What are the side effects of Alesse?

Patients may experience breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and bloating when starting Alesse or other COCs (Combined estrogen-progestin oral contraceptives).

These symptoms typically resolve quickly. Sometimes in the first three months, you might have unscheduled bleeding (spotting, or periods at unexpected times), which usually clears up. Some people report low mood or decreased libido when taking COCs. And although there’s a lot of patient concern over this, there’s no evidence that COCs cause weight gain.

Be patient when taking COCs for the first time as it may take a few weeks to adjust to the new medication.