Comment from: snowfall11 25-34 Transgender 5 to less than 10 years Caregiver Published: September 30

I love this birth control. I suffer from anxiety and depression and this birth control has no affect on either whatsoever. I’m even able to take it continuously and skip my periods. I gained a little weight at the start, but I’ve been on it for 6 years with no problems and no pregnancy

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Comment from: skye Transgender 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: May 18

I was on this birth control for a little over two months and at around 1 and a half months i began to get red itchy spots and patches all over my stomach, legs, and back and i’m sure it would’ve spread farther if i didn’t stop taking it. my mood swings and depression was really bad and i feel so much better after not taking it, i strongly don’t recommend im aware it changes within the person but just a warning because you may have the same side effects!

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Comment from: Priscilla 19-24 Transgender 1 to 6 months Caregiver Published: May 17

Made me gain over 10 pounds, and made my skin awful. Worst birth control I’ve ever taken

Comment from: DoUrResearch! 19-24 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: October 01

I have severe depression/ anxiety on this pill, cystic acne & very greasy hair. It makes me manic to a point of almost in a psychosis. Also severe hormonal migraines! No libido whatsoever. Made my partner seem repulsive to me. Awful pill I would never take it again. My old GP was negligent and never did a endocrine panel to see what pill might work best for me, or if any pill would at all. Please do your research about Birth Control Pills as they may help with preventing pregnancy; they include and influx of other horrible side effects not worth it for your mental and physical health.

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Comment from: Amberrmariie 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: March 05

Do not take this birth control. Out of all the bad bc pills I have tried this one takes the cake. Was given it for ovarian cysts and Iâ??d rather deal with the cysts. Toughed it out for a couple weeks but then made my doc switch the prescriptions. Felt sick all the time and donâ??t even get me started on the depression. Acne. Sooooooo much of it. Face back and chest all COVERED I felt gross.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 30

Took this for 4 months continuous (no blank week) and experienced a lot of break through bleeding, about 8 lbs of weight gain, moodiness, cramping, irritability. Reading others are having similar experiences makes me feel moderately sane - I'm throwing the rest of them away!

Comment from: Abby 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: October 09

This pill is a NIGHTMARE! this is my first time taking the pill, I only started taking it in the hopes of improving my very painful periods and I regret even trying it. I’ve been on it for 3 weeks now and my life has been totally ruined. I have crazy mood swings, major depression and mad rage! My face started breaking out even tho I’ve never even had issues with acne before. I have gained weight even though I’ve been working out and resisted most of the insanely strong cravings I’ve been getting. My life has gone downhill so I’m gonna stop taking this pill immediately. The sad thing is I have now lost faith in the pill and will just deal with my horrible periods.

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Comment from: frankie 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: October 08

I could not explain this general fog I have been under, sadness, and super anxiety. The side effects of this are super intense, I have never been so affected by a BC pill, I hate this drug and can't wait till it's out o my system. Plus I am breaking out on top of it all. THE WORST

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Comment from: Haie 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: June 29

I have taken this birth control for a few months now and while at first didn’t experience any side effects am now experiencing horrible side effects. Crazy increased appetite that’s extremely annoying and hard to control, irregular bleeding, low libido. I am done with hormonal birth controls because I have not been able to find one yet that doesn’t have these awful symptoms. The only thing I didnt mind about this pill was it helped my acne.

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Comment from: Cutiejoybbg 13-18 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: June 22

This was by far the worst thing I have ever taken!!! I had Never before suffered from acne but now I am Experiencing breakouts EVERYWHERE . Do not recommend

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Comment from: Kay 19-24 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: April 29

Where do I begin with this pill. This drug is the devil in a nutshell, it oozes cancerous fake hormones that destroy your body in and out and I advice anybody whoâ??s doctors insist on taking it to avoid it at all costs. So sad it took me this long to connect my symptoms to this drug. For starters it gave me an ongoing strange yellow discharge I had never had before almost like a constant yeast infection that wouldnâ??t go away despite antibiotics. The first weeks of taking it caused me to vomit every single night. I would get migraines often, killer back pain, and fluid retention in the stomach. I had excellent mental health but this drug would increase my heart rate constantly making me feel on edge like I need to jump. Mood swings for the first time in my life were prominent. It caused me to suddenly grow hair on my upper stomach a bit even. It will give you acne and lower your libido to a basement level. I donâ??t ever write reviews on anything but this is so bad, I wanted to forewarn others of the risk. Definitely not worth your time and I had to be on antibiotics most of the year for the first time in my life because of it.

