Contraception Reviews

Side effects

Mini pill side effects

3.4

13 reviews

What Lowdown reviewers say

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

Mood

31% don’t know impact

Bleeds

31% irregular periods

Sex drive

46% no impact

Weight

69% no impact

Skin

62% no impact on skin

Cycle return

50% in 1 month

Mini pill

Mini pill common side effects

Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

1

Tender breasts

54% of Mini pill reviewers reported tender breasts

2

Period like cramps

46% of Mini pill reviewers reported period like cramps

3

Headaches

46% of Mini pill reviewers reported headaches

4

Vaginal discharge

39% of Mini pill reviewers reported vaginal discharge

5

Migraines

39% of Mini pill reviewers reported migraines


Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

  • 8% of Mini pill reviewers reported vaginal dryness

  • 8% of Mini pill reviewers reported high blood pressure

  • 8% of Mini pill reviewers reported thrush


Data is taken from self reported Lowdown user reviews

  • Tender breasts (54%)
  • Period like cramps (46%)
  • Headaches (46%)
  • Vaginal discharge (39%)
  • Migraines (39%)
  • Breast enlargement (31%)
  • Hair loss (23%)
  • Dizziness (15%)
  • Sweating more than usual (15%)
  • Migraine with aura (15%)
  • Lower back pain (15%)
  • Discomfort wearing contact lenses (8%)
  • Cystitis (8%)
  • Vaginal dryness (8%)
  • High blood pressure (8%)
  • Thrush (8%)
  • Nausea or vomiting (0%)
  • Body hair getting darker (0%)
  • Body hair increase (0%)
  • A latex allergy (0%)
  • Pelvic infection (0%)

Reviews

3.4

13 reviews

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Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
16 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

I like it, helps me a lot with my cramps

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Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
31 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Jun 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

Had a terrible experience with a combined BC pill (depression, exhaustion, weight gain), the mini-pill has been GREAT. I get my period only twice a year, and the only side effects are some breast tenderness an occasionally ovarian cysts before my period, but never serious. No mood side effects.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th May 24

Mini pill  

Took OPill after pregnancy, to fill the gap before going back to IUD. Ease of access is a big plus (picked up at grocery store, no prescription needed). First period was weird: started spotting at around the normal time of month, but just stayed like that for about a week before starting "in earnest", at which point it was fairly normal. Feeling a reduction in libido and sexual sensitivity, but could also be related to post-pregnancy hormone fluctuations.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  9th May 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

I used to be able to skip periods but my old birth control gave me monthly migraines so I switched to the mini pill. My migraines are decreasing and my periods are regular now.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Apr 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

When I started take this pill 3 weeks in I noticed my hair falling out I took it almost 2 months iv been off of it 3 weeks and my hair is still falling out when will it stop


Very negative mood

1 more effect

1 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Feb 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

Worked out great until I started losing my hair. Had more ovary pain too.


Gained weight

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  16th Jan 24

Slynd birth control pill  

Some irregular bleeding and headaches in the first few weeks but overall a good experience. This is the first birthcontrol pill that did not give me mood swings and depressive feelings.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Nov 23

Slynd birth control pill  

Chosen due to migraine with aura risk, had hair loss but could be unrelated. I did not bleed for first 3 months, now I do not bleed on the placebo week, but in the third week of a new pack


Worse skin

1 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
57 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  10th Oct 23

Mini pill  

I didn't experience any side effects or issues while taking the pill. The hardest thing was remembering to take the pill at the same time every day. And, while I was traveling, I always brought the pill in my purse so I had it if my baggage got lost. My experience with the pill was great- effective and easy.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

1 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Oct 23

Errin birth control pill  

It has improved my period pain a lot but it’s made me extremely irritable and moody and depressed and I’ve been experiencing frequent headaches for 2 months. I am planning to switch off of it for the sake of my mental health.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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