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Overview

Rated 3.3

26 reviews

Every 3 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.1

8 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Birth control implant ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control implant


Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Mini pill

progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Period pain

Period pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding

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Birth control implant reviews

26 reviews

Used for 3 - 5 yr
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 days ago

  •  Still using

not too bad, want a big fix.

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Top side effects not reported

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Still using

I learned to live with it because I forgot it was there. The side effects were intense the first couple month then I got used to it and stopped realizing how bad it was. The headaches come and go but are significant, I always thought it was my MS causing it until it didn’t come with relapses. I’m pretty much always bleeding or spotting, I gained 10 Pounds and it’s been very hard to control cravings. My emotions are everywhere or I have none. My sex drive which is normally very healthy is gone… And I get utis super frequently since I’ve been on it. My period was always 4 days before, currently it’s 5 days of heavy bleeding followed by weeks of light spotting. I hate it, I gave it a full year try, I’m having it taken out tomorrow.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Still using

Insertion pain was next to none, just typical pinching/uncomfortableness that pelvic exams bring. Bleeding after the fact lasted for a week that tapered off into spotting for a day or two. The only serious cramping I experienced was about 3 hours after the fact. It lasted about 30 minutes and almost felt like contractions. Second week brought a snot like mucus, A LOT, that had spots/streaks of blood now and then. 3 weeks in my normal white discharge starting coming back with occasional snot like mucus again and then my first period. I can’t say it made my period heavier as I feel that it has naturally been heavier since I gave birth ( 4 months ago). This is my first month after having the IUD inserted and so far, so good. Very excited to see when the spotting will stop and if my period will even out to pre pregnancy normal.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 days ago

  •  Still using

not too bad, want a big fix.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Still using

I learned to live with it because I forgot it was there. The side effects were intense the first couple month then I got used to it and stopped realizing how bad it was. The headaches come and go but are significant, I always thought it was my MS causing it until it didn’t come with relapses. I’m pretty much always bleeding or spotting, I gained 10 Pounds and it’s been very hard to control cravings. My emotions are everywhere or I have none. My sex drive which is normally very healthy is gone… And I get utis super frequently since I’ve been on it. My period was always 4 days before, currently it’s 5 days of heavy bleeding followed by weeks of light spotting. I hate it, I gave it a full year try, I’m having it taken out tomorrow.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  4 days ago

  •  Still using

Insertion pain was next to none, just typical pinching/uncomfortableness that pelvic exams bring. Bleeding after the fact lasted for a week that tapered off into spotting for a day or two. The only serious cramping I experienced was about 3 hours after the fact. It lasted about 30 minutes and almost felt like contractions. Second week brought a snot like mucus, A LOT, that had spots/streaks of blood now and then. 3 weeks in my normal white discharge starting coming back with occasional snot like mucus again and then my first period. I can’t say it made my period heavier as I feel that it has naturally been heavier since I gave birth ( 4 months ago). This is my first month after having the IUD inserted and so far, so good. Very excited to see when the spotting will stop and if my period will even out to pre pregnancy normal.


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Mini pill reviews

8 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

Worked out great until I started losing my hair. Had more ovary pain too.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  16th Jan 24

  •  Still using

Some irregular bleeding and headaches in the first few weeks but overall a good experience. This is the first birthcontrol pill that did not give me mood swings and depressive feelings.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Nov 23

  •  Still using

Chosen due to migraine with aura risk, had hair loss but could be unrelated. I did not bleed for first 3 months, now I do not bleed on the placebo week, but in the third week of a new pack


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

Worked out great until I started losing my hair. Had more ovary pain too.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  16th Jan 24

  •  Still using

Some irregular bleeding and headaches in the first few weeks but overall a good experience. This is the first birthcontrol pill that did not give me mood swings and depressive feelings.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Nov 23

  •  Still using

Chosen due to migraine with aura risk, had hair loss but could be unrelated. I did not bleed for first 3 months, now I do not bleed on the placebo week, but in the third week of a new pack


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
57 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  10th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

I didn't experience any side effects or issues while taking the pill. The hardest thing was remembering to take the pill at the same time every day. And, while I was traveling, I always brought the pill in my purse so I had it if my baggage got lost. My experience with the pill was great- effective and easy.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Oct 23

  •  Still using

It has improved my period pain a lot but it’s made me extremely irritable and moody and depressed and I’ve been experiencing frequent headaches for 2 months. I am planning to switch off of it for the sake of my mental health.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
42 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3rd Oct 23

  •  Still using

This pill has helped me so much with heavy periods. The first month I spotted, then had a quick, light period. The second month was the lightest period I've had in years. The issue I'm having is I have more cramps on it than off, and the biggest issue is that it's making me moody and tense. I love what it's done for my period physically, but I'm snapping at my family much more than I used to. I see the doctor next week. I'm not sure what I'll do yet.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Sep 23

  •  Still using

I've experienced less pain around my uterus and ovaries, cysts are reduced, my breast are slightly enlarged and tender, my bones (especially hip, knee, and ankle joints) ache and hurt occasionally, mysex drive seems to have increased (I still find my partner very attractive just as before, which based on experiences I've seen others go through was a potential risk).


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Aug 23

  •  Still using

Severe menstrual period and severe cramping I have never felt pain like this in my life and I'm 32 years old.


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