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User Reviews for Heather to treat Birth Control

Heather has an average rating of 4.1 out of 10 from a total of 44 ratings for the treatment of Birth Control. 25% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 61% reported a negative effect.

Heather Rating Summary

4.1/10 average rating

44 ratings from 46 user reviews.

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Reviews for Heather

Not Haopy. January 14, 2021

“Read reviews, but thought.. hey everyone is different so it may help. YEA RIGHT. I’m on month 3, and my periods are horrible. I was put on Heather to regulate them, but it’s made my days longer. I was originally 6-7 days a month, now I’m 11-15 days. I’m already anemic, and was hoping this would be the answer. Not to mention acne. It’s awful. I’ve never had acne. Tender breast for 2 months, mood swings & depression. Crying for no reason. I’m discontinuing this.”

2 / 10
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Red · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 28, 2020

“I was put on Heather tablet for my migraines with aura and to prevent pregnancy. I was on it for well over 6 months. It did help with the migraines and ovarian cyst, but here I am.....pregnant. And before anyone asks, no, I did NOT miss or skip a pill.”

2 / 10
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Kora · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 25, 2020

“I've been on this birth control Heather for 2 months. I'm pretty sure the mechanism of action for this drug is actually just abstinence because bleeding and cramping for 3.5 weeks each month is not conducive to having sex. The depression (which I have no prior history of) doesn't help. My medical professional never warned me about any side effects and has since told me to "stick it out", so I'll give it a full three months. I had been on estrogen-based birth control for over 20 years and loved it but, hypertension :( At this point though, I'd almost rather have the hypertension) And can I just take a moment to rant that in all my many trips to the gyno over the years for birth control no one has EVER brought up vasectomy, when uterine ablation (literally burning out the inside of the uterus) has been suggested though. Come on!! Vasectomy was the first thing my partner suggested (bless him), so we may end up going that route.”

1 / 10
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Ali S. November 6, 2020

“I don't normally leave reviews, but I definitely felt obligated to share my experience with Heather birth control pill. This is a mini pill so of course I was taking it after I had my son, so I could continue to breastfeed him. Not only did it make me gain all 30 lbs back that I initially lost after I had him, but it completely wrecked my normally clear skin. A side from physical issues, the reason I really wanted to leave this review is because of the mental side effects it gave me. I am regularly a very happy person, however this BC made me extremely depressed, which is definitely not good for a woman who just had a baby! I don't believe it should not be prescribed for women period, but most definitely not new mothers. It did it's job of allowing me to not get pregnant and still breastfeed so I gave it a couple of stars, however other than that I would recommend something else.”

2 / 10
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Shina89 · Taken for less than 1 month May 22, 2021

“I started not to leave a review but then I thought to myself this may help someone. As for me I'm taking myself off of Heather. I started Heather 3 weeks after having my son, prescribed by my Dr. I started bleeding out of no where and already experienced child birth bleeding. At 3 weeks post partrum I seen my first period. I started birth control the following week and seen my cycle after the 4th pill. That was twice in 1month. That did it for me. I was down 30lbs before starting birth control. Since I've started my weight is the same, it has not changed and I work out. Good luck!”

1 / 10
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Snoopy · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 31, 2021

“The absolute worst birth control ever! I have PCOS and took Yasmin for over 20 years for treatment. Worked amazing. Now back on the Syeda, generic for yasmin. Took Heather for 4 months and experienced horrendous bloating and water retention. I felt constipated most of the time and would weigh myself everyday with the same scale. I would gain 10 lbs in one day!! Miserable! Also experienced back pain. Also, very irregular bleeding cycles. The water retention was horrible. I have been a size 4 for over 10 years and if you want a birth control that works as a diuretic, choose yasmin. Never experienced these symptoms with this one. I am back on it now and Happy.”

1 / 10
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Emz · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 13, 2019

“I’ve been taking Heather for a couple years now. I switched to a mini pill because I had migraines with auras and was thus told to stop taking my pills with estrogen. In the couple years I’ve taken this pill, I’ve gotten my period once. It’s amazing! I started taking birth control because I was getting awful cramps and migraines during my period. Taking Heather has had a hugely positive impact on my quality of life. Apart from having no periods, I honestly never noticed any side effects. The only thing is that I wish it was a more effective birth control method. Regular pills with estrogen are more effective. It’s important to take Heather on time, especially if it’s your only form of contraceptive. If you’re able to take an estrogen pill then I would suggest that.”

