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Drug Ratings for LOESTRIN 24 FE

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 3  prevent pregnancy light period and spotting but now I have been off of it for 4 months and had my 1st period January till march now waiting to see if I am pregnant now that its april or if I get my period but I really wanna get pregnant hoping this time it happens anyone experience this please email me. F 19 3 months
4/13/2014
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 1  prevent pregnancy Suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression all the lovely mental health side effects which also went along with cystic acne and migraines. I'm a very happy to the point of being bubbly person, I can't believe it took me this long to realize it was the birth control that was doing this to me. Horrible! it's also effected my relationship since I have anxiety and freak out on him for no reason. I'm trying the non hormonal IUD I'm so done with the hormones. F 24 1 years
8/19/2013
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 1  Period pain and prevent pregnancy Anxiety, depression, cervical erosion, constant bleeding, contraction-like cramping, possible pregnancy F 21 4 months
30 MG
8/17/2013

 1  birth control 4 bloodclots in my leg and pulminary embolism. I had no prior health issues & have never smoked. Doctors said it was because of my birth control pill. 2 years later had a heart attack and now a year later I have gallbladder disease due to Loestrin 24Fe. Please do not take this pill your health is too important and your life is too precious.. F 32 5 months
8/4/2013
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 5  Contraception, cycle regulation None really. Been on this a while and have had no issues with weight gain, mood swings, acne, etc. My periods are very light (more like spotting) and last maybe 3-4 days. Cramps are virtually non-existent. I do get a bit bloated and break out just a bit before my period (neither of which was really a problem before taking this pill) but it's not bad at all. One thing: for the past few months I've been spotting about 2 weeks into pack - lasts for a few days and I still get my period as normal. I thought maybe I needed a stronger dose of hormone but my school's gynecologist suggested waiting as I've been under some intense stress finishing up med school and that spotting was a problem she commonly saw in other students. So I'll heed that advice since I've been on this for years and prefer not to switch unless absolutely necessary. F 27 3 years
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5/13/2013
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 5  Birth control No side effects at all! I love this pill! There seems to be a lot of negative reviews on this site but I honestly have never had an issue. Light periods, no weight gain, no depression. Everyone's body is different but I highly suggest trying it first before disregarding it. All my friends are on it as well and love it! F 27 4 years
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4/1/2013
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 5  Regulate Periods Few cramps day b4 period. Light period for 2days. Very, very Bad headache on brown pill days, that stay at home in the bed with no sound from work type of headache. OTC pain releavers dont help. First day back on white pills, headache gone. No other usual side effects.Have to switch to Junel Fe 1/20 (the generic)cause of insurance, crossing fingers F 31 2 years
1/18/2013

 1  Birth Control Intense hunger pains, bloating, gas, mood changes, crying, fatigue, headaches, low sex drive, insomnia, hot flashes at night, high anxiety I wanted a low hormone pill and was really hoping this would work-I took this every night at the same time, b/t 9:15-10:15, never missed a pill and even on vacation I would work with the time zones- Well I started getting very stressed about stuff, I would lay awake at night unable to sleep b/c I would just worry and stress about stuff- Then if I did sleep I would wake in a dead sweat, I seriously have to put my pants in the dryer before I take my dog out b/c they are soaked in sweat- Insane hunger at weird times, and bloating-Also my boyfriend noticed my lack of sex and I too noticed but didn't want to accept that it was true- All during this was the bleeding-During the Sept and Oct I had bleeding where it was at least 2-3 cups, no lie-I went into my Dr's office white as a ghost and so weak, insane- 2 days ago my boyfriend said I can't keep taking this pill, that he has watched it destroy me- It wasn't for me at all- F 35 5 months
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1/7/2013
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 2  pcos and endometriosis Breast tenderness, Acne, Depression, ANXIETY!!! and Hot Flashes like crazy.......Constant Bleeding. This BC has made me feel like a crazy person. In the 10 minutes a day im not crying I am having HOT flashes and i am only 26. i am anxious all the time. F 26 30 days
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11/26/2012
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 1  Birth control Horrible bloating, severe abdominal cramping ( uterine & stomache), excess gassiness, exhaustion, acne, anxiety,depression, dry vagina ( never problem before, when there is discharge, it is like glue),tender breasts, moodiness, increased appetite. F 36 2 months
10/27/2012

