A Bright Appearance & a Problematic Pill

Who knew the mini pill was a difficult contraception to obtain? Trying to get the right one for you tends to be trial and error. In today’s post I talk about my experience attempting to top-up before it all runs out! Check it out here!

It was hot and Sunny this morning. I got myself up, got all the children ready for the school run, and off we went enjoying the nice weather for a change!

We had a lot of paperwork and forms to fill out, so after returning home I got Kiiara and Aurora fed straight away. I thought I would ring up the doctors to see whether I could get my contraceptive mini pill too.

I’m currently on ‘Desomono’, which so far seems to go without any side effects for me other than a small bleed at the beginning when I first started taking it. It has suited me quite well otherwise.

I managed to get an appointment for today. It was fine by me even though it was a little bit of a walk. I’m on my last week of pills so I needed to get some ASAP – No more babies for me!

As we arrived at the doctors we had to wait a while to be seen. I spoke to the doctor about what pill I’ve been on recently and how I’d like to remain on it. I thought it would be as simple as that, but to my surprise it didn’t go that way. Apparently she had never heard of it! I explained that we moved from England and that’s where I originally obtained it from.

She rang up the chemist to see whether they had that mini pill available. They did but as she tried to prescribe me that pill, she told me that she wasn’t allowed to. Guess why… because it costs a little bit more for that one instead of the one she tends to hand out regularly called ‘Cerelle’.

I couldn’t believe my ears. It’s all to do with money! How can people’s health be based on money? It didn’t seem right to me as she was telling me. I explained that the cheaper alternative had caused  major side effects whilst I was on it after having Aurora.

I ended up with a painful cyst, migraines, blurry vision, and I just didn’t feel well at all. The doctor just replied,

“Try it, they are all the same!”

If that was the case, why would I have problems with one and not the other? and if they were all the same why aren’t they the same price?

In all honesty she was just trying to fob me off. I went to the chemist and also explained my predicament and asked whether there was any way they could give me the ‘Desomono’ mini pill that i’m currently on instead – I even offered to pay for it!

Apparently you can’t do that either, so basically you have to get what you’re given and deal with it.

I honestly felt like crying. They weren’t listening to me – they just wanted to save money instead.

When we returned home I checked the ingredients from the Desomono mini pill against the new one I had been given. The ingredients are completely different apart from the main ingredient ‘Degesterol’.

The ingredients from the new pill are the same as the mini pill that I previously had bad side effects with, so I’m really worried that i’m going to have the same issues as last time.

I’m going to try a last resort by going to the family-planning clinic to see if I can get my original mini pill from them instead. I’m hoping I am able to, otherwise I will have to see if I can find a plan-b contraception – something I didn’t want to do in the first place.

One stressed out mama today and a grumpy defiant little toddler on my hands too.

We are planning on having a BBQ tonight with the children and Liam’s Sister and Dad. I’m sure that will cheer me up – food is definitely a way to my heart, especially if its chocolate!


I would like to hear any stories you have about contraception and whether you experienced any side effects using different ones in the comments section below!


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Author: Zoe

Hi! I'm Zoe Williams. I am a mum of 4 children and I am in a happy relationship with my partner Liam. I like reading, writing and various other activities. I like spending time with the kids and now I am here to blog about it.

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