Also known as: Apri, Azurette, Caziant, Cesia, Cyclessa, Desogen, Emoquette, Enskyce, Kariva, Mircette, Ortho-Cept, Pimtrea, Reclipsen, Solia, Velivet, Viorele
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Reviews for Desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol to treat Birth Control
Review by Eskarina:
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I am 25 yrs and have started Reclipsen only a month ago. Before using it I had long, painful and heavy periods (7-9 days). I do know it is early to say, but I wanted to share my experience since I was really freaked out when planning on starting it, while reading all the bad reviews. So far the only side effect is the breakthrough bleeding. It lasted for 7 days. On a plus side, my period lasted only 4 days, and only 1 day I had cramps (before Reclipsen, 4 - 5 days of some sort of cramps). If the breakthrough bleeding stops happening in the next couple of months I am coming back and giving it a 10 on the rating scale. No mood changes, no pain, no weight gain so far.
Review by Petty and Pretty (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Reclipsen pros prevents pregnancy, clear skin, regular cycles. Cons weight gain, extreme mood swings, longer periods, depression, nausea, increased appetite, frequent yeast infection/bacterial vaginitis combination. I will finding a better match for me. I was taking Reclipsen for about 1 year then stopped taking it and all my cons went away. I lost 15 pounds with no change in activity and my yeast infections and mood swings stopped.
Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Been on Kariva for 2 months and it has its good and bads.. BAD: I have never experienced such bad mood swings in my life. I have little patience, i get extremely mad and aggivated very easily, i can be happy one minute, then CRAZY another minute. So be aware of the horrible mood swings. Didnt do anything for my 7day period. I break out a week before my period. GOOD: it does prevent you from getting pregnant even on the first month.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I was put onto Apri because I had horrible cramps and long heavy periods. I took it for about six months, and around the 5 month mark, my longtime boyfriend and I broke up. He told me it was because I was "too emotional" and stressed him out. He was right, before Apri I was always happy and relaxed, but on it. I would lie in bed at night and cry sometimes for no reason at all. I had constant fatigue, frequent headaches, mood-swings, moodiness, and felt depressed a lot of the time. After a conversation with my boyfriend, I realized that we began to argue about the time I got onto Apri. I went to my doctor and told her this and she told me that this was because its high levels of progesterone. I switched and am much better now without Apri.
Viorele (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I was taking Viorele for 2 months. Before taking Viorele my face was completely clear but since I've been taking it, my face is COVERED in painful acne Other than the acne, the pill is great.
Ortho-Cept (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I was on Orthocept for about 4 months and for the first 2 and 1/2-3 months it was great! It regulated my periods, and they only lasted 2-3 days which was awesome! I did have worse cramps then I did when I wasn't on the pill but they tended to last only about 2 days. I had to quit Orthocept when I was just about finished my 4th pack because I found that it was like I was PMSing for 3 weeks at a time and my period wouldn't stop. When I first started the pill it was phenomenal and never once did I feel like I would get pregnant even without using a condom (I always took my pill within 5 minutes of the same time everyday). I highly recommend this, I know everyone's experience will be very individual but I loved it for the first while.
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): The first thing to remember is that everyone's body will react completely differently to different types of birth control. It all depends on YOUR body.
I was on Reclipsen for one year. I'm a pretty up-beat and happy person but literally as SOON as I started taking Reclipsen I fell into depression. I hated it. I wasn't myself, I was moody, irritable, I lost confidence and I was really really sad which is not like me at all. I also gained a ton of weight which didn't help with the whole self confidence thing. The only good thing I have to say about it is that I didn't get pregnant and my periods were shorter.
Review by Phallocentric (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Desogen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I switched to this from Ortho Tri Cyclen six months ago to help with unwanted facial hair. It hasn't helped and it's made my hair and skin very oily. My skin hasn't looked this bad since I was sixteen. I'm using acne toner, spot treatment, oil-free moisturizer, and a foundation for acne-prone skin and none of it has made any difference. I have constant mood swings and cry easily. I'm switching back to Ortho Tri Cyclen next week.
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): This isn't my first time using this brand. All I can say is it made me want eat all day everyday. Made me nauseous but started taking it at night and that helped . It also gives me horrible mood swings during my period.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Apri was my first ever birth control. The first month I experienced horrible symptoms (breakthrough bleeding for 30 days straight, bloating, cravings, nose bleeds, and vaginal odor) I contemplated getting off of it altogether but after the 30days I returned back to normal and it has been great since then! Everyone's body is different so this was just MY personal experience. I was taking it in preparation to consummate my marriage and I would suggest to any other women working on a timeline to start it waaaaay in advance so as to avoid and prepare for any changes to your cycle time and bodys adjustment.
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Been on this birth control for 3 weeks and I've had acne on my chin like I haven't had in years and I am constantly starving to the point of sickness as well as extremely fatigued. This is terrible. Going to give it another month to see if it levels out but I highly doubt it will.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Not really impressed with this. Ortho-Cyclen was much better for me. I have been on it for 9 months and at first it was ok but after a while I would get painful, heavy periods the first day, backaches during period, breasts hurt all the time, and no sex drive whatsoever. Will be coming off of this soon.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I took Apri for over 2 years with no side effects. My periods went from extremely heavy for 6-7 days to very light for 3-4 days. My cramps went away, skin cleared up a little bit. Then I switched to Implanon for a month. During that time I bled every single day and broke out horribly all over my chest and back. So I got that removed and went back on Apri. Since then my periods have gone back to normal, I've gone up 2 cup sizes in the last 8 months, but I have been experiencing some very mild nausea and lightheadedness. I love it overall.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Apri was prescribed to me as my first birth control pill to use..ever. I have been taking them for a month so far. Before Apri, I had been experiencing very tender breasts, break outs, and constant food cravings before my period would start. My period was also very irregular.