 3  Prevent pregnancy I loved the pill at first.. Now I am getting Aniexty attacks, scared, sad for no reason... Could it be the pill? F 35 1 years
9/12/2012

 1  Acne, prevent from having a baby Extreme breakouts ! Pimples with no head to pop! Very painfull! I hate this pill! & period never comes ! & was very sad mood swings like crazy F 17 3 months
7/31/2012
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 3  Contraception Anxiety, Leg Tightness, Problems Sleeping I started taking LoEstrin 24 Fe as a birth control almost a week ago. I was pleased the first couple day and then I started noticing that I have been very anxious. I thought it was from too much coffee on an empty stomach or from wedding planning. I then noticed today that my legs felt heavy, tight when bent, almost as if they were swollen. I was very skeptical about taking birth control. I guess I read the manual that came with it every day for a month until starting it. I was satisfied with it until I noticed my legs and realized how anxious I have been. I am going to contact my doctor and see what he thinks. When he prescribed this BC to me he said that everyone loved it and that it would be the best option for me. I have no medical problems, am not over weight, and do not smoke. The only reason I am taking this is because I will be getting married in a week and want to use BC as my form of contraception. One other side effect is less discharge, which is a plus for me. I have always suffered from alot of discharge and I noticed that it is gotten so much better. I no longer have to wear panty liners everyday. If you have ever had this problem, I know you understand how that feels. F 22 5 days
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7/12/2012
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 3  Can't afford any kids yet! Gradual onset: moodiness, headaches, low sex drive, sore vagina, fatigue, weight gain, no period F 21 1 years
7/4/2012
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 3  for birth control pretty bad mood swings/recent heart flutters or palpitations/ no period whatsoever the entire time I have been on any brand of loestrin I was extremely against taking birth control, i think it is completely unnatural, and I was very scared about it. However, even though my boyfriend and I try not to have sex, we sometimes mess up and because I didn't want to get pregnant, I decided maybe I should do this. I took Loestrin 24 FE for a full year, and not once did I get my period which made me skeptical because I believe every woman should have one, it's only natural. The only other side effect I had was occasionally, usually by myself, and in the car for some reason, i would have these EXTREME anger issues. I don't cuss, but when this happened, I would scream, cuss, you name it. Then after me screaming and crying because I was so pissed for the stupidest reasons, I would be fine. (That is not me!) I discussed changing it with my doctor and she recommended Lo Loestrin because it has a lower dosage of hormones and since I didn't like the foreign not real hormones in me in the first place she said i may like this option. I was on it for about 5 months and didn't have any issues except still no period. I went to go pick up more from my doctor, and they were out. she gave me a pack of loestrin 24 fe again saying that it wouldn't be a problem, but after not even 2 weeks of taking it I am experiencing heart flutters. My OBGYN said that it couldn't be from the Loestrin, but I think it is. My main doctor told me stop taking it immediately. I am nervous about how my body will react to me stopping in the middle of a pack. F 22 18 months
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5/31/2012
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 5  Hormonal Acne Pain on 1st day of period each month.. no fun :( feels like mild contractions. Lighter period that only last 3 days. No weight gain or added acne breakouts. I think it's starting to help with my hormonal acne flares in conjunction with Ziana topical gel. F 33 75 days
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5/5/2012
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 2  Cyst Depression, dry mouth, constant bleeding, loss of appetite I have been on this for a month since day 3, I have been bleeding non stop and now that I am on the brown pills I have finally stopped bleeding! I have been feeling depressed and just now linked it to the pill, I have never suffered depression and all of a sudden I have cut out all of my friends and I am withdrawing myself from life not even knowing what I was doing! I have lost 10 pounds this month because I just don't want to eat I have to force myself, nothing seems appealing anymore. I am def. not myself and I am not starting the second pack. If this happened to me on month 1 I don't want to see what next month brings... But seems like I have come out lucky compared to the others comments..I will just take my chances with the cyst. F 27 1 months
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4/21/2012
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 3  No periods Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, nausea, dizziness, no period or spotting. No energy. Dry mouth. F 19 2 months
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4/11/2012

