Contraception Reviews

Withdrawal or pull out method vs Mini pill

Withdrawal or pull out method

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Overview

Rated 2.5

4 reviews

During or before sex

Frequency

80% - 96%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.3

14 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Withdrawal or pull out method ingredients

The withdrawal method (also known as the pull out method) relies on the penis being all the way out of the vagina before ejaculation and ejaculation occurring away from the vagina or vulva.

Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Mini pill

progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Mood

50% no impact on mood

Bleeds

50% no change

Sex drive

50% no impact

Weight

75% no impact

Skin

75% no impact on skin

Cycle return

Not enough data to say

Mood

29% very negative

Bleeds

36% irregular periods

Sex drive

43% no impact

Weight

64% no impact

Skin

57% no impact on skin

Cycle return

33% in 1 month

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

There are no benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this birth control

Period pain

Heavy menstrual bleeding

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Withdrawal or pull out method reviews

4 reviews

Withdrawal or pull out method  
Used for 8+ yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Jun 24

Withdrawal or pull out method  

Still can get pregnant with pull out method or anal

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Very negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Withdrawal or pull out method  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
44 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th May 24

Withdrawal or pull out method  

I get pretty sick on the pill and with same partner 3.5 yrs no issues but recognize not most effective practice.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Withdrawal or pull out method  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Mar 24

Withdrawal or pull out method  

It worked but I was terrified I was pregnant until I got my period. I had no sex drive because of this and was incredibly stressed. It worsened my mood as well.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Withdrawal or pull out method  
Used for 8+ yr
Lowdown user
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Jun 24

Withdrawal or pull out method  

Still can get pregnant with pull out method or anal


Very negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Withdrawal or pull out method  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
44 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th May 24

Withdrawal or pull out method  

I get pretty sick on the pill and with same partner 3.5 yrs no issues but recognize not most effective practice.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Withdrawal or pull out method  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  27th Mar 24

Withdrawal or pull out method  

It worked but I was terrified I was pregnant until I got my period. I had no sex drive because of this and was incredibly stressed. It worsened my mood as well.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments


Mini pill reviews

14 reviews

Mini pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5 days ago

Slynd birth control pill  

I was on this pill for about 4-5 months. I’m just going to try to sum this up the best way I can; No change with boobs, no change with weight, acne cleared up, no change with hair growth or loss. Dizziness, several headaches a week. Fatigue, low mood and feeling numb. First 3 months was constant spotting and bleeding with about a week to week and half of nothing in between. Then I stopped taking placebos and zero bleeding or spotting for two months. Also around this time I experienced a huge drop in libido, barely able to get turned on and unable to get wet. The few times I tried to have sex I kept getting a perineal tear in the same spot and this was with a significant amount of lube. Finally found a doctor who told me this was because of my birth control. It impacted my hormones and changed my hormones down there to the point I was unable to have sex. My lips also looked like a prune and were wrinkly. I’ve been off the pill for over a week and my lips are pink, full and plush, and I was able to get wet when kissing my husband which had not happened in months. I feel like I’m coming alive again. Personally done with hormones, we are doing nfp and condoms. I don’t want to scare anyone but this was my experience if you happen to go through the same it may be this pill causing the tearing issue and other sexual function issues (which is listed as a side affect)


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
16 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

I like it, helps me a lot with my cramps


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
31 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Jun 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

Had a terrible experience with a combined BC pill (depression, exhaustion, weight gain), the mini-pill has been GREAT. I get my period only twice a year, and the only side effects are some breast tenderness an occasionally ovarian cysts before my period, but never serious. No mood side effects.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
21 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5 days ago

Slynd birth control pill  

I was on this pill for about 4-5 months. I’m just going to try to sum this up the best way I can; No change with boobs, no change with weight, acne cleared up, no change with hair growth or loss. Dizziness, several headaches a week. Fatigue, low mood and feeling numb. First 3 months was constant spotting and bleeding with about a week to week and half of nothing in between. Then I stopped taking placebos and zero bleeding or spotting for two months. Also around this time I experienced a huge drop in libido, barely able to get turned on and unable to get wet. The few times I tried to have sex I kept getting a perineal tear in the same spot and this was with a significant amount of lube. Finally found a doctor who told me this was because of my birth control. It impacted my hormones and changed my hormones down there to the point I was unable to have sex. My lips also looked like a prune and were wrinkly. I’ve been off the pill for over a week and my lips are pink, full and plush, and I was able to get wet when kissing my husband which had not happened in months. I feel like I’m coming alive again. Personally done with hormones, we are doing nfp and condoms. I don’t want to scare anyone but this was my experience if you happen to go through the same it may be this pill causing the tearing issue and other sexual function issues (which is listed as a side affect)


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
16 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  1 month ago

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

I like it, helps me a lot with my cramps


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
31 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Jun 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

Had a terrible experience with a combined BC pill (depression, exhaustion, weight gain), the mini-pill has been GREAT. I get my period only twice a year, and the only side effects are some breast tenderness an occasionally ovarian cysts before my period, but never serious. No mood side effects.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  28th May 24

Mini pill  

Took OPill after pregnancy, to fill the gap before going back to IUD. Ease of access is a big plus (picked up at grocery store, no prescription needed). First period was weird: started spotting at around the normal time of month, but just stayed like that for about a week before starting "in earnest", at which point it was fairly normal. Feeling a reduction in libido and sexual sensitivity, but could also be related to post-pregnancy hormone fluctuations.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
38 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  9th May 24

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

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.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

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


Very negative mood

1 more effect

1 helpful

0 comments

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

Norethindrone 0.35 birth control pill  

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


Gained weight

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  16th Jan 24

Slynd birth control pill  

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.


Somewhat negative mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Mini pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
25 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2nd Nov 23

Slynd birth control pill  

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


Worse skin

1 helpful

0 comments

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

Mini pill  

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.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

1 comments

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