I can certainly add to the experiences in that some effects of the pill are long lasting, perhaps forever lasting. I was on it for about 14months when I was 20-21 years old. a list of what I had while on the stupid pill: the BAD: - depression: (over 3-6 months, first signs after 4 months or so) slowly developing into full blown depression crap thinking of killing myself and crying about small things and generally just feeling like my head was under water, drowning, and that I was not in control and thus not possible to get my head out of/over the water. I was not agressive at all, but if someone happened to argue with me, I would feel extremely depressive about that too and would display these negative emotions to the talking partner (crying, negative thinking). I'll add I probably had other emotions affected by the pill, but not entirely sure (not all bad either). - recurring cystitis, on average once a month, this also started after 6 months of taking the pill, pretty horrible stuff, antibiotics for 10 days in each month and lots of suffering - liver enzyme levels upping several hundred percents (200-400%) though it was still ok according to the doctor. I didn't feel any symptoms so I would agree that it was ok...just scary looking at the numbers growing so high!! the GOOD (or not bad): - 90% of the acnes on my back (some were on my face but mainly my back) magically disappeared after a few weeks - change of taste for food: most of the foods that taste sweet almost completely lost their taste...over time, this caused a kind of aversion in me to these foods. I also lost a lot of appetite which may be related to the taste change or just a different side effect of the pill. OTOH, salty foods didn't lose their taste....heh, well, result of all this: loss of weight!! - cycle in every 28 days on time, haha, that was good I guess ...when I got off the pill: what was gone/changed: - depression, the original reason why I tried to go without the pill for a while, was gone in a few days (I think maybe a week). I was completely back to my old self, oh god it was so great. - cystitis stopped recurring - though there is still a certain circumstance under which I will still get cystitis. but I can easily avoid this circumstance so no issues for me...unfortunately I don't know if this would have been the same prior to taking the pill as I did not get any chance to be under that circumstance (sorry for talking about this so vaguely). do note that with the pill I got it not just under this certain circumstance but a lot more often than that...so it was definitely the pill acting. - originally I didn't notice a change in sexual drive but after stopping the pill, within a couple of weeks there was some kind of crazy "rebound effect" where I would feel a lot of drive for a few days...but I suspect this was just my own hormones coming back (because you would normally get extra drive during a few days in your cycle, right?)...so the pill did seem to suppress those hormones, but sex was ok because I kept a positive attitude to it, the depression didn't affect it. - my metabolism also "rebounded" and I lost some extra weight, ok there wasn't much really, I just lost the remaining little fat I guess...and I looked better than ever in my life before! (I was 21 at this time.) I'll add here that my metabolism was somewhat screwed up prior to starting the pill, but that's another story, not contraception related. - my cycle went back to a bit irregular and more frequent than 28 days haha...oh well. - liver enzymes back to old levels, mostly...perhaps not as low as before the pill but pretty normal range. what stayed with me and will probably never go away: let me first say that this actually happens to be pretty good for me but other people could feel upset about this if they were in my place. - my original appetite and taste didn't return...well, taste partially returned, I could enjoy sweet foods more, but could never fully enjoy some of these foods. in tandem with that, my appetite was only partially restored...as a result I have no trouble keeping my weight and I would say that's good after all...I don't truly miss being able to enjoy a big table of chocolate...why should I? I know some people would disagree here, though. - I almost forgot to say: acnes on my back for the most part didn't return and my final conclusion? I think I got out of the whole thing pretty good...I ended up better than I was before taking the pill. though who knows, how cancer risks etc. are affected. OTOH, I decided I would NEVER risk this thing again, I know there are many hormonal pills out there and I would probably respond differently to each of them. I could even end up worse then. so I will NOT risk anything. I'm not going to experiment with my body like that, i.e. not playing with artificial hormones! I mainly wanted to write about my story to point out that: yes, the pill can have long lasting effects and you can't see that in 3 or 6 month clinical trials of these pills. I truly hope that doctors will realize this one day. on another topic...the anxiety. I don't know if any of it was related to the pill. I didn't have anxiety while on it, and I never had it in my life but after stopping with the pill I got a little bout of it in a few months then a few more months later it got to be full blown anxiety attacks...the thing is, there was no reason for it to develop, no life issues or anything...but I didn't even think of linking it to the pill until reading stories here...maybe it is related?! umm... however, this is ok now because I managed to solve the anxiety issue, but it took about 3 years of suffering from anxiety before I stumbled on the solution that worked for me.