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User Reviews for Junel Fe 1.5/30

Junel Fe 1.5/30 has an average rating of 4.8 out of 10 from a total of 137 ratings on Drugs.com. 31% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 49% reported a negative experience.

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Reviews for Junel Fe 1.5/30

jonesy · March 2, 2020

For Birth Control "I am a healthy 20 yr old. I've only been on birth control for a little over a year now. Previous to Junel Fe 1.5/30 I was on Blisovi. But last time I went to get my prescription filled they gave me Junel instead. I've just completed my second pack. In this second month I've really been struggling, these past couple of weeks I am nauseated every day, usually at night. I've lost my appetite completely, I rarely eat anymore. This is REALLY starting to worry me. I'm losing weight, my breast size has increased. I have terrible anxiousness and I feel so in my head, depressed with scary dark thoughts (not like me at ALL). I also feel very detached/unemotional. TMI I don't think I'm pregnant but I've been having irregular periods, they come close to the middle of the pack instead of during the inactive pills. My periods are all dark blood (black and brown) and usually very clotted looking. I'm not bashing this pill I just don't think it's really agreeing with my body. I hope this helps someone!"

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Anonymous · July 26, 2020

For Birth Control "Before I was on the Junel Fe 1.5/30 pill I read these reviews and was so so scared with all the negative things people were experiencing because this was my first time being on birth control. Since everyone's experience is different I was hoping mine would be positive. I have been using this pill for a little over 1 month and so far so good. The only negative effect is that since being on the pill I had slight nausea in the morning in the first week. But I have seen more positive effects than negative. The positive effects I have had were that my breast grew a little bigger (I'd probably say I went up from a B to a C cup), my period has completely stopped with only slight spotting, and I haven't seen any changes with gaining weight, no hair loss, no mood changes, and etc. So far so good! Just remember that everyone's experience is different. You'll find the best pill for you :)"

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College Girl · Taken for 1 to 6 months · September 30, 2019

For Birth Control "I’ve been reading a lot of these reviews and unfortunately have read that most people have really bad experiences with this birth control. Personally, this is the first birth control I have taken that hasn’t completely ruined my life. My boobs have gotten bigger, I’m finally filling out, my acne is clearing up, and I haven’t had any nausea/depression. Strangely, while most reviewers have noticed a decrease in sex drive, mine has increased and vaginal dryness is not a thing for me. I think it is safe to say that this form of bc is not for everyone, but it is worth a shot."

8 / 10
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Ki · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 6, 2020

For Birth Control "I have been on this birth control Junel Fe 1.5/30 for 3 months now, it is good at regulating my period and preventing pregnancy however, I am extremely emotional and angry all the time and I have gained weight. I cry more easily now and I lose my temper pretty easy. I would say my acne has actually gotten WORSE and my appetite has definitely increased. Sex drive however has not been affected. Do not recommend if you already suffer from anxiety/depression."

6 / 10
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Kat · March 1, 2021

For Birth Control "I've been on this birth control on and off for about 2+ years to help regulate my period. My period has been irregular from day one. I thought that I was the only woman experiencing severe mood swings, dark DARK thoughts, anxiety, anger, nightmares etc. but after reading a lot of the reviews I now feel validated in the way that I was feeling. I initially thought that the symptoms I listed above were coming from the stress and uncertainty of COVID and the huge shift in everyday life but after trial and error I've found that it's definitely the birth control. Being off of the birth control for a week or two has completely brought me back to myself and I haven't had any of the negative symptoms. I don't normally do reviews but wanted to share my experience and let you know that if you are experiencing these symptoms that you are NOT crazy it's the birth control, stop taking it and ask for an alternative."

1 / 10
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mariam · Taken for 2 to 5 years · May 6, 2020

For Birth Control "Honestly Junel FE 1.5/30 is the best birth control I've ever had! No side effects. I’ve been taking this bc for about 4 years now and it’s great! My boyfriend always finishes in me and I am not pregnant! Haha I love it ! Before Junel 1.5/30 I had Microgestin 1.5/30 and it was horrible! I would get horrible pimples and I would get mood swings and I was miserable! I would just be so sad with these pills I hated them! Switching to Junel was the best thing ever! I have not taken any other birth control because I love this one so much !"

