Contraception Reviews

Hormonal IUD vs Combination birth control pill

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Overview

Rated 3.6

31 reviews

3 - 8 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

Hormonal IUD ingredients

Main hormones in Hormonal IUD

progestin


Combination pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combination pill

estrogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Adenomyosis

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Menopause

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Hormonal IUD reviews

31 reviews

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

  •  Still using

Love the Mirena!

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Top side effects not reported

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This caused pain/vomiting/inability to sleep for 3 months after insertion. I was promised it would improve, and told to just keep giving it time. Severe menstrual cramps continued the whole 2 years that I had this. Doctors promised many times over the 2 years that my symptoms were normal and/or not due to the IUD(both incorrect). Around the 9 month mark I began to develop progesterone hypersensitivity autoimmune disease. This continued to progress until I removed it. This new condition landed me in the ER multiple times due to anaphylaxis: asthma, heart palpitations, high BP, frequent fainting, extreme rashes etc. I had to quit my job because I was not functional on any level. Luckily I eventually figured it out.


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

  •  Still using

It is nice to never be worried about pregnancy. The random bleeding, frequent cramping unrelated to bleeding, and breast shrinkage has not been great.. but all better than pregnancy i guess. I am definitely more emotional. I used to cry 1 day/month typically day before starting my period. I now cry ~70% of the month.


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

  •  Still using

Love the Mirena!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This caused pain/vomiting/inability to sleep for 3 months after insertion. I was promised it would improve, and told to just keep giving it time. Severe menstrual cramps continued the whole 2 years that I had this. Doctors promised many times over the 2 years that my symptoms were normal and/or not due to the IUD(both incorrect). Around the 9 month mark I began to develop progesterone hypersensitivity autoimmune disease. This continued to progress until I removed it. This new condition landed me in the ER multiple times due to anaphylaxis: asthma, heart palpitations, high BP, frequent fainting, extreme rashes etc. I had to quit my job because I was not functional on any level. Luckily I eventually figured it out.


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Still using

It is nice to never be worried about pregnancy. The random bleeding, frequent cramping unrelated to bleeding, and breast shrinkage has not been great.. but all better than pregnancy i guess. I am definitely more emotional. I used to cry 1 day/month typically day before starting my period. I now cry ~70% of the month.


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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
  •  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
  •  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
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I enjoy this birth control but the constipation part sucks


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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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