Contraception Reviews

Vaginal ring vs Birth control shot

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 2.8

9 reviews

Every 2-3 months

Frequency

94% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Short term

Effect on fertility

Vaginal ring ingredients

Main hormones in Vaginal ring

progestin


Birth control shot ingredients

Main hormones in Birth control shot

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

Endometriosis

Heavy periods

Period pain

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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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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 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.


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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

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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.


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Birth control shot reviews

9 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I am experiencing hormonal changes, gained weight and high blood pressure but was advised to test in the hospital and l find out which birth control method is suitable for my body.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

The shot has worked wonders as far as no longer getting the monthly, but I do feel as my cramps have progressed


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

It’s great after your body is used to it. Feels invasive when you first get it because of the mood swings, weight gain, loss of sex drive (this is almost permanent for me) and cramps. But……. Worth it i guess #nomoreperiods


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I am experiencing hormonal changes, gained weight and high blood pressure but was advised to test in the hospital and l find out which birth control method is suitable for my body.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

The shot has worked wonders as far as no longer getting the monthly, but I do feel as my cramps have progressed


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

It’s great after your body is used to it. Feels invasive when you first get it because of the mood swings, weight gain, loss of sex drive (this is almost permanent for me) and cramps. But……. Worth it i guess #nomoreperiods


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

  •  Still using

Terrible


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
18 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

I think this is a great birth control method if you have absolutely 0 other options, but it DESTROYED my sex drive and made sex painful because I was no longer getting as much lubrication as I used to. I also gained a good bit of weight and retained a lot of water.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
33 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  22nd Oct 23

  •  Stopped using

I had a painful lump for 3 months where I got the shot


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
20 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th Aug 23

  •  Still using

Personally this has not been a very good experience, even after over a year.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  23rd Aug 23

  •  Still using

horrible mood swings, paranoia, depression and anxiety- my doctor told me that the depo shot would not affect my emotions like other birth controls i’ve been on previously. this is by far the worst. i gained weight, my hair is beginning to come out in clumps in the shower, my cramps are very painful. please do research and talk about the side effects with your doctor before considering.


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Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Jul 23

  •  Stopped using

I was on Depo for 10 years and LOVED it, I realize I’m a minority here but I loved that it stopped my periods, I had no issues down there the entire time I was on the shot. No adverse mood effects. The only “adverse” effects I might have had was a slightly decreased sex drive, but nothing debilitating, my husband and I still had a great intimate life.


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