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User Reviews for Jolessa

Jolessa has an average rating of 5.3 out of 10 from a total of 125 ratings on Drugs.com. 38% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 42% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Birth Control  
5.5
104 reviews 340 medications
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding  Off-label
4.2
15 reviews 102 medications
Endometriosis  Off-label
8.3
3 reviews 102 medications
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome  Off-label
1.7
3 reviews 38 medications
Summary of Jolessa reviews 5.3 125 reviews

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Reviews for Jolessa

Happy Mom August 27, 2020

For Birth Control: “39 YO w/two kids 6 and under. Not planning to have anymore kids. Heavy periods w/clotting & anemia. Dr recommended BC to lighten periods. I also wanted to stop having monthly periods. 1st week on Jolessa I had headaches. 3 weeks in headaches stopped. My skin is clearer. No mood swings. I feel happy but was not prone to depression before. I did feel bloated the first 2 weeks but that has gotten better by week 3, drinking lots of water, exercise & watching calories. No spotting at all. Not having a period for 3 months is improving my quality of life! I had lost nearly 20lbs before the BC. I’m not gaining-working out vigorously and counting calories BUT I do feel like I’m hungrier, craving sweets when I normally don’t and weight loss is slower than before. Overall I’m loving this birth control Jolessa. As far as fitness, it will just motivate me to work harder at working out and monitoring what I eat. I recommend giving it a try. Don’t let negative reviews deter you. I let that stop me for years and suffered.”

9 / 10
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bncj4477 · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 3, 2020

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I am shocked at how many bad reviews this BC has!! I was on this pill for around 5 years, and recently got off due to getting migraines with aura, and now am switching to an IUD because it has no estrogen. However my time on this pill was great. everyone’s body is different but when I got put on this I had little to no spotting- it was so nice only getting a period 4x a year as someone who suffers from heavy bleeding/ cramps. For people who are worried / experiencing spotting, give your body a chance to get used to it! You aren't bleeding for 3 months straight so it’s normal to get a little bit of spotting as you are approaching the placebo week. The only cons I would give this BC is the fact that I did get migraines on it, it definitely made me a little more emotional (but any BC will) and I did notice a little thinning of my hair. However I never got pregnant, boobs grew a size, didn’t gain any weight, and it improved my period significantly. Don’t believe hype on this site!”

9 / 10
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Unhappy mom March 19, 2021

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “Pluses: clear skin, no mood swings or headaches. BUT, at 1st I spotted everyday for months. Light enough for a pantyliner. My period stopped for a while, went fine. Then, with no warning, I would have GIGANTIC clots & blood gushing when I stood up. Then later on in the day & the next day...nothing. Happened a few times. Last straw: family goes to Disneyworld for the 1st time. 2nd day I’m walking around the park then stand up, start gushing blood. I spend the whole time afraid to stand because I’m going thru a tampon & pad every hour. Next day nothing. 4th day at Disney, same heavy gushing & clotting. Airport gushing. Arrive home, bleeding lightens. Then I stand up, heaviest bleeding EVER! Soaked thru a super tampon, pad, my underwear, pants were soaked with blood & it stained my bed. I am 39 YO & this didn’t happen before Jolessa. I had heavy periods but not random hemorrhaging in between cycles. I have stopped this BC & my provider is trying me on something different!”

4 / 10
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Gin · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 20, 2019

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I always had heavy unpredictable periods and hated it. After spending two months straight bleeding an extremely heavy, clotting flow I asked my doctor about alternatives and she recommended taking birth control pills without the weekly break. I started on a different medication but switched to this one because insurance covers it at no cost to me. I haven't had a period in over 10 years and I've never been happier.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous April 7, 2020

For Birth Control: “I started Jolessa in April 2019 and I’ve had an overall good experience with it. The last 3 weeks I had to wear a liner (most times no spotting would actually make it on there the first 2 weeks, I would notice the spotting when wiping while using the bathroom). When my cycle would actually come, it wasn’t super heavy; only needing to change my pad maybe twice a day (if that). Cramps during my cycle were very manageable with ibuprofen and I had a lot of bloating during the second month. The only thing I didn’t like about Jolessa is I think it contributed to my weight gain, about 15 lbs, during this year. I’m considering stopping the pill to try to get my weight back under control though. Other than that, I haven’t had any bad side effects and my experience has been good with it!”

