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 4  Satisfied Tender breasts, light and very heavy breakthrough bleeding, lightheadedness, thinning hair, improved complexion Within the first two months I experienced tender and enlarged breasts but that subsided. Now I'm experiencing abdominal bloating and constipation and my hair is thinning. However, my doctor advised that I should stay on it for the full 3 months to see how my body adjusts to the hormone. I am willing to stick it out! My libido has not waned on this pill and I have not gained weight so, I'm grateful for both of those reasons! F 42 3 months
35 MG 1X D
 1  Heavy Periods More frequent periods, breakthrough bleeding, heavy clotting during periods, cramps when not having period, extended periods, almost constant need for pads or tampons inluding in between periods. The side effects experienced during the last of the 3rd pack I took (heavy clotting, period that lasted over 2 weeks) caused my gynecologist to bring me in for an emergency appointment. F 48 3 months
0.35 mg 1X D
 1  Birth control Depression, OCD, disconnect with loved ones, Increased and inflamed acne, anxiety, irrational thoughts, suicidal thoughts, isolation, social anxiety (couldn't get out my home without having panic attacks), obsession with dying, insomnia (3-4 hours of sleep a day), - I had NEVER experienced these symptoms ever before... This pill turned my life into a nightmare. Stoped after three months, got on antidepressants to help with my obsessive suicidal thoughts! Few weeks after getting off micronor, I felt better already! Please consider a copper IUD (Hormone free). F 22 90 days
1X D
 3  Birth control I have had random moments of extreme dizziness that until reading other comments was possibly fluid in my ear. Also my nipples (not entire breast) are SO painful and an increase in appetite. I was put on this for birth control due to my age and past history of smoking. I was excited to finally have a birth control option after going 5 years without anything. My previous Gyno would not give me anything except offered an IUD or tubes tied. I am going to stick to this pill a little longer and hope the side effects I have with go away after more adjusting to this pill. The painful nipples are what may force me to discontinue if they do not resolve soon. 45 2 months
.35mg 1X D
 1  Endometriosis and birth control I started this to help with my endometriosis, but itís awful. Constant horrible cramps, bleeding for months at a time even with taking continuous dosage, acne all over, hair growth all over, vaginal odor, starting getting bacterial vaginosis all the time. The worst birth control Iíve ever been on. Iím going to try the mierna iud, I hope it helps. Has anyone else had problems with odor or constant BV? F 29 2 years
 1  Birth control I took micronor before for about 2 years and everything was perfect and then i stopped for 5 months and got back on it 3 months ago and i have NEVER been that irritable and moody in my entire life. I get pissed off at work, at my boyfriend, at my friends... i am literally always mad and throwing tantrums over stupid stuff its gotten ridiculous, i would not recommend if you have any kind of social life that you care about! F 21 90 days
 1  Nursing/birth control EXTREMELY DIZZY! panic attacks and terrible head aches Sucks F 31 2 months
 1  Switched from Depo Rage, Irritability, Depression, Breast Tenderness, Diarrhea This is the most depressed I have ever been and I am BIPOLAR!! I am getting back on the depo shot tomorrow...this is insane!! My rage is so bad itís scaring my kids...I canít control it and Iím scared I will snap on someone at work and lose my job. F 34 45 days
 1  Contraceptive, period control. Avoid if Progesterone intolerant! Spent 3 months in a blistering rage, gained 10kg in weight as there wasn't enough chocolate in the world to satisfy. Symptoms didn't lift in entire 3 months. Finally stopped after bout of rage caused me to endanger other people. Avoid, avoid avoid! Micronor now discontinued but is being prescribed under other names. Check the progesterone type carefully. F 42 3 months
 5  Birth control None at all. I see that some people had truly terrible experiences with this pill, but everyone's body is different, and Micronor is worth giving it a try. It is a mini pill - progestin only - and it contains the minimum amount of artificial hormone one can take in order to prevent ovulation / implantation. It is much safer than the combination pill, which also contains estrogen and a higher dose of progestin, especially for long term use and for people over 40. If it works great, if not, move on and try something else. F 44 17 years
typical 1X D
 1  help with HTN, and for birth cont. Excess hair growth; acne(skin used to be zit-free); oily skin; weight gain; some nausea; sore ankles; dry eyes; sciatica (unilateral). It SUCKS. F 45 28 days
 1  Extremely painful periods Muscle fatigue,constant PMS,dizziness,breast tenderness,brain fog,mood swings,overall physical/mental feeling unwell I quit taking this poison this morning-cramping and bleeding within 2hrs of missed dose. I felt so shaky and dizzy l shouldn't have driven home from work 4hrs later. The muscle pain is the most disturbing. I am a trim fit energetic woman and my whole body aches like an elderly person. Constant feeling of PMS-bloated,cramps,breast tenderness,fatigue so obviously l wasn't feeling very loving to my husband. Mood swings-felt like crying one minute then killing someone the next. Depressed,disinterested can't even think straight. I've only been taking these for 13days and am appalled how my whole being changed. Listen to your body-seriously concerned that women have to take this kind of poison. That may sound dramatic but l feel very strongly that this is a bad drug. F 37 13 days
 4  birth control Fatigue Hair Shedding? I like Micronor bc it didn't affect my vertigo but I am overly fatigued. And my hair has been shedding WAY more than normal. It says this pill shouldn't cause that but I'm not sure. I will up my vitamins and fish oil intake, bc birth control totally depletes your vitamin reserves. F 24 4 months
