I wanted to write this blog post about Visanne therapy and my personal experience taking it. I hope this can help someone out there and give them the information they are looking for.
What is Visanne?
Visanne contains a progestogen called dienogest. This hormone acts in a almost exact way to your bodies natural hormone progestogen. Visanne has been specifically created to treat endometriosis and has been studied in clinical trials for up to 15 months.
What is it used for?
This particular medication can reduce the severity of endometrial lesions at all stages of Endometriosis. It is also helpful in relieving painful symptoms from period pain, pelvic pain, PMS, and pain during sexual intercourse.
How quickly will you experience pain relief?
It will take up to 4 weeks for pain relief. However, some women that participated in the clinical trials experienced significant pain relief within 4 weeks.
Visanne has been created to treat Endometriosis and not to be used as a contraceptive. You will have to use a non-hormonal method of contraception.
What to be aware of when taking Visanne?
This hormonal therapy may affect a women’s menstrual cycle. Most women taking Visanne may experience changes in their menstrual bleeding pattern, which could include spotting, irregular bleeding, or their periods stopping completely. Do not be concerned, these changes are expected when you first take this medication. The bleeding pattern changes settle. Clinical study shows that the bleeding tends to become less frequent over time. It can be beneficial to keep a diary to track your menstrual cycle, bleeding patterns, and pain for yourself and your doctor.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects, you may not experience any of them. If they do worry you contact your doctor.
- Headache or migraine.
- Breast discomfort.
- Mood changes, including depression, irritability, nervousness, problems sleeping, loss of interest in sex.
- Hair loss.
- Abdominal pain.
- Swollen tummy.
- Weight gain.
- Back pain.
- Uterine/vaginal bleeding, including spotting.
- Unusual weakness.
Currently in Australia Visanne is not covered by the government or private health. It costs around $70-$80 depending on what pharmacists you go to. You’re given 2 blister packs containing 14 days of treatment each. Therefore a total of 28 days of tablets per pack.
My personal experience?
My specialist prescribed Visanne to me to alleviate my pain symptoms, and shrink my Endometriosis that had grown back. When I went to the pharmacist to put my script in for Visanne and purchase it I was shocked that it wasn’t covered by the government or private health. The price was a lot. I am currently a student, so paying $70 each month was a little crazy. I stayed on Visanne for two months. The first week was fine, but the second and third I started to get really bad side effects. I would wake up feeling nauseated, and that would continue throughout the day. Extreme bloating, headaches, mood changes, unusual weakness, abdominal pain/back pain, hair loss, and due to the tummy swelling I completely lost my appetite. However, I didn’t experience any abnormal menstrual bleeding, or spotting. My period just completely stopped. Visanne did shrink my Endometriosis a bit, but it made me feel horrible and didn’t particularly alleviate my painful symptoms, so I asked my doctor to take me off of Visanne due to this. Other reasons I wanted to go off of this treatment was because I didn’t want to keep putting my body through drug therapy (for the third time in a row) and my body was practically telling me it couldn’t handle being on hormonal treatment anymore, with all of the side effects, and the way I was feeling. Giving my body a break from drug therapy has made me feel so much better. Another reason is because I have a partner and we’re young, so just using non-hormonal contraceptive didn’t make me feel safe.
Don’t forget everyone experiences things differently. What didn’t work for me may work for someone else. Visanne has helped heaps of women and they still continue to take it long term. Before taking this treatment speak to your doctor about it and do your research. I hope this has helped someone out there and answered some of their questions, or just informed them.
Thank you for taking the time to read this you beautiful souls.