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Major Microgynon problems - anyone else had this?

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dinosaurus Mon 19-Apr-10 16:58:29

I started taking Microgynon 2 months ago after having quite a long break from the pill (I tried various sorts years ago didn't feel brilliant so came off it). I decided to have another go because I just feel its the 'easiest' type of contraception and thought it might be worth a try.

I know there can potentially be alot of side effects and discussed these with my doctor who reassured me that it would help me with my rather annoying pmt!

Anyway, in a nutshell, I have turned into a depressed, emotional, grumpy but also, at times, a rather detached, unemotional person. My sex drive has disappeared and I sometimes feel a bit sick and dizzy. What is most alarming is that although I obviously know I haven't been feeling great, people around me have commented on it. My poor husband told me last night (on the nicest possible way) that I've completely changed and the rows and arguments we've had in the last couple of months (which have increased due to my grumpiness) is seriously getting to him - in 15 years, I've never seen him quite so sad. He also described me as seeming very 'preoccupied' in that I've almost withdrawn from him?? Strangely enough, a couple of people at work have commented on me seeming 'preoccupied' which just seems such a coincidence.

I have stopped taking the pill as of today even though I'm midway through a pack because I can't stand it anymore. I'm convinced it is the pill - I have nothing else going on in my life to make me feel like this - in fact, we recently moved, I enjoy my job and my relationship with my husband was good. I am actually feeling quite upset that this pill appears to have changed my personality and am wondering how long it might take me to get back to normal? I haven't phoned the doctor because I feel rather stupid describing the symptoms above. Has anyone else experienced this? Could something else be to blame? It just concerns me that people have commented on how I have majorly changed and that I've single handedly put a massive distance between my and my husband. please help if you can enlighten me!

Beauregard Mon 19-Apr-10 17:11:44

I came off microgynon after taking it for years because i felt that it wasnt helping my depression and i was getting violent/angry outbursts.These have stopped since i came off it although still have depression.I am now on Marvelon and so far it seems to suit me.
Hope you can get things sorted

iggypiggy Mon 19-Apr-10 17:14:20

We are talking a long time ago - but I was put on microgynon as my first ever pill - aged 18 I think... and it was awful - it never suited me. I changed to femodene - which was fine for me and then later Loestrin-30 - which was also fine! Only ever had problems with Microgynon...

Naetha Mon 19-Apr-10 17:15:13

I blame taking Microgynon for a lot of the ills in my life, and I haven't taken it for a good 8 years.

madwomanintheattic Mon 19-Apr-10 17:15:25

my mum had a series of strokes on microgynon, but i guess she had a pre-disposition towards issues. (interesting to note the other side effects, which could describe her to a t...) the docs did say the pill was the trigger.

Failsafe Mon 19-Apr-10 17:31:10

hi dinosaurus,

I had problems with Microgynon too. sad
Had been on it for around 4 years and then all of a sudden started with really bad headaches/dizzyness and then really painful periods. came off it and went onto Loestrin 20, been abolsutely fine ever since.
My nurse said some people are more sensitive to the artificial hormone, and the lower dose pill (loestrin 20 = 20mg instead of 30mg) can be tolerated better. Might be worth asking if you can be switched to a lower dose pill.

Rockbird Mon 19-Apr-10 17:39:57

Yep, microgynon nearly wrecked my marriage. It completely changed my personality, I was bad tempered, depressed and had absolutely no sex drive at all. I slept in the spare room for the first two years of our marriage. I never linked it to the pill. I came off it because I was concerned about being overweight and taking the pill. Instantly things improved and the penny dropped. Never again.

Elsa123 Mon 19-Apr-10 17:46:01

I was on microynon for years, but got awful withdrawal headaches, then started to get really spotty, so I swapped to Loestrin 30 and got a low libido and rashes. I then went onto Mercilon 20 which was fine, but being off the pill was so much better. Going to consider the coil or diaphragm for the future. I have heard that Jasmin is very good.

MrsMorgan Mon 19-Apr-10 17:49:51

I took Microgynon for years and it was fine but then after I had Ds I went back on it and just felt miserable all the time and very angry.

I ended up swapping to Cilest which seems to be better, although I also got rid of my xp too so that might account for the improvement in my mood lol.

AuntieMaggie Mon 19-Apr-10 17:54:15

I took it for about 8 years and was fine on it but had to change in the end because it stopped working on my periods...

wannaBe Mon 19-Apr-10 17:57:48

I took microgynon for years, then after I had ds I went back on it and was so miserable I seriously thought that I might have pnd. I didn't - I stopped taking it and felt fine.

I went back on it for a year after and had thrush every month.