 2  Birth Control FYI this my 1st time to take BC in my life. And i don't feel confortable about this. I'm actually experimenting: Fatigue, body ache, indescribable stomach pain at the point the i fell the pain when im breathing, my legs became heavier, some chest pain. I've decied to stop and call my doctor i do not want this pill to harm me. Your experience can be different from mine so don't be afraid everybody's body reacts differently. But don't hesitate to contact your GYN if you feel unsafe during the pill taking F 24 3 days
1mg/ 20mcg
4/4/2012
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 4  Acne and Lighten Period After a short 3 day period, I spotted lightly for 20 days straight with dark color discharge. I started taking Loestrin 24 FE on the first day of my period as directed by my doctor. I am hoping for less acne and lighter periods. I haven't had any trouble with my period in the past. The continuous spotting is a drag and I think it's my body regulating and getting in line with this pill. I haven't had any of the mood swings others speak of. F 32 20 days
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3/19/2012

 2  Moderate Acne, Sexually active. For the first month I experienced severe mood swings, I felt angry all the time and began to break out even more with painful cystic acne. Thought by month 2 it would subside but it didn't ! Mood swings would come and go but the acne issue is still there and my main reason for going on this BC was for the acne. It's worked well with my period , cramps are very light as well as my period but overall I'm not pleased. I would stick around for month 3 since your body is suppose to get use to the hormones around this time but this BC is not for me. F 26 2 months
3/5/2012

 3  birth control/ cysts i reviewed right below and found out why i had all of those symptoms!!!! i just reviewed a couple days ago and the doctor called me to say i had an abnormal tsh level. meaning thyroid problem it was too high. the symptoms of thyroid is depression, mood swings, intolerable to cold, anxiety, brittle nails, rough hair/skin, hard time waking up, fatique, memory loss, and gaining weight/ hard time losing weight. i thought this was my loestrin 24 symptoms but it is actually something more serious. girls i am warning you if you feel these symptoms and they are taking over your life. like extreme emotion and you realize your not thinking the same get a blood test and tell your OBGYN to check your thyroid levels. im glad i found a diagnosis, and im not actually crazy. i am going to stop taking my loestrin though because i really want to just get back to my old self. thank you for your time ladies! F 21 1.6 years
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2/24/2012
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 3  birth control/ cysts dry mouth,depression,mood swings,anxiety, shorter periods, tired all the time, no energy, always feel like throwing up. this is the first birth control i've taken ever. at first i was nervous to stick with a birth control option due to side effects but after having my second child i knew i didn't want anymore babies. i was very hormonal after my second pregnancy and didn't really give my body time to adjust to getting my hormones back to normal. i was very pleased to have expected periods, my periods only last about 4 days very light, and i did not see any weight gain or loss although i eat anything i want. i also didnt notice an increase in breast size either. although now im having extreme saddness, anxiety, and even though i have a happy life i can't seem to feel happy. its affecting me and my relationship with my babies father because everything he says i get offended, i constantly feel like he does not love me even though he is always home after work and buys me everything. i even got a prescription for depression but the side affects are way worse and the reviews for depression medicine ruined peoples lives. im thinking of getting off loestrin because i think this is where my problem is beginning. its just sad because i love knowing im not pregnant! but i feel pregnant everyday anyways so ill decide what to do. i might switch to para guard even though its painful to insert hormones are not for me... :( F 21 1.6 years
1mg/20mpg 1X D
2/22/2012
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 1  to control irregular periods Depression,terrible weight gain, increase in sex drive(too much), acne, breast tenderness, and irritablity just to name a few. F 24 6 months
2/12/2012