10 / 10
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$H$ · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 19, 2020

For Birth Control "Don't take this unless you want problems. Junel will make you gain a lot of weight. I gained 45 pounds in 10 months (I was 140 pounds 1-2 months postpartum so I was only 5 pounds overweight before starting Junel), more than likely caused me to have hypothyroidism, feeling tired all the time no matter the amount of sleep, dry hair, dry skin, mood swing, severe anxiety, migraines for days, random numbness of feet, weird 1 day periods with brown clots after the first 2 months, no sex drive at all, this makes me feel like I'm dying, just too many side effects"

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Janet · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 14, 2019

For Birth Control "I took brand Microgestin for a year and it was the WORSE. I had yeast infections CONSTANTLY. My periods would last over a week. I had horrible moods, and bad cramping. My sex drive was low and when I was in the mood, I was as dry as a desert! Sex was incredibly painful, and I absolutely hated it. Well a couple of months ago my insurance stopped covering the brand Microgestin and they switched me to Junel 1.5/30. I was afraid at first, but now I'm pleasantly surprised! I haven't had any yeast infections. My periods only last about 3 days, and my moods are NORMAL! My sex drive is up, and it's not painful! I'm so sorry to all those that have had really bad experiences. I'm glad I was able to find a BC that was right for me. We all have different bodies, and they react differently of course. I hope you all can find a suitable BC that is right for YOUR body!"

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Laur · Taken for 2 to 5 years · March 26, 2018

For Birth Control "I feel like there are a lot of negative comments about this birth control, but my experience has been all around positive. Clear skin, lighter periods, and almost non existent cramps. Just trying to offer hope to some of you researching this pill. It wasn’t right for these people, but it was perfect for me. If it is not right for you, switching is always an option. Good luck!"

9 / 10
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Time · June 8, 2020

For Birth Control "Hi everyone, well I took this pill Junel Fe 1.5/30 for about 6 months no side effects however it’s left me with no period. It’s been 4 months post Junel fe. I don’t think I’m pregnant ( negative pregnancy test) but I’ve been reading reviews and I haven’t seen any reviews like mine. My stomach as grown a bit :/I know you probably saying I just go to the doctor. It’s the downfall of not having health insurance I can’t afford it. That’s was probably too much information anyways have a bless day"

4 / 10
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Taytay · Taken for 2 to 5 years · July 29, 2019

For Birth Control "I started off on the lower dose and I hated it! It made me moody and I had lots of breakthrough bleeding. Once they upped my dose to this you would think the moodiness would get worse but the exact opposite happened. I felt normal again. My periods last 4-5 days with only cramping on the first 2-3 days. And the cramping is not bad at all compared to what I went through when I wasn’t on this pill. I’ve been on it for a very long time now and no pregnancies or terrible periods. Definitely works for me"

10 / 10
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H · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 25, 2020

For Birth Control "I am 46 & started having my period every other week with excessive bleeding. My OB wanted to regulate. My breasts were very sore, I started having migraines (ocular). I started getting more anxious & it seemed to peak as I was ending my 1st pack (PMS time). The 1st day of my sugar pill/period time I had the worst panic attack ever-- I really thought I was going crazy. Worse feeling in my life - I stopped taking and just a few days out starting to feel better. I came on here to see reviews & just wanted to say how grateful I am that you ladies share your experience-- the nurse on phone literally said anxiety/panic attacks are NOT a side effect. I really thought I was losing my mind. Love & hugs to you all!"

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JackyF97 · Taken for 5 to 10 years · February 23, 2022

For Birth Control "I took Junel FE 1.5/30 for five years, from the time that I was 18 to the time that I was 23. I took it at the same time every day, and never had a single pregnancy scare. Please girls, remember: Birth control is HUGELY personal. Our hormones are so sensitive. What works for one, may not work for another. I would say that the first three years of the pill were fine for me and I had no issues except for one. That issue? I would fall asleep every early afternoon and sleep for two or three hours. I NEEDED a nap. It was a family joke, a friend group joke. I never connected it to my birth control. That issue was the same issue for the full five years. The last two years on it, however, I also lost my libido and felt totally disinterested in sex and less joyful that I'd ever felt. That was really the last straw for me and I went off it in November of 2020. Within a month, my sex drive was back, I wasn't sleeping all afternoon, and I felt better than I'd ever felt."

