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Overview

Rated 3.3

6 reviews

Permanent

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

Permanent

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2420 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Vasectomy ingredients

A vasectomy (male sterilisation) is a permanent surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man’s sperm. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm getting into a man’s semen which is then ejaculated during sexual intercourse.

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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Vasectomy reviews

6 reviews

Used for 6 - 12 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Sep 20

  •  Stopped using

Sept 1998. Had a vasectomy. Easy and quick. Done in the hospital operating room on a Friday morning. Went home And took it easy. Took it easy at work Monday no problems. By Wednesday started feeling pain in testicles. Called doctors office. Doctors gone on holiday. Anyway from this point the pain only gets worse and all the doctors have to say is that they have never seen anyone in such pain. Within the first six months I had met with a variety of doctors and tried a wide variety of drugs, therapies and nerve blocks. Nothing worked for more than a few hours (nerve blocks did!). I had the vasectomy reversed June 1999 at my own cost of $2000. It was about three months before i felt better from that. Sadly only my left testicle had resolved. The right side still had the same pain. I had a semen test done. First ever in my life. I had sperm count of 125 million / ml. Surgeon thought that was great but still pain persisted in my right testicle. Followup turned into another vas reversal but just for the right side. This one I didn’t have to pay for because it was for chronic pain. Sadly it didn’t help. Now it’s 2020! I have endured this for 22 years. I wish I had never done it. That’s my absolute last word.

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Jun 20

  •  Stopped using

Vasectomy has been a very effective contraceptive for me. It is good because it has allowed my hormones to follow a natural rhythm. Unfortunately I have experienced depression(and severe PMS) as I would like to have more children(but my partner does not). This has decreased my libido significantly and made me consider using hormonal contraception to level out my hormone levels.


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Used for 8+ yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Aug 19

  •  Stopped using

As noted before, testicular pain/discomfort and testicles sensitive to pressure to the extent that rucked underpants could lead to quite severe pain. Gradually diminished over years but not completely. Testicles still more sensitive than should be. Did lead to reduction in enjoyment of sex as experience could be painful on occasions. Apparently quite a high side effect risk. Effective contraception method but took a few weeks to get the all clear.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5th Sep 20

  •  Stopped using

Sept 1998. Had a vasectomy. Easy and quick. Done in the hospital operating room on a Friday morning. Went home And took it easy. Took it easy at work Monday no problems. By Wednesday started feeling pain in testicles. Called doctors office. Doctors gone on holiday. Anyway from this point the pain only gets worse and all the doctors have to say is that they have never seen anyone in such pain. Within the first six months I had met with a variety of doctors and tried a wide variety of drugs, therapies and nerve blocks. Nothing worked for more than a few hours (nerve blocks did!). I had the vasectomy reversed June 1999 at my own cost of $2000. It was about three months before i felt better from that. Sadly only my left testicle had resolved. The right side still had the same pain. I had a semen test done. First ever in my life. I had sperm count of 125 million / ml. Surgeon thought that was great but still pain persisted in my right testicle. Followup turned into another vas reversal but just for the right side. This one I didn’t have to pay for because it was for chronic pain. Sadly it didn’t help. Now it’s 2020! I have endured this for 22 years. I wish I had never done it. That’s my absolute last word.


Top side effects not reported

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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  12th Jun 20

  •  Stopped using

Vasectomy has been a very effective contraceptive for me. It is good because it has allowed my hormones to follow a natural rhythm. Unfortunately I have experienced depression(and severe PMS) as I would like to have more children(but my partner does not). This has decreased my libido significantly and made me consider using hormonal contraception to level out my hormone levels.


Top side effects not reported

1 helpful

0 comments

Used for 8+ yr
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  20th Aug 19

  •  Stopped using

As noted before, testicular pain/discomfort and testicles sensitive to pressure to the extent that rucked underpants could lead to quite severe pain. Gradually diminished over years but not completely. Testicles still more sensitive than should be. Did lead to reduction in enjoyment of sex as experience could be painful on occasions. Apparently quite a high side effect risk. Effective contraception method but took a few weeks to get the all clear.


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Combined pill reviews

2420 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Stopped using

When starting the pill, i got intense cramps that lasted a good few months and then went away. Ruined my mental health & my sex drive. Improved my skin massively Since coming off: my cycle STILL hasn’t regulated and its been about 1.5 years.


