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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 3.3

7 reviews

3 weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Birth control implant ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control implant


Vaginal ring ingredients

Main hormones in Vaginal ring

progestin

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Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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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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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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Vaginal ring reviews

7 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this birth control for 10 years until I got a blood clot and had to be on blood thinners for a month. Not fun.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I’m not a birth control novice and wanted to try Annovera due to its novel progestin and ease of use. It’s worth noting that I’m extremely sensitive to progestin related side effects. I have never felt worse in my life than the week I used this ring. I endured episodes of uncontrollable vomiting, horrendous body aches, and a constant feeling of internal rage!! Plus, the level of discharge it caused was frankly disturbing and unlike anything I’ve experienced in the past. Felt better almost immediately upon removal. Obviously every person’s experience will be unique but I definitely wouldn’t recommend Annovera to anyone.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
37 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  14th Jan 24

  •  Still using

First three months were great. No period no break through bleeding no side effects. On month 4 I started having extreme cramps and breakthrough bleeding often. I would remove ring (1 hour) and re insert it due to the cramps. I even tried having regular cycles. Nothing helped with bleeding or cramps. I like not having to take a pill everyday, but I don’t think it’s worth the cramps and break through bleeding.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this birth control for 10 years until I got a blood clot and had to be on blood thinners for a month. Not fun.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

I’m not a birth control novice and wanted to try Annovera due to its novel progestin and ease of use. It’s worth noting that I’m extremely sensitive to progestin related side effects. I have never felt worse in my life than the week I used this ring. I endured episodes of uncontrollable vomiting, horrendous body aches, and a constant feeling of internal rage!! Plus, the level of discharge it caused was frankly disturbing and unlike anything I’ve experienced in the past. Felt better almost immediately upon removal. Obviously every person’s experience will be unique but I definitely wouldn’t recommend Annovera to anyone.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
37 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  14th Jan 24

  •  Still using

First three months were great. No period no break through bleeding no side effects. On month 4 I started having extreme cramps and breakthrough bleeding often. I would remove ring (1 hour) and re insert it due to the cramps. I even tried having regular cycles. Nothing helped with bleeding or cramps. I like not having to take a pill everyday, but I don’t think it’s worth the cramps and break through bleeding.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  24th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

Very easy to use. Periods were heavy at first but very light on last days. Main problem was discharge. Caused a increase in my migraines


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Used for 8+ yr
42 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I’ve used NuvaRing for over 20years and highly recommend it. It’s super easy to put in and take out. And I really like that I don’t have to worried about it for 3 weeks!


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Oct 23

  •  Still using

I generally like my Nuvaring, when I'm responsible about using it correctly. I feel confident that it works and I can forget about it most of the time, until I forget to take it out or put it in on the right day. I have used it to skip a period every once in a while. When used inconsistently like that, in combo with not taking out or putting in on the right days, I developed terrible migraines and strange neurological symptoms, like lightheadedness and scalp numbness/tingling. But when I used it regularly again, the symptoms disappeared. I do think I gained weight on it.


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Used for 8+ yr
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3rd Aug 23

  •  Still using

Overall, the birth control is reliable. I like not having to worry about it on a daily basis and it does not interfere with sex.


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