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User Reviews for Loestrin Fe 1/20

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Birth Control  
5.4
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Reviews for Loestrin Fe 1/20

Anonymous April 12, 2021

For Birth Control: “It’s been the best one for me so far. The only downside is I get a lot of UTIs and pH related issues. My acne is clear though and I haven’t gotten pregnant which is good lol”

9 / 10
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Brit January 28, 2021

“This is the first birth control I have been on that has made me break out. I have always had very clear skin I was very lucky and blessed with the skin I have! My entire life I never had breakouts never ever broken out on my face and absolutely NEVER broke out on my back, neck, and chest. Yet since I started taking this Loestrin Fe 1/20 birth control I am breaking out everywhere!!! And it’s making me so depressed it is also messing with me mentally I barely get my period which is extremely bad as I feel you need to have your full cycle every month for many reason. I used to have a heavy one for about 5 days and it would actually make me feel better after, now I literally spot for a day and that’s it. I also now have the worst cramps. I need to get off of this one but I’m scared to try another one because I don’t want to gain weight that’s the main reason I went on this birth control but it’s not worth it with how badly I’m breaking out I know everyone is different but I do NOT recommend this bc”

3 / 10
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EF · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 12, 2021

For Birth Control: “I didn’t have a great time on this pill. While it made my cramps subside, it did not regulate my period. however, i was only on it for a month and a half because the mental side effects were unbearable. I experienced crippling anxiety and heightened depression. I had no physical side affects aside from occasional mild headaches.”

4 / 10
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Junegloom · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 24, 2020

For Birth Control: “One month on this Loestrin Fe 1/20 dosage and so far it hasn’t been too bad. My acne has cleared up and the mood swings aren't terrible I will get a tiny bit irritated here and there. One thing I am noticing is that I’m experiencing acid reflux while on this pill which isn’t pleasant but it’s worth the release of my endometriosis pain.”

9 / 10
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Jen · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 28, 2020

For Birth Control: “Loestrin Fe 1/20 is the best birth control pill I’ve tried. I was able to skip my periods (not take the placebo pills) and that made me not have any more PMS headaches. No depression or irritable moods like I has on Ortho Tri Cyclen. No nausea like some other pills gave me. Didn’t really change my skin or sex drive at all. I felt like myself on this pill. I did develop high blood pressure after 3 years on it when I went through a time of stress. Not sure if due to the pill, but get regular blood pressure checks if you take any birth control pills as it can be a side effect.”

9 / 10
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tina12345 · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 20, 2016

For Birth Control: “I've been on Loestrin (and the other generic brands like Junel) for about a year and a half and I'm satisfied with it. I haven't tried any other birth control prior to Loestrin, so maybe that's why it's hard for me to give a comparative judgment. I can say that in terms of excessive weight gain, acne, or mood swings, Loestrin didn't cause me to experience any of these, contrary to some of the posts that I've read on here. Also, I take my pill every morning on an empty stomach and don't experience any nausea or anything like that. It has also regulated my hormones so my PMS is not as extreme as it used to be before taking the pill. Only con is that I have experienced occasional break through spotting before my cycle some months.”

10 / 10
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Kp · Taken for less than 1 month August 17, 2019

For Birth Control: “I only took this birth control pills for 3 days and had to stop right away, I started to experience bad anxiety and depression and my doctor advised me to stop taking them. I am also on Wellbutrin for depression and not sure if they interact but I highly recommend to not take this if you have anxiety and depression and take Wellbutrin as well.. I cried non stop and never felt so sad in my life”

2 / 10
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First time user · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 30, 2020

For Birth Control: “Loestrin Fe 1/20 was my first experience with birth control at age 20. I initially wanted to start birth control to help my hormonal acne, as well as start contraception, and my doctor prescribed this one. My experience with Loestrin Fe 1/20 was ok. I didn't have any side effects that were too bad- no weight gain, no nausea or headaches, no bloating, no mood changes. However, by breasts were sore the entire time I was on this pill and after three months it was not helping my acne. In fact, it may have made it slightly worse. I did not have a horrible experience with this pill, and it did its job of preventing pregnancy. A lot of doctors will prescribe this brand if its your first time on BC, so it's worth trying it out for a few months before you decide if you want to switch or not. I ended up switching because of the acne issue. Apparently norethindrone acetate is one type of progestin hormone that can cause acne, oops.”

7 / 10
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Lou · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 17, 2020

For Birth Control: “I have been taking Loestrin Fe 1/20 for almost 3 months and it is AWFUL!!! I have breakthrough bleeding more often than not and this stuff makes me vomit daily. I know it’s the pill because once I take the placebo pills no more vomiting. I do not recommend.”

1 / 10
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Cleverhalie · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 8, 2015

For Birth Control: “I had been on Beyaz for 4 years before this pill until my health insurance changed and could no longer cover it. The pros and cons are about half and half for me for Loestrin. I did gain weight on this...about 7 pounds, of course all around the love handle/lower stomach/thigh area. My acne is WAY worse. However, aside from those 2 negatives I like this pill more than Beyaz because I definitely have a better mood, more energy, and a higher sex drive/wetness. My periods are also lighter and shorter.”

7 / 10
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Kdream · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 10, 2016

For Birth Control: “I was on this for years for birth control and heavy periods. It worked great for me. Since I am going through another system it's not available anymore to me. I used the generic form Junel FE 1-20 Tablet. It lightened my flow and prevented pregnancy. My acne, I can't really say if it helped it.”

9 / 10
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1999 user · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 29, 2019

For Birth Control: “I was on this birth control pill in 1999 when I was 18. I took it for 6 months before I decided to stop using it. I did not have any problems with acne or cramps during use, but a serious increase in both directly after stopping. The problem for me was extreme nausea, depression, weight gain, mid cycle bleeding, and dryness. I now realize that taking hormonal birth control, especially before having children, causes many bad side effects long term. I would not recommend any hormonal birth control pills for anyone, and wish I had never taken any.”

