Comment from: J 13-18 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 10

I got this birth control from Planned Parenthood as most others have, and at first everything went well. However, by the second week, my breasts were aching, I've been hit with extreme fatigue, massive migraines, and depressive episodes. (I've had headaches before, but never a migraine until now!) I'm currently on the placebo week of pills and might continue for one more month just to see if my body eventually will adjust to the hormones, but honestly, if I knew I'd get these symptoms, I wouldn't have started it.

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Comment from: K.Mac 25-34 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: November 25

I'm generally happy with Chateal. I've gained about ten pounds and have gone up about two cup sizes, but I don't mind particularly as my periods are more regular, and the pill itself is very effective. If taken continuously so as to delay menstruation, you will experience some breakthrough bleeding, but it's manageable. As far as mood changes go, it has not negatively impacted me; I cry at films a bit more and seem to be more deeply affected by cute dog videos, but I have no issues with anger or anxiety. As I struggle with depression, this may be Chateal's big sell for me; it's especially helpful for my severe PMS. The only real downside I've noticed is the thinning of my hair; I don't have bald patches or anything like that, but I do shed more and it's certainly more prone to breakage. Overall this is is probably the second best out of MANY birth control pills I've tried (the best so far being Seasonale).

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Comment from: livm 19-24 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: November 14

I've had zero adverse effects from this pill. My boobs grew about two cup sizes but I was pretty flat before so I didn't mind lol. My acne cleared up, my periods are more regular and less painful (not painful at all, actually), and I can have sex without anxiety!

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Comment from: Mya 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 05

Well, I started these pills about 3 months ago. My honest opinion is that it really helped with endometriosis. For the last 4 months I've been having these extremely painful periods that leads to me being in the E.R, in the worst pain, can't eat or drink until I started these BC pills and it went away completely! Very small to no cramps at all now. But the only thing I don't understand is that, I'm losing weight and my breast went from B cup to an A cup.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 05

Itchy legs, irregular period, increased appetite, mood swings.

Comment from: Autumn 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: June 23

The reviews will give you either good or bad reviews. Mine is in the middle. In the beginning it was not easy for me. It was my first time starting birth control so my body was new to this. The first night I took it I threw up what I ate that night. Then that same week for about the first two days I felt nauseous. In two month I had random cases of nausea but it went away. I didnâ??t have any bad sidebar effects besides nausea. I do t know of this is a legit side effect, but I feel like my sex drive went down...Iâ??m not sure though, itâ??s jjst harder for me to get there before my partner does. However, this has just made sex more fun and last. Besides that, itâ??s been three months and so far Iâ??m not pregnant and Iâ??m fine. However, this is my experience-it is different for others and that is what you should be considering.

Comment from: 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: April 02

This is my first birth control experience and i have to say im very satisfied. Ive been on this pill for 4 months now perfect timing. I didnt really have any side effects other than my breasts gettig a little larger and gaining a little bit of weight in the butt area (no complaints). I had some spotting in my 3rd month but it was due to another medication and i havent had it happen again.this pill made my period regular, less painful cramps. I did not gain any actual weight but i am very active and eat relatively healthy. Only complaint is that i get very sore breasts right before my period. honestly i was really worried to start taking this pill because i saw so many bad reviews, but thankfully its been really great with me.

Comment from: Kellyb28 25-34 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: December 14

I’ve been on it for 3 weeks now and my mood swings are out of control like never before. I cry for no reason, I spend all day in bed depressed, and I get angry at my friends for no reason. I’ve also had an increased appetite and have gained a few pounds. Getting off ASAP.

Comment from: 25-34 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: September 03

Horrible! Actually, it helped with my heavy periods.. That's it. I got bad acne, and I was basically a different person, horrible depression and anxiety! It's never been like that before.. it ruined my relationship.. it was a new relationship and I was a total crazy person.. It also gave me really bad discharge. Like constant all day everyday. Buuuut, I didn't get pregnant.. Lol.

