Contraception Reviews

Mini pill vs Vaginal ring

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 3.0

9 reviews

3 weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Mini pill

progestin


Vaginal ring ingredients

Main hormones in Vaginal ring

progestin

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

33% no impact on mood

Bleeds

44% lighter periods

Sex drive

56% lost sex drive

Weight

67% gained weight

Skin

33% improved skin

Cycle return

33% in 1 month

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Period pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

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

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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

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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

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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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Vaginal ring reviews

9 reviews

Vaginal ring  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  6 days ago

NuvaRing  

I like the ring, I have gained a bit of weight though. I am also very nervous about blood clot risk so I might switch to minipill, but the ring has made my periods very bearable and I can choose to only have them every two months! I also had a decrease in body acne on the ring, particularly on my back. I would recommend this method if you are not overweight, smoke, or are over 35 as the risk of blood clots goes does a lot and it’s easy to use! I also have experienced headaches for the first time in my life since being on this, they’re mild but not fun.


Improved skin

2 more effects

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Vaginal ring  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Mar 24

Annovera ring  

This birth control caused me to have 2 strokes and I almost died. I do not recommend it at all. My doctor insisted I use it and within the first year I had more frequent and more severe headaches. I gained a ton of weight and my cholesterol shot up despite my being a very active vegetarian and working with a dietician. After 18 months on it I had my first stroke and it went undiagnosed, I had a severe headache and I went blind. The hospital sent me home and told me it was "just a migraine." 10 months later I had a massive bilateral stroke that has ruined my life. I am only in my 30s. Run far away from this medication.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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Vaginal ring  
Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Feb 24

NuvaRing  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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Vaginal ring  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  6 days ago

NuvaRing  

I like the ring, I have gained a bit of weight though. I am also very nervous about blood clot risk so I might switch to minipill, but the ring has made my periods very bearable and I can choose to only have them every two months! I also had a decrease in body acne on the ring, particularly on my back. I would recommend this method if you are not overweight, smoke, or are over 35 as the risk of blood clots goes does a lot and it’s easy to use! I also have experienced headaches for the first time in my life since being on this, they’re mild but not fun.


Improved skin

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Vaginal ring  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Mar 24

Annovera ring  

This birth control caused me to have 2 strokes and I almost died. I do not recommend it at all. My doctor insisted I use it and within the first year I had more frequent and more severe headaches. I gained a ton of weight and my cholesterol shot up despite my being a very active vegetarian and working with a dietician. After 18 months on it I had my first stroke and it went undiagnosed, I had a severe headache and I went blind. The hospital sent me home and told me it was "just a migraine." 10 months later I had a massive bilateral stroke that has ruined my life. I am only in my 30s. Run far away from this medication.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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0 comments

Vaginal ring  
Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Feb 24

NuvaRing  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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0 comments

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

Annovera ring  

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.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

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

NuvaRing  

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.


Top side effects not reported

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

NuvaRing  

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


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

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0 comments

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

NuvaRing  

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!


Very positive mood

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

NuvaRing  

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.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

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

NuvaRing  

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.


Improved skin

2 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

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