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User Reviews for Loestrin 21 1/20

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Birth Control 5.0
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Reviews for Loestrin 21 1/20

Peach · Taken for less than 1 month June 25, 2020

For Birth Control: “Chances are if you are reading this review it is because you were like me. I was prescribed this pill and then obsessively looked up reviews on it before I started them. I sent myself into a panic over all the negative reviews before I even took my first pill. Let me just say, I am VERY sensitive to medications. I can't even take Motrin without feeling dizzy. I have been on this pill for 3 weeks now with NO negative side effects. I have maybe felt a bit more bloated during week one. I did feel a bit more hungry every now and then but nothing that an apple or a quick healthy snack didn't cure...Thats it! No weird moods, no crying spells, no nothing. I was scared to death before I took my first pill! But everything is fine! Please don't panic like I did because of all the negative reviews! Give it a chance. If it doesn't work out, you can always stop and switch.”

10 / 10
Ellie January 13, 2020

For Birth Control: “The devil in disguise I never experienced anxiety problems before taking this joke of a pill and soon I found myself taking sick days because of extreme panic attacks. It caused very unpredictable mood swings. Made me very irritable and irrational. My boyfriend even compared my behaviour to the jokers-had the highest highs and the lowest lows. The way it made me act was scary to me and those around me. I felt possessed and I had no control over my emotions. I'm usually a chill person and this pill made me angry and upset at things which I wouldn't typically bat an eyelid at. The first month was actually ok and I thought it would stay that way. It got much worse after a month. Was lead to believe symptoms would improve after 3 months but they only continued to get more and more severe. Worst 4 months of my life taking this pill. Writing this to prevent another woman experiencing what I did- I wouldn't wish this experience on my worst enemy. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.”

1 / 10
C November 9, 2019

For Birth Control: “I went on this pill after trying reclipsen/apri which made me unbelievably sad and had awful mood swings. This pill so far has been great except that I have breakthrough bleeding all the time. Even taking the pill on the DOT everyday. I believe it is just my body getting used to the low dose but it is awful. I have yet to notice any awful depression symptoms though!”

5 / 10
Nothappy · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 1, 2019

For Birth Control: “I was on this birth control pill for about 4 month's and it was just not for me.. I had terrible mood swings which were affecting my relationship, started having dark thoughts and was sinking into depression, I lost my appetite completely. It may work for some but i guess just not for me..”

2 / 10
Anonymous June 29, 2019

For Birth Control: “I took one month of this pill and immediately broke out with acne worse than I’ve had in years. I also had early breakthrough period for days. Going back to my other brand.”

2 / 10
Sam · Taken for less than 1 month June 4, 2019

“I’ve only been on this for about 2 weeks but already my breast size has grown a cup, but I've thinned out overall. It’s honestly helped me with binge eating. I have reealllllyyy light cramps everyday (almost not even noticeable). I had a miscarriage about 2 months before starting this and my hormones were super imbalance, loestrin has definitely balanced them out again. No more crazy mood swings freaking out on my boyfriend for no reason. I haven’t had any acne or anything negative to happen yet. I would rate this a 10 but I’ve only been on it for a couple weeks so things could change.”

8 / 10
Spookymuffinz · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 24, 2019

For Birth Control: “I love this birth control Loestrin 21 1/20 compared to Yaz, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, Mirena, Seasonique, Depo provera I do get mild headaches but no weight gain or acne. I was on it for Endometriosis and it was great”

10 / 10
Vickyy April 25, 2019

For Birth Control: “This Loestrin pill is terrible! The first week of taking it caused me to have unbelievable dizziness and nausea to a point where I thought I was going to collapse! I became snappy, irritated and depressed every single day and I would have the odd spot that was very sore on my chin, forehead and cheeks that took longer to heal than when I wasn’t on this pill. Strange pin prick spots that were very sore appeared on my fingers and toes after visiting the doctor twice they could only put it down to this pill. After another 6 months of taking this pill I suddenly had migraines which landed me in the doctors twice and a hospital visit as I thought I was having a stroke! I have now discontinued this pill due to this and I am now happy, head pain free and feel absolutely amazing! I should have stopped taking this pill a long time ago! Please be careful if your prescribed with this pill and stop immediately if you have any sickness or dizziness as that’s just the start of it all!”

1 / 10
Abc123 · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 14, 2019

For Birth Control: “I've been on this pill for 5 years. I went on it for birth control. It's great for preventing pregnancy, and for setting your periods in a routine - you know when you're due to come on and can plan holidays, etc around it... But for the past year or so I've been experiencing really bad mood swings, dark thoughts, and it's causing relationship problems. I'm constantly up and down, I don't know when my mood will change... I've decided to stop taking the pill now and will consult my doctor. My periods are also a lot more painful now, even though the pill is supposed to prevent discomfort and pain during periods (That's how if was sold to me anyway). Overall, for the first few years this pill was perfect, but since I hit the 3-4 year mark... it has caused me nothing but problems. As I'm in the UK, this is prescribed for free on the NHS as it's for birth control.”

