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Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: At first I hated this pill but had a 3 month supply. In the first 2 months I had spotting all the time, crazy mood swings, intense cravings and cramps around PMS time and was loosing a dramatic amount of hair. On the bright side my acne was non existent and I noticed weight loss. By the 3rd month I feel most symptoms cleared.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been taking Lutera for 7 months now. The first 3 months I hard horrible, painful bloating every time I ate anything. That has subsided, but I have gained a lot of weight, my hair and finger nails are growing rapidly, but are very brittle, my acne has gotten worse, my breasts are larger and more tender, and I get frequent headaches.
I have been on several other birth control pills and they all gave me insane mood swings. I don't seem to have that problem with this pill.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Lutera left me exhausted, and I felt nauseated all the time. Yet unlike other birth controls I've tried it did not give me nasty mood swings. It made me feel calm and pleasant. My breasts grew at least another cup size, which some would consider a positive, but I've paid a lot of money for a breast reduction and do not want large breasts! So overall, it was great for my mood but left me feeling so tired and sick that I just couldn't stay on it.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: This is a success story:
I was so scared to start taking birth control because of all of the possible side effects. I have a history of anxiety and depression and I was afraid it would make this worse. I was pleasantly surprised! I have been taking Lutera for 3 months now and never had any negative side effects. It has actually improved my life. My hormones have leveled out, no more anxiety or depression. My breasts grew a cup size and without any tenderness or heaviness! My skin is clear and smooth. I used to have the worst cramps every month (fainting, vomiting, and staying home all day from the pain). This month I hardly felt them and now I don't have to rely on pain killers each month and I know when it will come! No pregnancy scares!
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Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: A couple years ago I took Lutera for a year and didn't have too many problems. I stopped taking it, then re-started 6 months ago.
This time was bad. My mood was off - little things would make me super aggravated or want to cry, while "better" days made me extremely happy and hyper. Also had on-off dryness down there - pretty uncomfortable, esp. sex-wise.
WORST part was the 2-week periods I got on this pill. For five months straight, I had my period for 1/2 the month, with cramps, lower back pain, irritability, and heavy bleeding. The gyno kept saying it was my body adjusting, but after the 5th month of this, I'm taking a break for birth control for a month and then switching to another pill.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I started Lutera about 7 months ago and I love it (now). The only reason I give it an eight was the first three months I had horrible migraines but just figured that was my body adjusting. I bleed and cramp less. I gained about 5 lbs. And my face is pretty clear.
Review by Andrearose650 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Took lutera for 5 months, probably my worst birth control experience.
Pros: Not Pregnant! So, at least that part worked.
Cons: my face EXPLODED in acne. Other kinds I've tried controlled the acne very well, but this seemed to make my skin turn into a minefield of sore, red, under-the-skin pimples. I've been off it for almost 2 months and my face is much better. Also, had terrible mood swings. I even hit my boyfriend with a shoe :( I've felt much better and much more like myself since then. It gave me this strange, clear discharge all the tim too, that is all gone now.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been on Lutera for 3 months now, and I'M GAINING SO MUCH WEIGHT! The weight gain makes me sad. This pill makes me feel so lazy and emotional. My skin is better than normal though. Plus I'm not pregnant!
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on Lutera about a year and 3 months, and I love it. Clear skin, no weight gain but I lost some, no mood swings, no cramps, no tender breasts, no pregnancies. I had heavy 7 days periods now I have light 5 day periods which is awesome.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: This is my second birth control, I started off with Microgestin and it worked okay for me but my periods were extremely irregular and my breasts were so sore that even slightly touching them on accident would hurt a lot. Now that I've been through a full pack of Lutera, I really do like it. Other than the fact that I seem to cry at every little thing and seem to irritate a little more easily, my period was on point this month, and it lasted only 4 days. Although before I started, I cramped really terribly, I'm thinking that since it was my first month on Lutera, that should subside as my body gets used to it. My skin is the clearest it's ever been, my breasts grew a little, I gained a little weight, but it seems to work for me quite nicely!
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I'm currently starting my fourth pack of Lutera. This past month for me has been a bit nuts for me and my boyfriend. I've been overly emotional and anxious beyond belief. I AM dealing with emotional triggers but I feel Lutera has exacerbated things. I've had a loss of appetite but I don't know if that's because I'm loosing my mind. Ugh, birth control. On the other side, my breast have been fuller than normal, which has been a perk. My flow and pre-menstrual physical symptoms have been just fine. No unusual cramping, spotting, etc. I'm continuing with Lutera for another 3 months and am hoping to see my emotions settle down.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on this medication for about 5 months now. It instantaneously changed my apappetite. I've been eating constantly and have gained about 10 pounds since I went on it. I was about 120 before and am now about 130. I was extremely moody the first few weeks I went on Lutera but my mood has evened out a bit since then, although it's not completely back to normal. My acne has cleared up a lot which is nice. Haven't gotten pregnant so that's a bonus. I've gotten headaches while on Lutera, sometimes they get pretty bad. My periods are lighter and my cramps don't hurt nearly as bad. I like this birth control and plan to keep on using it.
