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Overview

Rated 4.4

8 reviews

5 years

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2362 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Gynefix ingredients

The GyneFix is made of a non-biodegradable suture thread made of surgical 00 monofilament polypropylene (AKA a type of plastic) on which six copper tubes are threaded

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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Gynefix reviews

8 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Feb 24

  •  Still using

I really enjoy using this type of contraceptive method as it doesn’t involve me using medications and as my body has gone through and still going through a lot of physical changes with endo/pcos, I felt it was best to use this method (correctly) and use my Flo app to track my cycle which has been a easy and effective method for me personally. It can become scary at times as my period has changed a lot after birth and isn’t like clockwork anymore so sometimes I have been in positions where my period is late but this is due to hormonal levels changing. Really happy with this FAM as it’s natural and effective when used correctly.

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

Mortimer Market centre in London offer this service. You are required to undergo an internal ultrasound to check that your uterus is suitable for the Gynefix. When they did this they said that I was unable to have it inserted, which came as a massive surprise. Just thought that anyone who is thinking of having it should know that they may not be suitable for it!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Jun 23

  •  Still using

Overall the IUD is good, but periods are longer, sometimes up until eight days. Also fatigue before period has increased a lot.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  25th Feb 24

  •  Still using

I really enjoy using this type of contraceptive method as it doesn’t involve me using medications and as my body has gone through and still going through a lot of physical changes with endo/pcos, I felt it was best to use this method (correctly) and use my Flo app to track my cycle which has been a easy and effective method for me personally. It can become scary at times as my period has changed a lot after birth and isn’t like clockwork anymore so sometimes I have been in positions where my period is late but this is due to hormonal levels changing. Really happy with this FAM as it’s natural and effective when used correctly.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  10th Dec 23

  •  Stopped using

Mortimer Market centre in London offer this service. You are required to undergo an internal ultrasound to check that your uterus is suitable for the Gynefix. When they did this they said that I was unable to have it inserted, which came as a massive surprise. Just thought that anyone who is thinking of having it should know that they may not be suitable for it!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  21st Jun 23

  •  Still using

Overall the IUD is good, but periods are longer, sometimes up until eight days. Also fatigue before period has increased a lot.


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Combined pill reviews

2362 reviews

Used for 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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
  •  3 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
  •  4 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 12 - 18 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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
  •  3 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
  •  4 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
  •  4 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
  •  6 days 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
  •  2 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
  •  3 weeks 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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Used for 3 - 6 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

switched from levest because of my skin, i think it’s cleared up my skin a bit (i have a better skincare routine now tho so could be that too), but ive been spotting quite a bit in the last few months. periods have gotten less painful which is good! boobs also got bigger ;) sex drive went down a bit, moods have always been all over the place tbh LOL


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

  •  Still using

I've been happy with this pill for 17 years. It regulates my periods, and gives me much less period pain. I have adenomyosis (similar to Endo) and it has kept symptoms at bay. I have never got pregnant on it. The only negative side effect I feel, is that I'd say the top 3% of my happiness is shaved off, but I don't notice it day to day.


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