Contraception Reviews

Mini pill vs Birth control shot

Mini pill

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Overview

Rated 3.3

12 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.9

13 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

Mood

33% don’t know impact

Bleeds

33% irregular periods

Sex drive

42% no impact

Weight

67% no impact

Skin

58% no impact on skin

Cycle return

50% in 1 month

Mood

46% somewhat negative

Bleeds

39% stopped periods

Sex drive

46% lost sex drive

Weight

62% gained weight

Skin

39% worse skin

Cycle return

50% in 3-6 months

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

12 reviews

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

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

Had a terrible experience with a combined BC pill (depression, exhaustion, weight gain), the mini-pill has been GREAT. I get my period only twice a year, and the only side effects are some breast tenderness an occasionally ovarian cysts before my period, but never serious. No mood side effects.

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Top side effects not reported

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Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Mini pill  

Took OPill after pregnancy, to fill the gap before going back to IUD. Ease of access is a big plus (picked up at grocery store, no prescription needed). First period was weird: started spotting at around the normal time of month, but just stayed like that for about a week before starting "in earnest", at which point it was fairly normal. Feeling a reduction in libido and sexual sensitivity, but could also be related to post-pregnancy hormone fluctuations.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  9th May 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

I used to be able to skip periods but my old birth control gave me monthly migraines so I switched to the mini pill. My migraines are decreasing and my periods are regular now.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

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

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

Had a terrible experience with a combined BC pill (depression, exhaustion, weight gain), the mini-pill has been GREAT. I get my period only twice a year, and the only side effects are some breast tenderness an occasionally ovarian cysts before my period, but never serious. No mood side effects.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Mini pill  

Took OPill after pregnancy, to fill the gap before going back to IUD. Ease of access is a big plus (picked up at grocery store, no prescription needed). First period was weird: started spotting at around the normal time of month, but just stayed like that for about a week before starting "in earnest", at which point it was fairly normal. Feeling a reduction in libido and sexual sensitivity, but could also be related to post-pregnancy hormone fluctuations.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  9th May 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

I used to be able to skip periods but my old birth control gave me monthly migraines so I switched to the mini pill. My migraines are decreasing and my periods are regular now.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

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0 comments


Birth control shot reviews

13 reviews

Birth control shot  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Depo-Provera shot  

Made me very moody for the first month. Also seems to be concerning long term side effects.


Very negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Apr 24

Depo-Provera shot  

Unsure about depo considering switching too pill.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  15th Mar 24

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

Depo-Provera shot  

Made me very moody for the first month. Also seems to be concerning long term side effects.


Very negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Apr 24

Depo-Provera shot  

Unsure about depo considering switching too pill.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  15th Mar 24

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

It's fine


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Birth control shot  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control shot  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Feb 24

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Worse skin

2 more effects

0 helpful

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

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

Terrible


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

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.


Somewhat positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Depo-Provera shot  

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


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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