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User Reviews for Microgestin Fe 1 / 20

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For Birth Control "I have Endometriosis and am perimenopausal. Had laparoscopic surgery on my endometriosis 15 years ago and had easy periods for years after. In the past year, as perimenopause set in, my periods became unbearable and came every 2 - 3 weeks, so I decided to try microgestin Fe to control symptoms and frequency of periods. The first 8 or 10 days were awful: severe nausea, lethargy, deep depression, and bleeding/spotting for 14 days. Someone suggested I take the pill at night before bed instead of in the morning. Immediately, like magic, everything normalized. It's now been 3 months - my moods are stable, no spotting, no bloating, no cramping, no breakouts. Only real side effect is constipation from the supplemental iron. Now I drink fiber beverages each morning and all is well. Every person reacts differently, but I wanted to share that the bad side effects aren't necessarily permanent."

MidAgeDread (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 15, 2018

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For Birth Control "I went from lo loestrin to microgestin to blisovi. I was on lo loestrin when I was 20 and I'm 24 now. I barely remember anything except it making me nauseous the first day. I switched to microgestin at 21 due to new insurance. There was a transition period but I've been on it for 3 years and it reduced my acne and stopped my menstrual migraines and mood swings. I switched insurance again and now I'm on blisovi. It's only been a week but I've already experienced my first mood swing and got two whopper breakouts. Currently trying to get back on microgestin because it really worked for my body and I don't want to transition into another bc again."

   
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Royalypink (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 10, 2018

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For Birth Control "Started it when I was 17 and am 20 now. Began due to irregular periods. It took 6 months for me to have a regular cycle on this pill. No side effects. Will spot when stressed, but besides that this pill keeps me regular."

   
9.0

AlyssaMN7 February 4, 2018

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For Birth Control "I have been on this pill for about 5 months. I am a student and have found I am all of the sudden lacking motivation to study or spend time with my friends. I have all the sudden become very moody and irritable. I cannot wait to get off this pill. Pros: More regular periods, no cramps or acne. Cons: Horrendous mood swings and depression symptoms."

   
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__Daannnaaa January 27, 2018

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For Birth Control "The first five months were great. No spotting, no weight gain, no cramps, no acne, regular periods, not moody. I’ve been on this pill close to a year and the last six months I have had a lot of breakthrough bleeding between periods and once didn’t even get a period for two months. Usually the period would last about 4 days. Definitely prevents pregnancy, but for me breakthrough bleeding was annoying so I’m switching it up with another pill."

   
6.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 24, 2018

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For Birth Control "Never had acne and after three months of taking this I have deep and painful cystic acne. I feel terrible. I'm extremely upset and high strung. Crying at anything and everything. And I'm SO angry all the time for no reason. My fiance has noticed a huge change and is very concerned. Pretty sure they only gave this to me because my insurance covers it. DO NOT TAKE IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS. Going to the gyno asap to get this cleared up."

Bee.T January 19, 2018

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For Birth Control "I have mixed feelings about this pill, but ultimately the bad outweighs the good. I went on this pill because I had stopped getting my periods and needed to normalize them. I was upset about weight gain, but my boobs increased 2 cup sizes, which was a positive for me (although, breast growth may not have been due to the birth control). As far as avoiding pregnancy, this pill did an amazing job. However, after being on this pill for a year and a half, I still have terrible acne (and I had clear skin before the pill) and I have been depressed. I guess you have to assess the reasons for taking the pill, but I am going to stop and go for an IUD instead."

   
3.0

Allison8 January 18, 2018

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For Birth Control "I was on this medication for about 3 years. As far as effective birth control, it's great. I did not have hormonal side effects at all. I started having horrendous headaches. The onset was gradual, so I did not make a correlation between the pill and my headaches. I suffered WAY too long before I figured out that my headaches were due to this pill. On a scale of 1 to 10, the headaches ranged from 3 to 7. They were not debilitating headaches, but they lasted for days at a time. I tried EVERYTHING my PC could throw at it. Migraine medication, over the counter, pain killers, etc. NOTHING TOOK THE PAIN AWAY. I stopped last April and haven't had that particular type of headache since!!!"

