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IUB Ballerine

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Overview

Rated 3.3

6 reviews

Every 5 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2364 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

IUB Ballerine ingredients

The Ballerine IUB consists of 17 copper pearls which form a spherical shape. The frame is made from nitinol
is a metal alloy of nickel and titanium
and coated with polyethylene terephthalate.

Combined pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combined pill

progestogen

oestrogen

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Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

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

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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IUB Ballerine reviews

6 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

Bled for two weeks after insertion, ended up falling out halfway and had to take it out at the gynecologist. The ball design seems to not anchor it enough. Intimacy was painful and had spotting after.

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Used for 6 - 12 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Nov 23

  •  Still using

This really works for me. I’ve been on the pill and has Kyleena for 6 years, but I feel more connected to my body. I had to remove it the second time I got kyleena up, cause I felt so depressed, and I feel it helped getting it out. With ballerina I don’t feel anything. There were heavy bleeding the first 3 months but then it turned to normal afterwards. I get a little crappy before period, but I can take a pill and then it is okay. I am really happy with this choice


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I had the ballerine inserted in September. My doctor had prescribed me a medication to soften the cervix, ponstan, and a numbing gel for the insertion. Insertion was a bit painful, I had intense cramp-like pains for probably 30 seconds in two bursts; once for measurement and then the actual insertion. It was over quickly and went smoothly. I had cramps for the rest of the day and they came in waves. I took the ponstan and used a hot water bottle. When I woke up the next day I felt normal again. I bled for a good stretch after I got it in. It was light, but persisted for about 3 weeks or so. Keep in mind I'd come off the pill (cerazette) so my body was definitely out of whack. I got my first period earlier this month with the coil in. It was very heavy, and a bit more crampy than usual. Nothing unbearable, but much heavier than the pill in comparison. It lasted about 6 days, with 3 days of very heavy bleeding. That being said, it was the best decision I ever made. My mood has stabilised, I feel less anxious day to day and much more energetic. I'm very happy with the Ballerine.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Jan 24

  •  Stopped using

Bled for two weeks after insertion, ended up falling out halfway and had to take it out at the gynecologist. The ball design seems to not anchor it enough. Intimacy was painful and had spotting after.


Top side effects not reported

1 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  23rd Nov 23

  •  Still using

This really works for me. I’ve been on the pill and has Kyleena for 6 years, but I feel more connected to my body. I had to remove it the second time I got kyleena up, cause I felt so depressed, and I feel it helped getting it out. With ballerina I don’t feel anything. There were heavy bleeding the first 3 months but then it turned to normal afterwards. I get a little crappy before period, but I can take a pill and then it is okay. I am really happy with this choice


Top side effects not reported

1 helpful

3 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Nov 23

  •  Still using

I had the ballerine inserted in September. My doctor had prescribed me a medication to soften the cervix, ponstan, and a numbing gel for the insertion. Insertion was a bit painful, I had intense cramp-like pains for probably 30 seconds in two bursts; once for measurement and then the actual insertion. It was over quickly and went smoothly. I had cramps for the rest of the day and they came in waves. I took the ponstan and used a hot water bottle. When I woke up the next day I felt normal again. I bled for a good stretch after I got it in. It was light, but persisted for about 3 weeks or so. Keep in mind I'd come off the pill (cerazette) so my body was definitely out of whack. I got my first period earlier this month with the coil in. It was very heavy, and a bit more crampy than usual. Nothing unbearable, but much heavier than the pill in comparison. It lasted about 6 days, with 3 days of very heavy bleeding. That being said, it was the best decision I ever made. My mood has stabilised, I feel less anxious day to day and much more energetic. I'm very happy with the Ballerine.


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Combined pill reviews

2364 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Having been on this pill for a year, I noticed that I hadn't felt like myself for a while. I found myself with persistently lower moods. Even during times of joy, the feeling felt dampened. This is the primary reason I decided to stop taking this pill; no contraception is worth losing yourself to! I am still in the early stages of being off this pill, but I feel relieved to have made the choice. It did make my withdrawal bleeds ("periods") very light. However, I do also think it completely suppressed my libido. I (being naive) thought that being on a low dosage pill, I might have fewer symptoms, but it just hasn't worked for me. I just wish there were more non-hormonal options out there.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

I was prescribed this pill as I struggled to gain weight therefore, I didn’t have a regular period. I never had any awful experiences with this pill other than after 3 years I started to experience reoccurring thrush. Once it was treated it usually went away until recently, I have been experiencing thrush almost every month always during the week before my break. It has become unbearable leading me to change to a different lower dose birth control instead.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Stopped using