5 / 10
Dawesyy · Taken for less than 1 month February 13, 2019

For Birth Control: “I was prescribed this pill and was happy to try it as its a "lower dose" pill. Well after the second week of taking this it triggered my migraine associated vertigo, which resulted in me being dizzy for 4 days straight and being sick, so I came it off it straight away. I'm not really sure why this was prescribed to me in the first place if one of the side effects is dizziness!! Also after a few days I had breakthrough bleeding which I've never had before on any pill.. wouldn't recommend!”

1 / 10
Denny · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 2, 2019

For Birth Control: “I switched off the patch to this pill because I was spotting frequently throughout my cycle. Within the first month I noticed some mild mood swings, second month I couldn’t believe I was battling with extremely dark thoughts. The third month my mood swings increased. I couldn’t recognize myself anymore. I can only attribute this to this pill. I’ve discontinued it.”

1 / 10
Ginger · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 30, 2018

For Birth Control: “After trying several different combined pills, this one is by far the best. I suffer from moderate acne that would flare up every month to the point I felt so self-conscious I wouldn't want to leave the house. 3 months later and my skin is completely clear, not even so much as a tiny pimple. Along with the acne I had before, I also had very heavy and painful periods-also gone. I now have 3 days of light, pain- free bleeding every month and my mood is better than ever. I would definitely recommend this pill!”

10 / 10
J August 4, 2018

For Birth Control: “This is a Fantastic Pill (Loestrin 21 1/20) I was originally on Microgynon and it gave me moodswings, headache and bloated feeling . Since I switched to loestrin 20 all that has gone and I now feel myself again. My periods are light had 2 days of very light hardly nothing spotting and took them back to back x2 packs no problems. Definitely found the right one for me. You all should go for it!!”

10 / 10
ahhah · Taken for less than 1 month July 8, 2018

For Birth Control: “absolutely disappointed with Loestrin 21 1/20. My nurse suggested this to me because my microgynon was making me feel sick. WORST MISTAKE EVER!! What is even in this pill. I have been sick all week. I had extreme heavy bleeding even when taking the pill. This is absolutely ridiculous. I am never, I repeat never taking any birth control pills again. My period felt so forced and fake like the blood is forced out and feels so sore all the time. No way am I having 3 periods a month. Usually I come on normally on my 7 day break 2-6th and then I come on heavy on the 16th and then heavy again on the 27th there is something definitely not right here!!”

2 / 10
natashamumof2 April 9, 2018

For Birth Control: “Started loestrin 20 after 5 years of using no contraception heres my experience over the first packet I take the pill at 9pm every night. 1st night within 7 hours of taking pill I had night sweats which lasted 15 minutes. It didn't happen again since. In the first week I got Thrush and sore vagina but it went away. My period was starting when I started the first pack of pills which then stopped my period, I spotted lightly for 2 days instead then occasionally over the 2nd week then my period came between the 3rd-4th week for 6 days very light-medium, then all finished. No more bleeding. - Breast growth. My breasts are fuller after 4 weeks. A to B. I feel well mentally, other pills have caused me to feel low/depressed/irritable. Loestrin doesn't affect my moods much more than I am normally throughout my cycle. My libido is normal/high and seems unaffected although I find I sometimes have more vaginal dryness during intercourse”

9 / 10
Ghostie86 August 3, 2017

For Birth Control: “Been on this birth control for about 6 months now. I had tried so many other pills and everything gave me side effects like extreme anxiety, weight gain, high blood pressure, and breakthrough bleeding. When I switched to this one the only side effect I had was weight gain but now on my sixth pack I'm starting to get really bad acne around my chin and forehead and my horrible menstrual cramps are back. Thinking about switching again. My poor skin has scars now:( It does however work to prevent pregnancy though.”

6 / 10
Chloay93 · Taken for less than 1 month April 28, 2017

For Birth Control: “I've been on this pill for a WEEK and I've had to stop taking it. I had to swap from Noriday to this as I was having irregular bleeding and very bad cramps. First day no side effects as expected. But from the second day onwards my period disappeared, I started to experience horrendous dizziness to the point I would class it as vertigo, and at one point I was sure I was having a heart attack because I had a very dull ache in my chest and my blood pressure was 172/151! Not to mention my moods are all over the place!”