   
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Murrey (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 12, 2018

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For Birth Control "Microgestin Fe 1/20 I've been using this pill for just 1 1/2 months. I started out at 120lbs and now after 1 1/2 months I've gainedabout 7lbs!! Maybe I need to change something!!"

Anonymous January 2, 2018

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For Birth Control "I’m about to begin my third pill pack of Microgestin 1/20. I’m thrilled with my experience so far! No major side effects, very regular and light periods, and most of all: NO PREGNANCY! It’s awesome. I had feared I’d experience side effects other women have suffered on this pill, and I must be one of the lucky ones. Thank goodness!"

   
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mountaingirl1185 December 7, 2017

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For Birth Control "I was on Microgestin Fe 1/20 for about eight months. The first few months were alright and normal, typical birth control stuff. Out of nowhere, I realized I would find myself crying over absolutely nothing, have these awful mood swings, and had ZERO sex drive. Finally fed up with it I went to my gyno and they switched me to Apri. I've been on Apri for a week and I feel 100x better than I did on Microgestin and I have a sex drive back!!"

   
3.0

Sienicole (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 5, 2017

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For Birth Control "I'm not really sure yet if it's the pill but I'm usually a happy go lucky person always energetic and just a great person to be around. I started taking this pill 6 Mo to a yr ago and for the last few months I get angry over small things I cry so easily and feel sad and lonely I just don't feel like my self anymore. After reading all these comments about causing depression I'm not convinced these pills are not making me depressed."

   
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Jamie1030 November 27, 2017

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For Birth Control "This was the first birth control I was ever on. The first 4 months on it were fine. My sex drive was normal, my moods were normal, then it all changed. I noticed I start to become depressed. I had emotional outbursts, I was moody all the time. Not to mention my sex drive became nonexistent, and I was so dry down there it was too painful to enjoy intercourse. I felt like a completely different person, and not in a good way. In July I went off the pill and stuck to condoms. I'm starting a new brand called 'Lutera' and hoping it's better than microgestrin fe 1/20 was. Pros: No pregnancy scares. Periods were on time. Cons: depression. Anxiety. Mood swings."

   
4.0

HelloMay (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 19, 2017

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For Birth Control "I was on this pill for about a year in 2013 and my doctor took me off of it because it made me bleed twice a month. However, when I'm not on birth control I tend to bleed twice a month anyway and my periods are horribly painful and heavy. With this pill at least they were light and only lasted 3 days at most. This is the only pill I've ever taken that kept my face completely clear the entire time. I just switched back after a month in Sprintec, which was causing nodules on my face that scabbed over and made me look like a meth addict. All bc causes side effects, unfortunately. You just have to pick which ones you can live with."

   
9.0

Tk621 November 16, 2017

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For Birth Control "Worked fine the first five months of taking it. Around month six, I started getting horrible heavy, crampy, clotty breakthrough bleeding with cramps that were up there in terms of the worst I've ever experienced. It started giving me horrible migraines that made me unable to function. However, it did do it's job as a contraceptive. I never got pregnant the six months I was taking it, so three stars for it!"

   
3.0

estherdoll November 14, 2017

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"Lots of side effects"

S1981jc (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 8, 2017

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For Birth Control "This was my first birth control ever, so at the time I didn't have anything to compare it to. Looking back, it was a pretty bad experience. I have problem skin, and this drug gave me pretty extreme hormonal acne around my jawline that only got worse overtime.Please be careful if you have past experience with acne or if you notice the acne isn't going away!!! I got acne scars that are just now fading. I also noticed that it nearly completely killed my sex drive and put me in a generally depressive state. It might work for some people, but I urge you to try multiple types of birth control before you settle for one, because something you take everyday should not leave you with such bad side effects."

