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User Reviews for Aurovela Fe 1/20

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3.3
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Reviews for Aurovela Fe 1/20

MT · Taken for 1 to 2 years · April 23, 2021

For Birth Control: “I actually LOVE this birth control. This is my first time taking a pill for birth control & I requested for the lowest hormone dosage they could possibly give me. I feel 0% physical side effects & as for hormone & emotional, I actually feel more balanced (less depressed when my period comes around). I read all these reviews & others on different websites & got terrified that this would be absolutely horrible for me (I have PMDD & birth control is a scary guessing game a lot of the time, my body usually doesn't like it & rejects it), but weirdly this one that everyone seems to not like, my body is liking. If you're starting to take Aurovela & coming from a higher hormone dosage I could see why your body freaked out, it's not Aurovela it's the gap of hormones that it was used to. Also, most people spend time to write bad reviews but people with good experiences don't usually take the time to write good reviews- keep that in kind if you're reading these.”

10 / 10
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LD · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 24, 2021

For Birth Control: “After being on Junel FE 1/20 for forever I had to switch pharmacies. The new pharmacy gave me Aurovela (which is supposed to be an appropriate substitute) without even consulting me. DO NOT let them make this switch on you if you already have issues with anxiety and depression!!!”

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Kaylie · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 25, 2021

For Birth Control: “Never realized until I got off of Aurovela that it had caused my severe depression (which I never had before). It also caused me to intensly dislike my boyfriend. I had no sex drive, and sex actually felt like a chore and just made me angry. Do not take Aurovela, it will change your life in the worst way possible.”

1 / 10
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MN · Taken for 1 to 6 months · July 4, 2021

For Birth Control: “Reading all the reviews about this BC made me scared to take it since it was my first time ever going on BC. I was prescribed this due to my irregular cycle and extremely heavy bleeding but I’m happy to say that my periods have gotten much lighter and the migraines/headaches I used to get before my periods have gone away. I haven’t noticed any negative side effects except a couple hormonal pimples (probably because my body was getting used to using hormones). Don’t be afraid of all the negative reviews since every one’s body reacts differently (and if anything you can just switch pills)!”

9 / 10
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BChater · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 23, 2021

For Birth Control: “This is the 3rd time I have attempted to take birth control. I have severe ovulation issues and my DR thought trying a “low dose pill” would help. Aurovela Fe is absolutely awful. I’m on my 2nd month, week 2 of the pack and I’ve never experienced anxiety and mood swings this severely in my life! Sobbing crying, even having emotional breakdowns. I have GI issues already, and this pill has made them even worse. And the breast tenderness?! I thought they just hurt, but my significant other even mentioned how much larger they looked. Oh, and the bloating is also severe, like really bad. I’m 31 and I’ve never felt like my life was spiraling out of control, until I started taking this. I’m not even giving it a chance to “level out.” Will be stopping cold turkey. If I could give this zero stars...I would give it a negative 5.”

1 / 10
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Sun · Taken for 1 to 6 months · July 2, 2021

For Birth Control: “I started this pill a few months ago and I absolutely love it so far. I was on the patch for 5 years and wanted to try out a pill with a low dose. My period went from 8 days to 4 days, and my intense mood swings completely disappeared. I haven't experienced any increased appetite or any breast tenderness. If you haven't taken a previous pill with a higher dose, I wouldn't turn away from Aurovela based on all the low reviews. Every person's body is different, so you never know how it'll affect you until you try it.”

