Drug Ratings for ESTROSTEP 21

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 5  regulation, acne, prevent pregnancy regulated and lightened my periods. didn't really help clear up acne, but getting older did. I still get more pimples around the time of my period, bloating, and breast swelling/tenderness. I have PMDD and I don't think this really helps it, but I've been on it 10 years so I don't know how I would be without it. It has worked to prevent pregnancy for 10 years so I'd say that's pretty good! As a side note, I tried Orthotricyclen before Estrostep (and I actually take Tilia FE, the generic) and it was bad bad bad for me. Everyone reacts differently to different birth control pills. F 27 10 years
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6/9/2014

 4  acne prevent pregnancy headaches at night, tiredness and feeling of being weak and low in energy. at first I was very nauseous all the time and had heightened sense of smell and taste (I was a pickier eater than my 3 year old). Acne never completely cleared up. gained 10 lbs. Over all this is a good birth control, I was on Mirena IUD before this for a couple of years which gave me severe acne and increased hair growth. The one thing I liked about Mirena was the increased energy level and no mood swings. Estrostep is completely different, I feel more womenish (if that makes sense) the hair on my head and eyelashes are actually thicker and my body hair has actually decreased and slowed in growth. My skin actually looks and feels more radiant and less greasy (the hormones in Mirena made my skin produce excess oil). The tiredness and weak feeling is still there I have just gotten used to it, but the heightened senses have went away. I have been trying everything for the passed month to lose the 10 lbs I gained but have had no luck. I have never had a problem losing weight until now. I was 125 lbs before I started taking this BC and now I am 135 lbs. I am working out for an hour a day 4 days a week and eating clean an have actually gained a pound. My next step is cleansing my liver of excessive hormones hope it works. The described effects are in comparison to Mirena and the side effects were by no means extraordinary. F 26 1 years
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2/19/2014
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 1  Acne Extreme vaginal dryness, increased appetite. Breast tenderness. Spotting F 31 2.5 weeks
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5/8/2013
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 4  Moderate acne The worst side effect was that I bled for 3 weeks straight during the first month taking it. I was off birth control pills for about 4 years because my acne got better. It wasn't excessive bleeding (good bleeding for about 1 week, then spotting for 2 weeks). For the second month, my period returned to normal. Great with acne, I don't have breakouts any more. F 23 2 months
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4/6/2012
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 2  Birth Control and help Acne Spotting, Unusually emotional, Breast pain, Either very hungry or not hungry at all Mostly I hated this bc because my period became completely unstable. I normally get it like clockwork every 27 days and this threw it off completely, I wasn't spotting I was getting a period 3 times a month just shorter. It also made my boobs hurt REALLY badly, sad I was hoping it would work out. F 21 2.5 months
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2/1/2012
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 5  Prevent pregnancy, control PMS Altered period cycle -- almost all of my PMS symptoms (cramps, zits) occur the week BEFORE my period now. Period length was not shortened as much as other oral contraceptives have shortened it. This was the ONLY pill that did not make me fat. Yaz and Ortho Tri Cyclen both made me go from 118 lbs to 140 lbs over the course of months. This BC allowed me to shed the weight immediately back down to 121 lbs. Helped control mood swings tremendously. Helped acne (except while on period). Helped cramps. Only downside -- period was not shortened or lightened as much as other BCs have and this pill is expensive (co-pay tends to run high, $25 for me, even for generic). F 18 1 years
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12/12/2011

 1  Endometriosis Wanted to put a gun to my head and blow my brians out. Cried over everything and nothing. Became evil towards family and friends. My GYN had switched me because I had been on the same pill since my endometriosis surgery two years prior and she wanted to make sure my system was maintaining. I finally realized, after having such a horrendous argument with my mother that I blacked out I was so angry, that it had to be this pill. It was like being possessed! I have never had such erratic mood swings and crying jags. It was a horrible, horrible month, especially the week before my period. Went directly back on previous pill and have been too frightened to try anything else. F 43 30 days
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9/25/2011

