Contraception Reviews

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Overview

Rated 5.0

1 reviews

Before sex

Frequency

71% - 94%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.1

8 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Cap or diaphragm ingredients

A birth control diaphragm or cap is a reusable barrier method of birth control that is inserted into the vagina before sex. It is covered in spermicide (a gel that kills sperm) and prevents pregnancy by covering the cervix so sperm can’t get into the womb. There are a few things that can make the diaphragm or cap less effective. These include if it doesn't fit properly
you remove it too early
it is damaged
you forget to use spermicide
or it is used with other oil-based products. If these things happen you may need to use emergency birth control.

Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Mini pill

progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

There are no benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this birth control

Period pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding

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Cap or diaphragm reviews

1 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Sep 23

  •  Still using

My very favorite thing about the Caya is that there really are no side effects. I am not putting anything into my body that is changing the way my body functions- I put it in, leave it in a while, and then I remove it. No hormones, nothing! I’ve been advised that while the Caya can be 80+% effective when used correctly, it’s best to use it with spermicide and condoms. It is tricky to insert the first few times but super easy to remove and I quickly got the hang of a quick and easy insertion! I did find it really difficult to find a pharmacy that sold the Caya (I guess they aren’t as popular now)- but all in all, it’s been fantastic so far! I love that my body gets to function as it normally would but that the Caya helps prevent pregnancy

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Sep 23

  •  Still using

My very favorite thing about the Caya is that there really are no side effects. I am not putting anything into my body that is changing the way my body functions- I put it in, leave it in a while, and then I remove it. No hormones, nothing! I’ve been advised that while the Caya can be 80+% effective when used correctly, it’s best to use it with spermicide and condoms. It is tricky to insert the first few times but super easy to remove and I quickly got the hang of a quick and easy insertion! I did find it really difficult to find a pharmacy that sold the Caya (I guess they aren’t as popular now)- but all in all, it’s been fantastic so far! I love that my body gets to function as it normally would but that the Caya helps prevent pregnancy


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Mini pill reviews

8 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

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


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Still using

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.


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Still using

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


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

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


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Still using

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.


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

  •  Still using

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


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Still using

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.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
42 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3rd Oct 23

  •  Still using

This pill has helped me so much with heavy periods. The first month I spotted, then had a quick, light period. The second month was the lightest period I've had in years. The issue I'm having is I have more cramps on it than off, and the biggest issue is that it's making me moody and tense. I love what it's done for my period physically, but I'm snapping at my family much more than I used to. I see the doctor next week. I'm not sure what I'll do yet.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Sep 23

  •  Still using

I've experienced less pain around my uterus and ovaries, cysts are reduced, my breast are slightly enlarged and tender, my bones (especially hip, knee, and ankle joints) ache and hurt occasionally, mysex drive seems to have increased (I still find my partner very attractive just as before, which based on experiences I've seen others go through was a potential risk).


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Aug 23

  •  Still using

Severe menstrual period and severe cramping I have never felt pain like this in my life and I'm 32 years old.


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