10 / 10
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Alyssa · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 13, 2021

For Birth Control: “I see a lot of these reviews sharing depression and anxiety symptoms. I have never been a person to say I struggle with those and for the most part throughout the 5 months being on it, I didn't notice anything. But looking back on it, I definitely see the correlations. It would come to me in spurts though, the sadness wasn't throughout my whole experience. But I noticed I was sad about things that I had already gotten over/accepted previously which was odd. Anyway my BIGGEST concern is the ACNE it causes. IF YOU HAVE FOR THE MOST PART CLEAR SKIN DO NOT TAKE THIS. It will ruin your skin so badly. I stopped the pill because of this. Never in my life had I had acne so badly, and within just 5 months. Also my breasts are huge and so sore, had to get new bras. Got fitted, went from an A to a borderline C they said. Never in my life..that was so crazy. Either way the acne was so bad I couldn't stand it. Not even for bigger boobs...”

1 / 10
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DaniAnniM · Taken for less than 1 month · June 8, 2021

For Birth Control: “My doctor decided to put me on Aurovela Fe 1/20 to help with awful menstrual cycles related to endometriosis. I’ve only been on it for 3 days and I’m experiencing the worst anxiety, depression, nausea, of my life. I honestly feel terrified because of this anxiety. I can only compare it to the depo injection I had about 18 years ago that made me incredible anxious but this feels 1,000x worse. Please do NOT take this medication. Nothing is worth feeling like this. I pray I feel like myself again in a couple of days once the hormones are out of my system. If I could give this negative stars I would. They really should take this off the market.”

1 / 10
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Sky · Taken for less than 1 month · March 2, 2021

For Birth Control: “Horrible. I’ve taken Junel and microgestin for years with no issue. Pharmacy switched to this and I was eating non stop. I was constantly hungry and also feeling depressed within the first week. This has never happened to me in 15+ years on the pill. Stopped taking it after about 10 days and went back to Junel. No way I’m destroying my body and mental health so Walgreens can save a few bucks on this awful generic. Demand you stay on your previous generic and do not switch to this!”

1 / 10
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Warning others · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · March 18, 2021

For Birth Control: “I was on Junel Fe 1/20 and was prescribed this as a substitute when it wasn’t available. This drug made me feel more anxious, depressed, and disgusting than anything else that I have ever taken. I have gain 20 lbs on this pill and can’t seem to stop eating when I take it. I can’t seem to get off it either since every time I call Walgreens they tell me that they can’t get my original medication. If your pharmacy tries to give you this prescription as a replacement for your prescription, please ask for something else”

1 / 10
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kraye · Taken for less than 1 month · October 31, 2020

For Birth Control: “I took only one month of Aurovela Fe 1/20 birth control pill. Within that one month, I had the worst depression and anxiety of my entire life. I couldn’t sleep or eat. I was nauseous almost 24 hours of the day. I even threw up after the first time I took it. I was given this pill when my pharmacy didn’t have my regular pill, and went back almost once a week to see if I could get the original pill I was on. On top of all that, I take the birth control to get rid of my acne, and it didn’t even help with that.”

2 / 10
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Blonde34 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · February 10, 2022

For Birth Control: “I love this pill!! I was given Aurovela fe 1/20 after almost losing my IUD which ended up being imbedded in my cervix for months. I was scared to be put on hormonal birth control because of all the side effects I’ve heard people had. However, I love this pill. I haven’t had any mood swings, my migraines have gone away completely, and my periods have gotten significantly lighter. I have nothing but good reviews for this birth control!! I can’t believe all the bad reviews I see for this pill.”

10 / 10
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Nope · Taken for less than 1 month · October 26, 2020

For Birth Control: “I had been taking Microgestin or Junel with no problems for over 5 years when my pharmacy switched to Aurovela. By week 3, I was fighting severe and life altering depression, anxiety, self loathing, and feeling overwhelmed. When I called my pharmacy to switch back, I was told they have received many such complaints about Aurovela.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 4, 2021

For Birth Control: “My pelvic health doctor suggested this birth control as a way to help with ovarian cysts and cycle related pains. I was on it for 4 months. I started having a lot of sleeping problems, anxiety (especially at night), breast tenderness, severe bloating, gas pains, digestion complications. I also experienced some depression, feelings of despair and dread. I thought it was all from my stressful job (RN) but I didn't have these issues before taking this bc. I gave it 4 months for my body to adjust to it but this is not a good fit for me. I've been off the birth control for 5 days now and noticed a HUGE difference in my digestion, my fluid retention has improved and I have been sleeping better at night and no longer dread what the next day will bring. Hopefully this review will help others as well.”