 4  Lower estrogen birth control first week i experienced numbness/tingling in arms and legs but this stopped the second week. start of third week i have been experiencing constant breast tenderness, very vivid dreams the entire month. I switched to this bc because i was on ortho-tricyclen for several years and i had a lowered libido and frequently yeast infections. Although i have not had my period yet on this new bc i can say that i am happy with the switch. my breasts are sore and the vivid dreams are a bit annoying but i like some of the other effects. i have improved mood, less constipation, slightly higher libido and no yeast infection. it is amazing how switching pills can change problems that you never knew were associated with the pill. i would recommend this pill to women who are curious if higher estrogen might be behind some of their problems. I will update more after my period next week to give a full review of this product. So far though, i am happy with it. F 24 3 weeks
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2/22/2011
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 3  Prevent Pregnancy Negatives: Weight gain of 5-7 lbs so far. Breast size increase and constant tenderness. Slightly more tired. Major decrease in sex drive. Positives: Wonderful during period: No cramps, small headaches only 1 or 2 days, didn't make me nausated like most birth controls. (Was on generic Tilia Fe the first month and I would NOT suggest that to anyone. Constant headaches/migraines the WHOLE month I was on it. And an increase in anxiety; slight depression; more moody. I was on the Nuvaring for 6 months and it was WONDERFUL! No side effects at all except extra discharge and shorter lighter periods. I had a slight discomfort during intercourse and knew mutliple people who had gotten pregnant while on nuvaring so I switched to Estrostep. I am going to continue it and I think my body will adjust for the most part, and working out will take care of the weight gain. F 23 2 months
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2/4/2011

 1  prevent pregnancy Crippling anxiety! This BC messed up so much, and I've tried several brands of hormonal BC. The anxiety and panic attacks stopped me from going about my life and eventually gave me IBS that I still have 5 years later. The month after I stopped taking the pills my anxiety levels went back to normal (but my stomach never did) Wish I had never tried it!! F 26 3 months
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1/31/2011

 3  regulate period im 5ft3 and when i started taking it i weighed 120 and i am now 131..my boobs hurt so very bad to the point im going to call my dr to complain in the morning. im still in my 34d bra but i could probably use the next size up but i refuse to buy a new bra:) its not my entire boob that hurts just the outer part almost like they are growing full speed ahead:)my face is broke out really bad but my chest and back that use to be bad is as clear as a bell now:)go figure. im tired and forgetful all the time now. seem confused alot and my husband says im more moody. a real bitch according to him:)but guess what..it regulated my period, comes like clockwork now but is it really worth all the other side effects??? I THINK NOT!!!!! WEIGHT GAIN, MOODY, FORGETFUL, TIRED ALL THE TIME F 30 2 months
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1/30/2011
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 5  Birth Control Extreme hunger the week before a period. I have used Estrostep off and on for the last 6.5 years. I have had nothing but good results with it. It decreased the severity of my cramps (I use to vomit due to the pain), I knew exactly what day I would get my period, my skin was clear, and I didn't get pregnant while on it. I did switch to Mercett for 1 year to see if the B/C pills were causing my migraines (Turns out they weren't). The Mercett didn't even compare to Estrostep. I will be using it for as long as I can. F 25 6.5 years
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9/27/2010

 2  For Pregnancy Prevention weight gain, depression, moodiness, skipped period (or withdrawal bleeding i guess it's technically called), severe headaches, lethargy, upset stomach, stomach pain, sore breasts, very very stingy sore nipples (sucked real bad) i was on lutera (generic for allesse) for two years and never had any bad side effects, until it stopped controlling my bleeding so i switched to the estrostep. after the first month on estrostep fe's generic (tilia), i had bleeding for a day or two, after the second month, i had no period at all. i've taken a dozen preg tests, all negative. the headaches occur all through the month but the worst seem to fall in the third week of pills, they are so bad i can't do anything other than lie down and cry. i've been depressed and lack interest in most things around me. my sleeping habits have gotten messed up too, i find it hard to get to sleep but once i do, i find it even more difficult to get up. the sore boobs and nippies didnt' start until i began this third month pack of bc, that was two weeks ago, the nippie burn has subsided and my breast aren't as sore as they were last week. i have had some mild cramping sensations as well. oh, and a yeast infection that just won't quit. i really don't like this pill but i'm hoping these side effects will clear up after a while. F 30 2.5 months
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7/12/2010