8 / 10
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Abstinent Newly Wed November 5, 2013

For Birth Control: “I am on my first pack, one and a half weeks before my placebo week. I had dark brown spotting for three weeks, starting the second month. It has progressed into a period. I'm going to do one more pack to see if anything changes, but this is a horrible side effect. I chose Jolessa because I'm a newly wed and I didn't want as many periods. In addition to the spotting, my sex desire doesn't exist. This is very challenging, as my breasts have grown significantly and my husband like breasts. On a positive note, I didn't get pregnant while I was able to have sex. That's wonderful. Now, I can't get pregnant because I'm not having sex. Thanks Jolessa.”

4 / 10
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Jolessa · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 25, 2014

For Birth Control: “I have been on Jolessa for 9 years. I have my period 2 days after starting the sugar pill, an its always been the same and right on time. I don't have acne except an occasional zit or two, my weight for the nine years has been the same beside small weight gain. I started Jolessa when I was 15-16 and I'm 24 now. I've never had a problem. And I haven't gotten pregnant. I don't take it at the exact same time. I just take it when I wake up or remember. Thus far I love it! I'm also very active in sports so its nice only having a period every 3 months. I will say that after a year or so of taking Jolessa I did lose the sex drive. That lasted about 1-2 years, but it came back two fold.”

10 / 10
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Phishface09 June 10, 2016

For Birth Control: “*Last update*...I gave these pills six months and that's all I could take. The last straw was when I started my period randomly while in Key West on vacation. I switched back to my Ortho Lo, but not before I went from 132 to now 153 in a matter of months. I'm frustrated, bloated and desperate. I hired a personal trainer, have been running, drinking a ton of water, eating only around 1200-1400 calories a day, and I'm not even exaggerating, I GAIN a pound and a half a week. Stay away. Remember when Caty gave Regina the swedish weight gain bars and said they were for losing weight, and then Regina ended up wearing sweatsuits everyday, but Caty said to "give them a chance?" IT'S THE SAME THING. These are mean pills.”

1 / 10
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Kris9999 · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 21, 2012

For Endometriosis: “I started on Jolessa after surgery for endometriosis and have absolutely no complaints. My doctor has me taking two packs continuously without taking the placebos and it has done wonders in the area of pain. I've maintained the same weight, my breasts grew a cup size and I've had no spotting. I completely recommend this to anyone!”

10 / 10
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Dontakethisdrug February 26, 2016

“Do not take this drug. It can cause breast cancer. 43 years old and diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. This drug jolessa is lethal. Any drug that prevents you from having a normal cycle is dangerous to your body. It is not safe to go 90 days without a menstruel cycle. When this happens your body can over express the hormone estrogen in your body and can give you cancer. I fear that this message will not make it to review because theese drug companies don't want you to know about this. Shame on them if they don't post this. Do your research and homework and be safe. I was a Jolessa user and now I am a stage 4 breast cancer patient!!!!!!!!!!'”

1 / 10
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DramaMama · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 24, 2012

For Birth Control: “I have been on Jolessa for 7 years. I DON'T take the placebo pills, and have not had a period the 7 years except for once, when the Doctors office and Mail order pharmacy my former insurance made me use, got their wires crossed. If I don't take the pill exactly the same time every day...my body lets me know that it needs it's dose! No acne, and I have not had any weight gain. Slight spotting here and there, maybe once or twice a year. I don't plan on having any more children (I have a 10 1/2 year old), but am only 28, so the Dr.'s won't let me get a tubal ligation. I thought of the IUD, but quite frankly, I like NEVER having a period. No ill effects after 7 years without it. Healthy as ever.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous July 9, 2012

