, NO SEX DRIVE AT ALL, headaches, munchies I'm a very healthy 19 year old, and I've never had anything like this before. I took acne medicine for years and now that its back I'm pretty irritated. Also, I'm accustomed to my crazy sex drive, but now its not there at all. My boyfriend has noticed and I've been wanting to.rip his head off at any instant even when he is nothing but sweet as can be. Honestly, being pregnant would be better than this. Getting off of it soon. F 19 1 months
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10/10/2011
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 3  prevent pregnancy extreme hair loss I've always had very thick hair and once I started desogen it started falling out in fairly decent clumps, I find it all over the house and it falls out in the shower. I've never had this problem before this pill or on any other pill, and I am only 22 years old. My hair is now very thin. I plan on changing because of this reason alone. I thought adventually it would stop once my hormones adjusted, but it didnt and its been 11 months now. F 22 11 months
30mg 1X D
9/15/2011
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 5  pregnancy prevention The second week of the first pack was rough - feeling fatigued, fuzzy-headed, and general wanting to murder someone. Then it went away and since then, I've felt good, normal, and NOT PREGNANT (yay!). I didn't gain weight - in fact, I lost it, but that was more to do with regular sleep / exercise than pills. I did not suffer from worsened period symptoms, nausea, headaches, bone problems, or moodiness. In fact, I kind of mellowed out a little, but again, that was more from lifestyle changes than the chemicals in the pills...the fact that the pill affected me so little that I could function normally is a good sign. It's also allowed me to help regulate my daily routine and make my periods happen on time. (They used to always be really late.) F 21 3 months
.15 mg 1X D
9/5/2011

 1  Prevent pregnancy EXTREME mood swings! I feel annoyed, sad and wanting to cry all the time for no reason. Also, the pill made me very anxious. When i stop taking it, everything goes away, so it's definitely what is causing all that! I'm still taking Desogen because i'm waiting for my doctors appointment to get a different one because i don't want to get pregnant, but i would NOT recommend this pill to anyone. F 20
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8/30/2011
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 3  contraception, endometriosis Less acne, shorter and less painful periods, sore and swollen breasts, nausea & (rarely) vomiting with first couple pills of each pack, lower sex drive, increase in depressed feelings, lethargy, and anxiety. I've been on Desogen then Ortho-Cept then Apri (all the same med, just different brands) for 4.5 years on and off. It helped manage my endometriosis and I never got pregnant. I never got any headaches or gained any weight whatsoever. Appetite has reamined static. Overall this was a good pill for me, despite the lower sex drive and increased depression/lethargy, which I'm sure all pills will give me anyway. However, over the last 7 months I've had spotting & acne starting midway through the pack and continuing until my period. The Dr. told me this is due to the estrogen dose not being high enough, so I'm (rather nervously) starting Sprintec. Why the dose needs to be so high is a mystery to me; I'm 5'7 and 116 pounds. Remember that all pills will affect women differently, and will affect you differently depending on your stage in life. What works now might not work later and vice versa, so try to give your pill a fair chance and consider other factors that might be causing your "side effects". F 22 4.5 years
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8/24/2011

 4  Birth Control and PCOS loss of libido, but that's it! My skin is great, and I've lost 25lbs! There is a slight loss of libido, but its worth it. I've tried just about every other bc out there and none ever agreed with me until now. F 28 4 months
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8/20/2011

 3  Contraceptive On the pill: Pros- weight loss, breast size went up slightly, short periods. Cons- loss of libido, hair is falling out and thinning out, I have never had migraines before and now experience them about once a month. I've always been a bit emotional and this bc has pretty much numbed that. Side effects immediately after stopping desogen: Pros- none Cons- I'm a complete nut case. I never really thought about what it meant to supplement your hormones and now I know. I've never been so negative in my life and ending birth control has really screwed me up. I'm never taking a hormonal bc again. I just want my hormones to balance out naturally and be done with this already. It's great if you don't mind not having any emotions, sex drive, losing your hair, losing your appetite. Basically, it's really not that bad if you don't mind being a zombie. In the process of becoming a real human again! lol, but seriously. F 24 2 years
.15 MG 1X D
8/18/2011

 1  relieve endometriosis pain I loved this up until very recently when discovered low dose pills such as this lower bone density. After cracking ribs from a cough my bones were tested and diagnosed with ostopenia-osteoporosis. Im not even post menopausal yet and now my future is at great risk of bone fractures. Have no other risk factors other than this pill. Drug co. have known studies prove it lowers bone density, especially in younger women/teens yet there is still no warning on the label. Mircette/Kariva/Desogen/Azzurrette are known as the worst offenders. F 45 11 years
.15 1X M
8/18/2011
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 1  to prevent pregnancy MAJOR migraines, mood swings, wanting to cry for no reason, always tired and im usually a morning person, cant stand being around certain people, and really bad cramps and went three weeks with a period. I wouldnt suggest taking this birth control unless u like having migraines, mood swings, and alot of other crap going wrong with your self. F 25 4 months
0.15mg 1X D
8/17/2011
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 5  ACNE, pregnancy prevention cleared my skin I had painful cystic acne on my chin, it looked like boils. nothing would cure it except this birth control pill. i have tried others and this is by far the best for acne. F 23 4 years
1 1X D
7/22/2011

 1  Birth Control Headaches, nuasea, Sudden severe onset of depression, crying fits, over reacting, suicidal thoughts, violence and panic I have suffered from mild to moderate depression in the past, but before I started I was free from any episodes for over a year and a half. I experience a HARD case within day 3-4. Serious mental health issues. I experienced headaches from day 1, though relatively mild, if not for the sudden mental instability, I would try and see if it improved, but I cannot deal with this insanity. I do not think this is a drug for those who have dealt with mental health issues. I have taken BC pills over 4 years ago and got off them due to horrible mood swings (ortho-tri cyclen), but recently had a pregnancy scare (condoms kept slipping off for no appearent reason) and decided to see if a different BC pill would work. The way I feel right now, I'll run the risk of pregnancy, becuase this stuff is far worse then having a baby. I am swearing off hormonal birth control. (I was taking Solia version of this drug) F 22 8 days
0.15 1X D
7/15/2011

 3  Regulate Period Nausa, decrease in appetite, stomach aches, major fatigue, dizziness. Even thought k haven't been taking it long it's been the worst 7 days I haven't been eating I don't have an appetite to eat anything if I do its cracker or something I already weight 120lbs I'm not trying to LOSE weight. It makes me feel horrible I'm debating on wheather I should stop taking the pill F 19 7 days
.15 MG 1X D
7/14/2011
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 1  Prevention of Pregnancy Migraines lasting days, extreme breast tenderness, depression and anxiety attacks, acne cleared and then returned When I began taking Desogen I felt very sick to my stomach and the migraines started almost right away lasting three days each time, several times a month. I decided to give it 3 months to see if it would clear up, which it did, and my occasional pimple disappeared. However at about 7 months on the pill the migraines returned, the pimples became more frequent, and I feel very tired, depressed and paranoid. I believe this pill is negatively affecting my relationship with my husband when it was suppossed to help us not worry about another pregnancy. I would not recommend to anyone. F 31 9 months
1X D
6/22/2011

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