Contraception Reviews

Copper IUD vs Combination birth control pill

Copper IUD

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Overview

Rated 3.8

9 reviews

5 - 10 years

Frequency

Over 99%

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

Copper IUD ingredients

Copper coils are made of a T-shaped frame of polyethylene (plastic) and barium sulphate. Copper wire is wound around the vertical arm.

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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Copper IUD reviews

9 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I've never used any forms of birth control before, so I don't know what to compare it to other than being normal and not on birth control. Insertion was uncomfortable but not very painful, and I had pain in my cervix and spotting for about a week afterward. My body adjusted very quickly and I had normally spaced periods right after. The most noticeable difference is that my period is lighter and longer. My sex drive noticeably decreased, and my emotions are dampened/numbed. I forget that I even have it 99% of the time, as I don't notice it in my daily life. If all you're looking for is plain and simple low-maintenance birth control, this is it.

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Dec 23

  •  Still using

Cramping is significantly worse than before I had the IUD. Periods have lasted about 3 weeks when they used to only last 5-7 days. After the IUD was inserted, I ended up having 3 UTIs and cervicitis.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I don’t know yet. It’s only been 3 weeks since I got it but I have not stopped bleeding (it started as only spotting and the blood looked brown on my pad and the amount increased to a light period then it went back to spotting.) now after the 2nd week the blood started to look red again and its still only spotting. So now I don’t know is this is my regular period or what! I have iron deficiency anemia, all this bleeding can’t be good. Is this going to be always. I have no cramps which I’m greatful for.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I've never used any forms of birth control before, so I don't know what to compare it to other than being normal and not on birth control. Insertion was uncomfortable but not very painful, and I had pain in my cervix and spotting for about a week afterward. My body adjusted very quickly and I had normally spaced periods right after. The most noticeable difference is that my period is lighter and longer. My sex drive noticeably decreased, and my emotions are dampened/numbed. I forget that I even have it 99% of the time, as I don't notice it in my daily life. If all you're looking for is plain and simple low-maintenance birth control, this is it.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Dec 23

  •  Still using

Cramping is significantly worse than before I had the IUD. Periods have lasted about 3 weeks when they used to only last 5-7 days. After the IUD was inserted, I ended up having 3 UTIs and cervicitis.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Dec 23

  •  Still using

I don’t know yet. It’s only been 3 weeks since I got it but I have not stopped bleeding (it started as only spotting and the blood looked brown on my pad and the amount increased to a light period then it went back to spotting.) now after the 2nd week the blood started to look red again and its still only spotting. So now I don’t know is this is my regular period or what! I have iron deficiency anemia, all this bleeding can’t be good. Is this going to be always. I have no cramps which I’m greatful for.


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Combination birth control pill reviews

51 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  6 days 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
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I enjoy this birth control but the constipation part sucks


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  6 days 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
  •  1 month ago

  •  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
  •  1 month ago

  •  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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