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Cerazette and bleeding again. I am beginning to hate this stupid pill!

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Pinkchampagne Sat 02-Feb-08 10:17:55

I just don't know where I am with it.
First couple of months I had very long periods, then the following couple of months I had period free months. I went for my pill check & was told that my periods would probably stop altogether, which they did for around 3 months, but then I get a full on period out of the blue last Saturday.
My period calmed down a few days back & had pretty much come to a stop, but today, one week later, I have lots of bleeding again.
Is this normal with this pill? Have others experienced the same kind of thing?
I am very fed up!

2o12 Tue 04-Sep-12 18:37:50

i started cerazette nearly 7 years ago when i was 16 and i never bled on it, i came off it whilst i was pregnant and started it up again about a year ago and it has been fine up until a month or so ago when i started spotting for a day here and there and now iv been bleeding for the last 8-9days! is this normal or should i speak to my doctor????

tonismith Tue 18-Sep-12 15:30:30

I've been on cerazette now for 2 months. I went on it coz I chickened out of the implant, and the clinic told me that its the same hormone. They then told me I would get a very light bleed after 4 weeks that wld last a day or two. But no. I was away on holiday and it started all of a sudden while I was out. It was very heavy for 11 days. I then came off to my relief,but it didn't last long. I had a week of no bleeding and bam, niagra falls all over again. I have read about cerazette quite a lot and I'm finding that 9 out of 10 women r suffering these same symptoms. Its rediculous. As soon as thursday comes I am going back to the clinic and going back on my old pill, coz this is just stupid. Get off it as soon as u can. I no I am

Smt92 Fri 29-Mar-13 16:09:36

I started taking cerezette a week ago straight after I came off my period I was on microgynon before but it gave me headaches so the nurse changed me. I've only took it for 5 days as after the 3rd day of taking it I had headaches, nausea and the worst pains in my legs It felt like I'd been in bad accident or something they were so painful sad I've not took it for 3 days I really don't like it and have come on again confused ahh so confusing! I've made appointment with the nurse but that's only in 2 weeks I have under active thyroid aswell, has this happened to anyone else?

pissedoffwithcerazette Mon 08-Apr-13 22:45:19

I was doing great after many years on Microgynon then my doctor said I had to come off it at 35. Took cerazette for 18 months without a period. Did a few pregnancy tests along the way as I kept getting jittery about the lack of periods but really I loved not having any! Anyway, after 18 months, I got a period 4 weeks ago and now it wont stop! My boobs are absolutely killing me and even putting a tampon in has started to hurt. I dont know what to do as I know he won't let me go back on Microgynon, there's no way I'm having a coil fitted and I hate condoms. They make me itch and I don't trust them. sad

2Cupcakesmummy Mon 15-Apr-13 18:29:47

Well, I've been taking Cerazette for 6 weeks. Have bled for past 17 days. Uncontrollable bleeding for past 4 days. I am now sat on a hospital bed waiting for a blood transfusion due to acute anaemia from the heavy bleeding. Wonderful drug!! Not.

Buggedoff Mon 15-Apr-13 19:51:37

Oh Cupcakes that is really awful for you. I hope the transfusion makes you feel a little better, and that the doctors can come up with a better long term solution for you.

vlgill88 Mon 22-Apr-13 22:23:01

I was on loestrin 20 (combined) for about 7 years but started with really bad anxiety attacks/depression and irregular blood pressure. I asked for a change to my pill and the doctor suggested cerazette (pop) - I wanted to see if reducing/removing the oestrogen 'calmed' me down; I would get het up over nothing! Anyway after a month or so on cerazette I'd calmed down, my periods were coming every 6 weeks and lasting 5-6 days (the 7 day break on loestrin was great, I knew when to expect my period, and knew it would last 3-5 days) then suddenly it has all gone hay wire - two months off, on for a week, off for two weeks, back on for two weeks ...etc. I have now been on for 4 weeks!! I'm losing my mind. It's brown/red/brown/red and stop-start (so glad others have had this! I was worrying) and I'm getting annoyed.
Other worries/problems: weight gain, headaches, spotty back (not normal for me, don't know if it could be related), no sex drive and cramps! I never get/got cramps.
I'm getting married in 9 months, I need our love life to improve, I'd like to deflate a bit and know when I'm likely to be bleeding - ie not on the wedding day! (Or honeymoon). my sister in law was on cerazette and within a month of stopping it she got pregnant. Now would not be the best time for us to get pregnant!
Generally getting fed up now, any suggestions for alternatives?

