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User Reviews for Desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol

Also known as: Apri, Azurette, Bekyree, Caziant, Cesia, Cyclessa, Cyred, Desogen, Emoquette, Enskyce, Isibloom, Juleber, Kariva, Kimidess, Mircette, ...show all 22 brand names

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Desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol Rating Summary

5.9/10 Average Rating

524 Ratings with 523 User Reviews

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Reviews for Desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol to treat Birth Control

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Cyred (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I definitely notice a decreased libido, as well as mood swings, but nothing that can't be handled."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 26, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I was very nauseated especially in the mornings. More importantly, my long, thick hair began falling out in clumps. I lost about a third of my hair. I was so nervous about it that I called my doctor and he told me that I was suffering from synchronized hair loss and that can be a side effect of this medication. I have since stopped taking it and I am not losing as much hair now. My doc said that this drug should be out of my system in two to three weeks."

   
1.0

Funnyfarmgirl (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 20, 2016

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"Would never take these tablets again, I'm having awful abdominal pain, it's made my mood swings horrendous the only good thing is that it's made my period less heavy, however it's now lasting longer than it ever has before. I've had a breakout of spots/acne. In my case I wouldn't take them again, however it may not effect others the same."

   
2.0

RachelPBuckley September 19, 2016

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Desogen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "If you start getting moody, stop taking this medication immediately. I was on this BCP for exactly 1 month and I developed a stroke (hospital categorized it as a seizure) where I couldn't remember my name and had to redevelop my speech and writing. The day after the hospitalization I developed Mono from my weakened immune system and slept for 24 hours straight. Do not take BCP in general. ."

   
1.0

KSueWho September 18, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I'm on this BC because I recently found out that I have 2 cyst in my uterus .. my right one caused extreme pain & caused me to be at 2 different hospitals ALL in the same week. ( I'm 19 ) btw lol 5'4 if that helps .. Today is my first day on the pill so far I've had crazy sex drive & mile headache .. As a side effect & I'm hungry every 30 mins lol . The pain from my cysts cooled down which I love ! And yeah so far so good , I'll keep you ladies updated with more info!"

   
10

Nikkkkkkkkki September 16, 2016

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Azurette (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "Do not take this pill."

   
1.0

Kelley k (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 11, 2016

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Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I have been on Kariva for almost 3 years and I have never got any bad side effects. I originally went on birth control because I get really bad cramps before I get my period, during, and after. I've tried so many birth controls and this one is definitely the best. Like someone else said, be careful at CVS because they will sometimes switch you to their preferred generic Viorele which is the worst one I have EVER been on. It gave me migraines every 3 days, it was so bad. I am a little mad because I got new insurance and I have to pay more for Kariva but it is worth it. It is definitely the best one out of this group!"

   
9.0

sam414 September 6, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "GAVE ME BLOOD CLOTS IN MY LEG!!! This is a silent killer !!! Out of work for 2 weeks months of expensive medication and the pain couldn't walk couldn't take care of my children !! Beware !!!!"

   
1.0

Jj702 September 6, 2016

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Azurette (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I wish I didn't even have to rate this terrible medication. I asked my doctor to put me on a birth control to help with my periods. This birth control has been the absolute worst. I have had every terrible side effect from stomach cramps, severe depression, insane mood swings, nausea, feeling lethargic, I mean...just the worst I've ever felt. And all because of a medication... Yeah, no thanks."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) September 5, 2016

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Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I can't give this medication a 10 without being on it for a long time, but what I can say is that this medication was recommended to me 2 different doctors who also take it themselves. Also, I can say that my side-effects from my previous birth control are going away after taking Kariva. I had the worst mood-swings and anxiety from Ortho-tri-cyclen. I was always either angry and upset for or hysterically crying for no good reason. From the first time I took Kariva, my mood dramatically improved. I actually feel friendly towards others for the first time in months."

   
8.0

GravityofLove September 5, 2016

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Mircette (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I was recently diagnosed with (thin) PCOS after stopping birth control for four years. The only reason I stopped my original pill was because they were no longer manufacturing it. I tried Mircette for a week, in an effort to manage my PCOS symptoms (low progesterone, acne, irritability, no menstruated cycles), and this pill was terrible. It increased my irritability, and gave me the worst cramps I've ever had. It was so painful, I couldn't even move/walk to get to the bathroom. My doctor said this is not normal, and to stop the medication. I haven't tried another one yet, and I'm considering going back to using my essential oils with natural progesterone. At least it improved my mood."

   
1.0

Lauren H. (taken for less than 1 month) August 30, 2016

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Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I've been on Kariva for almost 3 weeks now and the first week or so my body definitely had to adjust to the hormones. I was getting hot flashes, burning up at night, fatigue, nausea and easily agitated/emotional. At the beginning of this week I feel like I'm finally adusting. What I don't like is my vagina is so dry when normally it's wet all the time, and my sex drive has diminished quite a bit. Like others have said, this is taking a toll on my relationship. Guys have to be so patient while we deal with this crap! Overall though, this is the best birth control I've been on. My skin is looking great too! I'm going to stick this out for a couple months but if my vagina continues to be like the Sahara, I don't think it's worth staying on."

   
7.0

Shells522 August 24, 2016

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Azurette (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I've been taking Azurette 28's since August 7th 2016 and have been experiencing cramps since the 2nd or 3rd day. They go from being mild with little irritation to being severe. I'm having mood swings as well. I've even noticed that I have gained weight. I had a bad migraine headache over the weekend, i felt so terrible I was throwing up and I couldn't lay down because my entire skull felt like it was shattering into a million little pieces. I almost had my husband take me to the emergency room. I was on Lutera a few years ago and I didn't experience any of these symptoms. I'm going to ask my doctor to switch me to that. I would never recommend Azurette to anyone. I only wanted to regain control over my periods otherwise I wouldn't be on bc."