Have been off the pill now for five years (came off it to ttc five years ago, never got pg but didn't go back on it either) and am fine now.

LadyBlaBlah Mon 19-Apr-10 17:58:56

This is unbelievable ! Surely Microgynon should only be prescribed in exceptional circumstances ! I guess these side effects are difficult to prove so it slips through the net, but the stories on this thread are dreadful.

BabsH Mon 19-Apr-10 18:14:59

I have to agree i went back onto it at the turn of the year and lasted two and a half months before I stopped taking it, got loads of dizzy spells mostly, now it seems to be working its way back out of my system and i feel soooo much better!

Hope you get back to normal soon too

BertieBotts Mon 19-Apr-10 18:16:43

Microgynon always seems to be the first one they prescribe - I think it is the cheapest, IIRC? I seem to remember seeing a list of costs of different pills on a forum somewhere once, but can't find it now.

It made me depressed and low sex drive as well, though I am not sure how much of it was the pill and how much was just my life at the time! I do feel that I overreacted to what was going on so suspect the pill had a part to play.

dinosaurus Mon 19-Apr-10 19:23:53

Its interesting and also worrying that so many people have replied so quickly.

Having googled microgynon, there are many nightmare stories about it, but I just hoped that for every one nightmare, there were many women who didn't have effects. I just find it quite upsetting that my husband has found me so difficult to live with over the last few weeks and I've felt so different. I've cried more in the last couple of months than in the ten years put together which is an obvious sigh that something isn't quite right, but I still didn't realise that it could change me that much for the worse. Doctors must surely be aware of these stories and give some kind of warning other than the bog standard 'mood swings'.
For ladies who did come off it - how long do you think it took you to get back to normal?

dinosaurus Mon 19-Apr-10 19:25:33

sorry - meant last ten years put together and sign, not sigh!

TheFowlAndThePussycat Mon 19-Apr-10 19:33:16

Yes, terrible terrible pmt with microgynon, I went on to Trinordiol and the problems stopped very quickly. Hope you feel back to your old self very soon.

AuntieMaggie Mon 19-Apr-10 19:47:42

See this is interesting - I took it from the age of 15 for heavy periods etc, and certainly never had any issues with my sex drive during that time!

However I was in a volatile relationship for 6 of those years, and had problems at home (abusive parents) and I thought that a lot of my emotional problems were down to that but maybe it made them worse....

Beauregard Mon 19-Apr-10 20:08:24

For me it took a couple of months but my sex drive has never returned sad

dinosaurus Mon 19-Apr-10 20:21:43

It seems that lots of people have had major side effects. Its so annoying because the physical side effects such as bloating and sore boobs seemed to have settled but I just feel so weirdly different and not in a good way.
I only threw the pack away yesterday so its obviously too early to see if I go back to feeling normal but here's hoping. I do normally suffer from bad pmt, but at least I know thats only a few days of the months and I just feel grumpy. On microgynon I have experienced such a multitude of emotions.
I don't think I dare try another pill for fear of this continuing.

rosiejoy Mon 19-Apr-10 21:57:10

Have only read op...but this is exactly the experience I had with Microgynon.

I took 1packet because I was determined to see it through, but really after 1 week I'd had enough. Within a couple of days I became so depressed, detached, children were crying (baby and toddler at the time) and I remember sitting on the sofa and looking down at them on the floor and thinking, 'god are they ever going to stop crying' but without really having the desire to do anything about it myself!

Got back to normal quite quickly after stopping.

I have been too scared to use a hormonal contraception since, just seems like a BAD idea!

SixtyFootDoll Mon 19-Apr-10 22:00:30

I lasted a week on it, was dizzy , nauseous and had terrible head aches.

It was awful.

HeinzSight Sat 24-Apr-10 12:52:23

dinosaurus I've just started a very similar thread and was kindly linked to yours.

It's only blush occurred to me today that the reason for, if I'm honest, my change in personality could be down to taking this pill. I even asked my husband last night if we should call it a day. We've been together for 17 yrs and have four beautiful children, we do have a few issues but not enough to warrent splitting over, but I've become emotional detached and almost felt like I didn't care whether we split or not. I've found myself getting snappy with my 2 yr old too.

I finished my first pack of Microgynon on Wednesday but I've now been bleeding for nearly four weeks. Currently VERY heavily so much so it's becoming difficult to go anywhere because despite using the biggest tampax and putting two large pads on, on two occasions I've flooded through onto my jeans, in public sad. Fortunately there were toilets nearby so it wasn't too embarrassing.

I feel VERY up and down, it's horrid.

I think if this pill comes with a risk of depression and mood swings, it was rather irresponsible of my doctor to put me on it when I have a history of PND.

