I was wondering if you had any complaints/comments from women taking the mini–pill microlut while breastfeeding? I had bad symptoms (heavy bleeding, mood swings) with cerazette, after the birth of my first child, so now that my second has just been born, my doctor prescribed microlut, which is still new to israel, and I am a little bit nervous – i was wondering if you receive as many complaints about this medication as with cerazette, which seems to be the most common.
many many thanks:
Thank you for your question.
We have not taken a proper survey of our data (nor is our data a representative sample, since women who encounter difficulties are much more likely to consult with us than women who do not). Anecdotally, we receive similar reports for Microlut (levonorgestrel) users in the States and Cerazette (desogestrel) users in Israel. Since these contraceptive formulations are different, a woman may respond better to one than the other.
It may be helpful to you to review the articles on the laws of stains on our site. Also, some women are able to avoid or reduce staining by being careful to take the pill at the same time each day or even to take a half pill every twelve hours (the latter under physician's advice only).
If you remain nervous, you may wish to begin looking into alternative contraceptive methods. The articles in our site's section "Family Planning" would be a good place to start.
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