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AliiiciaaR · Taken for 1 to 2 years · May 5, 2020

For Birth Control "wishing I would have read reviews on Junel Fe 1.5/30 before taking this pill. I've been taking it for about 1 year+ and I didn't really notice it until my boyfriend pointed out that I've become more angry, upset, I cry more often, constant headaches I'm just super moody and I've gained some weight. The ONLY thing I like about it is that I don't have any periods which is lovely but not with all the side effects. I'm definitely switching to another birth control or just getting off it completely"

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Suffering Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · September 30, 2019

For Birth Control "This horrible birth control Junel Fe 1.5/30 nearly killed me, I was in agonizing excruciating pelvic pain and suffering from inflammation, my stomach bloated into the shape of a watermelon and I lap swim and run on the treadmill daily and eat fruits and vegetables. This birth control pill also gave me migraine headaches daily and nightly and I suffered from extreme insomnia and would get sleepy at 5:00am. It's absolutely horrible. I stopped taking it and all these horrible symptoms went away. STAY AWAY FROM THIS HORRIBLE DRUG/BIRTH CONTROL PILL."

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Anonymous · March 28, 2021

For Birth Control "Omg! Reading these reviews explains so much! To start off I'm a 19 year and this was the first every birth control I've been on. -Nausea my first month, but it went away. -INSANELY BIG APPETITE. I'm 5'3 and I gained 25lbs in 6 months - Depression. I was never depressed my entire life and on this pill I became so sad its crazy... one week every day that week I would wake up at 5 and have these crazy thoughts about my boyfriend cheating on me. -Decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness... -RECURRING YEAST INFECTION EVERY SINGLE MONTH. I never had a yeast infection in my life -Boobs swollen and tender even after being on it for 6 months - Positive side: I didn't get pregnant on it. The side effects weren't terrible but the only reason I'm giving such low stars is because of its affect on my mental health. Why does this pill do this to you? Ima just use condoms and hope for the best lmao"

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TERRIBLEBC · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 31, 2019

For Birth Control "I truly wish I could’ve seen the reviews to this horrible medication before I started taking it. I was put on birth control at 15 and took it for 3 years. I didn’t have any issues with my previous birth control. I stopped taking it though at 18 and was just recently prescribed Junel to help break down my ovarian cysts. Worst decision ever. I bled for nearly 3 weeks, my breasts doubled in size (I already have large breasts so this made them massive) making them painful and heavy. I haven’t felt severe depression or really dark thoughts in years but since starting Junel I was completely out of control of my own thoughts and everyday felt like I was going to have a breakdown. Felt like a completely different person and I couldn’t stop it. Gained easily 10 pounds and my body became extremely itchy? Like rashes and hives. I am so glad I decided to stop taking it. DO NOT USE THIS BC"

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Britt · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · March 17, 2022

For Birth Control "Please do not take this specific birth control pill if you already deal with anxiety or depression. I have been taking Junel for 10 months and the last month of taking it I experience crippling anxiety. I had panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. I had the random thought to check out the side effects of Junel since it was the only prescription medicine I was taking and was shocked by the reviews. It seems pretty 50/50 but most of the people who had bad experiences talked about anxiety being a huge issue. I also realized the things I had been dealing with for months are also listed under side effects (hair loss, water retention, difficultly wearing contacts, insomnia, leg cramps, reduced tolerance to carbs) and quickly decided to discontinue use. It has only been just over a week but I can already feel such a difference. I still experience anxiety daily but such a little amount compared to before. I did read it can take a few months for side effects to go away."

