Our mission is to change the way that women choose their contraception
We believe there is a better way to talk about contraception. A more data driven way - where we hear from real people’s experiences, not a patient information leaflet.
Our four values
Straight from the horse’s mouth
Life is easier when you let other people try things for you. We want to hear from the women and men who have used a contraceptive. That's what makes The Lowdown unique.
Whilst we know everyone has a different way of talking about their experiences, we will do as much as we can to ensure the reviews at The Lowdown are balanced, and package up our results into something that can be filtered and read objectively.
Sorry Father, but we’re not anti contraception. It gives women independence and has revolutionised the way that men and women live their lives. We're not here to moan about it, we're here to help people make well informed decisions about it.
With you the whole way
Like a bad afterparty few people talk about, no one seems to explain what happens after you stop using a type of contraception. The Lowdown are interested in the long term impact and after effects of contraception. Before, during and after you stop using it.
It took me over a decade to realise the impact that taking hormonal contraceptives had on my emotional and mental state.
I started taking the Pill when I was 16. I always thought I was a very hormonal teenager, but it wasn’t until I stopped taking it a few years later, my personality completely changed. I was calmer and stopped crying all the time at stupid things like my parents wedding anniversary.
I must have tried over seven different types of pill, but I could never seem to find one that worked for me. Every time I got into a new relationship, I’d go back to my doctor and try out a different pill. Every time I struggled to get used to it and had incredible mood swings.
In my search for the right contraception I came across a number of problems that have become the foundation of The Lowdown:
> Lack of data on side effects
For many women, the only way they can find out side effects they’ll get is by asking their Doctor – who can only relay his/her patient’s experiences. Or by asking their group of friends. Both are useful, but small sample sizes. I am convinced that if we collect this data at scale, then it will tell us new things.
> The internet is a scary place for health advice
I have so many questions I know friend and I want answering; If I don’t get on with Pill X, which one should I try next? Is getting a coil fitted really painful if you’ve not had kids? Resorting to Google, I often find myself more confused than before. There is lots of information out there, but it’s not presented in the right format. And sometimes, it’s terrifying!
> You have to try to know
Often when you ask a doctor or sexual health clinic questions about contraception, their response is ‘you’ll have to try it and see’. In a world where we can put the man on the moon, surely there has to be a better way of figuring this all out?
> Doctor’s appointments are pretty short
Like many, I can never get all my questions answered in 10 minutes. Doctors and nurses are busy. We need to arm both men and women with better tools to make the most of that conversation.
Whilst I know my story is extreme, throughout my twenties I lost count of the number of times I sat around with my group of friends and they’ve talked about how contraception impacted their lives. From their weight and periods, to their sex drive – the good and the bad. It has an impact on the way that women (and men) feel.
So, I decided to create The Lowdown.
A year of building the site later and here we are. Our plan is to get to 5,000 reviews for each type, and then work out what the data and our users is telling us.
Collecting this data is just the beginning. There is so much more we can do; from creating an algorithm that works out if you didn’t like one type, which is the best type for you to try, to working with pharmaceutical companies to learn more about how we can improve the drugs and their research and development.
I am determined to provide better information and real world advice for those that need it, so women don’t have to go through what I went through.
Alice founded The Lowdown in 2018 with a mission to help women find helpful, user-generated data on contraception. She has led the delivery of our brand, platform and overall proposition.
Jourdain heads up our technical team and is responsible for building and maintaining our website. He’s also the founder behind the award winning photoshop tutorial site Inspiration Clan www.inspirationclan.com
Keiran is our numbers guy. He can build a mean spreadsheet. When he’s not crunching our data, Keiran works as the Director of Membership for a leading UK insurance business.
Adam is the genius behind our visual design and identity. He is the Head of Design at the Chemistry Group, and an incredibly talented creative who has recently launched his own volunteering platform jointhegaggle.com
Dr Andrew Leung
To make sure our information is accurate, we’ve enlisted the help of Dr Andrew Leung. Andrew has over 25 years in sexual and reproductive health and has fact checked and advised us throughout The Lowdown's build.
Francesca is a recent university graduate who is about to embark on a career in law. She has lots of experience in media and journalism, and looks forward to helping us reach new audiences.