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Rated 3.3

6 reviews

Permanent

Frequency

Over 99%

Effectiveness

None

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Permanent

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.7

1216 reviews

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Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

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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.

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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.


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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

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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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Progestogen-only / Mini pill reviews

1216 reviews

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

  •  Stopped using

After I had my first child I was given the option of taking the mini pill while I was breastfeeding. Unfortunately for me I suffered with symptoms of vaginal dryness , erratic mood changes which led into post natal depression and experienced light spotting. I really didn’t like how the pill was making me feel and I just wanted to try a natural method whilst I continue to breastfeed. Which is why I started to use condoms and Family planning methods.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

For me personally this contraceptive method didn’t suit me. The side effects became too much that I didn’t want to take the pill anymore.


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

  •  Still using

In the beginning, I thought I got lucky with this pill as although my periods were regular and light before, made them come every two months. I'm not sure whether it's circumstantial or the pill but after about 6 months I started to feel very depressed and couldn't shift this feeling of emptiness. I also lost my sex drive completely and became unbothered about everything and everyone. I wish more non-hormonal birth control was available other than the coil. I'm starting a different kind of progesterone-only pill today so hopefully it goes better than this did.


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

  •  Stopped using

After I had my first child I was given the option of taking the mini pill while I was breastfeeding. Unfortunately for me I suffered with symptoms of vaginal dryness , erratic mood changes which led into post natal depression and experienced light spotting. I really didn’t like how the pill was making me feel and I just wanted to try a natural method whilst I continue to breastfeed. Which is why I started to use condoms and Family planning methods.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

For me personally this contraceptive method didn’t suit me. The side effects became too much that I didn’t want to take the pill anymore.


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

  •  Still using

In the beginning, I thought I got lucky with this pill as although my periods were regular and light before, made them come every two months. I'm not sure whether it's circumstantial or the pill but after about 6 months I started to feel very depressed and couldn't shift this feeling of emptiness. I also lost my sex drive completely and became unbothered about everything and everyone. I wish more non-hormonal birth control was available other than the coil. I'm starting a different kind of progesterone-only pill today so hopefully it goes better than this did.


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I was on this pill for nearly 6 months and during that time I was very nauseous. I also had horrendous mood swings and completely lost my sex drive. The worst symptom however was the random bleeding, completely out the blue with no warning which was so inconvenient


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Used for 3 - 6 mo
Lowdown user
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

This was great for my mood and mental stability. Instead of my mood completely dropping drastically and making each month unbearable with emotions, overthinking and mood swings, this gave me a clear head and no drop. I could barely tell when I was due a period. Unfortunately each month I’d have a week of absolute burning and discomfort that made me cry anyway. I came off it to get my body back to normal and just risked the mental health side.


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
29 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I was suffering a hormonal imbalance since having my son I went on the depo (which I knew doesn't agree with me) it took 2 years for my periods to come back and they came back with a vengeance. I was down depressed, bleeding all the time, no motivation and no sex drive and constant hormonal headaches. I had completely lost myself. I decided to try the mini pill to have a break from it all and I'm so glad I did I've got myself back I'm happy, jolly and not anxious at all. If your suffering with a hormonal imbalance and need a break like I did I highly recommend cerelle


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

I bled for 10 solid weeks. Sometimes, it would be very heavy and sometimes light, but I never stopped completely.


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Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

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Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

quite a positive experience so far, noticed I don’t show signs of ovulation, occasional small headaches but not significant, no negative effect towards mood :)


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Used for 1 - 3 mo
27 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 month ago

  •  Still using

Ive been on this pill for just a week so far and its the best mini pill ive tried. I have no side effects apart from some mild dizziness and some drowsiness which is considered normal. If anything i feel more relaxed and happier on it. Ive tried multiple combined & mini pills and had bad side effects from them so cerazette is definitely a big improvement for me.


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