Side Effects of Ovysmen

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Ovysmen can cause a number of side effects. There is a chance of side effects with any medication and some are more common than others. Women who do experience side effects, usually experience them within the first few months of use and they usually disappear. However, if they are causing you any problems or you experience any of the serious side effects, contact your doctor.

Side effects that have been associated with Ovysmen include headaches, depression, weight changes, acne, tender breasts, stomach cramps, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, thrush, changes in sex drive or irregular periods. If your headaches become unusual or severe seek medical attention. Similarly, if you experience heavy vaginal bleeding or serious depression, contact your doctor.

The following set of side effects is classified as serious side effects and should be immediately reported to your doctor. These are rare but if they do occur, they are indicative to serious health conditions that need to be addressed. If you experience swelling of limbs, chest pain, changes in vision, difficulty breathing, weakness in the body, slurred speech or severe headaches contact your doctor immediately as these could be indicative of a blood clot, heart attack or stroke. If you notice any changes to your breast such as lumps or dimpling of the skin, visit your doctor as these could be signs of breast cancer. The pill has been linked to liver problems so report any jaundice or severe pain in the abdomen. High blood pressure and allergic reactions should also be reported.

The risks of Ovysmen

The pill has been linked to an increase in the risk of having blood clots. Oestrogen is a natural coagulant and the pill increases the levels of this hormone in your blood so there is a higher risk of your blood clumping together. If this happens, the blood clot can block blood vessels and restrict blood flow to certain areas of the body. This is very dangerous if it happens in the vessels that supply the heart and brain because it can cut off the blood flow to these vital organs and lead to a heart attack or a stroke. Also, it is dangerous if a blood clot forms in the lower leg veins because the blood clot can detach and enter the lungs where it can cause a  life-threatening pulmonary embolism. The chances of a blood clot increase if you use the pill and smoke, are overweight, are older, have a history of the condition, have blood clotting problems, have had a baby recently or are immobile for a long period of time.

Ovysmen is also linked to some cancers. Although the pill can reduce the chance of ovarian cancers if you use it for a long time, it can also increase the risk of cervical and breast cancer. Breast cancer is a rare disease in women under 40 but the pill can slightly increase the number of incidences in the population. The risk returns to normal, ten years after you have stopped using the pill. You are more at risk of breast cancer when you are older so if you use the pill in the late thirties, you are more at risk than if you use the pill in your twenties. The risk of breast cancer is higher if you are severely overweight or you have close relatives who have the disease.

There is a small association with some liver diseases. It is very rare that the pill will increase the risk of liver tumours but it has done so in some circumstances and there is a higher risk of liver cancer in some women that have used the contraceptive pill for a long period of time.

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