WHat would a better alternative be?

diddl Sat 24-Apr-10 13:25:03

I took it for years without problems but Dr changed me to Marvelon as there were bad reports about Microgynon-and this is some years ago.

dinosaurus Sat 24-Apr-10 21:49:01

Sorry to hear about your problems Heinzsight. I took my last pill last Sunday and luckily only had a few days of bleeding. I still don't feel fantastic in myself though. I had another 'chat' with my husband today and he says that I just seem very detached and distant as I have done for the last couple of months (which was when I started taking it). I've gone off sex completely and he is right - I do feel somewhat detached emotionally from everything.

I don't know how long it takes to get out of your system, I just can't believe that it appears to have had such bad effects. Surely it can't be a coincidence that I seem to have drastically changed in exactly the same time period that I began taking the pill? I too have a history of PND although this was about 10 years ago. I also suffer from PMT and ironically, thought that taking the pill might help! Hope you start to feel better soon.x

TotalChaos Sat 24-Apr-10 21:57:28

Apart from the higher blood pressure and withdrawal headaches I was fine on Microgynon biscuit - it was the mini-pill (Micronor) that was the nightmare one for me, it gave me terrible PMT that was bordering on clinical depression. I was fine pretty much as soon as I stopped the mini-pill. I think there can be a bit of a one size fits all approach with hormonal contraception, in that the psychological effects can be downplayed a bit. I think you are absolutely right to have stopped the Microgynon if you feel it's causing you to feel so low.

Linnet Sat 24-Apr-10 22:11:53

I've been on Microgynon for at least 14/15 years and I've never had a problem with it, touch wood.

The thing is I would like to give up the pill and move onto something like the coil but I read so many horror stories about it that I'm reluctant to change.

flibbertigibbert Sat 24-Apr-10 23:51:50

I had terrible problems when I took it for nearly a year. My spots got worse, but the most severe side effect was that my personality changed. I became incredibly paranoid and was convinced DP was cheating on me with a female friend. It nearly ended our relationship. Now I look back on the year I took it and wonder how I could've behaved so irrationally. I do have a family history of depression and anxiety problems so I was maybe more prone to it.

I've since found out that I have PCOS, so Microgynon was the worst possible pill for me to be taking. I've since taken Marvelon and Dianette with far more success.

taylorf Mon 24-May-10 18:20:29

Hi everyone....I have been taking microgynon for about 3.5 years and had never had any problems until recently when I have been feeling very emotional and like i am about to burst into tears for no reason at all. Am going to see my GP as think it must be my pill although would be interested to know if anyone else has suddenly developed problems with microgynon after having taken it for a long time?


enticknappers Sat 21-Dec-13 12:00:58

Hey guys, I'm 16 and have just had my withdrawal bleed after coming off of microgynon 30 about a month ago. I have been experiences horrible withdrawal symptoms and your stories have really helped me stop worrying as well as a few others I have found online. I have been experiences awful anxiety issues about my health but most of all my relationship. I've been with my boyfriend for almost 2 years and have never had any troubles or worries about being with him but the other night (the first night of my withdrawal bleed) a thought suddenly popped into my head questioning whether or not I feel we should be together. It was totally out of the blue and we were so loved up just a few days before so I don't understand why I suddenly felt like that sadalso, it being just 4 days until Christmas, I don't feel excited at all. I just feel detatched from everything and not myself at all. I can't stop worrying about my relationship and why I don't seem excited to see friends or family and what on earth is wrong with me!!! sad and all this worrying is meaning I can't sleep or eat which is making me feel even worse sad I would be hugely greatful if any of you could reply, I'm dreading Christmas if I'm still feeling like this and would feel much better if I knew why I am. How long did you all feel anxious and not yourself? - Emily

Manchesterhistorygirl Sun 22-Dec-13 10:02:04

I've decided to come off microgynon as it's making me anxious, depressed and have violent outbursts. I'm not taking anything hormonal ever again as so far the injection and the mini pill have also made me have horrific mood and personality problems and my family can't take anymore of it.

I had a break from all contraception a while ago and felt fine with none of the above, so I'm going back to that. I'd rather have my heavy periods than the side effects of hormonal contraception.

PoshPenny Sun 22-Dec-13 22:30:08

I believe it is to do with the progestin they use which is levonorgestrel. you may do better on a different pill which uses another type. the Mirena coil uses the same progestin, so that is likely to give you similar unpleasant side effects. Stop taking it and you should start to feel better very soon.

