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User Reviews for Lutera

Lutera has an average rating of 6.1 out of 10 from a total of 380 ratings on Drugs.com. 47% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 28% reported a negative effect.

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Summary of Lutera reviews 6.1 380 reviews

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Reviews for Lutera

N · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 13, 2019

For Birth Control: “This Lutera is the first birth control pill I've ever been on so I can't compare my experience at all but personally I love this pill. I gained no weight, maybe at the beginning I was a little bloated for a week or two but it subsided naturally. The first month I had some veryyyy mild mood swings such as getting overly upset about trivial things, however I didn’t experience any serious depression or anxiety like how some others have expressed. I'm on my fourth pack now and the spotting is finally going away gradually. At the beginning it was really heavy but now its little to none. I experienced a little acne on my forehead and chin but I started taking magnesium and that went away almost entirely. This pill has not affected my sex drive at all either. (Also TMI possibly but my partner and I have gotten a little reckless in the bedroom and I can happily report my womb is still vacant so it works very well in my opinion)”

10 / 10
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F February 14, 2020

For Birth Control: “Lutera is the best BC I’ve ever used. I’ve been using it for over a year and it’s been amazing. No major side effects. The first couple weeks I did feel like it was causing my heart to beat really fast and I had minor stomach aches. But after that, everything was smooth sailing. No spotting. I’ve previously taken other BC pills that made me depressed, caused spotting, and gave me annoying blunt cramps every day except the placebo week. Literally a nightmare. But Lutera took away my period cramps completely and I only bleed for 2-3 days now. I’ve never really had bad acne but would usually get a pimple or 2 during PMS, but I haven’t had one pimple since I started on Lutera. No bloating, no impact to my sex drive. No period cramps. Clear skin. AND NO PREGNANCIES! I’ll probably take this pill for the rest of my life. Very satisfied”

10 / 10
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Karma · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 18, 2020

For Birth Control: “I'm on my 3rd pack of Lutera and I haven't gotten pregnant, but I suffer from anxiety and depression and these pills have absolutely increased that by 10. My sex drive has plummeted and I’m unmotivated to the extent that I stay in my bed several days in row. I’ve also have been experiencing a lot of abnormal bleeding. Keep in mind that it is only my third month and everyone is different. The pill does the job of me not getting pregnant, but I am more concerned about my mental health at this point.”

3 / 10
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Anonymous April 3, 2021

For Birth Control: “If I could rate this medication a 0 I would. Ladies with anxiety and depression...PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS. I suffer with anxiety however (through years of practice) I have been able to learn coping mechanisms. I have taken birth controls for years but, after noticing subtle changes with Tri Nessa, I decided to get put on a different birth control. My doctor told me Lutera was a good fit and I took his word for it. After taking this for literally a week I noticed I was having really DARK thoughts. My boyfriend would roll over In bed and find me crying for no reason. I was having anxiety like I had never experienced before. For instance, I was shaking, feeling like a 10 lb weight was on my chest, and I was feeling like I was going to pass out. After putting two and two together and realizing the only new addition to my daily routine was Lutera, I decided to stop taking the pill.”

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new birth control user November 9, 2009

For Birth Control: “I started birth control for the 1st time a little over a month ago, and my doctor prescribed Lutera. So far, it's been a great pill for a 1st-time user. I was a little moody for the 1st week or 2 that I started taking the pill, but I'm also being treated for depression so I don't know that I can attribute my mood swings to anything in particular. My mood is definitely back to normal now, either way. The only lasting symptom I've noticed is a little tenderness/swelling in my breasts, which really doesn't bother me very much. All-in-all, I recommend Lutera for 1st-time users because I think low dose birth control is a great way to start. Also, I set my cell phone alarm to remind me to take it each day, and that really helps me remember!”

10 / 10
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Sariii · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 13, 2021

For Birth Control: “This pill is a miracle. I am 32 and have been on BC pills since age 16, and have tried countless brands, types, and various phasic pills. This is the only pill that doesn't make me insanely anxious, I have not had one pregnancy scare, and it is so mild I hardly know I am on anything at all. This cleared my cystic acne (caused by Falmina the generic of this brand--- do NOT switch to this, it is NOT the same, no matter what the pharmacy tells you-- filler ingredients make all the difference ladies!!) and my period only last 3 days if not less. Low hormones, low effects, awesome pill. 10/10!”

10 / 10
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andy ;) July 29, 2011

For Birth Control: “This pill is amazing. It is what I always wanted. I have been on it for only about a month and I have already noticed rapid weight loss, my breasts have gotten bigger (b cup to c cup) my acne cleared up and I actually seem much happier. I haven't had any spotting, tenderness, or mood swings but I hear some people get those. I most definitely stick with this pill and I recommend it to anyone. It's truly AMAZING.”

10 / 10
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Sapphoox · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 26, 2021

For Birth Control: “I (23, 115 lbs., no kids) have been on Lutera since I was seventeen because it has been the only birth control pill that doesn't give me insane mood swings, heavy bleeding, and constant general discomfort. I was placed on this pill after going months having a continuous period on Yaz until I collapsed and lost consciousness from the fatigue and anemia I experienced. The only negative side effect I have had over the last six years on Lutera is occasional breast tenderness around my period. Aside from that it has kept my skin clear, my hormones in check, and given me much more pleasant periods.”

