Contraception Reviews

Vaginal ring vs Combination birth control pill

Vaginal ring

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Overview

Rated 3.0

8 reviews

3 weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.5

61 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Vaginal ring ingredients

Main hormones in Vaginal ring

progestin


Combination pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combination pill

estrogen

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Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Vaginal ring reviews

8 reviews

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

  •  Stopped using

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.

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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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

  •  Stopped using

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.


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Combination birth control pill reviews

61 reviews

Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  today

  •  Still using

Didn’t experience anything bad, maybe bloating the first 3 months, but it seems to work fine.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I was put on Junel Fe 1/20 in college when I was underweight and not producing estrogen (I've since recovered from my eating issues and am at a much healthier weight) and I've had no issues with Junel. I don't get a period most months, and if I do have spotting, it's rarely during the time it's supposed to come, which I don't love. Besides that, no complaints!


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Used for 8+ yr
76 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

No problems


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  today

  •  Still using

Didn’t experience anything bad, maybe bloating the first 3 months, but it seems to work fine.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

I was put on Junel Fe 1/20 in college when I was underweight and not producing estrogen (I've since recovered from my eating issues and am at a much healthier weight) and I've had no issues with Junel. I don't get a period most months, and if I do have spotting, it's rarely during the time it's supposed to come, which I don't love. Besides that, no complaints!


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Used for 8+ yr
76 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

No problems


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

Not bad but increased anxiety being on the pill, acne was better and cramps and more regular periods you’d know when they are coming which was good but being on it for awhile increased my anxiety.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This has been my favorite pill of all I’ve been on in my 20+ years of using birth control. I have clearer skin, controlled weight, minimal period cramps, 4-5 day flow (less than my prior flow time), better moods, positive sex drive, less anxiety than when on other forms of birth control, and overall a positive experience.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I felt hungry all the time, gained weight (15 lbs over the 3 months I was on it), and had extremely elevated blood pressure which was not common for me — it was 140/96 at the highest, from the time I woke up to bed time. I had anxiety, high heart rate, and night terrors, again very uncommon for me.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

Severe headaches and migraine


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

  •  Stopped using

While on the pill, Tri-Sprintec was amazing. I experienced zero side effects, prevented pregnancy, and had completely predictable periods.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

I liked it for the first few months but I noticed that it was really affecting me negatively at around the 9 month mark. I started having heart palpitations and chest pains and my sex drive disappeared. I thought I was going crazy but I went off of it a few weeks ago and I’m already feeling more like myself.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
23 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Apr 24

  •  Still using

I have been taking it for a month now and can say that my breasts have gotten a lot bigger than they usually did before my period, but they hurt and I have sore nipples most of the time, mood swings, a lot of brown discharge, but I will see if they will go away after the 3 months of adjusting to it, otherwise the effects are really not that bad. I find it quite benefic.


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