1 / 10
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isabella · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 20, 2021

For Birth Control: “I started this Aurovela Fe 1/20 birth control the beginning of November and it was fine until like December 20 something, I wasn’t able to sleep, had major headaches, started to feel really down and think so negatively and have random breakdowns multiple times a day just crying and been having to sleep with my mom to keep me comfort. I am just now stopping this pill hoping it helps and just to take care of my mental health by exercising, keeping up with my skin care because it caused a lot of breakout and focus on my relationships with others. Please don’t get this birth control! It really changed my life and made me a different person I’m not the happy person I once was but hoping to get back to it.”

2 / 10
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Mo “African American” Woman · May 9, 2021

For Birth Control: “I started taking Aurovela FE 1/20 on March 12th. It came as a very impulsive decision to seek help for my out of control mood swings I would get each month before my cycle. For many years, I just thought I had depression. However my mother would always tell me to track my feelings around my cycle. Well, I decided to take that chance after another failed relationship. Since I started taking it, I’ve noticed a much better mood, and peace of mind. ALSO, I take the pill continuously. I skip the placebo week and start the next pack. Pretty much my OBGYN wants to eliminate my cycle. I have experienced breakthrough bleeding, which is normal until my body fully adjust. I don’t have tender breast, bloating or fluid retention like I did before I started the pill. Most of the reviews I’ve read seem to be from others who have taken other pills before starting this. I also take the pill with a small dose of Lexapro for anxiety and depression. I’d give it 10 stars so far..”

10 / 10
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28 year old · Taken for 1 to 6 months · March 9, 2021

For Birth Control: “I've been on birth control for about 10 years and never had any noticeable side effects. I started Aurovela around Dec 20, 2020, my insurance switched me automatically when Junel was no longer available. Within 2 weeks my mental health deteriorated. I would cry all day, was unable to get much done at work, lost interest in nearly everything. I was diagnosed with depression for the first time in my life. I had been able to manage my stressors related to work and pandemic okay, and suddenly in early January 2021 it felt like that ability was taken away. I really can't help but wonder if this drug has something to do with it.”

2 / 10
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lizard12345 · June 4, 2021

For Birth Control: “I took it only 4 days. Everyday after taking the pill I would start breaking down crying for 4 hours at a time and feeling so anxious. My stomach would knot up. I felt so sick like how I did when I was pregnant. I felt so depressed and sad to where I felt kinda like homesick in a way because I felt so uneasy and anxious. Even though I was at home where feel so comfortable. I couldn’t even sneeze without feeling like I was going to vomit. I’ve felt severe depression to where I didn’t feel happy with anything at all. I felt so tired all the time even after having plenty of sleep. Full on breakdowns for hours upon hours. Suicidal thoughts which I have never had before. I do have anxiety but it is super mild. Thought I was going crazy until I saw these reviews. I decided to leave a review on my experience. It was so bad to the point where I refuse to go on any birth control ever again. Would rather be pregnant again TBH and this was only after 4 days!!!! Imagine taking this for months... don’t do it please.”

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Em · February 9, 2021

For Birth Control: “My NP prescribed this to me after I came to her with complaints of severe PMS. However, this pill has done anything but prevent it. I’m currently in the middle of my second pack on the pill, and I’ve noticed severe changes. My depression before starting my period was bad prior to starting the pill, but the pill has heightened it. I feel so depressed now and also get much more emotional— both angry and sad (crying). The PMS feels like it lasts the entire month. My acne does not seem to be improving, either. My periods are somewhat shorter yet are irregular (it came unexpectedly 2 weeks earlier). Not to mention— I have bad physical PMS, such as headaches, nausea, and more, which I’ve never had before. In my personal opinion, this pill has done me no justice and I will be switching as soon as I can. I want to feel like myself again.”

