Side Effects of Norgeston

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There are a number of side effects that are associated with Norgeston. It is unlikely that you will experience many of these if any, and if you do, they will usually occur in the first few months of taking the pill. The majority of side effects are not serious but if you do happen to experience the serious side effects, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Some side effects that are quite common and not classed as serious include bleeding and spotting in between your periods. This is normal of the pill but if it becomes heavy, contact your doctor. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, changes in mood, decrease in sex drive, dizziness, weight change, no periods or headaches. If your headache becomes severe, contact your doctor immediately.

There are some side effects that are classed as serious and should be reported as soon as possible because they pose a threat to your health. The pill is linked to an increase in some diseases such as cancer and blood clots so any serious side effects may be indicative of these. If you experience severe headaches, difficult breathing, chest pains, numbness in limbs, pains or swelling in the legs, coughing for no reason or changes in vision, seek medical attention as these could be a blood clot that will lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

If you notice any changes to your breast or nipple, this could be a sign of breast cancer so report them to your doctor, especially if you find lumps. You should also report jaundice, severe pain in the abdomen or whole body itching as you may have a liver problem. Also, if you have an allergic reaction, tell your doctor immediately.

Risks of Norgeston

There have been a number of risks associated with the pill. If you take the pill, there is a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer, blood-clotting problems and if you are pregnant, you may have an ectopic pregnancy. There is also a very small increase in the risk of rare liver disease.

The pill can increase the risk of breast cancer. The longer you use the pill, the higher your risk will be but this risk will return to normal ten years after you stop taking the pill. With progestogen only pills, if you use the pill in your twenties for 5 years, there will be less than one additional case of the disease when compared to the usual occurrence. If you take the pill for 5 years up to the age of 40, the additional cases is at 10. Therefore at this age group, there is 170 cases of breast cancer instead of 160 cases that occur out of 10,000 women. Your risk of breast cancer can also increase if you are severely overweight or if you have a close relative with the disease.

The risk of blood clots also increases with the pill. It can cause your blood to clump together more often, which leads to blockage of the blood vessels. If this blockage occurs in vessels that supply the heart or the brain you can have a heart attack or a stroke. You can also have a pulmonary embolism where the blood clot forms in the lower legs and breaks off and travels around the body to block vessels in the lungs. The risk of having a blood clot increases if you are using the pill and smoke, have a history of the condition, have migraines, have heart disease, have varicose veins or are immobile for long periods of time.

If you become pregnant whilst using the pill, there is a risk of having an ectopic pregnancy. This is where the egg starts to develop outside the womb. It usually occurs in the fallopian tube and it will eventually rupture the tube if untreated, causing severe blood loss and you will lose the baby. There is no way to bring a baby to full term if it is ectopic and it can be a fatal condition.

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