   
3.0

xxxxxxxxxxxx..... (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 8, 2017

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For Birth Control "I have mixed feelings about this pill. Took this birth control for about 3 years, my periods were great! Very light and regular. But for about the last year my mood swings have been terrible and I’ve developed anxiety. I’ve also noticed my hair has thinned tremendously which is devastating for me as I’ve always had the thickest healthiest hair until this pill :( so I’m now switching pills and hopefully my hair and normal moods will come back!"

   
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BWheels2013 October 28, 2017

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For Birth Control "I’ve been on this medication for 2 years now, when I first started taking it it made me sick to my stomach after about 4 months I was fine. It helped me a lot I’m anemic andIi was also having periods for 2-3 weeks straight and then 2 days off and then it started again. My periods also made me pass out and throw up I could work out with my sport teams or run while I was on it I would get dizzy and a lot of the time pass out or have to leave school because of barely being able to stand at school. Love this but everyone is different."

   
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-bc-b (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 24, 2017

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For Birth Control "This pill is a nightmare. I have been on this pill for ten months and I officially go off in 7 days and that can't come any sooner. I don't even know where to start with all the horrible things this pill caused me. I didn't start getting all these issues until six months into the pill. I got extremely extremely bad anxiety. I have been in a constant state of anxiety for the past five months. I am also extremely depressed. Due to this pill. I developed sleep paralysis and insomnia due to this pill. I am a comepletely different person then I was ten months ago. This pill ruined my life. My memory also got extremely bad on this pill as well. This pill literally has caused my life to spiral out of control."

   
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amyzzz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 16, 2017

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For Birth Control "This birth control is has been officially retired by me after a little over a month of use. The side effects have been horrendous and the reason I began taking this was a mess up that my physician made because originally I was taking Lo Loestrin Fe (which is a definitely the best for me). So my experience is I that I got a bacterial vaginosis twice because the pill messed with my pH and I had my period almost consistently for the month of taking this pill. I'd get 1-3 day breaks and then be back on a heavy painful period that lasts for a week... I have an appointment with my physicial next week to address what is going on and change to maybe an IUD because the pill is such a hit or miss with side effects plus the remembering to take it every day."

   
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Dani.leejo October 14, 2017

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For Birth Control "I have been on microgestin Fe 1/20 for 6 years now and I have no issues with this pill. My doctor originally prescribed this medication to me because I get headaches frequently. I do not experience headaches as much as I did before and I have not had any weight gain, emotional distress, or acne of any sort. I get my period on the same day every month and with very minimal cramps and bleeding. I highly recommend this medication."

   
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LPaige2506 October 9, 2017

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For Birth Control "I hate this pill. The first three months went by smoothly. Suddenly my face began breaking out and leaving horrible dark marks. After that my mood began to change. I'm now 5 months into these pills and I feel like a completely different person. I can't sleep at night if I take these pills, but I sleep perfectly if I skip a dose. I cry or get upset over small things, which is very unlike me. I don't feel like doing anything anymore. It's a chore to get out of bed. I'm gaining weight like crazy even though my appetite hasn't changed. I was a very happy and energetic person before taking these pills. I don't recognize myself. I plan to either switching brands or getting off of birth control completely. I need to find my happiness/sanity again."

   
2.0

IssaNo (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 29, 2017

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For Birth Control "I was EXTREMELY nervous about taking this bc. This is my first bc pill I've taken and it's been great. I just finished my first pack and all I can say is I weigh less and my period was SUPER light! Before bc, my periods were like 4 days long. On birth control, it was literally a day. I didn't have any mood swings or depression. I do feel like it increased my anxiety a tad bit. Always remember, when looking for the right bc for you, never put too much into these reviews. Try it out for yourself."

   
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Zaynahbabyyy September 28, 2017

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For Birth Control "I mainly chose this brand because it is 100% covered by my insurance. I have been using it for about 10 months now and I have absolutely no issues. No side effects at all (knock on wood). No weight gain, no breakouts, no nausea, no babies."

   
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olive101 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 22, 2017

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