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User Reviews for Levlen to treat Birth Control

Levlen has an average rating of 3.7 out of 10 from a total of 57 ratings for the treatment of Birth Control. 23% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 63% reported a negative effect.

Levlen Rating Summary

3.7/10 average rating

57 ratings from 60 user reviews.

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Reviews for Levlen

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 30, 2020

“Like many others I have been on Norimin for 11 years. Due to covid I had to switch to Levlen and had the worst experience. I’ve become super anxious, the worst acne outbreaks on my chest, back and face. I rarely ever had any pimples and now have extremely painful ones that don’t seem to heal. I’ve gained close to 4kg and have started to get bad tummy pains and bloating.”

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nessie102 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 23, 2020

“If you want to lose your libido and become a zombie- TAKE LEVLEN! When I first started levlen, I liked it because it made me get bigger boobs and I felt more mentally stable (less PMS) and my periods were shorter. However, by month 5 I realised I had absolutely no libido anymore, I couldn't even find my own bf attractive. The thought of sex repulsed me. I felt so desensitised to the world around me. Came off it about 3 weeks ago, noticed within 2 days my libido was back and better than ever!”

2 / 10
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Cass · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 11, 2020

“Wow! Just when I thought I was completely alone! I have been using Norimin for 8 years and due to Covid got supplied with Levlen. I have cried and cried due to my severe bloating, which didn't occur previously! Thank god I’m not alone! Hopefully I can find something else soon because this is driving my insane!”

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Moxy · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 5, 2019

“Terrible! I went on Levlen for exactly 1 month and it was terrible. On day one I weighed 75.5kg, by week 4 of being on this pill, I weighed in at 82.2kg!! Sounds impossible I know! My breast doubled in size, I experienced terrible migraines, was extremely bloated, NO libido, constipated and generally felt very low and unwell! I went straight off it after my period and haven’t returned to it! I have stayed off the pill entirely and feel back to myself and well! I’ve been off it for exactly 3 weeks now and my weight has returned back to 76kg by doing absolutely nothing! Ladies listen to your body.”

2 / 10
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Georgie · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 3, 2020

“I’ve been on Levlen for around 7 years and I’ve found this to work really well for me. No real weight gain (I was hungrier to begin with, but that subsided!). Slight decrease in libido, but my skin and moods have been very stable for years! I use it purely for contraceptive and only once tried another pill (I came back from a month vacation, gained weight and naturally wanted to blame it on the pill, not my eating)...after one round on another type of pill, I decided I needed to back to what worked for my body - I was back on Levlen. I came in to this pill with low expectations - I wasn’t expecting it to perform miracles. It serves its purpose, and with little to no side effects. I’ll come off it when I plan to start a family. I’m sorry to hear that it hasn’t been effective for everyone, but it’s also good to hear positive experiences on this pill as well.”

9 / 10
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Painful Period guy March 25, 2021

“Trigger Warning : suicide ideation I've had painful periods all my life and decided to go on the pill after meeting my partner for birth control reasons. The pain did reduce bit I gained a lot of weight and it affected my mood and gave me depression. After experiencing ongoing suicide ideation I quit my job at a pharmacy I worked at due to fear of stealing medication and overdosing on it. After stopping the pill my mental health returned to better levels almost immediately (3 days).”

2 / 10
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Anonymous February 18, 2021

“I’ve been using this pill for only a week and a half and already experiencing bad anxiety, depression and I never experienced this before. I’m always a joyful person I thought it was just me and now reading with the other girls have been through I’ve just stopped taking it and hoping to feel like myself again soon. I've been crying over the smallest things so random don’t recommend this pill at all. I will be going back on yasmin”

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Beachplease · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 16, 2018

“I have been on levlen since I was 18 (I am now 24) and have realised how depressed and anxious this tablet has made me in the last 2-3 years ESPECIALLY the last 6 months it has gotten so much worse. I literally have NO sex drive and feel really lazy and have no energy. I have constant migraines and dizziness and I honestly think all of these things are related to this pill. I have decided to try and change my pill to a different one and see how I go and already 3 days after not being on levlen (period week) I feel amazing!”