9 / 10
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Healthyhappyld · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 27, 2016

For Birth Control: “Hi everyone! I started taking Lutera 3 months ago. I have to say, I was tremendously reluctant to try this birth control after reading some of the horrifying reviews. My main concern, if I'm being honest, was weight gain. I lost 60 pounds by eating healthy and exercising but I am someone who gains weight rather quickly so it was definitely a concern for me. Here's a little back story: I've been on a few birth controls from ages 14-25. I initially began taking BC to help with my cramps. I decided to take a break after being on it for 10 years. In the past year, I have been experiencing excruciating cramps to the point where I was vomiting and calling out of work. I'm a pain tolerant person but my cramps were unbearable on day 1 and 2. I went to my gyno and she suggested I start birth control. Enter Lutera. The first week I was feeling slightly nauseous when I would first take Lutera. I decided to eat a large snack or small meal with it and that helped the nausea. I also noticed that I had awful mood swings for about 2 weeks. I would be laughing one minute and crying the next. I even called my gyno within the first week to see if I could switch birth controls, especially given the reviews I had read. She insisted that I stay on for at least one month, and if I still felt the same, we could switch it. I'm glad I listened. The nausea and mood swings went away. I have not experienced any weight gain. I've actually lost weight. As I mentioned before, I gain weight easily and fast so I am always mindful of what I'm putting into my body. I haven't experienced weight gain but I also try to eat well and exercise regularly {this is something we should all be doing anyway}. I haven't experienced acne or depression or anxiety while on Lutera. My periods are shorter and much lighter {about 3-4 days vs 6-7} and my cramps are not nearly as bad as they were. The only thing I've noticed on Lutera is that my boobs are pretty sensitive and my sex drive is slightly decreased but no more than what I had experienced on other BCs. I'm writing this review because I was one of the people who read these reviews and was SCARED + STRESSED to try Lutera. I'm glad that I listened to the medical professional who prescribed the BC {I voiced my concerns ahead of time} instead of listening to reviews online. I will also add that every body is different but I wanted to share my experience in hopes that it puts you at ease. I haven't experienced the symptoms that many people discuss in the negative reviews. Again, we are all different so I can't speak for everyone. I would imagine that medical history and your daily habits would have an effect on any medication you take. I would give it a try for AT LEAST a month and make an informed decision then.”

7 / 10
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_nico_ February 3, 2014

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!”

10 / 10
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Becca · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 18, 2020

For Birth Control: “I switched to lutera after a bad experience with Junel fe. I’m finishing my first month and love it. It cleared my bad back acne, I don’t get bad mood swings anymore, my cramps are mild, and overall I’m having a great experience. The only downside is my breasts are constantly sore, they were on Junel too and have been constantly growing but that’s not too much of a complaint. Overall, it’s been going very well and I’d recommend! Remember each works differently for everyone and it’s important to find what’s best for you:)”

9 / 10
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Down2Earth February 7, 2011

For Birth Control: “I'm a first time user of Lutera and never took any type of birth control in my life, so far I'm on the 4th week of using it and experienced terrible migraine/headache for 2 days which made me skip a pill. I managed to get back on track but have not had any other side effects. I'm really just taking it to help my hair grow, it has grown by a couple of inches. Yes! I have fuller breasts and nice facial skin as well. I have also been able to maintain a well-shaped body with daily exercise (no hunger attacks). ”

9 / 10
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Samansa · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 5, 2014

For Birth Control: “I've been on Lutera for about 4 years now and its been pretty good! No huge complaints at all here! My breasts definitely got bigger but besides that not much weight gain as others have mentioned. I do have mood swings ever since I started Lutera but I mostly just cry easier when I'm PMSing and that's it. As for effectiveness it works great and I pretty much have my period down to the hour at which I know it will start. If you take the pill as instructed, it works great!”

9 / 10
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Nikki · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 14, 2019

For Birth Control: “Llutera is the first birth control I ever tried and I love it. Honestly, the reason I never went on BC before was because I was so afraid of weight gain, I’ve even had friends who’ve suffered from weight gain (I’m talking 10+ lbs) from birth control, as well as friends who aren’t able to lose weight from birth control even with diet and exercise. So, even after picking up the Lutera I was reluctant to take it. But I figured that I’d try it and if I hated it I’d just finish out the month and stop it. All I can say is this has been the best thing ever! I broke out the first few days and noticed bloating for about a month but my body adjust and I feel great. I was also a little more emotional the first week or so but I have no weight gain, no mood swing and no acne, on top of taking a lot of wording off my shoulders. I know that everyone’s body is different so this might not be the one for everyone but I would definitely recommend it!”

