Contraception Reviews

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Overview

Rated 4.3

3 reviews

Before sex

Frequency

79% - 86%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

9 reviews

Every 2-3 months

Frequency

94% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Short term

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).

Birth control shot ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control shot

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

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Period pain

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Contraceptive gel reviews

3 reviews

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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Top side effects not reported

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0 comments

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 6 - 12 mo
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  11th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

Phexxi works great — if you actually use it. Oops! My kid sister used Phexxi for about a year either by itself or along with condoms when she was ovulating. Then one time when she and her boyfriend were staying in my apartment for a family wedding, they picked me as the designated driver and the two of them had way too much to drink. They were all over each other in the car on the way home. Which was kind of cute but then when we got back to my place she wanted me to help her insert her birth control. I took her back to their bedroom and started getting her out of her clothes and I was like why don’t you just skip using it if you’re not in the middle of your cycle, and then she showed me her period tracker on her phone. Yep, not a good time to skip using protection, but still … She passed out while I was reading the instructions on the applicator, so I just was like whatever, I’m not doing this. I got off the rest of her clothes and woke her up and said I would tell her boyfriend she was ready. She didn’t even ask if I had inserted her Phexxi. The walls in my apartment are thin, so I heard the entire “discussion” when he couldn’t find their box of condoms. She was too drunk and horny to say no. She had no idea she was about to try to conceive. And yes, she became a mommy that night.


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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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Used for 6 - 12 mo
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  11th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

Phexxi works great — if you actually use it. Oops! My kid sister used Phexxi for about a year either by itself or along with condoms when she was ovulating. Then one time when she and her boyfriend were staying in my apartment for a family wedding, they picked me as the designated driver and the two of them had way too much to drink. They were all over each other in the car on the way home. Which was kind of cute but then when we got back to my place she wanted me to help her insert her birth control. I took her back to their bedroom and started getting her out of her clothes and I was like why don’t you just skip using it if you’re not in the middle of your cycle, and then she showed me her period tracker on her phone. Yep, not a good time to skip using protection, but still … She passed out while I was reading the instructions on the applicator, so I just was like whatever, I’m not doing this. I got off the rest of her clothes and woke her up and said I would tell her boyfriend she was ready. She didn’t even ask if I had inserted her Phexxi. The walls in my apartment are thin, so I heard the entire “discussion” when he couldn’t find their box of condoms. She was too drunk and horny to say no. She had no idea she was about to try to conceive. And yes, she became a mommy that night.


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Birth control shot reviews

9 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I am experiencing hormonal changes, gained weight and high blood pressure but was advised to test in the hospital and l find out which birth control method is suitable for my body.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

The shot has worked wonders as far as no longer getting the monthly, but I do feel as my cramps have progressed


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  Still using

It’s great after your body is used to it. Feels invasive when you first get it because of the mood swings, weight gain, loss of sex drive (this is almost permanent for me) and cramps. But……. Worth it i guess #nomoreperiods


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I am experiencing hormonal changes, gained weight and high blood pressure but was advised to test in the hospital and l find out which birth control method is suitable for my body.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

The shot has worked wonders as far as no longer getting the monthly, but I do feel as my cramps have progressed


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  Still using

It’s great after your body is used to it. Feels invasive when you first get it because of the mood swings, weight gain, loss of sex drive (this is almost permanent for me) and cramps. But……. Worth it i guess #nomoreperiods


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
15 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  26th Jan 24

  •  Still using

Terrible


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I think this is a great birth control method if you have absolutely 0 other options, but it DESTROYED my sex drive and made sex painful because I was no longer getting as much lubrication as I used to. I also gained a good bit of weight and retained a lot of water.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  22nd Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

I had a painful lump for 3 months where I got the shot


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Aug 23

  •  Still using

Personally this has not been a very good experience, even after over a year.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  23rd Aug 23

  •  Still using

horrible mood swings, paranoia, depression and anxiety- my doctor told me that the depo shot would not affect my emotions like other birth controls i’ve been on previously. this is by far the worst. i gained weight, my hair is beginning to come out in clumps in the shower, my cramps are very painful. please do research and talk about the side effects with your doctor before considering.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Jul 23

  •  Stopped using

I was on Depo for 10 years and LOVED it, I realize I’m a minority here but I loved that it stopped my periods, I had no issues down there the entire time I was on the shot. No adverse mood effects. The only “adverse” effects I might have had was a slightly decreased sex drive, but nothing debilitating, my husband and I still had a great intimate life.


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