- Does Levest make your breasts grow?
Levest may cause changes in your breast size especially when you first start taking the pill. This is because it contains oestrogen, which can cause your breasts to become tender and increase in size.
- Does Levest increase your risk of blood clots?
Yes. The risk of developing blood clots is small but increases if you smoke, are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of blood clots or heart disease.
- Does the Levest pill help acne?
Yes. Levest and other similar combined contraceptive pills have been shown to improve acne and are regularly prescribed to treat acne in the UK.
- Can Levest make you depressed?
Some women have reported feeling depressed when taking Levest. If you feel depressed or are having suicidal thoughts, speak to your doctor to seek medical attention immediately.
- Can Levest cause changes to your weight?
Some women have reported weight changes when taking Levest but not all women experience this side effect. However, there is no evidence that suggests that the contraceptive pill causes weight gain. For more information, you can read our page about how the contraceptive pill can affect your weight. If you have concerns about any recent changes in your weight after starting the pill, you can also talk to your doctor.
- Does the Levest pill stop periods?
It can do, depending on how it is taken.Taking Levest back to back without a 7 day pill free break will delay your monthly period.
- Can Levest cause mood swings?
There is no clear research linking Levest with mood swings but it has been reported as a side effect of taking Levest. If you experience mood swings when you start taking Levest and they do not improve after 3 months, speak to your doctor. They may suggest trying another contraceptive pill.
- Can Levest give you low libido?
Some women have reported they experienced changes in their sex drive when taking Levest although it is uncommon. You can speak to your doctor for advice if you are concerned about any recent changes in your sex drive.
- Can I drink while taking Levest?
Drinking alcohol does not affect the effectiveness of Levest but you should aim to stay within the weekly recommended drinking limits.
- Can I take painkillers when taking Levest?
Pain medications like paracetamol are safe to take when on Levest. Tell your doctor if you are about to take any other type of painkillers or about any new medication while you are taking Levest.
- Can I take Levest when I’m breastfeeding?
You should talk to your doctor about what contraceptive pill to take while you are breastfeeding. The combined pill is not always recommended for breastfeeding mothers due to the oestrogen it contains.
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