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SephoraeX · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 21, 2020

“I was on levlen for about a year and a half, after the first few months my hair started thinning, I started to bruise ridiculously easy and I started to get tired all the time. Went to the doctor mentioned the pill and she completely disregarded it and told me to eat more red meat. Over a year later and my symptoms got worse, my hair thinned more, my mood was terrible before my period and I had started to to experience panic attacks and anxiety which ultimately led me to get depression. I went back to my doctor about a month ago, she once again disregarded the pill and told me to get all these tests done. I took it upon myself to stop taking it and I feel 1000% better. I’m not moody, I’m happy and my hair isn’t falling out at the rate it was. I’m giving my body a break from any contraception right now :)”

2 / 10
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Anonymous September 29, 2020

“I came to the web to see if anyone else was experiencing what I was after taking this pill and wow!! ok I'm not going crazy. Firstly, I've only been taking the pill for two weeks and I've noticed constant bleeding but after research, I have found that that is quite normal. So I'm ok with that. But I'm sitting here, 26 years old, with cystic acne, mood swings of a 13 year old, constant drowsiness, weight gain and headaches. This pill, according to my GP, was supposed to minimise pimples and stabilise my cycle. I won't be putting another pill into my body. The worst ever!”

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Crofty · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 4, 2019

“The worst birth control pill I have tried. I have tried around 10-12 and this one caused me to spiral into a dark and horrible mindset. I was borderline depressed pretty much every single day I was on this around (6-8) months. Another friend experienced the same thing on this pill. Please please talk to your doctor and come off of this if you notice your moods changing. Awful pill.”

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excitedcat12 · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 6, 2019

“I started Levlen as a form of birth control and I hate it. Never in my life have I ever had rally bad acne only a few occasional pimples but levlen caused me to have cystic acne specifically around my mouth area but also on forehead. This was notable after finishing the second packet how much worse my skin was getting, I can also note how I gained visible weight after taking this . I would not recommend.”

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Anonymous January 5, 2020

“I feel very passionate about this pill so I thought I’d leave this comment. I can’t help but cry because of this pill. I’ve been on it for around 4 months now, my body seemed to be getting used to it, but I still find myself throwing up and feeling nauseous when I least expect it. On top of that, I’ve had around 3-4 yeast infections since taking this pill and it’s a literal nightmare. I’m so frustrated with my doctor and this stupid pill.”

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Kerry · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 8, 2018

“I do not recommend using levlen! I’ve used it 3 times so far over a span of 4 years. First time broke out with chronic acne. Second time same thing. Thinking it could of been because of other reason, since stopped my skin cleared up majorly as I have never been prone to acne or even pimples in general. Started back on levlen less then a month ago. My doctor said it probably wasn’t the levlen giving me the acne, so I decided to try it again (face fully clear at this stage). Turns out it was 100% the levlen pill. I don’t write reviews on anything but it’s that bad I am warning anyone else thinking about using it.. DON’T!! Yasmin is the best birth control pill I’ve tried yet!”

2 / 10
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Louise · Taken for 6 months to 1 year December 16, 2018

“I used Level for about 12 months. After 4 months I had to see the gastroenterologist for the following symptoms: bloating, vomiting, insomnia, nausea, weight loss, I couldn’t eat anymore during the evening, everything felt stuck. Low fodmap diet didn’t resolve the issue. I am now on gluten and dairy free diet without any added sugars. In my blood they found: low ferritine, low folate, low white cell count, low neutrophils (up till 1). I saw the haematologist for the mild neutropenia I had and after I stopped Levlen, after 2 weeks my blood results came back to normal again without changing anything else. Levlen had definitely had a very bad impact on my health and I would recommend anyone with digestion issue/bloating get off Levlen immediately!!!!! Can cause severe immunology problems like mild neutropenia.”

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Jayne · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 19, 2020

“Fantastic for birth control and missing periods for a few months in my 20s. Had children and a 10 yr break... as I approached 40s it doesn’t seem strong enough for my body now and I get breakthrough bleeding after a few weeks. Can’t seem to miss a period now and don’t want to go on higher hormone dose. Found out from a colposcopy it’s also causing tissues to grow outside of cervix which causes bleeding easily. More reason for me to stop taking the pill now.”

8 / 10
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Tay · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 7, 2018

“I have been on Levlen ED 150/30 for 6 years with no problems at all, not a single mishap. It's been overall perfect for me, on my new script I took out with the pharmacy I was given Evelyn ED which is the generic version of Levlen. Since taking the generic I suffered breakouts on my back and my chest which are extremely painful. I've since stopped taking the drug and will be switching back to Levlen ED ASAP. If you are happy then definitely stick to to it! Even if the packaging says they are the same, its not always the case.”

