desogenBrand Names: Apri, Cesia, Cyclessa, Desogen, Kariva, Mircette, Ortho-Cept, Reclipsen, Solia, Velivet

Generic Name: ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel (EH thih nill ess tra DYE ole and des oh JESS trel)

Average Consumer Rating: 2.4 out of 5

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Desogen (Desogestrel and Ethinyl/Estradiol) suppresses ovulation, promotes thickening of cervical mucus, reduces the level of estradiol to values of the early follicular phase.

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Avoid using Desogen in case of:
Hypersensitivity to Desogestrel and Ethinyl/Estradiol, established or suspected pregnancy, thromboembolism, hepatic insufficiency (including in the anamnesis), gestagen-dependent tumors, unclear vaginal bleeding, breast cancer, liver cancer.

Possible Side Effects Of Desogen

  • Mood swings;
  • Headache;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Irregular bloody discharge from vagina rarely;
  • Decreased libido;
  • Vaginitis;
  • Dysmenorrhea;
  • Ovarian cysts;
  • Weight gain;
  • Acne;
  • Alopecia;
  • Rash;
  • Hives.

Antibiotics (ampicillin and tetracycline) reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive effect.

Activated charcoal reduces the absorption of desogestrel and reduces contraceptive effectiveness.


Breastfeeding women can take Desogen. Women who are contraindicated with estrogens can also take the drug.

The contraceptive efficacy may be decreased if a break between 2 tablets intake will be more than 36 hours. If the next pill is delayed for less than 12 hours, take a pill as soon as you remember and take the subsequent tablets at the usual time.

If the next pill is delayed for more than 12 hours, you should adhere to the rules for taking tablets, additionally using barrier methods of contraception during the next 7 days.

Taking oral contraceptives increases the risk of breast cancer development with age (it does not depend on the duration of taking oral contraceptives, but depends on the age of a woman).

Although gestagens can affect insulin resistance of the peripheral tissues and glucose tolerance, there is no evidence that a diabetic patient needs dose adjustment. However, women with diabetes should be under medical supervision throughout the treatment period.

Women with a predisposition to chloasma should avoid long exposure to the sun.

Despite regular use of the drug, irregular bloody discharge is possible. If the bleeding is frequent and irregular, consult with your doctor about using of another contraceptive. If the above symptoms continue to occur even after Desogen cancellation, contact your healthcare provider.

Large-scale epidemiological studies have not revealed any negative effect of Desogen on a fetus s in the early stages of pregnancy, as well as an increased risk of having children with anomalies.

Women taking drugs that induce liver enzymes over a long period of time are advised to stop taking desogestrel and use non-hormonal methods of contraception.

There is no evidence of any drug effect on the ability to drive or other mechanisms.

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by NY2WI on Desogen

I have taken both Apri and Reclipsen. I took as prescribed for 1-2 years, then continously with 4 periods per year. For the last year I have taken continuously (with no periods) at my doctor's recommendation. When getting a monthly period I had horrible migraines. Even though it is effective birth control it is not worth the side effects. I have had 10-15 lbs of weight gain, acne on my face and chest. The worst is the cramping though, which happen all month. I cannot wait to switch back to Ortho-Tricyclen! I had to switch because it was not convered by insurance, but I am willing to pay the money to feel better!

by Kara on Desogen

I was taking Aleese but it gave me 2 or more heavy bleeding periods a month so my doctor switched me to Apri, but I ended up getting very bad migraines, nausea and vomiting. It also gave me severe breast pain, and made me very irritable. I wouldnt give this pill a 1 except that it helped clear up my acne and lessen the cramps some what.

by Tabitha on Desogen

Love it! This pill works so well for me! I've been taking Desogen for nearly 9 months and it is the best thing! I've gained no weight (actually lost some!), my period cramps are next to nothing (when I wasn't on the pill I had very bad cramps), no PMS or mood swings, generally a 4-5 day period, my acne is down... And my boobs got bigger! The only things wrong with this pill is occasional headaches and I'm hungry a lot more and at weird times. I've experienced no change in my sex drive while on this pill!

by Laila on Desogen

I have been on this pill for 2 or 3 months now cant remember. i switched from Loestrin 24 fe because my insurance ran out and Loestrin is pretty expensive. could not afford almost $90 bucks a month. although i did have a voucher that brought the price down to $60 bucks still too much. So desogen i think has been making me bloated. ive taken pictures and i look pregnant. I have had a few people ask me if i was pregnant. my periods went from 3 yo 4 days very very light with Loestrin. and now desogen they are Soooo heavy i should wear a diaper. Its so gross! I have headaches almost everyday and no mood swings. Doctor said that Desogen was the closest and cheapest pill next to Loestrin 24 fe. I wonder if she know what she is talking about. First time seeing this nurse at a Health Department. I miss Dr. Johnson Arlington VA!!!

by Jordyn on Desogen

I got this pill from a planned parenthood office and when I first started on it, I noticed that my boobs got significantly bigger, which I didn't mind. After my second month in, I noticed that I had developed some bellyfat (which was extremely alarming and noticeable, because with my high metabolism and tiny frame,I NEVER gain weight) I had intense food cravings and wild mood swings. The littlest bit of stress through me into hysterics.. I couldn't control my emotions at all. This was also scary for me because I usually don't even have mood changes while pmsing. I'm hoping my hormones will level out after a bit more time taking the pill.The good news is, I'm not pregnant.. So atleast it works.

by Sara on Desogen

I can't stand this pill!!!!! I did me more harm than good! It extended my period and gave me INSANELY heavy flows to where I couldn't control it. This pill also made me really depressed. My sex drive did decrease alot. This pill also made me REALLY bloated and really crampy. I was immediatly changed off this pill. Good luck to anyone who takes this pill because its DEATH!!!!

by Heidi on Desogen

Experienced about 10 lbs of weight gain and a lower sex drive, which made me switch. Also, lots of spotting. However, it's probably the best pill I've used so far - didn't mess with my moods at all.

by Kaite on Desogen

I was taking reclipsen and the only thing i can say about it is im now off bc and taking blood thinners to get rid of a blood clot in my leg. Im just thankful they caught it before it killed me..

by Elisa on Desogen

I've been taking Apri for 4 years and I love it! The only complaint I have is the lack of sex. I have aboslutely no drive at all. I've heard this from a few other people taking it. I'm thinking of switching b/c of it. But aside from that, this has been the best bc pill I've ever taken!

by Samantha on Desogen

I've been on Solia, generic for desogen, for 2 years after switching from Sprintec. I rarely have any pimples, my periods went from 8 days to 4, no mood changes, no cramps or PMS. The only thing I HATE is I have no sex drive. I went from having sex every week to once a month maybe and I'm only 20!

by Rachel on Desogen

Apri (Desogestrel-Ethinyl Estradiol) worked for and i gained little weight too. I used generic apri and it is at International Drug Mart

by barbara on Desogen

Desogen is horrible - I hate it!

by Elizabeth on Desogen

Wow Elizabeth - that stinks! Are you going to go back on Yaz then?

by Jenn on Desogen

I was taken off yaz and put on Desogen by Planned parenthood because it was similar and less expensive. I suffer from endometriosis, PCOS, hormonal acne and hair growth and bad PMS. Desogen has not been nearly as effective against these problems for me. Also for the first time in my life I have a yeast infection which may be linked to this pill. I also found several blogs that warn about this pill having 2x the risk for serious blood clots.