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Lc · February 23, 2019

For Birth Control "I have been on this birth control for about 6 months now. The first month was not fun: a few really bad mood swings and a lot of spotting. I have never had mood swings before in my life so that was pretty scary. Eventually everything levelled out and I’m fine now! I was on the (lowest) dosage right below 1.0/20, but kept having spotting around the middle of the pack, so my doctor switched me to the 1.5/30. I’ve been experiencing some very light nausea in the morning but nothing crazy. I wanted to leave my review for this birth control because of all the negative reviews on here.. I haven’t gained any weight, my skin has cleared up and my breasts have gotten maybe 1/2 cup size larger (not a bad thing.. lol). I also must add that I’ve been suffering with depression my whole life. Before starting BC, I was off my low level anti depressants for about 2 years. After starting bc, I had to get back on a light 10mg of Prozac."

9 / 10
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Brizee · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 15, 2017

For Birth Control "I just finished my very first month of this. Going on it I was terrified that I was gonna gain weight. I'm 18, 5'3 and weigh 180. I have moderate acne and I haven't noticed it making me breakout anymore than my regular. Sometimes it helps. I will say I've been a bit moody but it's nothing out of my regular moodiness. I've read some reviews on here of people just slamming this birth control to the ground. You just have to control your eating a little bit. Time to be a little honest. I started this pill and the second week I was on it we started doing it without a condom. I'd say in the month span at less 15-20 times. He never finished inside me all but once (whoops) and aside from that I've been just fine. Never got pregnant. I'd recommend"

10 / 10
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Steff · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 7, 2019

For Birth Control "Junel is by far the worst pill I have ever been on. I was not one to believe that switching a brand name for another brand would have any effect on me since the hormone level would stay the same. Guess again. My pharmacy switched my pill after my 3 month trial of microgestin 1.5/30 after I had finally levelled out after 3 months, I had no anxiety, my period regular. Well I got Junel in its place and it’s been a living nightmare. I was placed on the pill 15 years ago for anxiety and depression. Junel made me feel like I was on the verge of a mental break down daily, anxiety ridden, Uninterested in almost everything. Inside my head felt chaotic 24/7. And that was only one month of being on it. I’m a sound human being, it’s crazy what this medicine can do. My doctor has written me a prescription for only Microgestin. Beware."

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Nikki · Taken for 1 to 2 years · September 18, 2019

For Birth Control "My experience was good. My acne cleared up, menstrual cycle light, no mood swings. I have been taking the birth control pill at the same time everyday. Taking the pill at different times of the day could cause hormonal imbalance in return cause all this bad symptoms."

9 / 10
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Anne Summers · December 14, 2011

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "I tried this medication based on recommendations from my doctor. First, read ALL the information about the pill before taking it. My doctor prescribed this to me knowing I suffer from severe migraines (it was in my medical history and discussed). It says in the description NOT to take this if you suffer from migraines. So aside from that, here is what this pill has done to me: Extreme and heavy bleeding for 14 days now (and it's showing no signs of stopping), body soreness, breast soreness, increased headaches, extreme eye pain, extreme fatigue, extreme mood swings, loss of appetite and weight, heavy cramping, chest pains, difficulty breathing, and loss of libido. "

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Brit · June 14, 2020

For Birth Control "I've struggle years with bc. I have endometriosis and most birth control makes me anxious and very emotional/ depressed. I've also struggled with being exhausted on the pill. Ever since I've started this pill I've felt pretty great! I was on Junel Fe the lower dose than they upped it to 1.5 cause I was bleeding for so long through my pill and still getting cyst unfortunately. The only side effects I have noticed so far is I struggle to sleep now and I'm not really used to that so it does make me frustrated when I wake up and it's either been a bad nights rest and or I'm just constantly waking up. I've even been taking two melatonin and well that only helps for a 4 hr nights rest and I wake up groggy."

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lost weight YES LAWD! · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 21, 2020

For Birth Control "I love this pill because it takes my appetite away and that's a good thing. No breast tenderness. No break through bleeding or nausea. No hair loss. I don't know if it is doing what it's supposed to be doing. It's too early to tell. But I'm not cramping and bleeding excessively. Thats good but even if I were that no appetite thing is the bomb diggaty!"

9 / 10
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