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Comment from: Zgirl5 35-44 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: April 03

HORRIBLE! I was taking Levora and had been on it for over 10 years with absolutely no problems. My pharmacy switched me to Portia claiming it was because of my insurance. I have now been on Portia for 1 full year. I have had more periods, even when I am not supposed to. I have had several months of having 2 a month. I had experienced this when I was 19 and now I am 40. I have always been on a birth control pill. Past 6 months I started feeling extremely moody, anxiety, having rage, causing blood pressure to spike, all of which are out of character for me. I had my doctor do a blood test and my results are no estrogen. This pill does not work for me. My doctor has now prescribed me to start on estrogen pills.

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Comment from: Sunshineruca 19-24 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: January 30

Reading these other reviews has been enlightening and encouraging. I suffer from depression, recently it’s been much worse than normal despite my efforts (supplements etc) and I have had mood swings, weight gain, no libido. I assummed this all was relative to my depression and body issues in general as well as my diet. I honestly never looked hard at the time line and came to the conclusion of the side effects being terrible; reading all these other reviews I’m now going to quit taking it immediately. It’s actually a relief to realize that it’s a side effect of this, I just thought my depression and other issues were worsening. I’m relieved to find out otherwise so I can change me routine and go with a different form of birth control. (My libido has been so low recently as a side effect I really didn’t even need it) It regulates my period which is nice, but not worth the side effects, I should have quit taking this months ago. I forgot to mention on top of those side effects I also have had an increase in acne.

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Comment from: Truth 25-34 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: September 13

I have been taking this pill for over 6 months. I noticed a significant amount of weight gain. I have been unable to lose any of the weight gained despite the change in my diet and a more frequent exercise routine. Reading these reviews made me realize that the pills may be the main cause of my weight gain.

Comment from: Kimster 19-24 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: August 14

Had to switch to this from Levora that worked great. Even though Portia kept me from getting pregnant, I woke up every morning with cramps, nausea and by week 3 I had purpura show up on my legs. I had back pain and mood swings like crazy.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 18

I am taking BC for treating my heavy, long cycles (like 20 days straight) when Mirena was not an option. I already have a tubal, so BC was not as important as hormone regulation. I have had no acne, very little mood swings, and have actually lost weight. So far, so good.

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Comment from: A 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: October 25

I have been on this for about a month. I have experienced dizziness, tender breasts, and mood swings. I will try and stick it out, but so far I am not a fan.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: October 13

I have been on this pill for only 5 days. I have had several side effects already. I am very moody, tired, hungry all the time, no sex drive, nauseous, irritated at everything, can't sleep, hot flashes, then cold flashes, anxiety. I'm sure there are others, but too annoyed to think of more. Stopping these today. I hope this doesn't happen to you. I have never had these reactions from a birth control before.

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Comment from: Sammers 19-24 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: December 11

I was put on Portia because of my underactive thyroid they said it wouldn't interact with my other medications and 5 years later it still hasn't. It's a super great birth control no weight gain, acne or moodiness for me at all. The best part is I used to have heavy periods for 6-7 days now I get it for 1-2 days! No complaints here!

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Comment from: 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: September 17

WOW! Amazing to read all the people who are also suffering- My boyfriend and I have had several horror filled weeks of psycho moods for NO REASON! and yep its those damn pills!! THEY HAVE TO GO! BF is having Vasectomy next week and a lil while after that I will be FREE from this torturous emotional rollercoaster of a pill!

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