This one is going to be a bit of a chatty one so make sure you have a cup of coffee in hand and a little disclaimer before I start, this is going to be quite a girly chatty post so if you get easily grossed out by anything period or sex related then this isn’t the post for you!
So the pill I was on was called Rigevidon and I have been on this twice though-out my teenage life, once for controlling heavy periods and the second for contraception. During my first contraceptive pill experience I wasn’t on any other medication (eg. anti depressants) whereas the second time I was, which may be the reason my two experiences are different.
Okay so the first time I was 15/16 and I was on it for about 6 months, my periods definitely got lighter and I experienced less period pains so really it was good. But I gained so much weight from it and during that time I struggled a lot with body dysmorphia so even though it was improving my body it wasn’t helping my mental health in the slightest.
The second time I went on it purely for contraception and it is the main contraceptive method I was advised to do, so I was put back on Rigevidon, but I am also on 30mg of Citalopram. Before going to the doctors I done my research about mixing the two drugs together and if they are compatible or if it would make my mood worse and surprise surprise it said it would. I addressed my concerns to the doctor and she said it would not affect my mood or my anti depressants. But whilst being on it my mood completely deteriorated. I experienced a lot of suicidal thoughts and my moods were completely erratic. So I came off it and then my mental health started to improve and get back to a healthy state again.
Some of the main side effects you can experience are headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, weight gain, irregular bleeding, mood swings and acne and surpsingly enough the effect I experienced was mood swings.
The increased artificial hormones that were added to my body definitely worsened my mood and when you search for Rigevidon in the google search bar your page is filled with ‘…+depression/anxiety’. I saw lots of blog posts and articles of people experiencing the same symptoms as me and in my opinion I don’t think the pill should be prescribed as easily as it is to patients with a mental health background.
Have you been on the pill? If so how was your experience?