10 / 10
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Goinginsane · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 21, 2019

For Birth Control: “I’ve been on birth control for over 6 years. I started with the depo (did that for 2 years) and stopped because I was bleeding constantly and then I had Skyla (IUD) (I had it for 3 1/2 years) and had no problems but had to get it removed because it wasn’t going to be effective anymore. I decided to give the pill a shot and I started taking Vienva in April of this year and I did notice that I was more emotional and my libido declined a bit. The company that provides me with birth control switched my pills to Lutera. I’ve been taking it for a little over two months and a half and I feel like I’m going insane. I started having irrational dark thoughts and I break down crying all the time. Also, my sex drive has had a huge decline. I’m a mess, I don’t feel like myself, I can’t take it anymore. With all that said I decided to stop taking the pill, yesterday was my last day and I hope I feel back to normal soon. My mental heath is more important.”

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Snikki May 20, 2014

For Birth Control: “I've been on this pill for about 3 months. In this time, I've gained some weight. I go to the gym 5-6 times a week and am a pretty health conscious person so there is no reason for this to happen. I've never had a problem with my skin but over the last 3 months I haven't gone a day without a pimple on my face, and my back and chest are not okay. I feel so gross. I do so much to take care of myself and after looking at my daily life, the only thing I can attribute these things to is my pill. It is also the only medication I take.”

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Anonymous August 20, 2011

For Birth Control: “I just want to first say, that to all those people who reviewed it and complained - I came to look at these reviews and freaked out for a month over nothing. I've never been on birth control, I'm on my second pack, and I've had great results. The first month I spotted after two weeks, but once I finished my period and started the second pack, I haven't had any spotting since. I haven't gained any weight and my skin has been flawless. My mood swings may have increased slightly, but overall I've been very very satisfied with this birth control and I hope it continues.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous February 25, 2020

For Birth Control: “I’m on my first month of using lutera and so far I’ve had no major side effects. The only side effect I’ve noticed the first week was a little mild cramping but other than that this birth control has been good to me :)”

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SouthernBelle7 September 28, 2010

For Birth Control: “This is my 3rd month on Lutera. I took the pill to have better periods as well as for safer sex. Before the pill my periods were horrible to the point where I would almost faint. I would vomit and be out of commission due to terrible cramps. HOWEVER Lutera made all of that go away. My periods last exactly 7 days and they're easier to deal with. My flow ranges from heavy to light but that's okay. MY HAIR GAINED LUSTER AND LENGTH and my breasts filled out (no complaining!). However, I recommend setting a cellphone alarm. I didn't at first and I was a bit emotional coming off and on the pill. But that's only natural. THE BEST STARTER PILL.”

10 / 10
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Skmka · Taken for less than 1 month August 19, 2019

For Birth Control: “3 days ago I started taking Lutera (birth control) the first day I was “okay” but I started feeling super sick and only got sicker to the point to where I thought I was going to end up going to the ER. I have had the most HORRIBLE symptoms ever and I refuse to take them. PLEASE!!!! Do NOT trust ANY birth control company. Worst idea I have ever had...You do not know what you are actually putting in your body. I am still in bed recovering from stomach aches, heartburn, muscle pain, body aches, fevers, vomiting, nausea, even the sun being too bright hurts my eyes and loss of hearing....LITERALLY in 3 days.... I also read a lady with familiar symptoms that continued to take it for a month and she had hair loss. Please please be careful ladies!❤️”

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Gehduiiebd May 11, 2014

For Birth Control: “I've been taking lutera for about five months now. I've noticed that my mood swings have gotten terrible. I am prone to headaches, and I've gained quite a bit of weight that is nearly impossible to lose. ”

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Scared to take BC · Taken for less than 1 month May 28, 2014

For Birth Control: “I was scared to take birth control pills because I recently had a tough fight with depression, and I didn't want to go through mood swings during the adjustment period for these pills. However, also noticed that when I was depressed, I was at my worst the days before my period. I've been taking these for two weeks, and I've noticed NO SIDE EFFECTS at all. I actually have been feeling better than ever! Of course, this is my body and everyone else's can react differently. YOU DON"T KNOW HOW YOU'LL REACT TILL YOU TRY IT.”

10 / 10
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Sam · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 11, 2021

For Birth Control: “I’ve been on Lutera for about 2 years and did not have issues with it. I noticed that my periods became lighter and shorter and less painful. One thing that I realized was that a week before my period I would get really sad and depressed and my mood was just not it. I also noticed weight gain but that might have been with the pandemic not sure on that one yet. A major thing for me was that before I was on birth control, I was not the type to burp; after getting on it I started burping a lot more. So more gas. I am thinking of getting off of it because of lack of good mood.”

8 / 10
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ClaraJuliet November 2, 2014

For Birth Control: “Lutera helped regulate my irregular periods. I've had absolutely NO side effects since starting it 8 months ago. Breasts are slightly more plump without any discomfort, score! I've previously taken other forms of BC which I had experienced crazy mood swings. Lutera is definitely a winner for me!”

10 / 10
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AT · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 29, 2019

For Birth Control: “I've been on this birth control Lutera for 4 months now. I don't have any complains about it! My skin is actually clearer than when I started, though my skin care routine is the same. I haven't gained any weight, had any nausea, mood swings, or depression. I'm a type 1 diabetic as well and it hasn't affected my blood sugars at all.”

10 / 10
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