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Overview

Rated 3.5

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During or before sex

Frequency

80% - 96%

Effectiveness

None

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2337 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Withdrawal or pull out method ingredients

The withdrawal method (also known as the pull out method) relies on the penis being all the way out of the vagina before ejaculation and ejaculation occurring away from the vagina or vulva.

Combined pill ingredients

Main hormones in Combined pill

progestogen

oestrogen

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There are no benefits that are recognised in scientific research or guidelines for this contraceptive

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PMS and PMDD

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Withdrawal or pull out method reviews

12 reviews

Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

The withdrawal method is really not for everyone. But me and my partner prefer to not use male condoms and I use my Flo app to track my ovulation and period which helps me gauge when is the best time to use this method. As I’m not trying to fall pregnant again right now, and I don’t really want to use any hormonal contraceptives, this method has definitely worked for me but can only work if your willing to take control with family planning.

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

  •  Still using

I’ve gained a lot of weight


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

With the male condom, it was fine, however I didn’t like using flavoured ones as they gave me more thrush than usual


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Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  1 week ago

  •  Still using

The withdrawal method is really not for everyone. But me and my partner prefer to not use male condoms and I use my Flo app to track my ovulation and period which helps me gauge when is the best time to use this method. As I’m not trying to fall pregnant again right now, and I don’t really want to use any hormonal contraceptives, this method has definitely worked for me but can only work if your willing to take control with family planning.


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

  •  Still using

I’ve gained a lot of weight


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
20 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Stopped using

With the male condom, it was fine, however I didn’t like using flavoured ones as they gave me more thrush than usual


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Used for 8+ yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

  •  Still using

I have tried many contraceptions ranging from the injection to the implant. I landed on this pill at about 20 years old and at the beginning it worked really well considering how all the others gave me really bad bleeding or other side effects. I’ve been on Rigevidon on and off for about 8 years. And I’d say within the last few years I’ve noticed a huge change in my moods when on the pill and when on a break from it I’m happier. This pill has caused anxiety, worry, stress and bouts of depression. I’m not usually like this and it’s horrible to feel like each month I dread the time that my mood will dip and I’ll feel not like myself. I’ve had to even explain this to my fiancé so he’s prepared and it’s not fair on either of us. I overthink and it’s just like a grey cloud following me. It’s not worth it and truthfully I’ll be coming off it for good when this packet is finished!


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Used for 8+ yr
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Stopped using

After taking the contraceptive pill for the past 15 years and being told it’s perfectly safe, I found out at the beginning of this year that I have 3 tumours on my liver as a result of long term usage of the pill. This week I underwent major surgery and had a liver resection to remove the biggest tumour, which at over 7cm was at risk of haemorrhaging. I’ve got two other smaller tumours which will hopefully shrink now I’ve come off the contraceptive pill. I hope my story highlights that hormonal contraception is NOT SAFE!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Still using

i’ve been on the yasmin pill for about a year now and it’s been amazing! my boobs grew from an AA to a C and i’m no longer struggling with acne


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Used for 8+ yr
28 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  today

  •  Still using

I have tried many contraceptions ranging from the injection to the implant. I landed on this pill at about 20 years old and at the beginning it worked really well considering how all the others gave me really bad bleeding or other side effects. I’ve been on Rigevidon on and off for about 8 years. And I’d say within the last few years I’ve noticed a huge change in my moods when on the pill and when on a break from it I’m happier. This pill has caused anxiety, worry, stress and bouts of depression. I’m not usually like this and it’s horrible to feel like each month I dread the time that my mood will dip and I’ll feel not like myself. I’ve had to even explain this to my fiancé so he’s prepared and it’s not fair on either of us. I overthink and it’s just like a grey cloud following me. It’s not worth it and truthfully I’ll be coming off it for good when this packet is finished!


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Used for 8+ yr
40 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Stopped using

After taking the contraceptive pill for the past 15 years and being told it’s perfectly safe, I found out at the beginning of this year that I have 3 tumours on my liver as a result of long term usage of the pill. This week I underwent major surgery and had a liver resection to remove the biggest tumour, which at over 7cm was at risk of haemorrhaging. I’ve got two other smaller tumours which will hopefully shrink now I’ve come off the contraceptive pill. I hope my story highlights that hormonal contraception is NOT SAFE!


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  5 days ago

  •  Still using

i’ve been on the yasmin pill for about a year now and it’s been amazing! my boobs grew from an AA to a C and i’m no longer struggling with acne


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

  •  Stopped using

I experienced severe discomfort when on my period and very heat bleeding and blood clots, very large ones.


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
22 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I have been able to live my life fuller due to the less horrific and heavy periods - now I only have 4 periods a year and it’s now in my control


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Used for 5 - 8 yr
26 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

This pill has been amazing for me. I've been on and off for several years and can confidently say this pill completely clears my hormonal acne - where other treatments have not worked. No negative side effects either!


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

  •  Stopped using

My mood changed at first to become very anxious. Then about a month in, I got severe mood swings, was angry, very irritable, and extremely depressed. I talked to my friends and two of them were on rigevidon and experiences the same debilitating mood changes. The only thing this helped with was my acne, but my self-esteem was actually better with a face full of spots than it ever was on this pill. There are studies on the difference between second generation combined pills like rigevidon, and third generation pills which show the huge difference they have on your mood. I would recommend asking your doctor about this if they recommend rigevidon, but unfortunately a lot of doctors don’t know about the common link with depression and mood swings, and still prescribe this as a standard. For some people I think it works, but I think it causes a lot of serious mood changes that go unreported in a lot of others


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Used for 6 - 12 mo
21 years old
🇬🇧 UK
  •  2 weeks ago

  •  Still using

I used a 365 day method. It worked really well to manage my periods, it stopped completely for about a year but then I started getting some spotting so I stopped. It made me a bit anxious, but nowhere near as bad as rigevidon. It also really cleared up my skin. I probably would recommend this pill!


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

  •  Stopped using

I was really anxious when using contraception and I struggled with social event and was a lot more emotional. I gained weight. I did back to back packets and then only had a period every three months but this was very heavy.


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

  •  Stopped using

I changed from Lucette after being on that for around 4 years, my sex drive was low. Changed to Femodene which was meant to improve that and also help with acne which is what i also needed. My skin flared up massively, my sex drive didn’t change, my moods awful, i seemed to hate everything and everything and became very snappy with people. I started to dislike my job, and also created issues between my partner and I because of the mood I was in. I was fine on the first packet, had my week break and then started the second packet but went downhill from there.


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