Let's Talk: The Mini Pill

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Obviously I'm not shy when it comes to talking about periods, sex and all that good stuff so thought it was about time I delved into the world of the contraceptive pill on here. I don't really understand why this is a taboo with some people because it's so important to know as much about it as you can before starting the pill.

There are a few reasons why someone would be taking the pill which include contraception, treating acne and regulation of periods. There are two types; the combined pill (contains both estrogen and progestogen) and the mini pill which I take (contains only progestogen). The mini-pill is prescribed if you can’t take estrogen due to certain health conditions (I take it due to migraines) or if you’re sensitive to side effects with combination pills (eg vomiting). Just because I'm not on the combi pill I'm going to focus on my experiences with the mini pill called Cerelle for anyone thinking of using it.

  • it can reduce symptoms of PMS 
  • it can sometimes reduce acne
  • it usually makes your bleeds regular, lighter and less painful or stop them altogether
  • it's a very effective form of birth control

Possible Side Effects
  • acne
  • breast tenderness and enlargement
  • increased or decreased sex drive
  • mood changes
  • headache and migraine
  • nausea or vomiting

How To Take It
  • You take a pill every day, with no break at all between packs of pills.
  • You take the progestogen-only pill at the same time each day. 
  • You'll obviously need to use condoms as well as the pill to be protected against sexually transmitted infections.

I've been quite lucky on the side effects front to be honest because I know a lot of people who have to change pills a few times to find the right one. It's stopped my periods and has made my skin more sensitive to acne flare ups though. Mood changes was a big one in the beginning, I'd literally cry over the smallest things it was like being on my period constantly. It's calmed down slightly now lol. I've read a lot about how some types of the mini pill can trigger anxiety and depression episodes so if that's a big worry (as it was mine) it's worth finding a different alternative. Another thing to mention is how crucial doing your research and talking to your doctor is. I virtually knew nothing before starting the pill which is awful really, I don't get why it isn't thoroughly talked about in school. The thing I find most difficult is remembering to take it at the same time everyday so it's worth putting a reminder on your phone too. The main thing to decide is why you're taking it and which side effects will really impact you (such as vomiting or anxiety) because that will help you choose which pill is right for you. There are literally hundreds of types of mini pill alone so if the first one you try doesn't work there are so many options.

I think that covers the basics but I'd happily answer any questions even though I'm no expert.
Liv x


  1. I really feel like one of the lucky ones when it comes to the pill. I have been on it for years now and I have never had any side effects or periods at all!

    Danielle xx

    1. That’s so good, I used to worry so much about having side effects because so many girls get them x

  2. I used to take the combined pill and it was so bad for my anxiety and made me feel ill all the time, so decided to opt for this pill but unfortunately it made me bleed all the time, so I had to stop taking it. I now use the nuvaring, which seems to be working quite nicely for me!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. Crazy how the same pill can have such different effects on people! At least you’ve found something that works now x

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