Contraception Reviews

Hormonal IUD vs Birth control patch

Hormonal IUD

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Overview

Rated 3.8

26 reviews

3 - 8 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.5

2 reviews

Weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Hormonal IUD ingredients

Main hormones in Hormonal IUD

progestin


Birth control patch ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control patch

progestin

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

26 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Side effects: cystic acne & overall acne, metallic vaginal discharge, low libido & irritability. It was difficult to tell if IUD was in place since the doctor cut the strings too short. Went into OB & Planned Parenthood, they couldn't find it and were unsure if it fell out. This didn't give me a great deal of security as a BC since I couldn't tell if it was there or not...

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Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5 days ago

  •  Still using

when i got the iud put in the pain wasn’t too bad but after a short time the pain got worse and worse and i literally cried myself into exhausted sleep. my periods are just as long, heavier, and more irregular. my cramps hurt worse and they last longer, my breasts are always tender, i can’t lose weight i just keep gaining, my acne is either barely noticeable or flaring up very badly at random, and i almost always have a headache or migraine


Top side effects not reported

1 helpful

0 comments

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I love that I don’t have to worry about taking a pill, but the painful cramps and acne that I’ve experienced make it not worth it to me. I will be switching BC methods soon.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Side effects: cystic acne & overall acne, metallic vaginal discharge, low libido & irritability. It was difficult to tell if IUD was in place since the doctor cut the strings too short. Went into OB & Planned Parenthood, they couldn't find it and were unsure if it fell out. This didn't give me a great deal of security as a BC since I couldn't tell if it was there or not...


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5 days ago

  •  Still using

when i got the iud put in the pain wasn’t too bad but after a short time the pain got worse and worse and i literally cried myself into exhausted sleep. my periods are just as long, heavier, and more irregular. my cramps hurt worse and they last longer, my breasts are always tender, i can’t lose weight i just keep gaining, my acne is either barely noticeable or flaring up very badly at random, and i almost always have a headache or migraine


Top side effects not reported

1 helpful

0 comments

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I love that I don’t have to worry about taking a pill, but the painful cramps and acne that I’ve experienced make it not worth it to me. I will be switching BC methods soon.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments


Birth control patch reviews

2 reviews

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

  •  Still using

I love how easy it is and how well it works


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

  •  Stopped using

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


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

  •  Still using

I love how easy it is and how well it works


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

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

  •  Stopped using

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


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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