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Birth control shot vs Birth control implant

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Overview

Rated 2.9

13 reviews

Every 2-3 months

Frequency

94% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Short term

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.2

33 reviews

Every 3 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Birth control shot ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control shot


Birth control implant ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control implant

What Lowdown reviewers say

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

Mood

27% no impact on mood

Bleeds

58% spotting

Sex drive

42% lost sex drive

Weight

39% gained weight

Skin

33% no impact on skin

Cycle return

67% don’t know impact

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Period pain

Period pain

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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.

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Very negative mood

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Birth control implant reviews

33 reviews

Birth control implant  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  today

Nexplanon implant  

Mostly experienced irregular periods


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

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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

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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

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Birth control implant  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  today

Nexplanon implant  

Mostly experienced irregular periods


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Birth control implant  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Feb 24

Nexplanon implant  

I learned to live with it because I forgot it was there. The side effects were intense the first couple month then I got used to it and stopped realizing how bad it was. The headaches come and go but are significant, I always thought it was my MS causing it until it didn’t come with relapses. I’m pretty much always bleeding or spotting, I gained 10 Pounds and it’s been very hard to control cravings. My emotions are everywhere or I have none. My sex drive which is normally very healthy is gone… And I get utis super frequently since I’ve been on it. My period was always 4 days before, currently it’s 5 days of heavy bleeding followed by weeks of light spotting. I hate it, I gave it a full year try, I’m having it taken out tomorrow.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

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Birth control implant  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Feb 24

Birth control implant  

Insertion pain was next to none, just typical pinching/uncomfortableness that pelvic exams bring. Bleeding after the fact lasted for a week that tapered off into spotting for a day or two. The only serious cramping I experienced was about 3 hours after the fact. It lasted about 30 minutes and almost felt like contractions. Second week brought a snot like mucus, A LOT, that had spots/streaks of blood now and then. 3 weeks in my normal white discharge starting coming back with occasional snot like mucus again and then my first period. I can’t say it made my period heavier as I feel that it has naturally been heavier since I gave birth ( 4 months ago). This is my first month after having the IUD inserted and so far, so good. Very excited to see when the spotting will stop and if my period will even out to pre pregnancy normal.


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

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