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My Birth Control Horror Story: Microgestin 1/20 is the Devil.

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Well, as you guys know I jump the broom September 06, 2014! I’m beyond excited, but can’t even begin to tell you guys about all of the millions and millions of details that go into planning a wedding. Whew. One thing that was most definitely on my list was birth control. Do I want to have brown babies with afros and sparkly eyes? OF COURSE. Do I want to have them right away? Heck no. I need to have my husband to myself for at least one year. With that being said, I recently went to the doctor ,and weighed out all my options. I came to the conclusion that “the pill” was the best decision for me. They gave me Microgestin 1/20. It all goes downhill from here.

I really didn’t notice any difference the first 2 days of taking the pill. However, midway through the week EVERYTHING changed. I’m usually able to focus, seeing that I have deadlines, etc., but for some reason I could not focus. It took me 3 days to complete ONE post. Sad. Also, when I would make myself focus, I would become extremely tired. Definitely strange for me.


On top of that, I was extremely sad. I felt hopeless and I didn’t know why. It didn’t make sense, because my wedding is less than 30 days away, and things are finally falling into place. This is the happiest time in my life. I may have started a few arguments with Steve, because he was in the room. What the? What in the heck was wrong with me?!?

AND my face was breaking out. Ew.


I finally decided to do some thorough research on Mircogestin 1/20, and was shocked with what I discovered online. Everyone who’d taken this pill had the same side effects as me: sadness, depression, acne, and bloating. Aw nawl!

oooohAnd I’m just now learning about this because? Nope. Time up, been up. After reading all of the scary testimonies to Steve, we decided I should stop taking the pill. It was either that, or call off the wedding. Just kidding :) I have an appointment Monday to weigh out more options. *sigh* Take 2.

Have you ever taken the depression pill Microgestin 1/20 before? Did it make you crazy like me? I’d love to hear about your experience below :)


14 thoughts on “My Birth Control Horror Story: Microgestin 1/20 is the Devil.

  1. Kari

    I also waited for sex until my wedding day (NO REGRETS!). That being the case, however, this is the first time in your life you’ve ever had to worry about getting pregnant. I get it.
    Neither of us were sold on the idea of medicinal contraceptives. My husband, in fact, is VERY much against them due to the possible side affects a woman can experience. (Each woman’s body is different, of course. What works for some may lead to horrible side-affects in others.) However, we are together working toward life goals that are easier to achieve without children. So, we decided to study natural fertility awareness months before our wedding day. This is NOT the Rythem Method! We read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler and attended a course at a local clinic. Now, almost three years in, we’re still baby-free and I feel more connected with my body then ever before. It takes dedication but, in my opinion, it’s no more time consuming than taking a pill every day seems to be.

    1. Nikki and The City Post author

      I think my friend was telling me about this. I most definitely need to check it out, because when I took the 1st pill I did feel some type of conviction. It’s hard to explain. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Adrie | A Little Wife's Happy Life

      Yeah, girl! I’m an FAM proponent all the way!! I love using fertility awareness- I feel like I know myself and my body so much better than I ever have before. Not only that, but I feel like I’m really trusting God. So many of us say, “God, I choose to do your will!” except when it comes to children. Why is that, anyway? We can trust God in everything but creating life? Isn’t that His thing?

      And (hopefully you won’t ever have to deal with it, but), FAM showed me that my body isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing. I would have had no idea that there was a problem if it wasn’t for charting and tracking my signals. Now I can move forward more quickly and try to heal my body.

      1. Annabelle

        My problem isn’t that I don’t trust God when it comes to having or not having kids. Rather my problem is my hormones are at insanely low levels (making having kids impossible, sadly), and the birth control was meant to level out the hormones and make my cycles less like falling off a cliff.

        1. Adrie | A Little Wife's Happy Life

          I can definitely understand that. I’m on the same boat… fighting infertility, actually. My hormones are all over the place.

          The trouble with using birth control to level hormones is that it’s just a bandaid. It doesn’t actually fix anything. It might make things feel more normal, but stop the Pill and it’s back and causing lots of issues. NaPro Technology looks to treat the actual cause of the hormone imbalance, not just cover it up. I’d rather be healed than be patched up for now, you know? There are more options out there, options that don’t include ingesting something that’s been listed as a carcinogen. Check it out–

  2. Karyn Brianne

    I currently taking this medication now. I don’t feel bad during the majority of the time, but during the last week of placebo pills, my emotions become SO out of whack and my energy levels plummet. I already had those issues pre-pill, but now they are even worse. However, I haven’t been inconvenienced enough yet to switch. This post definitely has me reconsidering some things though.

