Contraception Reviews

Vaginal ring vs Mini pill

Vaginal ring

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Overview

Rated 3.3

7 reviews

3 weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.1

8 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Vaginal ring ingredients

Main hormones in Vaginal ring

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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Vaginal ring reviews

7 reviews

Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  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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Top side effects not reported

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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.


Top side effects not reported

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

  •  Still using

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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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  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.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

  •  Still using

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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Mini pill reviews

8 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

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


Top side effects not reported

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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.


Top side effects not reported

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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


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

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


Top side effects not reported

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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.


Top side effects not reported

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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


Top side effects not reported

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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.


Top side effects not reported

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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).


Top side effects not reported

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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.


Top side effects not reported

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