Contraception Reviews

Combination birth control pill vs Birth control patch

Combination birth control pill

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Overview

Rated 3.5

61 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

5 reviews

Weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Combination pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combination pill

estrogen


Birth control patch ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control patch

progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Combination birth control pill reviews

61 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  today

  •  Still using

Didn’t experience anything bad, maybe bloating the first 3 months, but it seems to work fine.

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Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 3 - 5 yr
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I was put on Junel Fe 1/20 in college when I was underweight and not producing estrogen (I've since recovered from my eating issues and am at a much healthier weight) and I've had no issues with Junel. I don't get a period most months, and if I do have spotting, it's rarely during the time it's supposed to come, which I don't love. Besides that, no complaints!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

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Used for 8+ yr
76 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

No problems


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  today

  •  Still using

Didn’t experience anything bad, maybe bloating the first 3 months, but it seems to work fine.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 5 yr
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I was put on Junel Fe 1/20 in college when I was underweight and not producing estrogen (I've since recovered from my eating issues and am at a much healthier weight) and I've had no issues with Junel. I don't get a period most months, and if I do have spotting, it's rarely during the time it's supposed to come, which I don't love. Besides that, no complaints!


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 8+ yr
76 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

No problems


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Birth control patch reviews

5 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Apr 24

  •  Still using

I have had this birth control for 10 years (3 implants). It makes your period lighter and more regular, or takes it away completely; I had a birth control pill ( i'm not sure if the name) prescribed beforehand and i could not stand that one.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
17 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

It’s fine.. maybe. if you’re susceptible to anxiety at all then i don’t recommend. Random crying fits. Had to admit myself to the ER because of my second sudden panic attack since starting. I’ve never dealt with that before. I have only been on the patch for 3 weeks, perhaps the side effects would have subsided if i waited it out but im not willing to risk it.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

The only problem I had using the birth parches was that it gave me an allergy and would turn my skin red and dry. I had to stop using it and switched to the birth control implant which is a way better method.


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Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Apr 24

  •  Still using

I have had this birth control for 10 years (3 implants). It makes your period lighter and more regular, or takes it away completely; I had a birth control pill ( i'm not sure if the name) prescribed beforehand and i could not stand that one.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
17 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

It’s fine.. maybe. if you’re susceptible to anxiety at all then i don’t recommend. Random crying fits. Had to admit myself to the ER because of my second sudden panic attack since starting. I’ve never dealt with that before. I have only been on the patch for 3 weeks, perhaps the side effects would have subsided if i waited it out but im not willing to risk it.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

The only problem I had using the birth parches was that it gave me an allergy and would turn my skin red and dry. I had to stop using it and switched to the birth control implant which is a way better method.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Jan 24

  •  Still using

I love how easy it is and how well it works


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  24th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

Patch would not stay on. Caused rashes and skin scarred for weeks.


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