WozzaHP Mon 29-Apr-13 00:53:11

I was originally put on Microgynon when I was 16 due to seriously heavy, anaemia inducing periods, and Mefamanic acid (think that's how you spell it) didn't do much, but when I went to the Doctors about my migraines I have suffered from since I was little he took me off it.
When the bad periods returned I was put on Cerazette as apparently it's not as bad for inducing migraines.
I've been on it for over a year and had periods roughly every 5 weeks, up until now. For the past 5 weeks I have been on my period 4 times, each one week long and only 1 day in between the first two, pretty sure I restarted my period whilst still on the second one, then I had a week free and here I am again. Before this 5 week period, I only had just over a week since my last one.
I just don't understand why it's started to do this now. Boyfriend wants me to go to the doctors, but from here it sounds like they don't do much about it.
Am worried I'm loosing too much blood. Is there any other type of pill to go on besides these two, as I don't fancy an implant, coil or injections?

GeorgianMumto5 Mon 29-Apr-13 22:26:17

How come this pill is screwing with so many of us? Funnily enough, I went on it to help me stop getting anaemic, as my bleeding, non-pill, was horrendously heavy and clot-tastic. It did help with that, as The bleeding is much lighter, but it's on and off (more on) all the bloody time!

Previously got pregnant on Micronor, bled constantly and wanted to kill people while on the implant...I'm not having much luck. I would go artificial hormone-free, if it weren't for the resulting heavy bleeding.

Found out today that I have an ovarian cyst measuring 8cm. No idea if cerazette is implicated there, or if the hideous bleeding should have been investigated sooner, rather than have drugs thrown at it. My consultations with Dr Google are in their infancy.

42em Wed 17-Jul-13 18:08:05

I have actually joined Mumsnet just join in on this!
A few years ago I had the implant (which was horrendous) and given Cerazette to control the constant bleeding the implant inflicted. Worked alright! Some random bleeding but it was nothing compared to what the implant had been putting me through.
Anyway I started taking Cerazette again about a month ago for heavy, lengthy periods and pains. I did the quick start so I had a couple of weeks of nothing which was wonderful. Period started on time, nice and light, painful still but a great improvement. Then it was the heaviest and most awful thing I have ever experienced for a couple of days, then my normal period for the rest of the week, stopped for 12 hours at most, and now no pain but I'm bleeding again.
It's been two weeks! Completely inconsistent in colour and texture and it's all vile and unfair! My mood is terrible. No sex. Depressed. We've been having a great summer and I haven't been able to wear shorts or dresses. I feel like I can't do anything! My poor boyfriend has been suffering just for being in the same room as me! I know it's early days, but I have a holiday coming up soon. I don't want to spend it miserable and on constant toilet trips! I want to stop taking it and try again in a month or so, has anyone stopped taking it whilst still bleeding? I really don't know where I'm at with this bloody thing! (No pun intended :P )
(Condoms are £12 a pack in store. That's not a realistic price for a student!)

kazziejayne Thu 18-Jul-13 15:25:24

Also joined just for this newsfeed. I was put onto this pill after 10 years on the cilest was gives you a break n a period after each blister, this was fine no probs but they suspected high bp. I've been on cerazette for 2 years periods instantly stopped. I then decided to see if the pill was contributing to my weight so I stopped taking it. It took 3 weeks for a period to appear and during this time my weight stayed the same-i prob didn't give it long enough but I decided to start taking the pill again. So wish I hadn't tried this experiment!!! Now I have spotting every month and this month it's been on n off all month long :-( It worries ya that something else medical is wrong. Think as I'm due for a pill check n review I will ask to change but to what? Readin this makes me also think my low moods n huge spots which appear on my neck ever now n again n the hate I feel just because a person is in the same room as me is all this pill. My high bp was provided incorrect so maybe back to the original pill. Mmmmmm

kazziejayne Thu 18-Jul-13 15:32:25

Also joined just for this newsfeed. I was put onto this pill after 10 years on the cilest was gives you a break n a period after each blister, this was fine no probs but they suspected high bp. I've been on cerazette for 2 years periods instantly stopped. I then decided to see if the pill was contributing to my weight so I stopped taking it. It took 3 weeks for a period to appear and during this time my weight stayed the same-i prob didn't give it long enough but I decided to start taking the pill again. So wish I hadn't tried this experiment!!! Now I have spotting every month and this month it's been on n off all month long :-( It worries ya that something else medical is wrong. Think as I'm due for a pill check n review I will ask to change but to what? Readin this makes me also think my low moods n huge spots which appear on my neck ever now n again n the hate I feel just because a person is in the same room as me is all this pill. My high bp was provided incorrect so maybe back to the original pill. Mmmmmm

shazevo Sat 20-Jul-13 09:38:48

I was on cerazette for a year and a half and I had terrible bleeding, I would bleed for 6 weeks straight and the thing that annoyed me the most was that I never knew when my periods were coming, I would have about 3 weeks no bleeding and then bleed again, I had to change my pill as the nurse was concerned that I could become anaemic, I am now on microgynon 30ED and its fab! I have not bled at all unless I have the week break, but you can miss the period if you want to, plus its very effective, im not a mum but for as long as ive been on the pill ive never got pregnant as long as you remember to take it at the same time every day then you will be covered! I am so glad I finished cerazette, did more hars than good