 1  Endometriosis ANXIETY, MAJOR DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL thoughts, acne, night sweats, weight gain F 32 1 days
2/11/2012
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 2  Replacement hormone therapy Fatigue, severe mood swings, depression Had a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and both ovaries) in summer of 2009. Was on estrogen-only RHT (replacement hormone therapy) until January 2011: ZERO side effects such as dryness, low libido, water retention. Since I'm young (29), my new doctor was worried about calcium deficiency due to the low estrogen content of the RHT I was on. I was put on Loestrin. It was a nightmare- extremely moody, feeling out of control of my emotions, and incapacitating fatigue. F 29 30 days
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2/8/2012
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 4  I am sexually active. I gained some weight but it was not terrible.I was underweight before I was taking the birth control. It was not so bad as I thought it would be. I love that I have shorter periods. F 20 24 days
20 mcg 1X D
2/4/2012
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 1  Birth Control Moodiness, Depression and Anxiety don't even begin to cover what thsi drug did to me mentally!! Horrible past 3 months... I would never recommend this birth control bc of the emotional side effects. F 29 3 months
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1/17/2012
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 5  Painful periods None F 19 3 years
1 tablet
1/16/2012

 2  Avoid Conception 3 months on Loestrin 24 FE - Cramps, moody, breakthrough and heavy bleeding early but no period during iron pills, bloated, acne breakouts, swollen breasts, exhausted all the time, lack of desire for relations Tried Loestrin 24 FE about 8 weeks after a miscarriage because bf and I didn't want another unplanned pregnancy, first week was fine. I noticed I was bloated and breasts were swollen and I was getting PMS-y...Then two weeks in the break through bleeding started and it lasted for about 6 days then I had a full on period soaking SUPER tampons. That lasted about 3 days and tapered off. When my period was supposed to start there was nothing. I continued taking it thinking my body was just adjusting to the hormones, and a week and a half later the break through bleeding starts again for about 6 days again, then a full period for 4 days complete with cramping and bloating and clots. This happened again the following month. I was also napping like I was prego again, that was enough to scare the BF and he wanted me to take a pg test after the first month. I gave the pill 3 months but with the crazy bleeding, bloating, cramping, and being exhausted all the time I'd rather go back to condoms and counting days (we've been together for 8 yrs with this method and only 1 pregnancy). Along with the pill I take Adderall XR for adhd, this BC has me exhausted while on the adderall. That's a little frightening to know this medication takes that much out of a person that even with prescription "uppers" all I wanted to do was nap. I've stopped taking them and am in the process of waiting for my cycle to return to it's normal "predictable" self. F 31
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12/29/2011
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 3  contraception tender breasts (slightly larger), just a little bit more emotional at times. Get a very slight headache most days. Always tired. Some acne breakout. F 30 6 days
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12/24/2011