After taking Apri, my breasts no longer become painfully tender before my period (period flow is the same but shorter 3-5 days when it used to be 5-8 days). I do not get moody, rather it has not affected my mood at all. I've noticed my breasts getting bigger. No weight loss or gain so far. I have the same appetite but I seem to become fuller sooner.
Viorele (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Horrible starting with the very first pill: severe cramping, migraine, lose bowels, tiredness, confusion, nausea. Had to stop after taking only three pills. Been on the pill off and on since the age of 19. I'm now 43 and this is the absolute worst experience I've had with a birth control pill.
Review by jackienld (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I decided to give Apri a 10/10 score because I've been on this pill for 11 months now and had absolutely no issues with it. As for clearing acne, my acne was already starting to fade away before taking the pill so I haven't had too many issues. I still break out sometimes before my period is due. My boyfriend and I have not used any back up method of birth control and I haven't gotten pregnant...so I suppose it's doing its job. But of course, I realize we still SHOULD be using a back up method. Before getting on this pill, I used to have horrible cramping and very heavy periods, lasting as long as 10 days. Now I have short, pain-free periods that last usually from Thursday to Saturday (or very light on Sunday when I begin my new pack.)
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): This birth control is wonderful because I never have cramps (I used to have them so bad that I would throw up) I rarely have acne (I've never had worse than very mild acne before though) My boobs grew (Big boobs run in my family...) But it gives me CONSTANT yeast infections(I shower daily, sometimes twice and wear full coverage underwear and this doesn't make a difference!!!). I will be switching soon... No mood swings either.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I've been taking Apri for 5 months now in hopes to clear my acne. There has been zero improvement! Although everything else about Apri is positive. No weight gain
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have been on Reclipsen (Desogen) , the first birth control I've been on. And I have to say I love it. I always have clear, soft skin, love my periods for being on time, I knew what hour it would come, and when it ends, it was perfect. So I have been on Reclipsen for 1 year and 6 months and I started realizing crazy mood swings during the placebo pills (the PMS week) and my mood would be irritable then happy, it was bipolar, I also realized a lot of hair loss (but then again I really have thick hair), I also realized shortness of breath super easily. I already talked to my doctor about switching. My doctor switched me to Seasonale, I'm kind of nervous switching.
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have been taking reclipsen for 3 months (just finished my third package). I was on Yaz for one year, then Lutera, and now am on Reclipsen. Out of the 3, Reclipsen is hands down my favorite. I stopped taking Yaz after reading scary reviews online, and hearing negative reviews from other women I know. The side effects I experienced were noticable. I experienced a lot of spotting between periods, and if I forgot to take the pill at the exact same time every day, my period started right away--sometimes just hours later! Lutera made my fairly-clear skin break out, and made me EXTREMELY moody and often depressed.
The main side effect I have noticed with Reclipsen is breast growth. At least a cup size this last month! (no complaints).
Review by ReclipsenUser (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Worsens depression, fatigue, increased appetite, weight gain, bloating, constant mild fever, headaches, unstable mood swings, decrease in sex drive overall but spikes in demand for sex at certain times (unstable). It did work as a birth control and did not worsen or help with my slight acne. I was on Bupropion 300mg for a few months before I started Reclipsen. It countered the positive effects of Bupropion; increased energy, decreased appetite.
Velivet (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): One month into the pill I fell deeply into depression. Also, I started the pill with the first day method (on the first day of my period) causing me to spot for the whole 2 months of taking the pill. After taking a break from the pill after the second month I started to recover from the depression. Giving it another try I started the pill once again but instead this time after my period ended solving the spotting issue, but I notice that after the first month of taking the pill I fall into depression once again. It's made my acne much worse, but. It does prevent pregnancy. I'll be switching pills.
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): well I have been on this for probably a year an a half an was on a different one for 2 an ahalf years due to really bad mood swings an got switched to this about a year ago my doc asked about my weight gain an i told her it was from not being active as i was in high school with drill team now im thinking its not that. now im thinkin its my pills that are making me gain. i have changed my diet an so far nothing i used to be like 30 pounds lighter an now i have no idea what to do. probably will contact my doc soon cause im tired of the weight
Review by my experience (taken for less than 1 month):
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I started taking Apri, because my periods became irregular. I took it for 10 days. I felt horrible my mind felt cloudy. I couldn't remember where I was 15 minutes later. It was the 2nd time in my life that I took birth control. I am 37 and I break out like I was 17. I would have liked to stay on it, but I could not deal with my symptoms.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have been on apri for a year and was recently put on another then forced back do to a recall, I was so sad to be put back on apri. While off for 2 months, my weight had gone down, and sex drive went back to normal, and I head energy again. now back on for not even a month and everything is getting messed up again. It's not the pills fault, but you may notice weight gain, feel sluggish, and a lower sex drive if your body reacts to this the same way I do. :( it's time to figure out something else.... My body and relationship can't go thu this again.
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