Patch vs Combined pill

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Patch

£From £0.32/day

Combined pill

£From £0.16/day

Overview

Rated 3.5

97 reviews

Weekly

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2438 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Patch ingredients

Main hormones in Patch

progestogen

oestrogen


Combined pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combined pill

progestogen

oestrogen

What Lowdown reviewers say

36% no impact on mood

24% lighter periods

51% no impact

47% no impact

47% no impact on skin

Cycle return

36% in 1 month

32% somewhat negative

40% lighter periods

47% lost sex drive

48% no impact

44% improved skin

Cycle return

36% don’t know impact

Benefits: What this contraceptive can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Patch reviews

97 reviews

Patch  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

Evra patch  

This has been the best contraception I've ever used. I have had no side effects and would recommend this to anyone who struggles with the pill or with typically reacts poorly to oestrogen.

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Improved skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Evra patch  

After years of fighting with GPs about my period concerns and being put on and off different contraceptions that my body reacted horribly to, I decided to go private and do my research into what could be a possible solution. The girls at The Lowdown have been so helpful throughout the year and a bit that i’ve been with them. The website is so easy and efficient in helping you choose what’s best for your body, and if you have any further questions the girls are quick to respond through emails and whatsapp. I decided a little over a year ago that I’d make the change to go on the Evra patch. After years of different pills not working with my body or making things worse, I was desperate for a solution that was easy but was still in my control (a non intrusive method). The patch has been a life saver and within 3/4 months my periods were at the same time every month, shorter, lighter and less painful. I’m sure it won’t work for everyone but it works great for me, and i’d much rather pay for the product and the service The Lowdown provides, than spend one more minute arguing with my GP.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Patch  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Evra patch  

I have noticed I am feeling a lot hotter than normal and my vigina has become dry. I was becoming worried


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Patch  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

Evra patch  

This has been the best contraception I've ever used. I have had no side effects and would recommend this to anyone who struggles with the pill or with typically reacts poorly to oestrogen.


Improved skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Evra patch  

After years of fighting with GPs about my period concerns and being put on and off different contraceptions that my body reacted horribly to, I decided to go private and do my research into what could be a possible solution. The girls at The Lowdown have been so helpful throughout the year and a bit that i’ve been with them. The website is so easy and efficient in helping you choose what’s best for your body, and if you have any further questions the girls are quick to respond through emails and whatsapp. I decided a little over a year ago that I’d make the change to go on the Evra patch. After years of different pills not working with my body or making things worse, I was desperate for a solution that was easy but was still in my control (a non intrusive method). The patch has been a life saver and within 3/4 months my periods were at the same time every month, shorter, lighter and less painful. I’m sure it won’t work for everyone but it works great for me, and i’d much rather pay for the product and the service The Lowdown provides, than spend one more minute arguing with my GP.


Very positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Patch  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
44 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  3 weeks ago

Evra patch  

I have noticed I am feeling a lot hotter than normal and my vigina has become dry. I was becoming worried


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments


Combined pill reviews

2438 reviews

Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Rigevidon  

I was moved onto Rigevidon from Yasmin about 14 years ago as my GP said the risk of blood clots was lower (now evidence looks like they are both pretty high risk). I started the pill as a teenager for PCOS symptoms (rarely having periods, excess body hair and acne). I have been very happy on this pill - my mood has been stable and good, my libido is very good, my skin is free of spots although it is oily and my periods are very predictable and light. I do still have a lot of body hair but I think this may just be normal for my genetics unfortunately, and not related to contraception.


Somewhat positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Yacella pill  

I have had a good experience with the Yacella/Yasmin pill - I think this is partially informed by better mental health and external factors because when I have been on the pill previously during a poor mental health period in my life I found it made me feel even more depressed. The only time I have experienced violent mood swings is when I took it without any breaks for 5 months, and then when I did take the break I was very emotional and irrational, so I now prefer to not go more than 2 months without taking a break.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Cilique pill  

I gained weight and felt more irritable when taking this contraception


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 8+ yr
35 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Rigevidon  

I was moved onto Rigevidon from Yasmin about 14 years ago as my GP said the risk of blood clots was lower (now evidence looks like they are both pretty high risk). I started the pill as a teenager for PCOS symptoms (rarely having periods, excess body hair and acne). I have been very happy on this pill - my mood has been stable and good, my libido is very good, my skin is free of spots although it is oily and my periods are very predictable and light. I do still have a lot of body hair but I think this may just be normal for my genetics unfortunately, and not related to contraception.