   
3.0

Sarahb48044 August 23, 2016

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Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I have had no side effects since being on Apri, which I switched to from a similar kind that wasn't covered by insurance."

   
9.0

An0nymous123 August 22, 2016

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Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I am 18 & Kariva was the first birth control I was prescribed. Definitely does it's job birth-control wise, there was some prolonged spotting after my first period on the pill but my flow was steady after that. No weight changes, however I noticed it did nothing to help my acne, which was a factor in starting birth control. My first week on the pill, I experienced heavy nausea & diarrhea, so first timers keep that in mind. The worst part about the experience in general was the mood swings. I have always been an anxious person by nature but Kariva increased my level of self-conciousness, stress, & feeling of uneasiness. I also experienced some bouts of depression. All in all it could work well for some, but I have just switched my b.c. brand"

   
6.0

Maddie S (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 18, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I've been on this bc for 4 months. Since then, I've experienced nausea every single day. I have no appetite and barely eat anything but I still haven't lost weight. I have no sex drive(and TMI but very dry)and I'm a raging bitch most days! I have head aches every single day 24/7 and I'm tired constantly. My dr told me this bc is good for those with acne but I have had horrible break outs that I can't stop!I forgot to take my pill today and just realized that I haven't experienced any of these symptoms at all! I am the type of person who will experience every possible side effect of a medication though so do consider that. I still wouldn't recommend it!!"

   
1.0

Andreya August 12, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "Been on this for over a year. I've gained weight get extremely emotional before I start. I am on bc to help regulate my periods. I know when I will start however bleeding is heavy and I spot for three weeks and I get maybe a week off from spotting/bleeding. This is a killer to my sex life! I have contacted my OBGYN to help find me a bc that is no periods to see if that helps!"

   
2.0

Kkluvlove (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 9, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I've been taking reclipsen for almost two years. The first 3 months I threw up every morning. To this day, each pill I take I experience nausea. I hate it. I realize now it's not me and just the pill. I stopped taking it for a month and felt so much better. Also, I have no sex drive anymore so I guess it does it's "job.""

   
1.0

Ughhhhh August 9, 2016

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Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I switched to Apri because my insurance company didn't approve Tri Lo MARZIA. I got put on birth control because of my heavy periods. After a week on Apri, I started to have migraines every 3 days. I would throw up and it would make me really moody and I would cry at the drop of a hat. When we told the insurance company what was going on, they wouldn't pay for the Tri Lo Marzia. So, I got a GoodRX card to help with the cost."

   
1.0

FallenR August 2, 2016

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Apri (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "This is my first month on Apri and I haven't been on any other forms of the pill since I was 18. I was prescribed Loestrin in 2009 for bad cramping and PMS, but got off that due to huge mood swings, bloating, weight gain and breast tenderness. It is now 7 yrs since then and I am using the pill mainly for birth control. I am on my third week and am feeling awful! I have had headaches several times per week, extreme nausea, cramping and tiredness. I have also felt anxiety and will wake up in the middle of the night. I take the pill in the morning but will be switching to a night time routine to see if my symptoms decrease or if I tolerate it better. My mood has been pretty normal and my sex drive is good. The worst thing has been the nausea."

   
5.0

Newgirl12 (taken for less than 1 month) August 1, 2016

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Viorele (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I started these pills because of a very irregular period, and once I started all my periods became regular and shorter. This pill cleared up my acne, as well. The second month taking it however I would feel nauseous, but it went away, and it also weirdly increased my sex drive. I did gain a little bit of weight in my stomach and my boobs grew 2 cup sizes larger. Overall this pill works for me and helped with my period and I would recommend it, although it works differently for everyone."

   
9.0

Anonymous July 29, 2016

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Viorele (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I have attempted this pill once before and have it another go and I am unhappy with the side effects. I've experienced sore breasts, they have increased in size, severe dry eye, fatigue, depression, increased craving appetite of sugars and carbs than before like I feel pregnant, I have no drive or desire to exercise or do anything. I feel like a different person :("

   
3.0

Angela Fisher (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 29, 2016

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Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "I've been taking this pill for over 2 years now and I have never had any problems! It lightened my period and got rid of my cramps and acne! I have had no spotting or anything, as long as you take your pill correctly your experience with kariva will be great! No crazy mood swings and less cramps! My sex drive is the same and my breast have gone from a C to a DD while being on this pill. I have a little more vaginal dryness but nothing to crazy. I would not want to be on any other pill! Beware of getting this pill if you are with CVS pharmacy (switch pharmacys) CVS will fill kariva for you for a couple months then without your permission they switch you to a generic brand viorele and it's TERRIBLE my friends.. Best of luck to you"

   
10

fbh2561 (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 26, 2016

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Reclipsen (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "It works but definetily makes you feel like youre pregnant."

   
8.0

Anonymous July 23, 2016

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Kariva (desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol): "Kariva definitely had its ups and downs for me, but the downs were so horrible I had to go off. Pros: I never got pregnant. I stopped getting cystic acne on my chin and my skin was way clearer than it had ever been before (other birth control had been ineffective in doing this). My sex drive was not decreased at all. Cons: My boobs went from a C to spilling out of a DD and tender. I gained 10 lbs and NONE of my clothes fit anymore. My feet and ankles got so swollen that some of my shoes stopped fitting. For the first three months I spotted like crazy. After that, my periods were regular and not too bad of flow, but other birth controls had made me have a 2 day "barely there" period or not get a period at all which was way better."

   
4.0

Stacy S. July 18, 2016

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