I am 24 yrs old, have only ever been on loestrin 24 fe, and have taken it for 4 years now. I love it and wish I didn't have to change it, but due to money issues I cannot afford to pay $55 a month for it. I had to switch to Microgestin and I am very anxious about it. I just picked up the prescription and am supposed to start this coming Monday. I wasn't feeling anxious about it until the pharmacist explained to me that I will be taking "the pill" for only 21 days as opposed to the 24 days I have become used to. I am afraid this will affect my period so I decided to read some reviews and all it left me feeling was even MORE unsure as some ladies have reported spotting throughout the month and even EARLY periods. I honestly wish I could stay on loestrin but by the time all of this came to my mind I had already paid for the three month supply. Can anyone tell me if it is better for me to just stay on loestrin fe 24? I am also married and do not want to risk getting pregnant by switching around on different birth controls. I am supposed to be switching to tricare soon so I hope that will help my copay go down a bit. I am just not sure switching birth controls was a bright idea anymore...