Contraception Reviews

Mini pill vs Birth control shot

Mini pill

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Overview

Rated 3.1

8 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 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

Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Mini pill

progestin


Birth control shot ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control shot

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Period pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Period pain

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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.

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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


Top side effects not reported

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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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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


Top side effects not reported

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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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