For Endometriosis: “I started taking this medication for endometriosis as a last option before surgery. While I have only been on this medication for a little under three months I must say I'm so impressed. After reading reviews I was a little nervous. I have had very little pain and my menstrual cramping is completely gone almost. I haven't had any spotting or hair loss! It does not make me sick and very little breast soreness. When compared to other medicines I have taken, this is like a Godsend. While I know this will not take care of my problems forever it is working wonders right now! Everyone reacts to medicines differently and I just had to share my experience to tell everyone how wonderful this one is if you are considering taking it.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous December 13, 2009

For Birth Control: “I've been on Jolessa for 6 months. I decided to try this because I get bad headaches during my period (even though they'd only last 3 days, 4 days at most) and I wanted to avoid it altogether. The first two months, it was great. Then my period arrived a month early and the bleeding lasted for 25 days, mostly light. I had already picked up my next 90 day pack so I figured I'd try to get through that and if I still had the bleeding, I'd talk to my doctor about another birth control. No need to do that because Jolessa is now working perfectly for me. It's been wonderful not having a period for a few months. I'd recommend this birth control to anyone.”

10 / 10
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B December 14, 2019

For Birth Control: “So far I am 4 days from finishing up my 2nd month of Jolessa and I am miserable. I have been on my period since the day I started my 2nd month and it just keeps getting heavier. I feel like its never going to stop. I am moody mentally unstable super depressed, my cramps are starting to get worse and worse with every day, so far not happy at all and all the dr can tell me is to stick with it.”

1 / 10
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Blondie2859 November 9, 2016

For Birth Control: “When I started Jolessa, I had been on the Depo Provera shot for almost two years. While on Depo, I gained 30 lbs and I experienced every side effect. When I switched to Jolessa, I didn't experience spotting and my weight plateaued. I am very pleased with Jolessa and I love that my periods are only every three months, also that they are only heavy for three days. I know I keep water weight given that I am on birth control, but that's the only negative thing I have to say about Jolessa!”

10 / 10
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cara · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 11, 2018

For Birth Control: “This medication is awful. I immediately started with breast tenderness/ soreness, then came joint pains and massive headaches. Then there were sharp pains in my lower abdomen that would last about ten seconds and I would have them throughout the day. I’m barely 19, healthy and have had regular periods for the past two years. I just wanted something to help cramps and it sounded like a dream when my gynecologist told me I’d only bleed 4 times a year ! I just finished my second month and I’ve been bleeding for 6 days now ! I’m not even supposed to be bleeding! I’m not even talking about spotting I’m talking about HEAVY bleeding. Before I started this medication my periods were light/regular and only lasted 5 days MAX. This is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made, the side effects are not worth it. I’d rather get my period every month than deal with this. Don’t get on this medication.”

1 / 10
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Princess Poppy November 2, 2019

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I started taking Jolessa to alleviate peri menopausal symptoms, ie inability to sleep, weight gain, fatigue, unpredictable periods, thinning hair and new facial hair. The the first month on it, my facial hair lightened up and my face became smooth again. My mood lifted and I felt great, but that was the only beneficial thing about it. I started bleeding for months - heavily. Using tampons and pads at the same time did not protect me from accidents. The minute I stood up in the morning it would be flowing all over the place. I started getting bouts of sciatic nerve pain, severe pain in my knees. I'd be unable to go from sitting to standing position. I had headaches and more weight gain. I immediately stopped taking it and opted to try natural herbs and vitamins. hemp oil, kohosh, omegas and magnesium/zinc. Plus I just started taking the cherry juice concentrate. I wouldn't recommend it. Try to go natural, you'll see the benefits like I did.”

2 / 10
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satisfiedwoman May 26, 2010

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “Jolessa is awesome! I've been on it before and had the spotting during the first pack but then it worked great! I began using it again and this time my doctor suggested to take the first month and stop for a week to get a period and then continue with the 2nd and third month. (So 2 periods on first pack) to minimize if not eliminate break through bleeding or spotting. Worked well and I couldn't be happier. Regulated and way less painful!”

