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Overview

Rated 3.5

4 reviews

During or before sex

Frequency

79% - 95%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.7

1272 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Female condom ingredients

Female condoms (sometimes referred to as a Femidom) are soft thin pouches that are made of a thin
strong plastic called polyurethane
a substance called nitrile
or latex.

Progestogen-only / Mini pill ingredients

Main hormones in Progestogen-only / Mini pill

progestogen

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Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

Protects against STIs

Period pain

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Female condom reviews

4 reviews

Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  8th Feb 24

  •  Still using

Same as the male condom, has no side effects and will protect from STIs and pregnancy! The only thing its a little fiddly to get on and if you don't react well to latex then not ideal!

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Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  19th Jan 22

  •  Still using

These condoms prevent me from getting UTIs, I can't have sex without them! I think it's because the part of the condom that sticks out covers my urethra and prevents bacteria from spreading. They're a little hard to use at first, and some brands are better than others, but I highly recommend them to everyone.


Top side effects not reported

3 helpful

0 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Apr 21

  •  Stopped using

Tried it a couple times with different partners. Mixed reactions. I practiced inserting prior to anything, so it was easy, especially after a couple of tries. Sex felt no different for me and one of the partners. One didn't like the appearance and the other the feel. One thing I love is that it doesn't have that nasty latex smell! You can also use any lube. Overall, I think it is a great option for many people, but (like everything) you should try it a few times for yourself. Also great if you run into situations where the guy is resisting wearing a condom himself.


Top side effects not reported

2 helpful

0 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  8th Feb 24

  •  Still using

Same as the male condom, has no side effects and will protect from STIs and pregnancy! The only thing its a little fiddly to get on and if you don't react well to latex then not ideal!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  19th Jan 22

  •  Still using

These condoms prevent me from getting UTIs, I can't have sex without them! I think it's because the part of the condom that sticks out covers my urethra and prevents bacteria from spreading. They're a little hard to use at first, and some brands are better than others, but I highly recommend them to everyone.


Top side effects not reported

3 helpful

0 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  26th Apr 21

  •  Stopped using

Tried it a couple times with different partners. Mixed reactions. I practiced inserting prior to anything, so it was easy, especially after a couple of tries. Sex felt no different for me and one of the partners. One didn't like the appearance and the other the feel. One thing I love is that it doesn't have that nasty latex smell! You can also use any lube. Overall, I think it is a great option for many people, but (like everything) you should try it a few times for yourself. Also great if you run into situations where the guy is resisting wearing a condom himself.


Top side effects not reported

2 helpful

0 comments


Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

1272 reviews

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

  •  Still using

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


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

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


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
42 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

The biggest pro for me was that my periods have stopped completely and my boobs have grown a bit! Woo hoo!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

  •  Still using

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


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

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


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
42 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

The biggest pro for me was that my periods have stopped completely and my boobs have grown a bit! Woo hoo!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 12 - 18 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

I am currently using the Lizbet Mini Pill. According to my GYN, it has a new formula that causes fewer side effects. I switched from the combination pill to this one because I used to get headaches, which are almost gone now. The most noticeable negative side effect is the loss of libido, and the most positive is not having a period (which is typical for this type of contraception) and the spotting is easily manageable. As this is a new product, I haven't seen many reviews, so hopefully, this can help.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Was on the pill for over 2 years however last 6 months experience period like cramps but no period, hair loss and and back pain. Came off the pill altogether and realised how much my mental health had changed as well as side effects.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

Was really anxious about taking these after coming off rigevidon however I’m pleasantly surprised. Minor spotting episodes during the first few months of taking but not bothersome. My skin and hair are oilier but not unmanageable. No more intense period pains or heavy bleeding.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  6 days ago

  •  Still using

Initially was bleeding a lot, with periods lasting for agessss, but then my periods became shorter and eventually stopped. My boobs also initially were super tender and became a bit bigger? But I've since lost about 15lbs unintentionally (to the point in which I'm now underweight) and they've shrunk. Sex drive has definitely decreased a bit, but nothing major. Overall not too shabby!!


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 12 - 18 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I had to switch from the combined pill to the mini pill following a bought of migraines with aura. At first, it was great - I didn’t get periods, I felt good, I wasn’t worried about strokes etc. However, after around 6 months of my body getting used to it, my periods came back, extremely irregular (I.e. 3 periods in one month), my mood and mental health had significantly declined, and my skin is absolutely terrible.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

Used for 12 - 18 mo
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I actually really loved the Cerazette mini pill. It basically stopped my periods, so pretty amazing because my period cramps are unbearable. I was really sad when I had to stop taking it but I just couldn't deal with the extreme acne it gave me. It started about 3 weeks after starting Cerazette and it vanished within a couple months of stopping it so I am 100 percent sure it was this pill. I have never before or since had acne at all (apart from when I was a teenager eons ago, but basically I am not someone who ever has it). I am waiting for a mini pill that will not give me acne, meanwhile I make due with the combined pill.


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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

  •  Still using

Generally a good pill but I am bleeding every week on it which is it’s main downside for me


Top side effects not reported

0 helpful

0 comments

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