 5  Prevent pregnancy, acne Weight gain, some hair loss This is by far the best birth control I've been on. I started on Ortho-Evra and HATED it. Went to Estrostep and loved it. Then I got Tilia (Estrostep's generic) to save money and went right back to Estrostep. Tilia made me super depressed and have frequent suicidial thoughts. No thanks! Estrostep keeps my libido good, my acne under control, and my periods light and regular. I would recommend Estrostep to anyone. F 33 3 years
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6/29/2010
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 1  Birth control No sex drive Weight Gain, 20 lbs in the last 2 years. I worked my ass off the first 3 years in order to maintain my weight. Cry over anything (I hated moody women and promised I would never be moody). I am in bad shape today. I cry, get angry, don't want to leave the house, I do not like the person I have become, even though I am very successful at my job and my relationship is wonderful, but I fight with my emotions everyday. F 27 5 years
12/30/2009

 3  birth control weight gain; missed a period, spotting and deceased sex drive I was very worried when i missed my period and 2 weeks later i started spotting. My doctor said i was getting use to it. I've gained 15lbs in 3 mos but thats a good thing for me.. I like being thicker. M 24 3 months
12/18/2009

 4  birth control and acne much shorter, lighter periods, mild cramping I am very happy with this pill, I have been on Yasmin and Yaz before switching to this to try and help with my acne. My acne hasn't improved or worsened, but my periods are super light and short with mild to severe cramps on the first day or two. F 21 2 years
11/6/2009

 4  birth control and regulate period weight gain. i have gained about 15 lbs in the two years i've taken it. also had an increase in facial hair. and moodiness is heightened for me during pms time - which i never had an issue with before. the upside: it caused my periods to be like clockwork when they were never even close to regular, before estrostep. also, have had much less intense cramping (used to be so bad i'd pass out), and my periods are much lighter. F 29 3 years
9/8/2009

 4  As a "vaccination" to ovarian cance Increased breast size, 20 lbs weight gain, decreased sex drive I was advised by my OBGYN to take E due to family risk of ovarian cancer. She told me that 10 years on E would drastically reduce my cancer risk. I like the drug with the exception of the weight gain. F 48 9 days
7/21/2009

 5  Prevent Pregnancy Zero sex drive I have been on this birth control for 8 years and overall, I would recommend it to anyone. Not going to lie, the first 4 - 6 months were rough: I was nauseous all the time, I lost a 10 pounds (went from 120 to 110), and had spotting. Once my body got used to it, the drug was a miracle - very light periods at the same hour each month. Major downside - I have absolutely no sex drive and I really believe it is because of the birth control. F 25 8 years
7/6/2009

 2  Birth Control very slight weight gain, cramps during period, extremely low sex drive during the "white pills" but felt like i was in heat during "placebo-pills"-week (i never actually took the placebos though.) Pain during sex (deep pain, near cervix probably), slight bleeding after sex. Need more sleep than usual. I was on Orthotricyclin Lo before, but it was getting too expensive for me, so my doc at school recommended estrostep. I'm hoping that my body will get used to it by the 3rd month. if not, i'm definitely switchin pills again. i'm getting way too many negative side effects from this pill...orthotricyclin NEVER gave me weird/bad side effects. F 21 1.5 months
5/16/2009

 5  Birth control The first month, I had horrible diarrhea and stomach cramps when I went on the placebo week, but I'm now thinking it was unrelated to the pills, and just a coincidence. I stopped taking the placebo iron pills just in case, and the problem never returned. My boobs got huge! Again, could just be a coincidence, but I went from a 34B to a 34D in 2 months. Not complaining though! Also, my sex life is greatly improved - I'm in the mood more often, and orgasm more easily. Hooray! F 19 3 months
5/7/2009

 3  control symptoms of endometriosis increase in facial hair, weight gain, increase in blood pressure, change in vision, thinning scalp hair, lots of yeast infections that were hard to get rid of I take this BC pill continously for endometriosis. I loved that I did not have extreme mood swings around my period time anymore. I did not have anymore horrible cramps at all. It helped some with my acne, but I still have quite a bit of acne. F 34 3.5 years
4/6/2009

