Contraception Reviews

Contraceptive gel vs Combination birth control pill

Contraceptive gel

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Overview

Rated 4.3

4 reviews

Before sex

Frequency

79% - 86%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.5

51 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Contraceptive gel ingredients

Birth control gels include spermicides and a new gel called Phexxi. These gels contain chemicals which prevent sperm from reaching an egg by affecting the sperm's motility and helping to block the cervix (opening into the womb).

Combination pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combination pill

estrogen

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

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Contraceptive gel reviews

4 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Still using

Birth control implant 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.

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Top side effects not reported

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
42 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Still using

I feel like I've tried every birth control out there. Pills, patches rings, IUDs - with the exception of depo, you name it, I've tried it. But Phexxi has been a game changer for me! I never felt "whole" on hormonal methods or the IUDs, but with Phexxi I don't have to deal with hormonal side effects and I only use it when I need it. Super easy to use, not messy, and I feel like myself again!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
56 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Still using

Love that I can use Phexxi only when I need it. I do not like adding hormones to my body. I really love the lubricating effect, makes for even better sex!


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Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Still using

Birth control implant 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 12 - 18 mo
42 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Still using

I feel like I've tried every birth control out there. Pills, patches rings, IUDs - with the exception of depo, you name it, I've tried it. But Phexxi has been a game changer for me! I never felt "whole" on hormonal methods or the IUDs, but with Phexxi I don't have to deal with hormonal side effects and I only use it when I need it. Super easy to use, not messy, and I feel like myself again!


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
56 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Jan 24

  •  Still using

Love that I can use Phexxi only when I need it. I do not like adding hormones to my body. I really love the lubricating effect, makes for even better sex!


Top side effects not reported

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Combination birth control pill reviews

51 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

While taking this pill I have a great number of headaches since taking it. I also find myself going into depression. Thinking about a lot of negativities things. I also don't have a sex drive. The plus side about taking this pill, I have clearer skin.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

This birth control really helped with regulating my moods but did make me gain weight significantly even when working out more because of major appetite changes be aware. My skin cleared up a lot and after 3 months haven’t had one breakout related to hormones. My first 8 months my breast grew 2 sizes with about a 8 pound increase in weight, my second round after taking a 6 month break my breasts did not change size but i did gain the 8 pounds back again after losing about 15 in the break period. I stopped getting my period and do not have even spotting when taking the iron pills. Lastly my sex drive almost disappeared and i find getting wet a challenge when i’ve never had that problem. My experience is about 50%-50% positive to negative.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
15 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I enjoy this birth control but the constipation part sucks


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

While taking this pill I have a great number of headaches since taking it. I also find myself going into depression. Thinking about a lot of negativities things. I also don't have a sex drive. The plus side about taking this pill, I have clearer skin.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

This birth control really helped with regulating my moods but did make me gain weight significantly even when working out more because of major appetite changes be aware. My skin cleared up a lot and after 3 months haven’t had one breakout related to hormones. My first 8 months my breast grew 2 sizes with about a 8 pound increase in weight, my second round after taking a 6 month break my breasts did not change size but i did gain the 8 pounds back again after losing about 15 in the break period. I stopped getting my period and do not have even spotting when taking the iron pills. Lastly my sex drive almost disappeared and i find getting wet a challenge when i’ve never had that problem. My experience is about 50%-50% positive to negative.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
15 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I enjoy this birth control but the constipation part sucks


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 5 yr
39 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

  •  Still using

I started taking this bc I have PMDD and also wanted to stop my period all together. I have no interest in getting pregnant. This pill was to stop my period and it did just that. I feel great on it.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  29th Feb 24

  •  Still using

I love it!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  26th Feb 24

  •  Stopped using


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  22nd Feb 24

  •  Still using

I take it continuously, so I don't take a break week and just start right in on the next package. This has been awesome because i don't get my period anymore (I do let it happen a few times a year). It does a spectacular job of preventing pregnancy. Been taking for 12 years and have never had a legitimate scare. Thank God for birth control.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Feb 24

  •  Still using

I'm feeling headache dizzy and sometimes have no energy to walk even.i loss alot of weight from 55 kg to 47 kg.feeling tired everytime,unrine leakage problem,mood swings angry mostly.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  15th Feb 24

  •  Still using

Not good


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  11th Feb 24

  •  Still using

No side effects.


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