2 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 24, 2022

For Birth Control: “Aurovela was the first birth control pill I tried. It was not the right fit for me. It caused extremely irregular bleeding, where I would either spot all month or not bleed at all. I have always had above average skin with no acne. But when I started Aurovela, my skin was inflamed with constant breakouts that looked more like a rash. I am also not an emotional person, but found myself crying at everything when I was taking Aurovela. All in all, not my best experience with the pill, but if it works for others, more power to you!”

3 / 10
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Cait · Taken for 1 to 6 months · April 25, 2021

For Birth Control: “This is the WORST birth control ever. I’ve been on Junel and Lo Estrin for 10 years and never experienced any side effects. Walgreens gave me this birth control instead of Junel in Jan and I finally called my dr to switch me back to Junel. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE acne, breast tenderness, weight gain (I’ve been the same exact weight for 7 years), terrible anxiety and sleeping issues as well as low energy. Within three days of switching back to Junel, my entire face cleared up and I’ve been able to sleep again. Hopefully breast tenderness will go away with time as well as back to my normal weight. Do NOT take this birth control as an alternative to Junel. If you use Walgreens , find a new pharmacy that will give you Junel.”

1 / 10
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Anon · Taken for 1 to 6 months · September 28, 2021

For Birth Control: “If I could give this a 0, I would. DO NOT take this medication. I read all the bad reviews, and figured I would have a different experience, because I have never had a problem with birth control in the past. I was WRONG. This stuff has literally ruined me. I already had anxiety but it has now turned absolutely crippling. I can’t sleep, eat, or do any of the things I used to enjoy. My boobs are in intense pain at all times. I cry over literally everything. I have genuinely never been so unhappy with myself in my entire life. I hope I can go back to normal after quitting cold turkey this week.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · December 22, 2020

For Birth Control: “I was on this for a month and a half. First month I was so nauseous and had horrible headaches. Also had been super anxious and emotional. Start of my my second pill pack I got borderline cystic acne out of nowhere. I just switched back to my old birth control. I googled the reviews tonight and saw that 80% had a negative effects no wonder I feel and look like this. I can’t believe anyone thought to prescribe this to me this I’m actually livid. 4 days before Christmas and I have over 25 pimples on my face. When I say last Friday my skin was clean I’m not kidding. Livid.”

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Sad mom. · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 5, 2021

For Birth Control: “After only being on this BC Aurovela Fe 1/20 for almost 2 months, I just found out I have a blood clot in my lung. At 27 & a mom of 5, I could have passed away in the blink of an eye. I’m in otherwise healthy condition & the only medication I’m currently taking was the bc. I wasn’t warned of this side effect and now I possibly have to spend the rest of my life on blood thinners. Please look for natural ways of BC. This stuff isn’t made for our bodies.”

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sotired · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 6, 2021

For Birth Control: “The week before Thanksgiving I started Aurovela, I experienced 24 hour nausea, oversleeping (one day, slept 15 hours!), I could not keep my eyes open for anything. I was vomiting 2 -3 times a day, usually only stomach acid or water because I couldn't keep food down. I had cold sweats and my entire body was achy. Worst out of all of this was my anxiety and depression. I don't remember the last time my anxiety was as bad as it was. It was terrifying. I had initially thought I may have had food poisoning. During my second week I was examining everything that could be contributing to my being sick, the only one thing was the birth control. My doctor stopped me immediately, told me to wait until my next menstrual cycle and then she gave me a lower dose. I was very skeptical, and for good reason. I started it 3 days ago and am already experiencing the same symptoms. I will contact her and discontinue use. The increase in anxiety and depression was surely the worst part of it all. Be aware.”

1 / 10
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