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Combined hormonal contraception

Oestrogenic and Progestogenic side effects


  • Breast tenderness / enlargement
  • Weight gain (fluid retention)
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Some headaches (PFI)
  • Chloasma
  • Noninfective vaginal discharge
  • Photosensitivity
  • Loss of libido

  • Acne
  • Greasy hair
  • Weight gain (increased appetite)
  • Hirsutism
  • Depression/mood swings
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness

Which combined pill? – depends on the progestogen

  • Levonorgestrel / norethisterone tend to be more androgenic progestogen
  • Desogestrel, gestodene tend to be less androgenic
  • Norgestimate somewhere in between
  • Drospirenone and Dienogest lesser androgenicity
  • (Cyproterone acetate least androgenic but not licensed purely as a contraceptive).
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