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

by Friday, August 15, 2014
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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 :)


25 Responses
  • Kari
    August 15, 2014

    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.

    • Nikki and The City
      August 15, 2014

      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.

      • Jayme
        July 15, 2015

        I felt conviction too! Kept taking it for about 4-5 months. And the depression got worse but it was only present on the 3rd week of pills. My blood pressure went up too and I had some chest pains.

    • Adrie | A Little Wife's Happy Life
      September 2, 2014

      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.

      • Annabelle
        November 5, 2014

        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.

        • Adrie | A Little Wife's Happy Life
          November 12, 2014

          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–

  • Karyn Brianne
    August 15, 2014

    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.

  • Christine Kuhn
    August 15, 2014

    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.

  • Annabelle
    November 5, 2014

    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.

  • AnnaAlexis
    November 7, 2014

    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.

  • WorriedMomma
    November 13, 2014

    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!!

    • Shannon
      November 27, 2014

      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.

    • Shannon
      November 27, 2014

      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.

  • Just Married
    November 23, 2014

    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…

  • Delaina Davenport
    December 5, 2014

    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

    • Beth
      April 9, 2015

      What we all have to know is that our bodies are individual and will respond to the pill differently. You mention no sex drive. Well, when women are pregnant their sex drives can be polar opposite. I wanted it ALL the time, whereas a friend of mine did not want to be touched at all during her pregnancy. Go figure, right? I mean we’re going through the same hormonal physiology being pregnant, but our bodies responded so differently. I had ZERO morning sickness. She had it for 16 weeks.

      Same with the pill. It’s all a matter of how your individual bodies react to the hormones. You gave it a good shot but I think as someone else said above, it may take more than a cycle to have your body adjust. You can try something with a lower estrogen/progestin level and see if it’s better though. Can’t hurt. I also used a diaphragm for part of my 20’s (this was ‘back in the day’ and I don’t know if they even have them anymore) and it worked perfectly for me and did not alter my hormones since it was a barrier method. Good luck and hang in there!

  • Jess
    February 11, 2015

    when I first married, I had the implanon (I was also virgin and proud :) !!)… I Loved it. I had one period after I started it because I started it midcycle. Also I had one the second year I think but that was it.I did gain weight but I also went into a sedentary full time desk job which I hadn’t had before… I just started microgestin 1.5/30 even though I asked for lo loestrin fe. It has less hormone than even the microgestin 1/20. But I don’t think there is a generic for it yet. It’s an option for you. It has half the estrogen…. I’m pretty upset my doctor discussed lo lo with me but then the script for micro 1.5/30 got called in. 3 times the estrogen. Ugh

  • cassy Fike
    March 8, 2015

    I just started this pill a month ago and my emotions have been nuts. I am also a week late getting my period. Did this happen to anyone else?

  • Beth
    April 9, 2015

    I have not had issues with this. I think to be on a pill for less than a week and be surprised at side effects is kind of naive. Just saying. In my experience with ‘the pill’ over the years, you need to give it at least a few cycles to know if it’s right for you. You are overriding your body’s hormonal system – of course you’re going to feel some effects. If you didn’t, I would be shocked. Just as when one becomes pregnant, there is a huge adjustment to the hormonal changes. You will have to hang in there longer than a week, probably on any pill, to see if it is the right one for you.

  • Erika Polo
    May 4, 2015

    I was googling research on microgestin tonight and ran into your article. Though it was posted quite some time ago I would just be over the moon to know someone has experienced what I have also experienced. I have taken microgestin for about two years now and for the last year I have been poked and prodded to figure out what is wrong with me because I completely and utterly feel my life has been consumed by depression/anxiety and I believe it is because of this pill. With that said I’m sure you are all thinking, “why don’t you just stop your usage?”.. Me too. But while taking this pill my prolactin and cortisol levels are through the roof and they save my birth control helps, I believe it’s the problem. Please tell me it’s normal to undergo not wanting to get out of bed or travel or do things with your friends because you feel like you’re in a constant panic, I just want to decide finally which direction to go.. Hopefully I hear back soon.

    • Michelle
      May 22, 2015

      I just stopped taking them because my anxiety was off the charts. Ugh.

  • Kim
    May 28, 2015

    Thanks so much, I have been taking some version of this for the past seven months and have been experiencing weird low level anxiety and also crazy dreams. Finally I connected the dots, started researching online and found so many similar stories. Time to visit my doctor. Thanks

  • Girl
    July 30, 2015

    I’m taking it now, about 5 days in and I have an exponential increase in appetite. No mood swings, but that was actually an issue I had before starting birth control, so yay. I am starting to break out, though.

  • john
    August 30, 2015

    I’m a guy but I recently just got an rx for microgestin 21 and I’m going to start taking it because I want to start taking estrogen on my own. I think its gonna be a great trip. I start the pills tomorrow. my doc gave me 3 refills.

  • Maryshea
    December 3, 2015

    I’ve been taking it for five days now, and have been crying about EVERYTHING. I saw a picture of a chinchilla and cried. My boyfriend told me he loved me after being mad for something I said and I couldn’t hold back the tears. It’s driving me crazy and I haven’t a clue what to do about this. I’ve been more tired than usual as well. Normally “stay up all night, then all day, and keep going until the caffiene and lack of sleep sends you spiraling downward” is my motto, but this first week of taking it has been ridiculous. As a matter of fact, I found this article due to the fact that I woke up just a few minutes ago. I normally take my bc pill at 10:30 everyday, but when my alarm went off I rolled over and next thing I know, I’m here googling “can I take my pill 4 hours late?” This was a very insightful article. Really enjoyed reading it and I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. Hope you and your husband are happy and well on the way to having a baby with an Afro and sparkly eyes. Power to you!

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