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Birth control patch vs Mini pill

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Overview

Rated 2.8

5 reviews

Weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.0

10 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Birth control patch ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control patch

progestin


Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Mini pill

progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Period pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding

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Birth control patch reviews

5 reviews

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

  •  Still using

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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Still using

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.


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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Mini pill reviews

10 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

When I started take this pill 3 weeks in I noticed my hair falling out I took it almost 2 months iv been off of it 3 weeks and my hair is still falling out when will it stop


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Feb 24

  •  Stopped using

Worked out great until I started losing my hair. Had more ovary pain too.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

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.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Apr 24

  •  Stopped using

When I started take this pill 3 weeks in I noticed my hair falling out I took it almost 2 months iv been off of it 3 weeks and my hair is still falling out when will it stop


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Feb 24

  •  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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Used for 5 - 8 yr
57 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  10th Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

I didn't experience any side effects or issues while taking the pill. The hardest thing was remembering to take the pill at the same time every day. And, while I was traveling, I always brought the pill in my purse so I had it if my baggage got lost. My experience with the pill was great- effective and easy.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th Oct 23

  •  Still using

It has improved my period pain a lot but it’s made me extremely irritable and moody and depressed and I’ve been experiencing frequent headaches for 2 months. I am planning to switch off of it for the sake of my mental health.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
42 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3rd Oct 23

  •  Still using

This pill has helped me so much with heavy periods. The first month I spotted, then had a quick, light period. The second month was the lightest period I've had in years. The issue I'm having is I have more cramps on it than off, and the biggest issue is that it's making me moody and tense. I love what it's done for my period physically, but I'm snapping at my family much more than I used to. I see the doctor next week. I'm not sure what I'll do yet.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  4th Sep 23

  •  Still using

I've experienced less pain around my uterus and ovaries, cysts are reduced, my breast are slightly enlarged and tender, my bones (especially hip, knee, and ankle joints) ache and hurt occasionally, mysex drive seems to have increased (I still find my partner very attractive just as before, which based on experiences I've seen others go through was a potential risk).


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
32 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Aug 23

  •  Still using

Severe menstrual period and severe cramping I have never felt pain like this in my life and I'm 32 years old.


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