9 / 10
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manderz · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 19, 2019

“I was on this birth control for about one year, April 2018 to April 2019. My gyno told me to expect changes in my skin/weight but boy did I not know what I was in for. The only upside of using this pill was no periods but the downside was so much of my hair fell out, gained about 30 pounds and I went from clear skin to the worst acne I've ever had in my life. I'm 31 and it wasn't even this bad in my teenage years. I'm officially done with this pill. I gave it time for my body to become used to it but even after a year it only seems to be getting worse. Seems like the weight gain is not stopping and the acne is so bad. If possible, please find another BC pill.”

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Rebma August 23, 2020

“This birth control pill Heather riddled me with horrible acne. My skin was beautiful and clear and now I can’t stop crying when I look at it. I’ve never had acne this bad. Not to mention, I had my period for a straight month, and felt like my uterus was ripping apart. I’ve been off of it for almost two months, my face still looks awful and clearing very slowly. Side effects were not worth it.”

1 / 10
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Susie · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 30, 2020

“I have been on many different pill birth controls in the last 15 years. I have stopped the pills both times when I was prepared to have my 2 kids. My baby is only 7 months old and now even on Heather birth control I’m pregnant again... now I take my pills religiously and NEVER I mean NEVER MISS a pill! I have an alarm on my phone and take my pill every night. I am extremely sad about this news and I can believe birth control has failed me. After all these years... I knew this pill was weird it wasn’t regulated my period it coming in random times of the month not the last week of the pill pack. This is by far the worst experience on the pills I’ve had.. I never thought birth control pills were different from others but here we are and I can’t even believe I’m pregnant.”

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Runner · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 19, 2019

“I have been using Heather for 3 months. I was advised to switch to a no estrogen pill since I am 38 years old and a smoker:( My prior birth control pill was Ortho tricyclen Lo which was phenomenal!! Since I began taking Heather, I am either extremely irritable and moody or completely emotionless. I have gained 8 pounds, yes 8 in 3 months, coming from someone who runs a full marathon every year and is an addictive runner. I have lost all motivation and energy to work out, due to being extremely fatigued! I’ve also experienced breast tenderness, severe bloating, painful low back pain and muscle aches. Not to mention that I’ve had my period 6 times in 3 months! I will be stopping this medication as soon as my husband gets his vasectomy and his post vasectomy test are clear!! ”

2 / 10
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SilverLo · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 23, 2015

“I started taking Heather shortly after giving birth so that it wouldn't reduce my milk supply and I've been taking it for over a year now. I am still breast-feeding and have not had a period this entire time. I've also noticed that my moods are greatly restrained, meaning I almost never cry (even when I want to, like funerals), but I also don't get overly happy either. I've been losing weight this whole time (still overweight), which may be related to the breast-feeding or not.”

10 / 10
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chrissypoo123 · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 25, 2015

“I at 53 I took Heather for birth control for the last 3 1/2 yrs. My doctor decided that I should not be on the pill anymore and I needed to stop taking them. During the time I was on the pill I never had a period. I loved it, no weight gain, no side effects. Since I have been off of them I still have no period. My doctor said I probably will have gone through menopause and never had the symptoms.”

10 / 10
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tdemps April 10, 2017

“I've had trouble finding a birth control that wouldn't make me gain weight, give me UTI's, or make me depressed. I have finally found the one!!! This birth control has given me no issues at all. At first my period was a little irregular when adjusting to this pill, but now it comes regularly and I have no negative side effects. You do have to be a little more exact with the time you take this BC, but I have my phone alarm set every day to the same time so it's usually not a problem. The only time it is, is when my schedule is a little out of whack. Other than that this is the best birth control I've taken and will continue to take.”

10 / 10
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Lemur · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 20, 2020

“After the birth of my second child I went back to my pre-pregnancy weight within two weeks. I went for my six week post pregnancy follow up and my doctor put me on Heather. I immediately started having periods twice a month even while breastfeeding. Then the weight gain started, and hair loss. I have gained 25# in 3.5 months! I workout daily and eat healthy. My hair also falls out in handfuls every time I touch my head. I have also started to break out with acne. I was on the mini pill with my first child and it did not have these side effects. I will be discontinuing use of Heather immediately!”

1 / 10
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hairbandgemini · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 4, 2013

“My doctor suggested I go on this so that I could help dissolve my ovarian cysts, help my excruciating periods and of course for pregnancy prevention. Other pills had horrible side effects with my mood, and made me feel worse than ever, but since I've been on Heather (about 6 weeks) I feel great.. no bad moods, my skin has always been bad, so no changes there, my breasts have grown for sure, I'm just starting to spot and cramp mildly, but if that's going to replace my normal excruciating period, than I'm perfectly fine with that. My job is very physically and mentally demanding, and it hasn't affected it, accept maybe my breast tenderness. But I would definitely suggest this.”