 5  mainly help with severe pms all positive effects - had the least weight gain. Only one concern - does taking it for a long period of time have negative effects. I am afraid to go off of it because my psychological well being is really important. I needed a pill to regulate my periods and help ease the severe emotional drama that came 2 weeks before my period. My emotional upheaval would effect my children and my husband. I wound up feeling guilty all of the time. Estrostep took away all of the emotional problems. F 44 15 years
1/9/2009

 5  Birth Control At first mood-swings, now increased confidence and high levels of self-assurance, weight gain (20 lbs in 10 years), positive personality changes (I feel very "motherly" towards just about anyone), emotional at times, migrane once a month. Well, I've been on this for 10 years and it definitely prevents pregnancy. It also has caused me some positive side-effects (increased confidence and kindness towards others) and negative side-effects (major weight gain and a migrane once a month). F 29 10 years
12/29/2008

 4  prevent pregnancy Increased discharge, frequent spotting, a few missed periods. No change in my moderate acne, unfortunately. Slight weight gain that could have been many other factors in my life. No real breast increase. I always spot about a week after my period for 2-3 days. Gyno says it's normal and doesn't bother me too much. But lately my periods have been coming later and later during the inactive pill week and sometimes haven't come at all, which is very worrisome. No mood changes, very high sex drive, can't complain too much. F 22 4 years
12/19/2008

 2  Birth contol Nausea, bladder infections, mood swings The pill worked fabulously the first month - I lost about 10 pounds, had no nausea or headaches. But after that, it's gone downhill. The second month I started getting recurrent bladder infections and the last two months, once I start the last set of active pills, I can count on being nausated in the morning, if not during the whole day. What started out great kind of backfired... F 22 4 weeks
11/17/2008

 4  Birth Control Major weight gain in the first 3 months, I went from 120 to 145. I have since been on this pill for 2 years and 3 months with no problems, and I've managed to take and keep most of the weight off. My emotions were crazy for the first 6 months, but everything regulated itself and I feel more like me again. I'd reccomend this brand. F 21 2 years
9/11/2008

 3  Endometriosis Moodiness, cramping in legs while sleeping, increase in anger/easily upset. This pill wasn't horrible, but it did mess with my emotions. I have always been sensitive and can get upset easily, but I feel like Estrostep made it even worse. I also got angry much easier too. The strangest thing was my legs cramping up at night. It would happen at random times while lying in bed and would really hurt. I noticed it in my upper thighs mostly, but often the entire leg. I have since switched to LoEstrin24 and am feeling much better. Getting more headaches on this one, not sure if that is why though. F 21 1 years
7/29/2008

 4  Birth Control mild moodiness, dry skin/ eyes, heavy breakthrough bleeding Estrostep Fe is hands-down the best birth control I've ever been on. This first time I was on BC, I tried Ovcon. Then I switched to Balziva (THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE). On the advice from a friend, I tried Estrostep. I do not have the extream moodiness that I had on the other 2 pills, or any weight gain. I weigh the same today as I did when I started taking it. I do have breakthrough bleeding, but I have experinced this will other pills. My regular periods are so light, I feel like I can handle the breakthrough bleeding. Over all, its a great pill! F 25 4 months
7/4/2008

 3  birth control, ovarian cyst depression, lethargy, weight gain This is the only bc pill I've ever taken, and I've taken it mostly regularly for almost a decade now. The first 7 years I was on it, I would have given it a 5. My periods were lighter, regular, hardly any cramping. However, in past two years, went off it for stretches and noticed that I had way more energy, lost about 5 pounds each time, etc. Have finally just asked my doctor about switching to something else, though am worried that any other pill will be just as bad w/side effects... F 28
7/3/2008

 5  birth control/endometriosis Possible weight gain (5 lbs) I've been on Estrostep FE for 8 years. It's the only BCP that I've ever tried. I love it!! I used to have awful cramps and very heavy periods. My period are practically non-existent and I don't have any cramping at all. My skin looks great, too. The only complaint that I have is a possible 5 lb weight gain, which is all in my stomach. F 31 8 years
4/10/2008

