User Reviews for Phexxi to treat Birth Control
Phexxi has an average rating of 4.1 out of 10 from a total of 19 reviews for the treatment of Birth Control. 32% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 68% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Phexxi
"I'm so excited to have a hormone-free option that I only have to use when I need it, instead of the IUD that pumped hormones into me constantly, or a pill that did the same. I had zero side effects with Phexxi. It can be annoying to stop and insert in the moment, but that's not an issue if you plan ahead and use it before foreplay. I do have to pee more than once to get it all out after, but that beats the side effects of hormones any day. My insurance covered it and I paid $0. Also, no babies."
"I got a positive pregnancy test within a month of starting Phexxi. I have never been pregnant before and have used every kind of birth control in the past without any failure. I would not recommend Phexxi unless you are open to having a baby."
"This is the greatest Birth Control I have ever tried. Been on it for a year and no difficulties. Easy to use and hormone free. I am a RN and had to study possible effects of taking hormonal birth control so I opted out of using them for many years. It's nice to be worry free now! I told some of my friends and family about this and everyone that has tried it loves it. I don't know if the women reporting Pregnancy didn't do something right but so far no pregnancies for me or my friends/family."
"I used this as a form of birth control because hormones didn't work for me. I was so excited for Phexxi when I heard about it. My husband and I used it for about 6 months. I was being careful and used it as instructed, and ended up pregnant. This product should not be on the market especially after Roe V Wade has been over turned. This is not a reliable contraceptive, and women should stay away from it especially if they don't want to get pregnant. I feel for all the women who get this product or use it and live in a state where they can't get the medical help they need when this product fails them like it did me."
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"I am pregnant the second month after using this product. I followed the directions perfectly. I have never had an unplanned pregnancy or birth control failure previously and have used nearly all of them. I used this a total of four times over two months (each time I had sex) before the positive pregnancy test. This is not birth control."
"I used nuvaring for over 9 years, with no problems, no pregnancy scares, and as my only form of birth control with my then fiance. Once we got married I switched to phexxi because I jumped on the no hormone train, and barely 5 months later, using as my only form of birth control, I was pregnant. I will never be using phexxi again as the only form of birth control. It's barely more effective than just condoms, but makes it sound like a super effective option compared to regular birth control. It's pretty misleading, and I'm a pharmacist so I know medication. As soon as I have the baby I'm going back on hormone birth control!"
"Disclaimer: I've only tried this once. I noticed a burning sensation when I first inserted the gel. During sex I felt a medium to strong burning sensation. It kept me from enjoying the moment and almost made me call it quits for the night. My partner felt a burning sensation like you would feel with Tiger Balm. The next day there was still a light itching feeling. I won't be using it again."
"I recently got married and was looking for a hormone free birth control option. Phexxi seems so great in theory and I’ve been using it along with natural cycles. However, unfortunately I have had adverse reactions to this, it has caused a lot of burning which definitely distracts from the moment, also it’s very inconvenient to use. After two months I have finally decided to try and I.u.d."
"I had intercourse one time in a month and used this product exactly as instructed and was pregnant right away. Would not recommend as a stand alone birth control. I think it would need to be paired with condom or withdrawal to be effective."
"No side effects such as a UTI or burning. But the main side effect is that I ended up getting pregnant, even with perfect use. Bummer, due to the fact that hormonal birth control doesn’t work for me. If you do use Phexxi, I don’t think it would be a great idea to have that as your only form of birth control during intercourse."
"I gave up on hormonal birth control because it caused too severe of mood changes for me. I finally got the IUD Kyleena because it had the least amount of hormones and that still caused mood issues. Then I tried Phexxi and I loved how I felt without any hormones. I used it for one year and really liked it but unfortunately then got pregnant. I’m now trying to find new options that are better suited for nonhormonal, birth protection."
"I developed a UTI after using Phexxi for the first time, despite not having had one in over 16 years. I was unable to urinate, which I believe was due to inflammation in my urethra. The infection manifested the next day. I was hopeful about Phexxi. Though as a hormonal birth control, it has caused estrogen dominance and I have developed subsequent copper toxicity. The UTI has made me wary of using it again."
"After 1 month of use, I became pregnant. I am in a life position where this is okay however for most women, this may certainly not be true. I have historically done poorly with hormonal BC and was thrilled for this option even if it was only “as effective as a condom” however there is no way this is nearly as effective as a condom in my opinion. Also to mention, the technical language for the directions is so poorly written. I have a feeling there are plenty of women thinking they’re taking this up to an hour after sex thinking they’re using this perfectly. The directions for something this serious surely should highlight not to insert afterward at all."
"I use Phexxi along with the withdrawal method during my fertile window. I haven't had any adverse reactions or pregnancies, so I'd say it's doing its job. It's very convenient and easy to use."
"Been using it for a little over a half year along with the pull out method its working out great. Its nice to be off the pill and I enjoy a little extra lubrication."
"Improved my sex life, no hormones, in control, zero co-pay. What's not to like?"
"Used this perfectly for 6 months. Last month it did not work and I ended up with a positive pregnancy test. Use with caution or add another back-up method if you are serious about not being pregnant."
"I followed the Phexxi instructions exactly as written and I ended up with an ectopic pregnancy and needed emergency surgery."
"Burning sensation for both me and my husband. Ended up pregnant after using it 3 times. Not effective as a birth control"
"I’ve never taken birth control, but this is the best experience. No side effects and adds extra lubrication, we have had 2 negative tests since using Phexxi. I highly recommend this."
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"I made the switch from the ring to Phexxi in Dec of 21. I was tired of feeling like a huge jerk not to mention gaining pound after pound. It has been a breath of fresh air. It’s really not that big of a deal to “slow things down” to Insert it! Plus my husband loves the lubrication it adds. I love the idea of using it as needed. For the fertile days we will pair it with Condoms (but we haven’t been perfect with that 100%) and have had good luck. I get that everyone is different…but just wanted to give my experience for those wondering! No side effects for me so far."