Review by AWESOME BC I LOVE IT (taken for less than 1 month):
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I just recently started Lutera. I love it. I've been through so many other birth controls. I've had no serious side effect occasionally I'll get a tad moody but overall I'm absolutely satisfied no pregnancy's and I'm losing weight. Great.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been switching from birth control to birth control, trying to find what works the best with my body. Lutera is okay; my acne is manageable, no weight gain/loss, and no depression. I don't like how it makes me nauseous a lot, but maybe that's just with the starting months. I really don't like how it is giving me cramps (I'm nowhere near my period week) and COMPLETELY took away my sex drive. It scares me when a medication gives me a certain reaction, but it scares me even more when the medication takes something away from me that I was fine with.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've started on Lutera due to the fact that my last birth control pill caused mood swings and low libido. Otherwise, it was a great pill. So far with Lutera, my mood swings are gone but I have spotting after hitting the 2nd week mark. Never had this before, so its incredibly annoying. Giving it time to work itself out and hopefully things improve!
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Lutera is discontinued now and I miss it. It was the best birth control I'd had, no side effects. Mild bloating, but everything else was great on it.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: PROS- PERFECT acne free skin
-breakthrough bleeding every month for 9 MONTHS but whatever
-melasma on cheeks and forehead starting to appear (I'm only 24.. got some laser facial and hydroquinone cream/serum daily)
Not an abnormal amount of depression or any mood swings and my sex drive was normal. Just switched to Levora to help the breakthrough bleeding but I've noticed some acne coming back after just 5 pills of the new one. Might be switching back to Lutera just for the clear skin!
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've only been on the pill for three weeks so far, but I've noticed some side effects. My boobs are bigger and tender and I cannot stop eating. My appetite is insane. I also used to have decent skin, but now I get some breakouts. Maybe I'm still adjusting? I didn't notice any mood changes, though.
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I just started my 3rd pack today and am happy to share that the first 2 packs have been a great experience so far. This is my first time on birth control (I am 22) and the only negative side effect of Lutera seems to be mood swings during weeks 1 or 2. My boyfriend got extremely irritated with my random moods but we were able to get through it. Other than that, my skin has gotten much clearer (I used to have spots here and there and now I don't), my periods are shorter and predictable, there was no weight gain (I actually lost weight) and breasts stayed the same.
It took me so many years to finally start on BC because reading through all the forums scared me away. I'm sure there is a suitable BC out there for everyone!
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have been on Lutera for a good 5 months, it was suppose to be good for my acne but has made my acne worse. It has caused me to become VERY irritated, but the reason I am switching is because it has caused heavy breakthrough bleeding, which is quite frustrating! I have been on 5 other birth control pills in the last 8 years, and never experienced this before. Besides the breakthrough bleeding, it has made my actual period A LOT shorter, it only lasts about 1-3 days, but I get it about every 2 weeks instead of my usual 29 day cycle.
Review by Lutera has been fine! (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: Been on Lutera 4 months now, and it's been good! Went to Planned Parenthood bc the wait for my gyno was 2 months and I didn't want to continue risking pregnancy....newlywed here! I was worried at first bc I had terrible side effects from other bc's (Depo made my hair fall out and Seasonique made me overly emotional and gave me sharp chest pains). I take this one at 10:30pm each night. Side effects for me: my boobs are larger and sore; I was a little crampy the first few weeks; I get moody around 6:30pm each night like clockwork (I'm guessing due to the hormone levels dropping in my body?) Skin and weight stayed the same. Periods are light, short, barely any cramps. No baby. Also, I still have my HAIR! Happy so far
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Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I have only just switched to Lutera after being on the depo shot for 5 years. I haven't gotten pregnant but have had a few other side effects I'm not happy with. For instance, my first 2 periods (after not having one in 5 years) were easy, only lasting a few days and not too painful. The current one has been heavy and horribly uncomfortable. My back pain had me falling over at work.
Review by laurenmaureen (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I give Lutera 5 stars because it effectively did half its job: birth control. I was on it for seven months and never got pregnant, nor did I have any scares. The other half of it was horrible for me: it gave me AWFUL anxiety. I had panic attacks, to the point where I couldn't see straight or feel my legs. All this coming from a person who has never had an anxious bone in her body until I started this pill. I was crazy emotional, and nearly ruined my relationship. I would cry over every little thing. All of that on top of the minor little annoyances like nausea, pimples, hot flashes, etc. All of my symptoms would come and go (except for the anxiety). Each month was different. Everyone is different, but that was my experience.
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Lutera (ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel) for Birth Control: I've been on Lutera for 6 weeks now. Only con is acne which is very mild. I'm 5'8 & 117 lbs. I've gained 7 pounds so far which I love since I have a fast metabolism. My breast grew also. I love Lutera so far. I'm looking and feeling great.
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