1 / 10
lyssa416 · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 20, 2017

For Birth Control: “I had been taking Gildess(generic for loestrin) for over 2 years(& never had an issue) up until the manufacturer discontinued it. It was at that time when I tried everything from Blissovi, Junel, Microgestin. I've never had an issue with acne unless it was my 'time of the month' with 1-2 'period pimples'. My skin became acne prone as soon as I stopped taking Gildess, to the point where I started getting cystic acne, even with upping my skincare routine & rarely wearing makeup. I stopped immediately & decided to give the loestrin fe 1/20 brand name a try. I'm on my 2nd pill & can already feel my face starting to break out again. Stay away from this birth control. It's not worth the emotional/physical discomfort :(”

1 / 10
Jaz303 October 20, 2016

For Birth Control: “I took this pill for a week. ONE week. In that time I began seriously contimplating my own suicide as well as found myself in the hospital for what I believe to be a full detachment from reality. Since then, I have had multiple seuizures and lost numerous days of memory. I have no definitive proof that the birth control cause all of these issues, but I believe so strongly that they are connected that I feel I must warn anyone considering trying this pill. I will also be keeping an eye out for those lawsuit commercials one day so I can be the first in line to state my very heated opinion.”

1 / 10
deathbyperioditwas · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 4, 2016

For Menstrual Disorders: “I started my periods at about 12 and it was hell : heavy, painful, unpredictable. Started this pill at about 14 and it was a godsend (so to speak...). A couple of years on, new GP didn't check my age before seeing me and upped my prescription to a stronger pill. Period was late, painful and strangely coloured, acne started acting up and I was emotional. I went back and begged (crying...) another GP to put me back on loestrin. She was mystified as to why it was changed in the first place. Everything immediately went back to normal. I'm still on it now, 4 years later and have not encountered any side-effects.”

10 / 10
Cheralana · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 2, 2016

For Menstrual Disorders: “I'm 31 & have used many birth control options, beginning with the patch @ 19 then going to the pill within the year. My MD RX'd me the loestrin 1/20 a year ago. This past year proved the best for me as far as overall health: fewer skin breakouts, MUCH lighter & shorter periods (i frequently donate blood and am not iron-defficient anemic), better sex drive (husband loves), and moodiness not as bad. I have gained 7lb of weight but cannot pinpoint it directly to this pill as I have chosen a less healthy lifestyle the past year. The only negative about this pill for me was I did not stay on a 28 day cycle and had breakthrough bleeding. Today, MD changed me to loestrin 1.5/30 for this reason.”

8 / 10
AliS86888 January 27, 2016

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “After the first 3 weeks it was amazing. The first 3 weeks I had horrible headaches and nausea but once my body got used to the hormones that went away and I had little to no side effects. I did have weight gain, but I've had that with all the BC's I've tried. I had very heavy periods with awful cramps that were making me miss school/work, and this made my periods very light, regular and with very tolerable cramps. Life saver. I haven't had as good of luck on the "generics" of the loestrin but it got very expensive and then discontinued. Oh, and also no pregnancy.”

9 / 10
Loestrinstinks September 14, 2015

For Birth Control: “After only taking this pill 14 days I made the decision to discontinue it. For me this medication makes me miserable. The problems I experienced were: major anxiety, irritability and agitation; nausea, one episode of extreme dizziness and headache to the point I wondered if I was having a stroke; breast tenderness, fluid retention; fatigue; strange dryness around my gums; abdominal cramps and a noticeable change in my bowel movements; an absolute loss of libido. It is hard to believe that a little BC pill can wreck your physical and emotional well-being in less than 14 days. I will never take this pill again!”

2 / 10
goldenalice September 10, 2015

For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: “I started taking Loestrin20 three weeks ago and today, after seeing my doctor, I was forced to stop it. From day one, I have been experiencing all sorts of awful side effects: numbness in all extremities and face, fainting, problems with breathing, headaches, weakness and dizziness to the point that I couldn't drive to work. I ended up in hospital, twice. I never had issues in the past with birth control pills, but this one is not suitable for me, while thousands of women are fine taking it. If you experience bad side effects, Please interrupt your treatment and see your doctor asap. Birth control pills shouldn't cause major side effects, and if they do it's a clear sign that you are at risk and must look for a better option!!”

1 / 10
Raraavis · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 28, 2015

For Birth Control: “This is the first pill that I've tried which I've liked being on; I've had no acne, my periods are more manageable with mood swings GREATLY reduced (a blessing). My breasts also grew which I was pleased about as I'm usually a B cup. I had a little soreness from that but not huge amount. The only downside is weight gain. I've put on a couple of pounds and cannot seem to shift it, which is very unusual for me. I'm eating 1500 calories per day and have a varied, healthy diet but I still seem to be maintains or even gaining weight, which is a little depressing. I'm not sure I will give up on it just yet though as its great in all other respects.”

7 / 10