IUB Ballerine vs Progestogen-only / Mini pill

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IUB Ballerine

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Overview

Rated 3.4

7 reviews

Every 5 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.7

1280 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

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.

Progestogen-only / Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Progestogen-only / Mini pill

progestogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

29% very positive

57% heavier periods

57% no impact

43% no impact

50% no impact on skin

Cycle return

50% in 2 months

32% somewhat negative

37% stopped periods

50% lost sex drive

43% no impact

46% no impact on skin

Cycle return

37% don’t know impact

Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

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

Period pain

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IUB Ballerine reviews

7 reviews

IUB Ballerine  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

IUB Ballerine  

The IUB has had a positive effect on me and I would recommend if anyone is looking for a non-hormonal contraception. Bleeding has been heavier but after 6 months it is mainly heavy on days 1,2,3 and gone by day 5. Overall, I would recommend as it hasn’t affected my body majorly.

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Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

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

IUB Ballerine  

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.


Very negative mood

3 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

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

IUB Ballerine  

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


Gained weight

1 helpful

3 comments

IUB Ballerine  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

IUB Ballerine  

The IUB has had a positive effect on me and I would recommend if anyone is looking for a non-hormonal contraception. Bleeding has been heavier but after 6 months it is mainly heavy on days 1,2,3 and gone by day 5. Overall, I would recommend as it hasn’t affected my body majorly.


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

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

IUB Ballerine  

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.


Very negative mood

3 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

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

IUB Ballerine  

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


Gained weight

1 helpful

3 comments


Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

1280 reviews

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Desogestrel pill  

I have endometriosis and this is the only pill I’ve tried that has stopped my daily pain. After a couple of failed attempts at a coil fitting my doctor suggested the progesterone only pill and I wish I had started taking it years ago! It’s increased my sex drive, dramatically reduced my endometriosis pain, had a positive impact on my mood and hasn’t caused weight gain or acne. The two main side effects I’ve had are occasional spotting and nausea, I’m still only on my 2nd month of the pill so hoping these settle down soon.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Desogestrel pill  

This pill has been amazing for me, I went on it because of very heavy periods and it really helped with that, I would really recommend it. I have heard a lot of bad stories from friends about their (different) pills but for me I don’t think I’ve had any bad side effects or experiences with it and I’ve been on it for nearly 7 years!


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

Noriday pill  

I have PCOS, so don’t get regular periods and take the mini pill in order to balance my hormones. However, I don’t feel that it truly does balance them; I frequently get break through bleeding, feel bloated, have very low energy and experience cramps even when not on my period. As there is no breaks in this pill cycle, I never know if bleeding is a real period or an effect from this pill which concerns me. If I forget to take this pill, it can trigger a hormonal migraine.


Increased sex drive

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
24 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Desogestrel pill  

I have endometriosis and this is the only pill I’ve tried that has stopped my daily pain. After a couple of failed attempts at a coil fitting my doctor suggested the progesterone only pill and I wish I had started taking it years ago! It’s increased my sex drive, dramatically reduced my endometriosis pain, had a positive impact on my mood and hasn’t caused weight gain or acne. The two main side effects I’ve had are occasional spotting and nausea, I’m still only on my 2nd month of the pill so hoping these settle down soon.


Very positive mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Desogestrel pill  

This pill has been amazing for me, I went on it because of very heavy periods and it really helped with that, I would really recommend it. I have heard a lot of bad stories from friends about their (different) pills but for me I don’t think I’ve had any bad side effects or experiences with it and I’ve been on it for nearly 7 years!


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

Noriday pill  

I have PCOS, so don’t get regular periods and take the mini pill in order to balance my hormones. However, I don’t feel that it truly does balance them; I frequently get break through bleeding, feel bloated, have very low energy and experience cramps even when not on my period. As there is no breaks in this pill cycle, I never know if bleeding is a real period or an effect from this pill which concerns me. If I forget to take this pill, it can trigger a hormonal migraine.


Increased sex drive

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

Desogestrel pill  

I completely lost my appetite for sex and became very irritable


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

Desogestrel pill  

I have tried lots of contraception and this has not been good for me. I was in agony with abdominal pain for a week and had period symptoms with no bleeding, followed by random bleeds.


Worse skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
36 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Slynd pill  

Lowered my Bp to the point that I’m off meds. Only mini pill that I haven’t bled through.


Improved skin

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

Spotting, headaches, period type pains. Not for me


Very negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Desogestrel pill  

Started spotting on day 9 after starting this pill, increased anxiety symptoms and have now started getting daily panic attacks. I normally have increased anxiety during the week up to my period as a PMS symptom. But this pill has increased the intensity of that and I have struggled to keep it under control. I had not had a full on panic attack since 2020. I have only just gone onto the second packet since starting and I am just going to stop taking it. Decreased sex drive, so bad I do even want to be even touched by my partner. My mood is crazy, I'm snappy and irritated. I am just not myself.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Cerazette pill  

I used this pill for my mental and physical health. I had debilitating periods for years along with servere mood swings. This has helped a lot along side using Sertraline


Somewhat positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Progestogen-only / Mini pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

Slynd pill  

I’ve used slynd and have got the results I was looking for. Stoped my period and have no change on my body.


Very positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

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