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Rated 2.9

260 reviews

Every 2-3 months

Frequency

97% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Short term

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.7

1272 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Injection ingredients

Main hormones in Injection

progestogen


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Main hormones in Progestogen-only / Mini pill

progestogen

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Endometriosis

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Injection reviews

260 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Still using

I was not offered an alternative injection and was adbised against it as i already was dinosed with depression.its been very difficult trying to feel normal and have a great s** life. I am already a mother and would like to wait a while before or IF i do have any more children. This contraception is extemly strong, i noticed many changes to my body. From the frist day i took the injection. It is brilliant at stopping me from getting pregnnt again though.

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Used for 12 - 18 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I was placed on the Depo injections back in 2019 and had a total of 5/6 injections. They were stopped because they caused severe anxiety, multiple panic attacks daily and severe depression. The GP deemed it unsafe for me to continue as the mental health side effects were incredibly awful.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Apr 24

  •  Still using

When I was 15, I started using the injection to manage my menstrual pain (due to Endo). It worked like magic and stopped my periods and pain right away! However, it also had a downside - it really impacted my mental health. Recently, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, and I tried different pills to manage it, but I kept forgetting to take them on time. So, I decided to give the Depot Provera injection another try. I was a bit hesitant at first, but I went ahead with it anyway. It took some time for my body to adjust, and I experienced some spotting and pelvic pain until my most recent injection. (I've had 5 injections now). Now, things have settled down, and I only get occasional twinges. The day after the injection, I experience some period-like pain, but it usually goes away after a couple of days. Overall, I would recommend this contraception, although everyone's experience is different. For me, it has finally given me what I wanted - freedom from pain.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Still using

I was not offered an alternative injection and was adbised against it as i already was dinosed with depression.its been very difficult trying to feel normal and have a great s** life. I am already a mother and would like to wait a while before or IF i do have any more children. This contraception is extemly strong, i noticed many changes to my body. From the frist day i took the injection. It is brilliant at stopping me from getting pregnnt again though.


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 days ago

  •  Stopped using

I was placed on the Depo injections back in 2019 and had a total of 5/6 injections. They were stopped because they caused severe anxiety, multiple panic attacks daily and severe depression. The GP deemed it unsafe for me to continue as the mental health side effects were incredibly awful.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Apr 24

  •  Still using

When I was 15, I started using the injection to manage my menstrual pain (due to Endo). It worked like magic and stopped my periods and pain right away! However, it also had a downside - it really impacted my mental health. Recently, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, and I tried different pills to manage it, but I kept forgetting to take them on time. So, I decided to give the Depot Provera injection another try. I was a bit hesitant at first, but I went ahead with it anyway. It took some time for my body to adjust, and I experienced some spotting and pelvic pain until my most recent injection. (I've had 5 injections now). Now, things have settled down, and I only get occasional twinges. The day after the injection, I experience some period-like pain, but it usually goes away after a couple of days. Overall, I would recommend this contraception, although everyone's experience is different. For me, it has finally given me what I wanted - freedom from pain.


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 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


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
42 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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!


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 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


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
19 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
42 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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!


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Used for 12 - 18 mo
31 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 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.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
25 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  4 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!!


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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.


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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.


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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


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