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Overview

Rated 3.2

32 reviews

Every 3 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.0

12 reviews

Every 2-3 months

Frequency

94% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Short term

Effect on fertility

Birth control implant ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control implant


Birth control shot ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control shot

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Period pain

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Period pain

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Birth control implant reviews

32 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This is a good birth control compared to the other options. I previously tried the patches and it gave me an allergic reaction. Anyways, It was uncomfortable when they first insert the implant into your arm but then you get used to it. I will say that it is different for everyone but for me it has given me more acne spots, regulatted my periods, and given me more facial hair. Those being the only cons.

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

  •  Still using

This birth control severely impacted my mental and physical health. This includes anxiety, depression, pelvic pain, irregular periods, heavy periods, spotting, headaches, laziness, grogginess, etc. Please do your research! Speak with a doctor you trust or multiple! Lastly, please consider if birth control is worth the side effects.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I liked the first two years and now I have weird symptoms, on the flip side it could be a couple of other things


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This is a good birth control compared to the other options. I previously tried the patches and it gave me an allergic reaction. Anyways, It was uncomfortable when they first insert the implant into your arm but then you get used to it. I will say that it is different for everyone but for me it has given me more acne spots, regulatted my periods, and given me more facial hair. Those being the only cons.


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

  •  Still using

This birth control severely impacted my mental and physical health. This includes anxiety, depression, pelvic pain, irregular periods, heavy periods, spotting, headaches, laziness, grogginess, etc. Please do your research! Speak with a doctor you trust or multiple! Lastly, please consider if birth control is worth the side effects.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

I liked the first two years and now I have weird symptoms, on the flip side it could be a couple of other things


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Birth control shot reviews

12 reviews

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

  •  Still using

Unsure about depo considering switching too pill.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

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


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

  •  Still using

It's fine


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

  •  Still using

Unsure about depo considering switching too pill.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

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


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

  •  Still using

It's fine


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

  •  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
  •  5th Feb 24

  •  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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