Somewhat positive mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Yacella pill  

I have had a good experience with the Yacella/Yasmin pill - I think this is partially informed by better mental health and external factors because when I have been on the pill previously during a poor mental health period in my life I found it made me feel even more depressed. The only time I have experienced violent mood swings is when I took it without any breaks for 5 months, and then when I did take the break I was very emotional and irrational, so I now prefer to not go more than 2 months without taking a break.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
23 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

Cilique pill  

I gained weight and felt more irritable when taking this contraception


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Dretine pill  

Overall this pill has been really good for me


Improved skin

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 days ago

Millinette 30/75 pill  

I had a really bad experience on this pill. I would have regular feelings of nausea every I gained significant weight because my appetite became insatiable. On top of that my breasts were extremely tender. The combination of these side effects really effected my self confidence, so I would not recommend this pill. However, it should be noted that I am extremely oestrogen sensitive and it did improve my skin.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

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

Ovranette pill  

I didn’t have a positive experience with this combined pill, my moods were very irrational and irritable, my periods irregular and it made me sweat more, which was a strange and uncomfortable side effect!


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

Marvelon pill  

I came on this pill after being on Lucette for many years but I didn't get on with anymore. I did a lot of research as I originally used Lucette to help my acne, which it did but eventually turned me into a crazy emotional monster. Marvelon was a welcome change! I felt so in control of my emotions and actually felt like a normal human! I had no real major side effects apart from one. Around month 2-3 of taking this pill, I developed a hive like rash on my neck/chest that eventually spread to my whole body. I was so self-conscious and taking anti-histamines like tic-tacs. I consulted my doctor and pharmacist but they didn't really care, just told me to keep taking anti-histamines, so I did. Around month 5 I randomly had a brain-wave and realised the timing on my hives was extremely suspicious considering at this point I'd been covered head to toe for about 2 months. Sure enough, I checked the leaflet and 'hive-like rash' was a rare symptom. I stopped taking this pill and within a month my hives had disappeared. Really weird - but that was my only issue. I'm really sad about it too because everything else about this pill was amazing for me.


Gained weight

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Drovelis pill  

Everything started great with this pill. Daily mood swing around 6hrs after taking the pill so I switched to taking in the evening and noticed I had angry nightmares but I can live with that. After 6months of taking the pill I had a period lasting 18 days that left me unable to walk and I was so scared I went to A&E. I was prescribed tranexamic acid, no diagnosis made. I continued to take drovelis. My next period arrived 5 weeks later and lasted 3 weeks. I have given birth without pain relief and the pain of that period was far worse. Hospital diagnosed me with stage 4 adenomyosis stating I must have had terrible periods for years which I haven't. This all came on very suddenly. It might not be linked to drovelis but it seems odd to me and my instinct says it is. I now have a "bulky uterus" and daily pain despite stopping the pill. My options are mirena or hysterectomy. I also had gastro issues starting around 4months after starting drovelis. My inflammatory markers were up, I had bleeding and my normal bowel habits altered dramatically. I was seen under urgent care pathway for cancer screening and given all clear. Suspected Colitis or Chrons but all negative. Since stopping the pill all of my symptoms have steadily improved. It didn't occur to me for a minute that it could be linked to drovelis. It may not be but I hope my symptoms are recorded by the manufacturer should anyone else experience the same.


Decreased sex drive

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Yasmin pill  

I started yasmin about 3 months ago and since then my breasts have become really sore, and one of them started leaking discharge, which I had to visit the GP for. It also gave me these mild but constant headaches, so as per my GP's advice, I'm getting off this pill ASAP!


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combined pill  
Used for 1 - 3 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

Rigevidon  

Made me really irritable which I hated! I came off it as soon as I realised. Also made my boobs a bit sore.


Very negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

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