What is Desogestrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cerazette Cerelle

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Desogestrel is a form of progestin only birth control pill. This type of contraceptive suppresses ovulation, thickens cervical mucus, and thins the endometrium.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 14 17
Dysmenorrhea 6 3
Heavy periods 6 16
Endometriosis 3 1
Polycystic ovary syndrome 3 1

Show all 12 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 6
Mild 12
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Desogestrel

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 4
Irregular menstrual periods 2
Breast tenderness 1
Decreased sex drive (libido) 1
Hair growth 1
Hair loss 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Desogestrel

Dosage Patients Percentage
75 mcg daily 3

Why patients stopped taking Desogestrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 5
Other 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Desogestrel

Duration

Currently taking Desogestrel

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Desogestrel

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 31
Usually 8
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 26
Not specified 14

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Desogestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Chlormadinone acetate 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 1

Patients stopped taking Desogestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Dienogest (Visanne) 1
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Camila) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Desogestrel.