Champagnebubble Sun 21-Jul-13 18:34:11

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VintageRaspberry Mon 05-Aug-13 11:31:30

Wow. This makes for pretty grim reading and my story is not going to make it any better- had a great 3 years of no periods on Cerazette but for the past 11 months now, my periods have come back with a vengeance- and its getting worse! I'm getting a few days off and then they start up again. Some are light but others are the 'change the tampon every hour' kind. I am also experiencing insane mood swings with serious irrational anger and a tummy that swells up to a beach ball before and during bleeding. Interested to read about the greasy hair/spots/hunger thing as I thought this was just part of me as I have had them for years, but maybe its this beastly pill?! Yuk. I can't take the combined pill, any suggestions??

NachoAddict Wed 07-Aug-13 20:53:52

Oh no, I googled cerazette after being prescribed it today and this thread is not giving me much hope.

I have been prescribed it to try and stop the bleeding I have had for the last 5 weeks but it seems this pill has the opposite effect.

Roxana79 Mon 19-Aug-13 12:25:27

Hi all. I know people do not join forums and sites unless they have things to complaing about and I have read that a few of you up here have been on Cerazette for the past 2 years or more and never joined to say how happy you were about it before the bleeding started a month ago, but I wanted to share what I think it's a similar pattern to a few of you i.e. I've been put on Cerazette this month and started taking the pill on the 4th Aug. Bled till the 9th (which is more than normal for me), spotted on the 10th, nothing on the 11th, then spotted again on the 12th then nothing for 5 days and then spotted again yesterday and today downright bleeding with clots and really bad cramps.

I feel so tired and I just want to be in bed and not at work. And what others were saying up here, I do not mind the bleeding, I do not even mind the pain let's say but I hate having to always have pads and tapons with me all the time and wear boxers at all times just in case I get a period when I'm out! The thought itself is so tiring and stressing and it really isn't about me being a control freak, it's just me being constantly worried that I might end up in a very embarrassing situation one of these days which I have never been in before - not in this department anyway!

I have my servical screening check-up this Friday and I won't even be able to have it if the bleeding does not stop. But they are the people who prescibed Cerazette as well so I might have a word with them about it. Although I bet they'll say:' you need to wait up a few months and see how you get on'. It's so frustrating and I feel so down... My bf says I should come off it if it makes me so miserable but I don't know if I should wait the 3-4 months or just ask them to put me on another one? I'm 34 and non smoker.

What I'm trying to find out here is if the 6-8 day bleeding, 5 days break and then another bleeding is a sign that you will be a 'bleeder' or if any of you experienced this and then had period-free months after that? Saying that, I know everybody is different, just trying to figure out if there is still hope that I'll have period-free or at least regular periods with the symptoms I have so far?

Thanks all

P.S. Apologies for the long post....

loopylafunmum Thu 12-Sep-13 08:16:23

Hi There.., I was prescribed Cerazette when my son was 6 weeks old as I was told it is the only pill that can be taken when breastfeeding. All was fine for the first 9 months and no bleeds. I am now suffering the same symptoms described by others. I seem to have a period every other week, have been getting boils (not spots) and have no libedo. I am still breast feeding my 11 month old son which I want to continue until he is fully weaned. Should I be concerned that these symptoms have just started? I assumed it was the hormone changes that occur when baby feeds less (he doesn't need the boob that much these days). Are there alternative pills? If there are other pills suitable for breast feeding then then what are they called as I'd like to do a little research before going back to the GP. I'm not prepared to stop breast feeding for the sake of a different contraception, I hate this pill and at the same time I'm not ready to come off it and risk conceiving baby number 2 just yet! Aaaargh!! Rock and hard place springs to mind!!

