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St John's wort, POP and breakthrough bleeding - any experience?

(6 Posts)
Spookysook Thu 19-Jan-17 10:02:55


I am on Cerazette for heavy periods and this has stopped my periods completely. I'm not sexually active so not relying on it as a contraceptive.

I've bought some St John's wort to lift my mood a bit, and I know it interferes with the efficacy of the pill as a contraceptive. I wondered if anybody had any experience of this as I would like to take it but I am worried about breakthrough bleeding. I have only experienced breakthrough bleeding once, as a young woman, when I first started on a low dose combined pill. In those days I didn't have problematic periods.

I went on Cerazette because of flooding and anaemia. I could cope with breakthrough bleeding if it was just a bit of spotting like I had before but I am nervous about flooding again.

I know this is a long shot as it is very unlikely anyone would take the pill and SJW but I thought I would ask anyway.

Spookysook Fri 20-Jan-17 19:44:56

I know this is quite specific so probably won't get any replies buit I am giving it a little bump just in case.

BWatchWatcher Sun 22-Jan-17 07:44:46

You shouldn't take St John's wort and the pill together. St John's wort will stop the pill working.

TheoriginalLEM Sun 22-Jan-17 07:46:46

St John's wort doesn't work

Spookysook Mon 06-Mar-17 08:53:10

Sorry, I never came back to this. I have been taking the SJW for about a week now and haven't had any breakthrough bleeding yet. If I start to bleed heavily I will stop taking the SJW but fingers crossed.

Buttons76 Wed 15-Nov-17 15:48:45

How did you get on?

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