  3. Christine Kuhn

    That really sucks that you had such bad side effects. But, everybody’s body is different and responds to medications differently. Everything from Advil to Microgestin can have a vastly different effect. I’ve been taking Microgestin FE1/20 for the past 5 years and have never experienced any negative side effects! Nothing to panic about that you are. Just go to the doctor and tell them what is going on. They’ll probably suggest a lower dose or a Progestin only pill. Microgestin is a combination pill, meaning that there is both estrogen and progestin hormones in the pill. Most pills are that way. The Progestin ones are just as effective but with no estrogen, which is what you were probably reacting to. Talk to your doctor.

  4. Annabelle

    I started taking this less than three weeks ago and had to stop today. I didn’t notice it at first but I was crying and angry all the time, even yelling at my beautiful husband for something so lame I can’t even remember what it was. It started last week when I started snapping at him – which isn’t me – and ended the week with me sobbing hysterically and wondering what the hell was wrong with me. And today, we find out that a severe side effect is extreme mood change. Needless to say, no more birth control.

  5. AnnaAlexis

    I have been on Microgestin for over a year and I absolutely love it! I have had no weight gain, but in fact, weight loss, and no acne or terrible mood swings. I am very happy with this pill and I don’t even get that many periods anymore but when I do, they are very tolerable. I am sorry to hear horrible experiences that people have had while on this pill, but I guess we are all different.

  6. WorriedMomma

    Today I sent my 15 yr old to the doctor with her dad because I couldn’t get off work. I specifically told them both to ask the Doctor about Orthotricyclin because my daughter has regularity & acne issues, of course neither one did and they sent her home with Microgestrin 1/20. After reading all the side effects I don’t want her taking it and after reading all the stories from you ladies she will NOT be taking it. Thank You All for sharing!!

    1. Shannon

      I’ve been on Microgestin for 8 months and the first 6 were a little rocky, but now I have bigger boobs, shinier hair, my acne has been eradicated, my moods are stable (except anxiety but I’ve always had that) and most importantly, no babies!

      Orthotricyclen on the other hand, was given to me specifically for my acne and although I did not have any kids while taking it, not only did it not get rid of my acne at all, it made me a moody out of control suicidal mess and I had to stop taking it 8 months in because I couldn’t handle it anymore. It took my body a full year to readjust to not-crazy. It was hell. I will never go anywhere near OTC ever again.

    2. Shannon

      Should have added this to my other comment – it also made me so tired I was sleeping 16 hours a day and had to drop out of a semester of college. I was exhausted, constantly felt like I was starving to death, depressed, couldn’t get out of bed, and wanted to kill myself. I have never had suicidal thoughts and haven’t had them since I stopped taking it.

      But everyone’s body is different.

  7. Just Married

    I started Microgestin 1/20 FE today. After reading these posts’ I have to admit I’m a little worried. My husband is in the military, and he literally left 4 days after our beautiful nuptials. He will be home soon, and for now, the pill was the best option…we are a blended family, so neither of us want to have more children. We are exploring a permanent option, but In the mean time, I wanted to make sure there were no “oops”. Hoping for the best…

  8. Delaina Davenport

    Hi, I have been taking Microgestin 1.5/30 for a month and a week now and I feel simply awful! My energy level has went down drastically (it was already low to begin with), I have a complete negative outlook on EVERYTHING! I started taking this pill due to having a miscarriage, and I figured some of my depression was based on that. However, I am not really bothered by that anymore (it almost seems like my feelings on that have went numb). So I can’t feel happy! If you ask anyone that knows me, I am the type of person who sees the silver lining in everything. I laugh and smile constantly (well I used to until I started taking this evil pill). Also my sex drive has went from high to none. NADA! I feel repulsed by the mere thought of being intimate with my fiance! I will NEVER NEVER NEVER take this pill again! Does anyone have any suggestions for something else to take? I have to be on birth control because I am SO not ready to have a baby right now. Thanks

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