Wonderwoman0151 Tue 17-Sep-13 22:59:28

Oh i am sooooo glad i googled " cerazette " & read the posts on here. Iv been to the doctors todsy & she has managed to frighten the life out of me.
I'll start from the beginning.... Been on cerazette since February, didnt have a period for the 1st month but after that iv been on & off constantly. More ON than OFF!
Im now into my 4 th week of bleeding.... Which ranges from bright red which just comes from nowhere & seems to pour out of me,, then its watery brown & then its dark nearly black clots. This will stop for a few hours & then start again. I have headaches every morning when i wake, have spots appear on my neck,, feel really low most days & have no interest in doing anything. I have no energy & just feel like i could sleep all the time.
I went the doctors today & she told me she wants to do a smear & look at my cervix as its not normsl to bleed this long. She also wants me to do a urine sample for chlamidya!!!!!!!!!!! As bleeding is sometimes a symptom! I nearly fell off the doctors chair as i certainly know i havnt got an STD, its definitely this horrible Cerazette thats causing all my symptoms. I came out the surgery frightened to death..... Came home & found this website. Im so glad i did,, all these women having the same symptoms as me has totally calmed me down. Thank god us women share these things with each other.
As of tonight i am stopping taking this nightmare pill.... I am also not worrying too much about the doctor & what she said. I will get myself checked out as she suggested.. But im 99% sure she is barking up the wrong tree. I might get her to read this thread!!
Thanks everyone. :-)

Sarahlouiseis33 Sun 22-Sep-13 17:53:09

Erghhh... I remember my 3 months on cerazette, I bled heavily the entire time, my back was covered in spots and my hair fell out loads. Not a good experience. Put me off hormonal birth control for life.

donnalou42 Sun 29-Sep-13 10:15:18

42 years old mum. 17 year old son. Husband has vasectomy so not on anything for contraception since my 20's. Periods always regular and no problems. Suddenly very heavy painful periods for the last year. And in last couple month only 2 weeks apart. Finally went to doctor as interfering with work and life in general with tiredness, mood swings, and body itch all due to lack of iron when on period. Prescribed daily iron tablets and tranexamic acid tablets to take 3 times daily on days 1-4 of period only. Supposed to reduce what is produced. Took for 3months but heaviness and pain still bad. So back to doctor who this time prescribed cerazette to try stop me having periods as they are so bad. And referred me for an ultrasound scan which I'm waiting for. Been on cerazette a month now. Bleeding constantly all the time since. No sex. No life. Anxiety. Crying. Panic. Moods. Anger. My poor husband. Hair started falling out this week. I'm not taking it any longer to see if it might work out or not as I've gone through enough this past year already without all this too. Will continue to take iron and get the scan to see if any endometriosis or fibroids. and this week will go see doctor and probably show her this thread and tell her what she can do with her cerazette. Its only been a month but i aint even going there after reading this and already seeing what its doing to me. I would end up in th mental institution. Gonna look into more natural ways to balance periods and moods etc like diet and vitamins and herbal natural stuff. Hope you all get sorted. I really identify with you all. Take care and best of luck to everyone xxx

tiredandiwanttogotobed Tue 29-Oct-13 00:02:59

Phew! I'm normal and it's cerazette that's not.

I was put on it in April, 6wks after my daughter was born as I was bf. I had bleeding every 5-20 days until July; my GP even sent me for an ultrasound to check everything was normal and no placenta had been left (I'd had an emergency C-section). Then the bleeding stopped until I started to wean from bf in September, at first it was a period every 3 days, now it's constant and has been for 3wks. I've been getting boils on my back, greasy hair, low libido and a terribly short temper blush It's a very effective contraceptive hmm. Me and DH don't want anymore DC so I'm booked to be sterilised in two weeks and having read this post, I think last night's pill is the last one I'll be taking.

joey1985 Tue 28-Jan-14 16:34:12

Hi guys really glad to have found this thread. IM 28 and i started taking cerazette a little over two years ago. I had no bleeding until three weeks ago i have recently moved house i thought it might have been the stress but not too sure now. The weird thing is i have spotting for a day or so then it goes away the a week later its back again for a day then gone. Has anyone else had this? I will admit that during the time i was on the pill and had no bleeding i still had cramping. Really feed up feeling headachy and crampy all the time. Should i go to docs for check up?

Tealfinch Sun 16-Feb-14 13:34:40

Can't believe how many of the replies on this thread match my situation! Started taking Cerazette 18 months ago. Had infrequent, light periods until this month. Have been bleeding for 2 weeks non stop and it's the same red-brown-red-brown mentioned by several of you. I've got bad cramps too and, similarly to what some of you have said, it's seems to be heavier when I'm up and active.

I hadn't connected the following to the pill, but I have been more irritable/stressed/low/tired over the last few months. I am going to stop taking this pill immediately! Thanks for sharing everyone. I'm not a mum but I found this thread when I googled my problems. Joined before posting. What a fantastic website!

Alicia1208 Mon 17-Feb-14 08:36:08

So glad I found this thread. I've been taking Cerazette for a few years now I've had some spotting but apart from that I've been period free for most of the time while taking it up until now I've had periods browny/red with cramps and back pain normal period symptoms. Really annoying as I can't predict when they will be.
May consider changing to the coil although I hear that can make bleeding worse.. Perhaps I'll hold out for a few more months and see how it goes.
So strange how we've all got the same issues with this pill, but I'm glad I'm not alone! Good luck everyone.

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