This pill had a severe negative effect on my mental health. Physically I felt better as it alleviated PCOS symptoms but worsened my depression.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Having been on this pill for a year, I noticed that I hadn't felt like myself for a while. I found myself with persistently lower moods. Even during times of joy, the feeling felt dampened. This is the primary reason I decided to stop taking this pill; no contraception is worth losing yourself to! I am still in the early stages of being off this pill, but I feel relieved to have made the choice. It did make my withdrawal bleeds ("periods") very light. However, I do also think it completely suppressed my libido. I (being naive) thought that being on a low dosage pill, I might have fewer symptoms, but it just hasn't worked for me. I just wish there were more non-hormonal options out there.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 5 - 8 yr
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

I was prescribed this pill as I struggled to gain weight therefore, I didn’t have a regular period. I never had any awful experiences with this pill other than after 3 years I started to experience reoccurring thrush. Once it was treated it usually went away until recently, I have been experiencing thrush almost every month always during the week before my break. It has become unbearable leading me to change to a different lower dose birth control instead.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Stopped using

This pill had a severe negative effect on my mental health. Physically I felt better as it alleviated PCOS symptoms but worsened my depression.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Still using

I don't like being menopause at 20's


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Used for 8+ yr
43 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Yasmin was the best pill for me. I have PCOS and it completely took care of my symptoms like acne. I also had very stable mood and positive mental state with this pill. My periods were light and I used to skip them 3 packets in a row and have only maybe 4 withdrawal bleeds per year. When I tried to extend it to 4 packs, I would often start to get light spotting so I think 3 packs non-stop was optimal for me.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
43 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I'm 43 and was suggested Qlaira because it has a supposedly more safe estrogen component. I've always had slightly elevated sensitive CRP and during the use of Qlaira it did drop to nothing so that was a positive finding. I had no bloating or weight gain. I would get breakthru bleeding on the active pills usually a week before my actual withdrawal bleed, which would last approx. 5 days. So all in all I was bleeding approx 12 days per month. And because you can*t skip the placebo pills on Qlaira, I found it was too much bleeding days compared to non-bleeding days. Another major side effect and the reason I wanted to stop using Qlaira was complete loss of libido. I felt almost repulsed by the idea of sex and I had trouble getting aroused. Altho my natural libido is quite low to begin with, Qlaira took it to completely new levels of zero. Hence why I stopped it after 6 months.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
17 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I have been taking the Eloine pill for 10 months now and it has been pretty good. Not much has really changed for me which is great. My periods are the same (if not lighter) , my skin has stayed clear and I haven’t lost or gained any weight. The only thing I have noticed a change in since taking Eloine is a slight increase in anxiety and being more emotional than I used to be. However, these aren’t too extreme and are manageable. Overall i’m very happy with the Eloine pill 😊


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was put on Rigevidon October 2023. I thought everything was fine until my boyfriend started to ask why I was constantly making arguments and being moody. I am never usually moody, so in my experience, I would say that my mood swings definitely came from this pill. I had a complete loss of sex drive also, didn’t want to do anything literally ever. However, a main reason for going on this pill was because I have always suffered from excruciating period pains. I have no faults when it comes to using this pill for period pain as my cramps became pretty much nonexistent. As someone who also suffers with extreme irregular periods, this pill made mine completely regular and light, which was so much more manageable. My advice is, if you’re looking for a pill to prevent pregnancy whilst you’re having sex, this one probably is not the greatest choice, just due to a decline in libido. However, I would absolutely recommend it for anyone who struggles with bad cramps/pains, it has been the only thing that has helped me.


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Used for 8+ yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I had terrible experiences (bouts of acne) around age 17/18 with higher dose pills like Yasmin. Eventually settled on Marvelon and was put onto Gedarel (higher dosage) when there were stock issues. After 2 years I moved to the lower dose of Gedarel, and had a relatively positive experience with it for around 5 years but things have worsened recently. Side effects have been; spots around chin around end of pill pack, some spotting when taking back-to-back, lower sex-drive. More significant side-effects have been water-retention/weight gain and boob size increase. I am now thinking about coming off Gedarel as I have noticed the side effects have become more dramatic and all other things are equal - my boobs change massively in size throughout the course of a pack of pills, they are tender, and my weight is also massively fluctuating (I assume from water retention - between 55 - 60kg within the month). I am very active and generally healthy, if anything I am less stressed and have a healthier lifestyle now than I did a few years ago, yet the frequent changes to my body are making me feel uncomfortable in my own skin.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Stopped using

started this pill when i was 16 for heavy irregular periods. really helped regulate them + shortened them from 7 days to 5! tbh i think it made them a little more painful though came off it after 3 years because my skin randomly got a lot worse after being clear for the duration of using it - got really painful hormonal spots on my chin but all in all a great starter pill for me! i’m pretty sure it sorted out my mood swings too lol but not sure cos it was aaaaaages ago


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