.35 1X D
 1  Dr. Recommended high BP Rash around mouth, increased weight, acne, anger, irritability, horrific nightmares, exhaustion, low sex-drive extremely sensitive skin.. My doctor told me I needed to switch from a combination oral birth control due to elevated blood pressure. First week I took this pill my face broke out in an awful rash. It was painful, the bumps never went away no matter what I did and then I started having worse acne than when I was in high school. I burned my face in the shower just by the extreme sensitivity my skin had as a reaction to this pill. Then I abruptly stopped it a week ago. My rash went away within two days and my skin went back to not being so sensitive but Iím still struggling with the acne partially because it has yet to heal from being burned. My issue now: anger. I have never been this moody and angry in my life. I feel crazy. I have no energy and I almost fell asleep driving home from work on Friday and I have zero-interest in sex when we usually have sex twice or more per day. I have an appointment on Monday to have my hormone levels tested; I hope to be able to go back to normal. The horrific nightmares, constantly feeling angry and not being able to stop it is awful. Hopefully, my loved ones will be able to forgive me for the horrendous past six weeks. Thank you to everyone who has posted on here. I almost ended my relationship today after a huge fight I caused. I found this website after the fight when I realized I wasnít myself. I feel better knowing Iím not alone and I hope my hormone levels go back to normal. F 34 36 days
 2  High blood pressure blurred vision, dizziness, headaches, very tired. I was put on micronor because my blood pressure was high. I previously had been taking Trinessa for years and never had any issues at all. If this is how I feel for just the first 4 days I can't imagine staying on this pill!! Seems like everyone's symptoms are all the same that I have read. I'm scared the weight gain and hair loss and breakouts will be next!! There has to be something else I can take that doesn't have all these horrible side effects. I definitely am not going to continue taking this pill. Going to see my Dr. to hopefully get something else like what I had been taking . Trinessa has worked amazing for me for years. I hope to be put back on that or something similar to it. F 41 4 days
 1  Birth Control You should be very attentive to your body and well-being when taking this medication. It can cause significant weight gain, it can cause overall body aches and pains (headaches, sciatica pain, ankle and knee pain, muscle pain, tingling sensations from your nerves), tiredness, dizziness and moodiness. If you start getting these symptoms, I would recommend that you stop this medication immediately. From my experience, I can tell you that your symptoms will only get worse the longer you take it. Ortho Micronor made me feel like my life was spiraling out of control with health issues. I was unable to sleep at night due to the pain shooting down my leg, my ankles felt like they were going to break when walking, and I gained a good bit of weight. I was absolutely miserable and at my breaking point when I decided to stop this pill. Note that is was my choice, not my doctors choice, to stop this medication. They never worried about this medication causing issues and no questions were asked F 40 5 years
1X D
 1  Contraception, endometriosis Absolute absence of vaginal lubrication, clitoral desensitization, no relief of pelvic/adhesion pain from the endometriosis, violent mood swings, severe dry eyes Second time taking this drug; cannot take combined pills due to general intolerance and history of migraine with aura. Experienced severely heavy periods with Paragard IUD and ultimately had an endometrial cyst rupture where the IUD was trying to be expelled. First go with micronor I had severe water retention and breast pain; this time I felt physically fine for the most part except sex became so painful that my vagina would burn into the next day. I've even experienced abdominal pain and bladder urgency following sex. There is ABSOLUTELY no lubrication and the clitoris is completely desensitized. 48 hours of stopping this drug and the those two issues are rapidly resolving. I strongly urge anyone who has sensitivity/intolerance to hormonal birth control to stay away from this drug, especially if you want to keep your relationships intact. Don't let the doctors bully you into staying on birth control that makes you feel miserable for the rest of your life. I will be sticking with condoms. F 26 3 months
 3  Prevent pregnancy Extreme fatigue and hunger, sore breasts F 43 2 days
 1  Prevent baby again Extreme vaginal itching. Stomach pain and cramps extreme bloating F 20 8 days
 1  Couldn't take regular birth control Bad brain fog, Terrible anxiety, acne on chest & back, facial acne, dry eyes, mood swings, fatigue, yeast infections Too many side effects. This pill is hazardous to your health & well being. Do not take this. F 32 2 years

MICRONOR  (NORETHINDRONE):  This medication is used to prevent pregnancy. It is often referred to as the "mini-pill" because it does not contain any estrogen. Norethindrone (a form of progestin) is a hormone that prevents pregnancy by making vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changing the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body. This medication also stops the release of an egg (ovulation) in about half of a woman's menstrual cycles. While the "mini-pill" is more effective than certain other methods of birth control (such as condoms, cervical cap, diaphragm), it is less effective than combination hormone (estrogen and progestin) birth control because it does not consistently prevent ovulation. It is usually used by women who cannot take estrogen. To reduce the risk of pregnancy, it is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed. Using this medication does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)