Contraception Reviews

Birth control patch vs Birth control implant

Birth control patch

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Overview

Rated 2.8

5 reviews

Weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.3

35 reviews

Every 3 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Birth control patch ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control patch

progestin


Birth control implant ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control implant

What Lowdown reviewers say

Mood

60% somewhat negative

Bleeds

40% regular periods

Sex drive

40% no impact

Weight

60% don’t know impact

Skin

40% improved skin

Cycle return

100% don’t know impact

Mood

31% no impact on mood

Bleeds

57% spotting

Sex drive

43% lost sex drive

Weight

40% gained weight

Skin

37% no impact on skin

Cycle return

75% don’t know impact

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Period pain

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Birth control patch reviews

5 reviews

Birth control patch  
Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Apr 24

Birth control patch  

I have had this birth control for 10 years (3 implants). It makes your period lighter and more regular, or takes it away completely; I had a birth control pill ( i'm not sure if the name) prescribed beforehand and i could not stand that one.

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Improved skin

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control patch  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
17 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Apr 24

Xulane patch  

It’s fine.. maybe. if you’re susceptible to anxiety at all then i don’t recommend. Random crying fits. Had to admit myself to the ER because of my second sudden panic attack since starting. I’ve never dealt with that before. I have only been on the patch for 3 weeks, perhaps the side effects would have subsided if i waited it out but im not willing to risk it.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control patch  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

Xulane patch  

The only problem I had using the birth parches was that it gave me an allergy and would turn my skin red and dry. I had to stop using it and switched to the birth control implant which is a way better method.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control patch  
Used for 8+ yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Apr 24

Birth control patch  

I have had this birth control for 10 years (3 implants). It makes your period lighter and more regular, or takes it away completely; I had a birth control pill ( i'm not sure if the name) prescribed beforehand and i could not stand that one.


Improved skin

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control patch  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
17 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Apr 24

Xulane patch  

It’s fine.. maybe. if you’re susceptible to anxiety at all then i don’t recommend. Random crying fits. Had to admit myself to the ER because of my second sudden panic attack since starting. I’ve never dealt with that before. I have only been on the patch for 3 weeks, perhaps the side effects would have subsided if i waited it out but im not willing to risk it.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control patch  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

Xulane patch  

The only problem I had using the birth parches was that it gave me an allergy and would turn my skin red and dry. I had to stop using it and switched to the birth control implant which is a way better method.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments


Birth control implant reviews

35 reviews

Birth control implant  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Nexplanon implant  

To start, I gained about 20 pounds. My periods were sometimes non existent and then I would have a two week period, then two days of no bleeding, followed by another two week period. After a while the implant migrated in my arm and started to cause aches whenever I exercised. I could handle most side effects but the real issue was low libido. The implant made me actively avoid sex and even be a little repulsed by it. It definitely hurt my relationship. I did love the security of it and how little I had to worry about getting pregnant.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 8+ yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Nexplanon implant  

I am approaching the removal date for my 3rd nexplanon. I’m researching alternative non hormonal options but may just go with another nexplanon as it has been nothing but positive for me for nearly a decade. I decided to leave this review to remind anyone reading that while reviews and the experiences of others are important, everyone is different and will react to birth control methods differently. The nexplanon has been extremely reliable for me with little to no noticeable negative reactions and it could be for you too.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Jun 24

Nexplanon implant  

Mostly experienced irregular periods


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Nexplanon implant  

To start, I gained about 20 pounds. My periods were sometimes non existent and then I would have a two week period, then two days of no bleeding, followed by another two week period. After a while the implant migrated in my arm and started to cause aches whenever I exercised. I could handle most side effects but the real issue was low libido. The implant made me actively avoid sex and even be a little repulsed by it. It definitely hurt my relationship. I did love the security of it and how little I had to worry about getting pregnant.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 8+ yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Nexplanon implant  

I am approaching the removal date for my 3rd nexplanon. I’m researching alternative non hormonal options but may just go with another nexplanon as it has been nothing but positive for me for nearly a decade. I decided to leave this review to remind anyone reading that while reviews and the experiences of others are important, everyone is different and will react to birth control methods differently. The nexplanon has been extremely reliable for me with little to no noticeable negative reactions and it could be for you too.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Jun 24

Nexplanon implant  

Mostly experienced irregular periods


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Apr 24

Nexplanon implant  

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.


Worse skin

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  29th Mar 24

Nexplanon implant  

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.


Very negative mood

2 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
30 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Mar 24

Nexplanon implant  

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


Worse skin

2 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
17 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  17th Mar 24

Nexplanon implant  

Know your body and know what’s going into you. Do your research and know the risks!


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

Nexplanon implant  

I like the efficacy and not worrying about pregnancy. I dislike the mood effects and weight gain.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  12th Mar 24

Nexplanon implant  

While I did not get pregnant, the side effect of bleeding so continuously made it difficult to do daily things and enjoy anything because I was constantly needing to ensure I had supplies with me as well as discomfort, irritation, and rawness.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Birth control implant  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Feb 24

Birth control implant  

not too bad, want a big fix.


Somewhat positive mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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