Contraception Reviews

Hormonal IUD vs Birth control shot

Hormonal IUD

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Overview

Rated 3.6

36 reviews

3 - 8 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.9

13 reviews

Every 2-3 months

Frequency

94% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Short term

Effect on fertility

Hormonal IUD ingredients

Main hormones in Hormonal IUD

progestin


Birth control shot ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control shot

What Lowdown reviewers say

Mood

47% no impact on mood

Bleeds

56% stopped periods

Sex drive

36% no impact

Weight

47% no impact

Skin

42% no impact on skin

Cycle return

56% in 1 month

Mood

46% somewhat negative

Bleeds

39% stopped periods

Sex drive

46% lost sex drive

Weight

62% gained weight

Skin

39% worse skin

Cycle return

50% in 3-6 months

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Adenomyosis

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Menopause

Period pain

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Period pain

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Hormonal IUD reviews

36 reviews

Hormonal IUD  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Kyleena IUD  

Getting it in hurt briefly, but tolerable. The first period after getting it was early and super intense, and I continued having spotting most days for the first three months or so, but bleeding dwindled over time and by a year later I was barely getting periods at all, which was great.

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Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Hormonal IUD  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
31 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Kyleena IUD  

I have been on kyleena almost 5 years, January 2025 it will be 5 and little to no problems. But I didn't know there was a mucus discharge, had thought I always had a yeast infection. Almost time to get a new one and I've started spotting again.


Increased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Hormonal IUD  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Liletta IUD  

I could feel it when I exercised always. Starting year 5 I had terrible cystic acne and lower back pain that travelled down my left leg to my knee. It’s been 4 days since it was removed and my back is already feeling better. A heavy period starting the night I had it removed. It’s been going on 4 days and it is still heavy. I am hoping the acne goes away over time since it is out. It was nice not having heavy periods but not at the expense of my face and back. I have had to see a Dermatologist for several years now and the treatments don’t help much. I also saw a back doc and had a shot to help with the pain along with physical therapy for a few months. The shot helped for a month or two but the pain returned. I gained weight because it was uncomfortable to exercise and feel the IUD even when I walked uphill and the back and left leg pain. Insertion was traumatizing and I was conscious sedated for the removal which was a much better experience. Women should not have to go through that without conscious sedating. We should also be provided with more info on what to expect when we get it, how it might age, what to look for side effect wise, and guidance on getting it out and the aftermath. Terrible experience


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Hormonal IUD  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Kyleena IUD  

Getting it in hurt briefly, but tolerable. The first period after getting it was early and super intense, and I continued having spotting most days for the first three months or so, but bleeding dwindled over time and by a year later I was barely getting periods at all, which was great.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Hormonal IUD  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
31 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Kyleena IUD  

I have been on kyleena almost 5 years, January 2025 it will be 5 and little to no problems. But I didn't know there was a mucus discharge, had thought I always had a yeast infection. Almost time to get a new one and I've started spotting again.


Increased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Hormonal IUD  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Liletta IUD  

I could feel it when I exercised always. Starting year 5 I had terrible cystic acne and lower back pain that travelled down my left leg to my knee. It’s been 4 days since it was removed and my back is already feeling better. A heavy period starting the night I had it removed. It’s been going on 4 days and it is still heavy. I am hoping the acne goes away over time since it is out. It was nice not having heavy periods but not at the expense of my face and back. I have had to see a Dermatologist for several years now and the treatments don’t help much. I also saw a back doc and had a shot to help with the pain along with physical therapy for a few months. The shot helped for a month or two but the pain returned. I gained weight because it was uncomfortable to exercise and feel the IUD even when I walked uphill and the back and left leg pain. Insertion was traumatizing and I was conscious sedated for the removal which was a much better experience. Women should not have to go through that without conscious sedating. We should also be provided with more info on what to expect when we get it, how it might age, what to look for side effect wise, and guidance on getting it out and the aftermath. Terrible experience


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

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0 comments


Birth control shot reviews

13 reviews

Birth control shot  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Depo-Provera shot  

Made me very moody for the first month. Also seems to be concerning long term side effects.


Very negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Apr 24

Depo-Provera shot  

Unsure about depo considering switching too pill.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  15th Mar 24

Depo-Provera shot  

It’s not for me gave me lots of acne and constant mood swings.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Depo-Provera shot  

Made me very moody for the first month. Also seems to be concerning long term side effects.


Very negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Apr 24

Depo-Provera shot  

Unsure about depo considering switching too pill.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  15th Mar 24

Depo-Provera shot  

It’s not for me gave me lots of acne and constant mood swings.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Mar 24

Depo-Provera shot  

It's fine


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Feb 24

Birth control shot  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Feb 24

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Worse skin

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

Terrible


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

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.


Somewhat positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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