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eeeeemmma · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 30, 2017

“I'm 18 and this is my first hormonal contraceptive I've tried, I was pretty scared at first about all the negative side effects - I did experience some intense mood swings and feeling nauseous at night in the first two weeks but I trusted it would go away, and it did. On my fourth month of taking it now and I'm pretty sure I'm fully used to it. My periods are super regular, libido is fine, no dryness, no migraines or weight gain, however I haven't seen a difference in acne/lighter or shorter periods/period pain but those aren't problems I needed fixed anyway. Pretty happy!! Don't be scared by the side effects, if you go into it with a positive mindset you'll be right... and it's super worth it once your body gets used to it :)”

8 / 10
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Young’in March 27, 2019

“I started this when I was 16. I was terrified hearing all the side effects. The doctor I had said I could skip my first period. (But after-going-to-another-doctor, it-is-highly-not-recommended-to-do-that apparently). The second month I had breakthrough bleeding, that turned into a 21 day period. This time I was the angriest, nastiest person. I went to the doctors at 12 days and said to wait longer to see if it would stop. Then on the 20th day I went back as it hadn't stopped and he put me on 30 ED. This stopped my period almost immediately. Throughout this month that I stayed on Levlen 30 I had severe depression. It was very very bad. I changed back to 20 ED. I haven’t skipped a period yet as I’m too scared to but I would 100% recommend. I have been very sexually active in this time and I have not had a pregnancy scare. I don’t use condoms as I trust my pill. I have had no side effects on this one other than slight mood swings and a little bit more emotional. No-weight-gain. This pill is very very good towards me.”

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Lollie18 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 5, 2017

“Moodiness increased, sex drive lowered to the point where I didn't want anything to do with my partner, extremely emotional, painful periods and depressed. I've been off for about a month and feel so much better.”

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Maria · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 13, 2019

“I’ve been using Levlan for the last 4 months. I don’t recommend this pill at all. Previously I was on Estelle with no problems. Dr changed me. I know everyone is different and their hormones and bodies act different.. but I’ve never had any problems with any medication before.. I’ve always had relatively great skin especially on my face! A few weeks after on Levlan and my cheeks, chin and forehead have been covered in tiny lumps and almost cyst like pimples since! I’m 24 years old and have never had acne. I’ve also been have crazy mood swings or been upset/depressed and I don’t even know why. Never been like this before and I’ll never use Levlan again. Been back on Estelle for 1 week and my face is already 3x better. Hope this helps!!”

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Lulu · Taken for less than 1 month February 20, 2019

“I took Levlen ED for 1 year and gained 5kg, was very anxious and moody but eventually it settled down. I then stopped the pill and a few months later I am back on it... After 10 days on Levlen ED, my anxiety and moodiness has increased, and I have gotten TERRIBLE acne all over my face. As someone who barely ever gets pimples, I am mortified. I have also completely lost my appetite (although it might be because of stress?). Anyway I will be stopping the pill tomorrow and asking my doctor for an alternative. Not worth it.”

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Elle · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 16, 2018

“I started the pill 4 and a half months ago as my first hormonal contraception, and I was prescribed with levlen. I was a little nervous but I only ever experienced slight side effects and by the end of that pill packet my body had gotten used to it and I felt fine. However when I went to get my repeats they didn't have levlen in stock so I was given lenest 30, a generic version, which I was assured would be no different. Since I started that one 2 weeks ago, I've been emotionally unstable and basically a mess. I can't wait to go back to levlen when I'm done with these.”

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J · Taken for less than 1 month October 15, 2019

“I’m about half way through my first packet and it honestly hasn’t done me any good so far. I’ve had an increase in appetite and I’m just constantly hungry and wanting to eat and I never used to eat as much and it’s quite concerning because I don’t want to put on weight. I’ve also found that I’ve just been so moody like usually I’m quite a happy person and I’m patient and understanding but recently I’ve just been so angry and just don’t want to deal with anyone and have 0 patience. I’m going to try just finish the pack but if it still continues I’m definitely switching to another pill.”

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Anonymous February 14, 2020

“I'm a 29 yr old in New Zealand. Not been on any contraceptive before. I tried Levlen for 6 weeks before I quit. My period normally lasts for 10 days so my Dr. and I were hoping that by taking the pill I wouldn't get periods anymore full stop. And that my mood would be more stable as my periods often made me sad. I took the pills correctly skipped the sugar pills and just kept taking a hormone pill every morning. BUT still got my period. The worst thing was that it lasted almost 30days! And I was very anxious and felt like more of an angry and impatient person. I wasn't sure whether to keep taking it and see if it stabilised after 3-4months. I had friends say good things about taking the pill so was half hopeful half scared/worried. But at this point after a month of bleeding I was over it. I went back to my dr and she said I had a very unusual response to it and we decided to stop taking it. It literally did the opposite of what we were aiming for.”

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