 1  Birth Control Intense stomach pain (nauseous/ vomiting/ bloating), irritable, depressed, chest tightness, insomnia and lethargy I have been going to my primary dr trying to figure out my EXTREMELY INTENSE stomach pain. I am currently on Nexium, but still take tums and Pepto almost daily to deal with my pain. I am either over eating or completely nauseous all the time. My dr was referred me to a GI specialist to have a scope test completed. I am so glad I came across this site because in reading others reviews it made me think about when i started having stomach symptoms among all of the other side effects.In addition I have been irritable beyond any explanation. I started reading self help books because I have a great life but never feel happy. I have been using a rescue inhaler due to trouble breathing. My heart will race and I will get hot out of nowhere. I cant sleep at night. F 28 9 months
20mcg 1X D
12/8/2011
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 2  Cyst Depression, constipation & weight gain F 39 2 months
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11/27/2011
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 4  PCOS Growth in breast and butt, breast tenderness, extreme increase in apeitite, slight weight gain At first I didn't like it because I would have severe cramping but after a month of taking the pill things got better, I actually love this pill its helped out a lot.. don't give up on it if your just starting out, buy also remember that everyones body is not gonna react the same way to the pill you just have to find the one that works best for you because I was once before on Ortho tri cyclin and I HATED IT!!! so just keep trying if this one doesn't work out for you. F 21 4 months
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11/17/2011
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 3  PMDD terrible rash, chronic watery diarrhea, terrible mood swings, bloating , headache. horrible cramping on lower left abdomen. chronic itching, diabetes, nausea, hot flashes, night sweats, no sex drive, lack of concentration, migraines, I writing about LO LOESTRIN FE - there wasn't another place to put this information. I started taking LO LOESTRIN FE in 2/11...It is now 10/11... I started this prescription in 2/11 when I went to see a new OB/GYN after having my period for 6 weeks. They found fibroids and removed them and prescribed LO LOESTRIN for my PMS ( horrible) My period stopped almost immediately - YEA! And for the first 2 months everything was going well. Then the rash started. This was not a normal rash. My skin was bright red across my upper torso - everyone thought I had sunburn. Then came the lesions. They would start off as small pimples almost and they would ITCH horribly. They burst with just a touch and drained clear fluid. For the longest time I thought it was an allergic reaction to a body wash. No one, not even the doctors knew what it was. If that wasn't bad enough, when I scratched, they scarred. I currently have bright, round purple scars all over my body. Then of course came the mood swings - crying for no reason, depressed ,tired, voracious appetite... MY OB/GYN said it was my meds for depression, My shrink said it was my inability to cope. I can't begin to tell you how many days I missed at work because of it, I had to get FMLA because I would have lost my job without it. As it was, I fell so far behind on my bills that I get constant shut off notices and my bank is threatening foreclosure. Added to all this was the chronic watery diarrhea. You name it, F 44 8 months
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10/25/2011
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 2  Acne, menstrual pain Hair loss, dehabilitating mouth ulcers, boil-like lesions on body (specifically by buttocks/abdomen region), breast tenderness, appetite increase As soon as I started taking this, I developed awful mouth ulcers. For months, it literally felt as if I was walking around with Lemonheads clamped in my jaws constantly. I couldn't eat any food that was the slightest bit spicy or acidic without being in pain. I also developed painful boil-like sores on my body, particularly on my buttocks/abdominal regions. I typical have thick, strong hair, but it came out by the handful every time I would shower on this BC. I also skipped a period for the first time since I was 12, and my skin broke out worse than before (I was previously on oral antibiotics for my skin that helped immensely but unfortunately also gave me oral thrush). I quit on the last row of my second pack because it was affecting my body too negatively. F 21 2 months
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10/25/2011

 3  Birth Control period every 2 weeks, spotting, mild acne flare ups, weight gain, high blood pressure, yeast infection The best thing about this BCP is I had no changes in mood or depression and felt overall pretty good while on it. I'm not pregnant, so that good as well. The WORST thing is the non-stop bleeding. I'm lucky if I can get through a whole week without spotting or starting a period. I went to see my doctor today and she decided to take me off Loestrin because it has caused me to have high blood pressure and gain weight in a short period of time. She's switching me to Safyral (a new variation of Yasmin). I tolerated Yasmin well in the past, so we'll see how it goes. F 26 1.5 months
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10/15/2011
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 2  Birth control Terrible mood swings, Depression, No sex drive what so ever I was in Zovia 1/35E for a year and then switched to Loestrin 24 fe because I gained weight on Zovia but that was a terrible mistake. I want to switch back to Zovia or try something new. But no sex drive, and being in a relationship a year & a half of that 2 years was the worst feeling. F 19 2 years
1/20 1X D
10/12/2011
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 1  Birth Control Bloating, headache, weight gain, hair loss, appetite increase. I have been on Ocella since 2006 and I was starting to get melasma from it. My OBGYN told me that a lower estrogen pill may fix it so I went to this. A week into lolo, I had bleeding and severe headaches. I continued to spot and I just now finished the first pack. My hair is a little bit more oily but not bad and no acne. I am 26 years old and I have always weighed around 116. I am now 120 and I have extreme bloating during my first period timeframe on this pill. I feel very self concious about it and my work clothes are pulling to make me look like I'm pregnant. I will give the pill a month or two more and if the symptoms don't improve I will get off birth control completely. It is not worth the symptoms you have to experience in my opinion. F 26 1 months
10 1X D
10/12/2011
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 5  pregnancy prevention no changes on my personality, feel normal, healthy, energetic, not hormonal. no weight gain except for breasts. i lost some hair at the beginning but it grew back. F 20 10 days
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10/9/2011

