Contraception Reviews

Hormonal IUD vs Birth control shot

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 2.8

9 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

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

26 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks 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.


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Birth control shot reviews

9 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

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


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

  •  Still using

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


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

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


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

  •  Still using

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


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

  •  Still using

Terrible


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Aug 23

  •  Still using

Personally this has not been a very good experience, even after over a year.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  23rd Aug 23

  •  Still using

horrible mood swings, paranoia, depression and anxiety- my doctor told me that the depo shot would not affect my emotions like other birth controls i’ve been on previously. this is by far the worst. i gained weight, my hair is beginning to come out in clumps in the shower, my cramps are very painful. please do research and talk about the side effects with your doctor before considering.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Jul 23

  •  Stopped using

I was on Depo for 10 years and LOVED it, I realize I’m a minority here but I loved that it stopped my periods, I had no issues down there the entire time I was on the shot. No adverse mood effects. The only “adverse” effects I might have had was a slightly decreased sex drive, but nothing debilitating, my husband and I still had a great intimate life.


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