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Combined pill and 'brain fog', and switching to other contraceptives watch

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    Just wondering if anyone else on the combined pill (especially Microgynon 30) ever experiences a 'brain fog' during the 21 days whilst taking the pill? I've been taking that specific pill for 6-7 years now so I can't really remember how I was before. But I have noticed that whilst taking the pill I feel dazed, like I can't concentrate, and generally spaced out. After a few days during the 7 day break (I guess once the extra hormones are out of my system) I feel much sharper, like I can actually function like a normal human being. And the day after I take the first pill of the next pack I'm back into the brain fog again!

    Because of these symptoms I'm seriously considering switching to another contraceptive, even though everything else on the pill has been perfect. I initially started taking the pill to control my periods as before they were heavy, painful, long and irregular, which it has helped with. I'm therefore reluctant to change for that reason and also cos it is nice to know when exactly you're gonna have your period.

    I've done some research on other things like IUS, IUD and the implant but I'm also kinda put off of these from all the horror stories about bleeding heavily for months on end. Can anyone who has switched from the combined pill to any of these other contraceptives recommend which might be best?

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    That sounds like a side-effect, yes. Somewhere between 1%-10% of users get what are usually described as headaches and mood swings at some point.

    I'd be talking to my GP. The implant causes about as many women to have no bleeding as it does to have more, and does have the advantage that it can be more easily removed than some of the alternatives.
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