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Comment from: misssssmegan 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 30

As far as birth control goes, Chateal does its job. It definitely kept me from getting pregnant and was very easy to use as long as you can remember to take the pill at the same time everyday (setting an alarm on my phone helped me). However, it gave me horrible acne. I would say if you have cystic acne (as I do) or are acne prone in general, do not use this product! It will only make your acne worse.

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Comment from: jill28 13-18 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 08

I was on Chateal since I was 16, once Planned Parenthood's funding changed I was switched. When I was first on this pill I had extreme nausea. It only occurred on the first day of the new hormone pill. This was for about five months, other than that it was great and easy to use.

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Comment from: Jasmine08 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 12

This is my first time ever taking birth control pills but so far I am pleased with Chateal. I read reviews and at first I was too afraid to even try it, but I did and so far I haven't had any symptoms. No weight gain, no acne, no mood swings as of yet, if anything changes I will come back and review it again. As far as "effectivness" I only rated it 4 stars because my husband is currently deployed so I'm not sure how effective it is yet haha. But as far as my periods BEFORE the birth control I had HORRIBLE cramps and I was always so heavy I'd have to wear a tampon AND a pad and switch out the tampon every 20 mins! it was so bad I couldn't go to work or school the first 3 days but AFTER the birth control it's made my periods and cramps lighter! I'm very happy with this pill.

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Comment from: Currently ok 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: December 29

I am currently using this product. I'm on month two. I have decided after the next month I'm switching to another. The last week of the pills was just terrible for everyone around me. The mood swings are no joke. Slight weight gain. Not anything major. I just hate being angry and not being able to have complete control over that.

Comment from: S 19-24 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: June 22

I switched to Chateal after having the implant for a horrible year. I have not tried any other pill. I usually take it as directed. By Wednesday of the "no pill week" (4th week) I start bleeding like a regular period, but by Saturday it is just light bleeding/spotting. I usually stop bleeding completely after about 8 days. Very nice in its consistency. The only time I spot in between is if I skip the "no pill week" for some reason (ie, big event was happening that week

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Comment from: 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 12

I have always had mental side effects with birth controls. I was afraid to try BC again, but did because I really didn't want to get pregnant. I have had little to no mental side effects (just a little emotional on the last week of pills). I also got a bonus of my debilitating cramps being knocked down to slightly annoying. I highly suggest this pill.

Comment from: Allie 19-24 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: April 07

I have taken this birth control for 6 months to help my painful heavy, long periods, and horomonal mood swings that I had developed since entering my 20's. It has changed my periods from a chaostrophic event to something that maybe lasts two days and is hardly noticeable. This birth control has changed my life.


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Comment from: 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 29

No side effects or issues except hair shedding! I've tried many different bcp in the past and never had hair thinning. Switching to a new one.

Comment from: Me Myself & Insane 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 21

As far as its intended purpose (birth control) it seems to be working but the side effects have been a problem for me. I was on trinessa for 2 years with no problems but switched due to insurance / provider issues. I've only been taking chateal for 1.5 months but I've already noticed that my moods are out of my control. I get very angry very quickly, I cry for no good reason and these are unusual experiences for me. I'm usually very level headed and easy going but this past month I have yelled at my kids, vented to friends & co-workers and cried over ridiculous things. I will be switching because I need to have better control over my emotions.

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Comment from: Thankful 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 03

I've been using chanteal for 2months now. I use to take a different birth control but got switched to chanteal since the other one didn't help with my cramps. Now I have little to no cramps and my flow has lessened and my days are shorter the only things I have to complain about is acne and I don't really have mood swings it's just instead of being sad or getting upset I get angry.

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Comment from: haleysim 13-18 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 21

I have been taking this birth control for 6 months now. After taking it i had no real issues & never got pregnant but i did get a lump in my breast that doubled in size within months. i got it checked out & they said it was nothing to worry about. In the last few months my mood swings have been crazy and i'm thinking about trying a new birth control.

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