 3  birth control large appetite all the time i loved how light my periods were and how i always knew when they were going to be, HOWEVER, while on estrostep i've gained around 15 pounds and always have the appetite of a 300 pound man!!! It's really great to know that i'm not the only one who has had this problem with it... F 21 2.5 years
2/28/2008

 2  birth control hair loss, mood swings F 33 8 months
2/28/2008

 5  pregnancy preventtion, acne I LOVED this pill. I never had any PMS and periods were light and very predictable. Unfortunatly, it is expensive and w/out insurance anymore Doc suggested I try another one. Tried OrthoTriLo and have a lot of symptoms. Trying Loestrin 24. We'll see how that goes. I may end up switching back to Estrostep. F 24 8 years
2/27/2008

 3  I have cyst I get migranes and the medicine makes it worse. I don't really get my period when being on the medicine. Barely any pain and any side effedcts. Great pill exceot for the migranes and weight gain!! F 20 3 years
1/24/2008

 3  Prevent Pregnancy I've been on Estrostep for about 2 years and I've gained a ton of weight. I've missed my period a bunch of times - once for 2.5 months when I was sixteen, that was scary... currently in my second missed month, already taken 2 tests and both negative but still nervous. Not fun. I'm moody and incredibly lethargic (probably due to my intense weight gain...) I could sleep for days on end without a thought. This is my only b/c I've ever tried but I think I want to switch. F 18 2 years
1/22/2008

 1  birth control Extreme depression, moodiness, crying often, Very hungry, anxiety, tired all the time, can't sleep, caused acne (when I didn't have any to begin with), have hot flashes where my skin gets red then goes away. I have never had such bad side effects. Since this is the completion of my first month, I will try a second month to see if there are any changes, but will be seriously changing to a different medicine if things don't improve. F 30 28 days
1/8/2008

 5  acne I was taking these pills last year and they were working well for me. I had mild acne as soon as I turned 21 so I decided to take the Estrostep. My acne started clearing up for me and I was also gaining weight. Yeah, I know most people won't think that's an advantage, but for me it was. I was 5'3'' and weighted about 115. As soon as I started taking these pills I went up to 135 and looked great with a clean and clear face. I have one problem. I'm pretty possitive these are the pills I was taking last year, but I want to make sure. For those of you who took these pills last year, did they come in a pink/purple box and said With Acne Contraceptive on the top of the box? I stopped taking these pills about the beginning of this year and can't seem to find them, of course til now on the internet.Thanks F 22 6 months
12/23/2007

 5  birthcontrol/ lessen period length i have never had any bad side effects. Wonderful, a little expensive compared to other birth control pills, however it is well worth the money for me. I have been on estrostep for 3 years and love it! Never would change... before this i was on ovcon 35 and i was getting extremely sick. Estrostep is the way to go F 19 3 years
12/14/2007

 5  acne,eliminate cramps,birthcontrol It was wonderful, I have tried the depo, estrostep, and also ortho. This birth control made my periods seem obsolete, i only bled for one or two days, no cramps, no acne (which i battle), and NO MOOD SWINGS!! I even lost about 15lbs while on this birth control. The only reason why i switched was due to a loss in insurance, so the health department gave me ortho and depo. my hair fell out with the ortho pills, and i gained about 5 lbs. NEVER get the depo. its poisen. I have gained 2olbs. which is alot for my small frame.estrostep is heaven compared to that shot..id rather bleed for two days out of the month than turn into a fat and manly woman (hair growth increased w/ depo too!) Oh and imagine how that affects the sex drive! (blah)I cannot wait to get back on estrostep birth control!!!!!! i took this BC when i was 16 until i was 18.. ortho for about two moths... depo for about 4 months now. F 20 2 years
12/13/2007