9 / 10
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Codafitness · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 28, 2020

“I was on Heather for three months. I’m a 38 year old female and 135lbs who gets migraines periodically (2-3/per month). Heather was suggested due to migraine history. During those three months, I experienced unpleasant side effects. I gained a little weight, had great difficulty losing it even though I’m quite active and was exercising 4x a week. I started to breakout about 1 month in, I experienced some form of cystic and painful acne. The acne showed up on my jawline, face and the back of my neck. Tiny rash like bumps stayed on my neck and never went away for the 3 months I was on it. My experience was terrible on this pill. I switched to Viorele, a combination pill with a very low dose of estrogen and within a week, my acne has showed signs of clearing up and the rash on my neck is disappearing. I have naturally oily skin and was cleaning my face and neck 2-3 times a day, but I continued to get cystic acne when on Heather. Switching off mini-pill was the best decision.”

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Jo · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2019

“I am exclusively breastfeeding and now 8 weeks postpartum, so I decided to try out the Heather birth control pills. The side effects were instant. Severe headaches and cramping daily, drastic changes in mood and a period that lasted almost a week. I've been on this pill for barely even 2 weeks and although it takes roughly 3 months to adjust , it's not worth my mental or physical health.”

4 / 10
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Sam · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 17, 2020

“I have factor 5 (an inherited disorder of blood clotting), so I couldn’t take a birth control with estrogen. This was my only choice for a pill form. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, I took it for just over a year and noticed a lot of changes with my mental health. I was constantly crying for no reason, having panic attacks, thinking irrational thoughts, and became extremely depressed. I know myself very well and I know what I was like before I started this pill and could tell I needed to get off of it. I ended up using natural family planning temp monitoring because it’s a completely natural birth control option. I’ve been off of Heather for about 2 months now and starting to feel like myself more and more.”

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Moni · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 2, 2021

“I had been on Depo for over 3 years and loved it but had to stop due to being on it for so long. I tried a combo pill and my acne and cramps were horrible. So my doctor switched me to a progesterone only pill. I've been on it for a couple months and it seems to be working good. My body seems to only like progesterone. No acne, no depression, and sex drive is good. Usually only have cramps for 1 day periods are heavier than I would like but way better than not being on anything to control them”

7 / 10
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Kic · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 27, 2019

“Been on Heather on of the progestin-only for birth control pills. Before taking this medication I barely had a period maybe 2 days long. And I was like a clock every 30 days. Now I get random periods every 2-3 weeks that last 8 days and are super heavy. It has really interfered with romance. And I get cramps now too which I barely had before. Would not recommend.”

3 / 10
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Cam September 4, 2018

“I started using Heather about a year ago , I am unable to use combination pills due to migraines: It started off okay but gradually worsened. About four months ago I started becoming extremely irritable and sad, I would lose large clumps of hair in the shower , I got constant yeast infections which made me extremely uninterested in sex, I have my period twice a month which lasts about 8 days each time and are only a week apart and my skin is terrible despite drinking water and exercising. I even have pain during intercourse which has never been an issue for me. This birth control has caused so much tension in my relationship. I thought I was going crazy , but after seeing so many similar experiences I’m going to discontinue this pill ASAP.”

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Smallfry77 February 21, 2018

“I cannot use birth control with estrogen due to migraines. I have been on this pill just for just over a year. At first it was great. Mild or no periods at all. But about 8 months after I began taking it I started having a period every 2 weeks. It is just as heavy and painful as it was pre birth control. Not a fan of Heather any more.”

3 / 10
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Mountains1690 · Taken for less than 1 month October 2, 2021

“It was AWFUL. My face broke out with deep cystic acne for 2.5 weeks before I decided to stop it. If you’re prone to breakouts (which I am and was in accutane 3x to finally get rid of it) do NOT get progesterone only birth control. My skin was fine on the Mirena IUD though.”

5 / 10
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Jan · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 9, 2020

“I've been taking Heather since June 2020, after not so great experiences with the combination pill and my family's history of strokes. For side effects, in general, I have a really high metabolism, so I haven't noticed any weight gain. I haven't noticed any changes in libido. I used to get periods every 30-35 days and after 2 months of taking it, my period stopped in August 2020, and I didn't get any abnormal or mid-cycle bleeding. Birth control reacts differently to each of us, but I just wanted to share my positive experience with it.”

9 / 10
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