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 jenatoller:
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.
Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I was on Kariva for about 6 months and gained about 15 pounds. It regulated my period just fine but I had to go up like 2 pants sizes and had to buy all new bras. I used to be a size 0-3 (depending on brand, usually around a 2 though) but went up to a 5-7 on Kariva. Once I switched to Apri, my breasts stayed about the same size but I lost all of that bloated water-weight that I had on Kariva. On Kariva, I was sooooo bloated every single day and it was miserable. I was all squishy and plump and considering I gained all of my weight on my stomach, wearing anything other than sweatpants felt horrible. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I was on this birth control for a month and a half. I experienced terrible bloating. I've been thin my whole life, always very active and able to eat whatever I wanted. With this pill, I constantly felt tired and had to monitor what I ate so I didn't gain weight (I gained about 5 pounds, still working out although not as intense as before due to being tired, BUT I was eating less!) Also, this pill affected my mood a lot- it was a subtle change, but then a month and a half later I realized I never had the energy to do anything. I was sad quite often. My acne didn't improve at all, if anything it made it worse. Breast were tender. But, no decrease in sex drive and did prevent pregnancy.
Desogen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I am still trying to find the right birth control for me but this IS NOT IT. I was an emotional wreck, constantly crying, fighting with my boy friend and had no energy whatsoever. Only pro is it made my bleeding become normal again, also had zero sex drive and my breasts did not grow like all other pills have made them.
Azurette (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Effective at preventing pregnancy. My skin was perfect on this pill. However, I was very tired, moody, and had increased amounts of discharge which is finally what made my doctor switch me to a new birth control pill. Didn't affect my sex drive though.
Review by New To The Pill (taken for less than 1 month):
Desogen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have only been taking Desogen for two weeks now, but I feel like I've been a lot more emotional lately. I literally can't control myself. It hasn't started problems in my relationship because my boyfriend is very understanding. I have also been getting a lot of breakthrough bleeding but maybe it's because it's only my first time taking the medicine. My periods are light in the beginning and super heavy towards the end!
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I was prescribed this birth control due to my agonizing and crippling cramps caused by my period. It DOES help with my cramps, but I bleed two times a month, which makes me wonder if it's even worth it. This is my first time taking birth control so I did unfortunately end up going to planned parenthood, due to my lack of knowledge when it comes to this sort of thing. I ended up going back to planned parenthood and complaining about my nearly constant period I was experiencing. She dismissed me and told me I was taking it incorrectly. I made sure to take it at the same time every single day for a month, but to no avail. I do have clearer skin and no noticeable weight gain, but I do not regularly check my weight.
Review by Kelsey S. (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have been taking Reclipsen for over 6 months now. I am 21 and have no children. This is my 3rd birth control to try, after Depo-Provera & Natazia. I decided to try Reclipsen for my acne and cramps. It immediately cleared up my face and is effective at preventing pregnancy, but I'm starting to wonder if the side effects are really worth it. I am extremely irritable and my attitude goes from great to depressed/angry in an instant. I even tried Zoloft for awhile, but realized it was the Reclipsen. I still have a period for about 5 days/month, along with the awful cramping. I'm calling my doctor soon to discuss other options. I know medications affect everyone differently, so it may be a good choice for you, but definitely not for me.
Ortho-Cept (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): Worked wonders for me, acne diminished into oblivion, no weight gain (of which I was terrified), no change in libido to my knowledge, increase in breast size (to my utter delight), no mood swings, and I'm not pregnant.
Which is great.
Review by SamanthaAshley (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have recently switched to Apri28 from having tried a handful before it. I have been on Yasmin for the past 3 and a half years. Nothing really affected me except that I felt I was getting really moody and would snap for no reason, and I was always a happy person before. So naturally, I wanted a change. I waited a month after coming off of it and my back and forehead started to break out which I NEVER had, even before Yasmin so I started taking Apri right away. Honestly, it took a couple weeks for my body to adjust but I am clear once again, I feel like myself FINALLY! And I haven't had any problems. My left leg was a little tingly at times after a week or two, but that is gone.. even after only 2 months I know it was a good choice for me.
Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have been taking this pill for several years. My periods went from being extremely heavy for unhealthy lengths of time which occurred frequently (heavy 2-4 week periods every 2 weeks or so) to having regular periods all around. They only last for 4 days and are much lighter compared to what i was experiencing before but are still slightly heavy. It has cleared my acne almost completely but my cup size has gone from a D to a DDD (I am not a big girl so this was quite extreme and I would say the only side effect that has bothered me. I experience no pain though). Weight gain is A LOT easier but like anything it can be controlled with extra effort. I am quite happy for the most part.
Velivet (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I have been on Velivet for 2 months now. The first month I felt nauseous, tender breast, I gained 10 lbs and I turned very moody (especially with my boyfriend). My period was very light and best of all no cramps. The second month is better I am still a bit moody.
Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): I've been on Reclipsen 5 years now. Gained about 10 pounds, but they were very much needed. Hardly any side effects and it meets the purpose... NO PREGNANCIES!
I'm happy, so far.
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