 4  Birth Control/Heavy Flow Minimal side effects I have been really happy with Estrostep, however I have never been on any other form of birth control, so I have nothing to compare it to. Before I was on it, I had really heavy flow, after the first month of taking it, my monthly flow has been really light. I never experienced any of the weight gain or massive breakouts that others have experience, in fact I experience the opposite. I've always had a problem with acne, and this pill have completely cleared my face, with an exception to one or two pimples during the week i'm on my period. F 28 1.5 years
10/26/2007

 1  Prevent Pregnancy Extreme moodiness, highly emotional, inability to cope with stressful situations, cramping, low sex drive This was the first birth control I tried. It was prescribed by my GYN and I didn't question the prescription. The extreme moodiness has caused problems at work and at home. Before starting on the pill, I never had PMS type symptoms and now it is like clockwork. The one advantage has been timing as my periods were never regular before. I would very cautious if I were prescribed this pill. F 24 3 years
10/21/2007

 4  Birth Control The only complaint was longer periods (five days instead of four) but for the most part, it was fine. I lost weight easier and had little to no cramps. Migraines were slightly harder to kill but it was mad accurate as to when my period was about to start. F 21 2 years
9/25/2007

 5  To prevent pregnancy sore breast about (3 days) Estrostep is great i've been taking it now for 8yrs. I've tried lots of birth control over the years that have made me sick to my stomach but this is great. I take it every night about 10pm. The only side affect i've experienced is sore breast for a couple of days. I would rather have sore breast for 2-3 days than feeling nausea. My period is more comfortable and my skin is great. It actually has also made me want to have sex more. So overall its a great pill. F 25 8 years
9/24/2007

 1  Regulate perioods Horrible side effects! Bled for a whole month, didn't get my period for 7 months after that, gained 15 lbs, vomiting, horrible depression/mood swings, NO sex drive whatsoever. Bad acne flair ups. It's been 6 years and I'm horrified to try another pill because my 1st experience was so bad. M 20 8 months
9/17/2007

 3  Regulate mood swings and cycle Very effective for mood swings and cycle regulation, but have noticed increased migraines, vaginal dryness and extremely low sex drive. F 45 5 years
9/11/2007

 5  birth control None I have tried two different 'traditional' estrogen focused BCP and they gave me horrible side effects. I was severely depressed, irrational, lost my entire sex drive, and gained a bit of weight on the other pills. My doctor suggested Estrostep as an alternative, since it does focus more on progesterin more than estrogen. I've been on it for going on three years now, and it's amazing. My periods are to the minute, almost, and my PMS symptoms are almost gone. My libido is back up to a normal level and I don't *feel* as if I am taking a medication, which should be the goal of any medication/treatment. I know a lot of you are bashing this pill, but all of our bodies are different. What works for most women (Ortho Tri) was the absolute pits for me. Remember to each their own! F 22 3 years
9/2/2007

 3  control cramps and bleeding break-through bleeding (for almost 2 weeks each month), very low sex-drive the week or so before my period, and mood swings. I have experienced very bad break-through bleeding since the first month on this pill; sometimes it is even heavier than my period. Also, I never used to PMS that badly when I wasn't on the pill, and now my mood swings the week or so before my period are horrible. I actually threw out my Estrostep tonight because I couldn't deal with how it was making me feel. My doctor just prescribed Femcon FE to me to fix these problems and I can't wait to start it. However, the Estrostep did make my period a lot more managable...2 days instead of 5, and much better cramps. M 19 7 months
6/21/2007

 3  birth control weight gain Helped acne F 20 3 months
6/21/2007

 3  birth control Anxiety, depression, mood swings, migraines and breast tenderness I have been taking Estrostep for about 5 months now. At first I felt great and didn't really feel many symptoms except for my boobs being really sore. But about up till a month ago I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety. I'm not sure if it's directly related to this pill but I don't know what else it could be. After reading other women's comments about anxiety related to this pill it makes me feel so much better that I'm not alone. F 26 5 months
6/17/2007