MegaClutterSlut Mon 23-Dec-13 09:09:38

All the reasons you listed above is why I had to stop taking it. I was 'raging' all the time, had migraines and had no libido what so ever. I didn't even want my husband touching/kissing me. It made me feel like I hated my husband and it made me a twat angry towards him and it nearly ended my marriage, I was on it for a few years.

Mumraathenoisylion Wed 25-Dec-13 06:26:34

This happened to me too when I was 14 (on pill to regulate painful periods). It changed me so dramatically, I was angry, evil and almost suicidal. I feel constantly guilty about the way I acted when on it even 17 years later.

ihaveacrazycat Wed 25-Dec-13 06:54:45

My new doctor swapped me onto microgynon after years of being happy on lowestrin 30, presumably as it's cheaper & almost immediately it had horrible effects. I bled constantly with stomach cramps so bad that my boss found my curled up on the toilet floor crying! And the mood swings were horrendous, it genuinely made me a little bit evil!
Stopped taking it, demanded my old pill back & returned to normal almost immediately! grin

SerenaJoy Wed 25-Dec-13 06:58:26

I was on Microgynon for about six months years ago, and it completely changed me. My best friend (who I shared a flat with) and then-boyfriend actually sat me down and told me something had to change as I had become so horrible blush

I came off the pill, got the contraceptive implant (which I know lots of people don't get on with but it worked well for me) and it was like night and day. Went back to being myself as soon as effects wore off, and never looked back. Best mate is still best mate, and boyfriend is now my DH so they both forgave me for being such a bitch.

Scary that there are SO many people with awful experiences of it sad and that they're still prescribing it.

Hope you feel back to normal soon OP.

lalouche Thu 26-Dec-13 09:48:34

I was a sobbing wreck on microgynon - about 15 years ago. What really pissed me off was gp suggesting antidepressants without even trying stopping the pill first! I wasn't depressed - within a few weeks of stopping it I was back to my normal self. From other experience, medication side effects seem to be routinely dismissed by medical professionals, which seems extraordinary to me.

Lea13 Sat 22-Feb-14 19:26:42

Hi, I am really pleased I have read this info on the pill. I am 20 and currently taking microgynom 30 - I have been for 4 years now but since just after Christmas 2013 I have been feeling like a totally different person. My mam has suggested this to be the problem after weeks of me crying for silly reasons and sometimes no reason. sometimes I will start crying in public and I have to run to the toilet to compose myself. Its anything from something I read on the news the night before to things that happened in the past which I will suddenly dwell on and make into something its not. I also find myself anxious being out and about and struggle to get out of bed for work and uni. I have a total lack of energy, my appetite can be non existent or I want to eat everything. I have put on about a half a stone in the last few months and I would normally healthy eat and go to the gym once a week but I just cant find any motivation. I often feel almost self hatred and guilty as if I am a bad person. I even started seeing a counsellor to talk about my stress and anxiety but I have just thought of the pill to be a cause in this - do you think this is possible? I really don't like the idea of anti depressants sad

Lea13 Sat 22-Feb-14 19:30:12

also after reading these messages it has dawned on me that perhaps I have a low libido due to the pill - I thought it was just the way I was or that my other half just had a really high one, I have had nothing to gage it on as I have always been on this pill.

Megbeth Sun 23-Feb-14 07:40:24

I suffer with depression & this pill made my mood drop so badly I had to stop taking it. I tried the 30 & the 20 but both affected me.

MegaClutterSlut Sun 23-Feb-14 21:23:41

I had to come of that pill for the exact same reasons op. it nearly ended my marriage. would never touch it again

specialsubject Sun 23-Feb-14 22:00:01

there is no reason to stop prescribing this pill, it works fine for some people. For others, like the OP, it has bad side effects. Experiences can also change over time.

It is the cheapest one with the longest history.

see your doctor, OP, and try a different one.

this is why those who ask for others' experiences with pills are wasting their time - everyone reacts differently. Happily here are many different brands.

I had a terrible time on it. But I suffer eventually on all pills and can't take many now because of migraines - we use condoms now. Just too risky with DCs to risk mood swings.

lottiexoxo Wed 26-Feb-14 10:12:28

Hi, I took Microgynon 30 for the first month and changed into a different person! I have now been off these horrible pills for 5 days. I am feeling much better since being off them but am not back to my normal self, I have been experiencing awful anxiety and panic attacks along with not being hungry and constantly sleeping/tired! I will also think about past events which I no don't bother me when I'm not in this way but now they will just make me panic! I also just don't want to see my boyfriend I feel like I am become more and more distant by the day when I no after 2 years of being together I do love him!! Is anyone able to relate to my bad experience and let me know how long it took them before they felt 100% themselves again!? Thank you

Fryatuck1 Sat 12-Apr-14 21:03:59

I have been taking microgynon for 3 weeks and for the last week of taking it I felt tired lethargic palpitations shaking thought I was going off my head. Stopped taking it last Wednesday and I am starting to feel normal not quite 100 per cent yet. Has any one suffered this as well and how long before they felt normal.?