9 / 10
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Anonymous September 15, 2011

For Birth Control: “This pill didn't work for me. I was it for 3 months. I spotted for several weeks (probably 6 weeks), gained weight (went from size 0 to a 4 -6) and felt depressed and suicidal. I switched back to a pill I had been on several years ago (Levora/Portia). It's been 2.5 weeks since I switched pills and I already feel back to normal. I'm back to size 0, mental health is normal, and no more spotting. Jolessa didn't work with my body's chemistry but that doesn't mean it doesn't work. The birth control pill is trial and error, in my opinion. Find what works for you.”

2 / 10
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Morgan October 2, 2020

For Birth Control: “Was on Jolessa birth control for a year and recently stopped taking it because of side effects. I had very frequent migraines that lasted 2-3 days. I lost my appetite and 10 pounds, as someone who is already very skinny it was concerning. As far as acne, it cleared up a lot until the last three months I was on it, I started getting monster pimples that were painful. I got the chills and fevers almost everyday. My boobs got a full cup size bigger so thats something to look forward to! I also experienced pain during sex and itching in nether regions while on this. I've tried 4 birth controls and none of them have worked out so you may experience less or more side effects.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years July 13, 2019

For Birth Control: “I started taking Jolessa in May 2018 and it worked very well for me until recently. I started Jolessa because I had really bad cramps while on my period and heavy bleeding, Jolessa seemed to fix that problem where I never really had any cramps and had a very light period. A couple weeks ago I noticed that I was spotting, which I had never had on this birth control before, but I thought it was normal. Then I started to have AWFUL cramps to the point where it would bring me to tears. After this went on for about three weeks I made an appointment with my OBGYN for an ultrasound, where she found that Jolessa caused me to have a blood clot in my uterus. Ever since I stopped taking Jolessa, my problems have stopped and I’m hopeful that my blood clot will dissolve by my next ultrasound appointment.”

5 / 10
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Bec · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 8, 2018

For Birth Control: “My experience with Jolessa hasn’t been bad. I started the pill about a year ago. Just like with most birth control pills, they all come with a few side effects. I noticed while on this pill during the last month of taking it I would have a lot of spotting but not an actual full blown period, I found it annoying because I’d constantly have to wear a pad/liner over the course of the month because of the spotting. Birth control pills definitely affect your mood change as well especially for me, I tend to feel more grumpy and short tempered. I also feel like you gain more weight while on birth control. My recommendation before starting this pill is to know that you’re basically shutting down hormones in your body which causes these side effects, so don’t think the entire experience with birth control will be terrific, all the while it does help prevent pregnancy and menstrual cramps which are the reasons why I’m on Jolessa. But give it a try and see how your body adjusts to it. :)”

7 / 10
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Anonymous June 14, 2010

For Birth Control: “I have used Jolessa for several years and I love it. I used Seasonique for about two years before that and did not notice a big difference (except reduced co-pay) when I changed. I have never had spotting. I LOVE not having a monthly visit and it is very light when I do have it. Down side would be reduced libido. I have just learned to live with it. I also think this causes me to have some acne that seems to have started about the time I began taking it. However, I would rather buy pimple cream than tampons. Weight has not really been an issue. I wish it would make my boobs grow! No such luck. I would recommend to anyone.”

9 / 10
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thattt girlllll October 5, 2014

For Birth Control: “I've been on Jolessa since I was 17 and I'm now 23 & I absolutely love it! I had break through bleeding the first month, but after that only four periods a year and they only last 2 days 3 at the most. I recently changed doctors & got Camrese and I hate it! I've been spotting the whole first month. At the end of the month I had a full five day period. I'm switching back to Jolessa. I thought that Jolessa and Camrese was the same but they are not.”

9 / 10
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Tiger18 · Taken for less than 1 month April 26, 2014

For Birth Control: “I have been on Jolessa for about a month due to having excessive cramps and bleeding so I was excited to try not having a period for three months, but so far everything is fine no bad side effects except a little acne. So far a good birth control.”

8 / 10
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