Contraception Reviews

Copper IUD vs Birth control patch

Copper IUD

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Overview

Rated 3.8

10 reviews

5 - 10 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

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

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.

Birth control patch ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control patch

progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Mood

30% no impact on mood

Bleeds

60% heavier periods

Sex drive

50% no impact

Weight

80% no impact

Skin

80% no impact on skin

Cycle return

50% don’t know impact

Mood

60% somewhat negative

Bleeds

40% regular periods

Sex drive

40% no impact

Weight

60% don’t know impact

Skin

40% improved skin

Cycle return

100% don’t know impact

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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Real life reviews from people like you

Copper IUD reviews

10 reviews

Copper IUD  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

Paragard IUD  

I had Paraguard for almost 7 years. When it was first inserted (insanely painful) I was told it would last for 12 years, however it fell out recently. Only half fell out, as one arm broke off and I was recommended to have a hysteroscopy under full anesthesia to remove the missing part. Luckily it came out on its own and I didn’t require the operation but it was a terrifying experience. Throughout the past 7 years the only issues I had was very heavy periods and severe cramps (including sharp pain when going to the bathroom). Other than that, it was great for me and nice to have regular periods.

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Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Paragard IUD  

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.


Worse skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Paragard IUD  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Copper IUD  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

Paragard IUD  

I had Paraguard for almost 7 years. When it was first inserted (insanely painful) I was told it would last for 12 years, however it fell out recently. Only half fell out, as one arm broke off and I was recommended to have a hysteroscopy under full anesthesia to remove the missing part. Luckily it came out on its own and I didn’t require the operation but it was a terrifying experience. Throughout the past 7 years the only issues I had was very heavy periods and severe cramps (including sharp pain when going to the bathroom). Other than that, it was great for me and nice to have regular periods.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Paragard IUD  

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.


Worse skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Paragard IUD  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments


Birth control patch reviews

5 reviews

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

Birth control patch  

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.


Improved skin

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Xulane patch  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Xulane patch  

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.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Birth control patch  

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.


Improved skin

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Xulane patch  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Xulane patch  

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.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Xulane patch  

I love how easy it is and how well it works


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Xulane patch  

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


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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