Thurlow Sat 12-Apr-14 21:11:46

I was awful on it. No libido at all, and I had these sort of chest pains - not heart problems, but they felt like it. Put on a lot of weight too. Came off it after about 6 months.

Annoyingly that put an end to all hormonal contraception for me - the cap it is...

lottiegarbanzo Sat 12-Apr-14 21:23:34

It's not supposed to be prescribed to people with any tendency to depression. Of course they can't always know that in advance.

My GP told me that and I think it's in the risk factors described in the leaflet.

Megbeth Sun 13-Apr-14 13:38:51

I tried Microgynon 20 a few years ago. Within a few days plummeted & I'd never felt so low. I suffer with depression normally stable on my meds but this affected me so bad just after taking it a few days. It's ok just to stop but you will get a withdrawal bled in a few days. Make sure you use additional contraception. Maybe a copper coil would be an option for you as no hormones.
I can't take any pill because of my depression & also get migraines. DH has had the snip so I don't have to worry now. I tried the Mirena but even the hormones in that affected me.

Megbeth Sun 13-Apr-14 13:40:42

I also tried Yasmin & Yaz but couldn't get on with those pulls either. If you had trouble with Microgynon then I would avoid those pills too.

PoshPenny Sun 13-Apr-14 16:24:20

OP do your research on replacement pills/contraception so you don't get another one which contains levonorgestrel which is the progestin probably responsible for your troubles. don't accept a Mirena coil, it's the active ingredient in that too. I just can't do hormonal contraception or HRT for that matter. looking back, I wasted a lot of my life as a result of being buggered up by the Pill. it really just doesn't suit some women.

Emmajane1816 Wed 13-Aug-14 07:55:46

I have been on it for a week as I get married to a wonderful man and 3 days before The wedding I just freaked out. I cry and get angry I get depressed I don't want him I touch me and I feel detached. Thank you for your comments as I thought it was me but I know it's not. I love him to bits but can't stand him. I thought it was me but I am relieved that this is a side effect. Thank you

RockinD Wed 13-Aug-14 12:12:42

Again a long time ago, I took Microgynon 30 for seven years, so that was seven years of weight gain, depression, no libido whatsoever, anxiety and generally feeling unwell. I was backwards and forwards to the GP and consultant referrals and no-one ever asked me about the Pill, and being young, I didn't think to say. Diagnoses varied from anxiety and depression to undulant fever and non-specific liver disease. I thought I had something awful wrong with me.

In my 20s, I resigned myself to a lifetime of ill health and was unsure at one point whether I would be able to continue to work.

I came off it because I felt I wanted more control over my fertility and was a different person within two weeks and have never had generalised anxiety or depression since.

Rowgtfc72 Sun 17-Aug-14 21:04:05

I took microgynon for years, gained weight and had the odd headache but fine otherwise. Then I was put on femulen after having dd which gave me very light periods which was lovely. Then they discontinued femulen and put me on norgeston. My libido, well what libido, and I cry at TV adverts. Hate it but can't have microgynon back as I am over forty and overweight.

stepho1982 Sat 30-Aug-14 17:09:23

Hi everyone, really enlightening to read all these stories and also a bit worried too! My story in a nutshell is that I have always had anxiety, since forever but finally did something about it a couple of years ago and started therapy and it literally changed my life. that box got ticked. However, I have been on microgynon with few breaks for 6 years about (had an accident once years ago from a torn condom so that was the end of that method of contraception!) and came off it after my wedding late last summer thinking, time for baby!! Throughout my years on it, I had anxiety and depression yes, but I figured that was just my natural mood? I was naturally a sad, pessimistic person. I dont drink or smoke and I loved sex, my periods were short, light and painless. I have now been off it a year, no baby yet, my periods are bang on time every month but they are a tidal wave, heavy, long and ive never known pain like it. I get waves of it now so bad I have to kneel for 2'3 hours and wait for it to pass to become bearable. I have just today ended my period and woke up this morning to scorching blue skies, my gorgeous husband, everything fine in the world and my anxiety and mood is off the chart - I am literally so narky it noticeable...I woke up so sad and mournful and feeling so alone and worthless all you want to do is cry. no BABY despite months of trying, mood swings, head aches, bloatedness, weight gain, its unreal...

What the hell do I do? How long does it take for this stop or is this it now?

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