 4  As a birth control method The only side effects I may have experienced was mild weight gain, if any, maybe a couple pounds. Some irritability, depression. Estrostep has been pretty good for me. I used to have horrible long, painful menstrual cycles. When I began the pill after a few months my periods have shortened to about 4 days. They are light and almost cramp free. I am also on a schedule. I know the exact day my period is coming. Most of the time it has done a great job in managing my acne except in times that I am under a great deal of stress. I could have possibly gained a few pounds but it could have also been from my diet. I do notice irritability at times and also times of depression that could be an effect of the pill. I would still recomend estrostep it has been reliable and very helpful. F 18 2 years
6/11/2007
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 5  birth control I really have not had any side effects. I have been on it for 2 1/2 years now and I have had absolutely no problems. I have had very minimal cramps, 3-4 day light periods which are very regular, no spotting, slight breast enlargement and weight gain which may or may not be connected. I love it. All of the horrible stories I had heard from friends on the pill never happened. It's great. F 23 2.5 years
6/9/2007

 4  birth control, to regulate periods Small amount of weight gain, occasional bleeding between periods It really helped regulate my periods. Before I started on it I never knew when my period was going to come. And my periods were also really heavy and really long with awful cramping, also I had problems with throwing up right around the time my period would start. Now that I am on Estrostep I still get some cramping but it is very manageable with a few Tylenol. No more puking either. I have gained about 5 pounds but I don't know if this is a result of the pill itself or the fact that I'm no longer throwing up 3 days out of every month. Occasionally I'll have spotting between periods but it's only about twice a year and doesn't last long so it's not too annoying. My doctor said Estrostep would help to clear up acne that I had on my back and shoulders but it really didn't. But overall Estrostep has been good for me at least and my periods are a lot more manageable now, and I'm also not pregnant! F 22 3 years
5/22/2007

 2  prevent ovarian cysts I have had the same horrible weight gain as many other people! I've never had a problem with my weight and now after being on this pill for a little over a month - I have gained 8 pounds. I don't even eat that much and I can never lose any weight! In addition, I feel tired all of the time and very moody. I am going off of this pill at the end of this cycle. F 46 2 months
5/14/2007

 4  regulate, birth control Cleared up stress acne, some breast enlargement (didn't give me back what I had before nursing 2 children), cry easier, shortened period from 7-14 days to 3-5 days & regulated to every 28 days. F 30 2 years
4/20/2007

 5  birth control. *** (meant to put years for the last one) I used to have terrible acne, and I'm allergic to the benzoclyn found in many acne products, so creams were almost out of the question. I was also pretty irregular. I'd go almost 5 months without a period. But within 3 months of taking Estrostep, my acne had been greatly healed and my periods were starting to regulate. My cramps also became lighter and much easier to handle. I did, however, get nauseus on a daily basis, so I had to switch to taking the pill at night. Other than that, I haven't had any problems. F 16 1 years
4/18/2007

 5  birth control. I used to have terrible acne, and I'm allergic to the benzoclyn found in many acne products, so creams were almost out of the question. I was also pretty irregular. I'd go almost 5 months without a period. But within 3 months of taking Estrostep, my acne had been greatly healed and my periods were starting to regulate. My cramps also became lighter and much easier to handle. I did, however, get nauseus on a daily basis, so I had to switch to taking the pill at night. Other than that, I haven't had any problems. F 16 1 days
4/18/2007

 4  birth control longer periods I got on Estrostep after an unplanned pregnancy. It was smooth sailing for about 4 months then I started having longer periods. Bleeding for 7 days instead of the usual 4 or 5. Then it progressed to the point that I was bleeding 3 WEEKS out of every month! I pretty much had clear skin before I started Estrostep, but after I started taking it- I did not even get the monthly premenstral breakouts. My sex drive was fine - when I could have sex- the one week a month I wasn't on my cycle. F 28 4 months
4/2/2007

 1  acne /pregancy prevention I totaly despise this product !!!!!!!!!! I just had a baby 3 months ago I had started to lose the baby weight immediatly I felt great all smooth sailing . Started taking this about two months now, I stopped losing weight immediatly and have gained 7 lbs already all on the abdomen area. I also started to take this as a acne prevention thanks to estrostep you can now play connect the dots on my face due to the acne breakout I also experienced really bad leg cramps and arm cramps as if poor circulation. I really would not recommend anyone to use this product worse thing that I have ever tried. Thanks to this I feel and look horrible. F 29 2 months
3/29/2007

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