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

  •  Stopped using

If I could give it 0 stars I would. AVOID!! 6 months in this pill gave me extremely painful chronic cystic acne all over my chin and cheeks. It destroyed my self esteem and I almost had to go on accutane to stop it. It also made me very depressed. If you struggle with mild acne already, sweating, mood swings, irregular periods and excessive body hair growth do NOT let your doctor put you this pill! It is very androgenic and worsens these symptoms, but it’s often used as a “starter pill” when you first decide to take contraception. I switched to Yasmin after this and it changed my life and completely reversed all these side effects. This pill is a nightmare!


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Not a great pill for PCOS. Within a couple of days my skin broke out like crazy, I started sweating so much and after a while noticed my body hair was growing faster again after being on Yasmin for a few years (ended up going back to it). I also was seriously depressed and very emotional on this pill all the time, sometimes unable to even get out of bed.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 day ago

  •  Stopped using

When starting the pill, i got intense cramps that lasted a good few months and then went away. Ruined my mental health & my sex drive. Improved my skin massively Since coming off: my cycle STILL hasn’t regulated and its been about 1.5 years.


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

  •  Stopped using

If I could give it 0 stars I would. AVOID!! 6 months in this pill gave me extremely painful chronic cystic acne all over my chin and cheeks. It destroyed my self esteem and I almost had to go on accutane to stop it. It also made me very depressed. If you struggle with mild acne already, sweating, mood swings, irregular periods and excessive body hair growth do NOT let your doctor put you this pill! It is very androgenic and worsens these symptoms, but it’s often used as a “starter pill” when you first decide to take contraception. I switched to Yasmin after this and it changed my life and completely reversed all these side effects. This pill is a nightmare!


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Not a great pill for PCOS. Within a couple of days my skin broke out like crazy, I started sweating so much and after a while noticed my body hair was growing faster again after being on Yasmin for a few years (ended up going back to it). I also was seriously depressed and very emotional on this pill all the time, sometimes unable to even get out of bed.


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

  •  Still using

So torn about Lucette/Yasmin. They cleared up my PCOS symptoms so well- my skin cleared almost immediately after years of terrible acne; stopped extreme sweating and prevented excessive hair growth. My mood is brilliant compared to other pills which made me very depressed/strong mood swings. However, I have chronic IBS and extreme urinary urgency on these pills. I took a 3 month break and my symptoms cleared within 2 weeks so I know this is the cause. These symptoms aren’t talked about much so I wanted to raise awareness. It’s a tough balancing act between horrible PCOS symptoms and horrible IBS/bladder symptoms.


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Used for 8+ yr
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Stopped using

Used the Yasmin combined pill to treat acne. Was extremely effective. However, I've suffered with gastroparesis for 10 years and didn't realise it was caused by this contraceptive. I was really quite poorly for several of those years, unable to eat enough so was malnourished and my career suffered. I felt so nauseous every single morning. When I first started taking it as a teenager I would vomit every morning. I was prescribed domperidone and had numerous doctors appointments and hospital appointments over the years and no one ever mentioned my symptoms could be caused by the contraceptive pill I was taking. I recently missed a few pills and noticed an improvement in my symptoms, so stopped taking it. For the first time in over 10 years I experience normal hunger, don't feel sick all the time, and am able to eat a normal sized meal. I can't overstate how much of a transformation it's been for me.


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

  •  Stopped using

When I started everything was fine however in the last 6 months of taking the pill I started passing clots so big a pad and tampon would not help. I was bleeding through clothes daily and could not work. Before this was on the same pill for 1 and a half years.


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

  •  Stopped using

Breast pain was too much I could not even lie down.


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Used for 3 - 5 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

Qlaira started off pretty great after the 6 month window for symptoms to subside when starting new hormonal contraception. Being on it long term though, I've noticed symptoms such as low sex drive and fatigue. These symptoms are quite severe. It's been almost 5 years and I'm currently considering quitting hormonal birth control.


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
30 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

  •  Still using

I have had a great experience with Millinette 20. I got a bit of headaches and dizziness at the start but they disappeared quite quickly. Originally I took the pill back to back and then with a 4 day break but neither of these gave my body enough time to bleed, so I adjusted to having a 7 day break and that has been great. I’ve had very few side effects overall, and it’s been great.


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

  •  Still using

It works so well for me, an absolute game changer as my periods were debilitating and excruciating. After two months on Norimin, I had my life back, with absolutely zero side effects.


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