3 / 10
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28 · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 18, 2016

For Birth Control: “Weight gain, severe depression during pms and intense itching. I was on loestrin previously and it was great for 2 months. I had no acne, my periods were better. As of the third month I was itching uncontrollably and was told it was dry skin but the itching coincided with the time I took the pill. I went off the pill for a year then my doctor put me on loloestrin trying to reduce the hormone. I'm not sure if weight gain was connected to that. I was having 2 periods a month. After 8 months of that, my doctor put me back on loestrin. I hoped it was a bad reaction to one Pack before. I had debilitating depression at least one day mid month and one during pms. During the second month, the itching came back. I always itched 20 minutes after”

2 / 10
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Fightthegoodfight · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 3, 2019

For Birth Control: “Despite being a low hormone birth control, I have found a similar amount of side effects compared with other higher hormonal bc pill methods. Yet, knowing that less synthetic hormones is generally healthier for the body, I am staying on the pill and giving it higher stars. On a side note, I have sadly gained 10 pounds in one month; am hoping my increased breast sized may account for this in part. My acne has improved but it is far from gone. No negative effects on my mood thus far.”

8 / 10
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Mommatime2 February 19, 2018

For Birth Control: “I have been on several differemt types of birth control, this includes the shot and IUD. The shots made me feel hot and sweat 10 times more than normal. The IUD gave pains they made me bow up and over almost ready to faint from pain. I have recently been on Junel 1/20 and have had no libido. Which caused horrible tension between the hubby and I. I also have had missed periods and increase in blood flow when I did have one. Another problem was tender breasts that hurt so bad I can't describe. The only pro about it was its free through my insurance. I have recently switched to loestrine 1/20 and I have not noticed a large change yet. I do not have breast tenderness at all. Although I have not been on it very long.”

7 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 25, 2012

For Acne: “This pill is probably good for a lot of people but it is not good for acne prone people. I was constantly breaking out on this pill with horrible, painful cysts. The lower amount of estrogen in this pill is better for a lot of women but it severely aggravated my acne. Right after I switched to a higher estrogen dose pill, my acne cleared up. The only thing I liked about this pill was it gave me very short and light periods.”

2 / 10
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Kelsjo17 · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 20, 2018

For Birth Control: “I have been taking Loestrin Fe 1/20 for almost 4 months now. Let's just say I'm going to ask for a different pill at my doctor's appointment tomorrow. This pill has caused severe tenderness in my breasts 24/7, sometimes I have what feels like heart palpitations and shortness of breath. I hardly have a period anymore and worst of all, I cry ALL the time. I have never been an emotional person but now all I want to do is cry about everything. I am also on wellbutrin for anger, anxiety and depression. I am wondering if these pills don't agree with each other. Either way, my anxiety and depression have been so much worse since starting this birth control.”

2 / 10
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Anonymous September 29, 2011

For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: “This pill has given me nothing but trouble. I am now double dosing until my D&C to see if it will stop the bleeding that it caused me for over a month. I should have just lived with the irregular cycles instead of this constant bleeding!”

1 / 10
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Alyssa McCay April 8, 2016

For Acne: “THIS IS THE WORST PILL I've suffered from mild to severe acne most of my life(lol but I am only 18) and my face was just starting to clear up, and I heard birth control could do the last steps to doing so and getting rid of my acne once in for all. Not to mention my periods were so out of cycle and came whenever they felt like. I got prescribe Lo Loestrin Fe by my gynecologist, first week was fine, but by the second week I started getting painful cysts on my chin and the following week all over my cheeks. After the first month, painful cysts on my forehead. It's gotten to the point where I am embarrassed to be seen at school or even put my hair up. Tonight I am stopping the pill on going back on my normal acne medication.”

2 / 10
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danigurl2687 June 3, 2009

“The pill worked very well. I had been taking it for three months and never got pregnant. I have always had headaches just not that often as I do now. I have had them for 3 weeks straight and only one of those days I did not have a headache. Now looking up this info on the pill I believe this is what is causing them. My headaches have got worse over the last three months.”

4 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 3, 2019

For Birth Control: “It’s been about 5 months on this pill Loestrin Fe 1/20 , I was taking something different at the beginning of the year for 3 months prior to this pill. Loestrin works fine as of preventing pregnancy but I’m not sure if it’s the pill or just me but I get irritated over everything. I am angry everyday and sometimes at least once a week I have been crying and it’s over dumb things. I get angry if I don’t get my own way or if plans change in the slightest bit I just get super ticked off and cry to calm down.”

2 / 10
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Mary · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 2, 2021

For Birth Control: “I started taking Loestrin 1/20 in the middle of November and I did not experience any weight gain, my weight stayed the same, however I did notice more acne on my back as well as a few on my face, they went away however but I still noticed that my skin was breaking out more which defeated the purpose of taking the pill since I mainly like taking it for acne control. The worst side effect was bleeding for more than 2 and a half weeks almost 3 weeks on this pill. In the middle of December, I started bleeding even though I take the pills at the same time every single day. This is annoying, will be switching to a new pill once this pack is finished. Overall I would say that it is a good pill despite the constant bleeding which is annoying.”

6 / 10
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Moneycheesedog · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 6, 2018

For Birth Control: “I have PCOS and keep getting my period for over a month on this pill. Side effects aren't bad aside from moodiness and headaches but the long periods are so bad”

1 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 21, 2016

“I have been on loestrin for almost 2 months and have had only one day that I wasn't experiencing breakthrough bleeding. I can't wait to switch to something else.”

1 / 10
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