 3  endometriosis I am taking the new LO LOESTRIN FE 1-10 tablet- I experienced anxiety for the 1st month that has gone away, weight loss, decreased appetite, breakthrough bleeding. (on the new LO LOESTRIN)- I have tried everything for endometriosis.. most of which had bad side effects due to the high level of hormones. This is the lowest hormone pill on the market currently and has less estrogen. If high estrogen birth control does not work well for you I highly recommend this one. I have been able to lose weight unlike on any other birth control. I take a pill every day so it stops my cycles for treatment of endometriosis and it has worked pretty well with occasional breakthrough bleeding and cramps. F 22 5 months
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10/9/2011
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 1  To avoid pregnancy Headaches, Dizziness, Just feeling lost, Heart Palpitations, SEVERE ANXIETY, Depression, Feeling worthless, Hungry all the time, weight gain, Always tired F 23 10 months
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10/2/2011
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 2  heavy bleeding this pill has turned me into a crazy bitch. i used to be very light hearted and chill and don't let anything get to me. now i have insane moodswings, everything gets to me, i randomly get upset over something meaningless and can't stop crying, i say mean things and then feel overcome with remorse about it later and apologize over and over, i'm overcome with fear, sometimes don't feel like living.. then i snap out of it and i'm fine. this is miserable and i can't believe it took me this long to figure out it was this pill. definitely not for everyone. F 18 4 months
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9/28/2011
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 1  Acne Severe depression, cramps, tiredness, couldn't eat On the third day of taking this pill the side effects reared their ugly head and I tried to "tough it out" but when I couldn't eat and was losing 2 pounds a day, I decided to stop taking the pill. The side effects were awful while I was on the pill but a couple of weeks later most of the side effects disappeared. However, it is two months later and the depression still looms over my head everyday. Since I have always been happy, the girl that always saw the glass half-full, this has been a disturbing change and has forced me to seek therapy to elevate the dark cloud. I wouldn't recommend this pill to anyone, unless they are willing to spend more money on correcting the side effects that occur when taking this pill. F 20 5 days
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9/21/2011

 1  hormone balancing Severe headache and depression starting day 2 and lasting til I stopped on day 5 This medicene was not a good fit for me. I have never felt so sad and the headache was terrible. It was the worst 5 days ever! Finally ended up on Quasense, a generic for Seasonale and it's worked out fine for me. F 35 5 days
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9/9/2011

 1  Ovarian cysts Nausea, headaches, calf pain (right leg) so bad I could not walk F 51 3 weeks
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9/6/2011

 1  Birth Control At first, chapped lips and dry mouth. Progressed to blisters on lips, swollen lips, tightening of throat and red skin around nose. Also got a canker sore on my tongue. I experienced worsening side effects with each pill. I finally had to quit taking them when I had 10 pills left on my second pack. My upper lip was covered with small, water-filled blisters and swollen like I had been stung by a bee! What a horrible experience. F 37 40 days
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9/4/2011
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 1  Heavy period & later b/c Chest pain, 2week periods twice a month, MAJOR depression, distant feeling, major weight gain and unable to lose weight I first went on b/c to have lighter periods since I was taking JROTC in high school. I thought the chest pain was from working out since I normally don't work out and I thought being emotional was from a friend moving away until I became emotional over everything and went from "daddies little girl" to not being able to stand him. I decided maybe the sideffects would eventually go away so I continued to take the pill. After being on it around 8 months I decided to go off it b/c it wasn't helping except for cramps. I had to wear a liner almost every day for 8months and got tired of it. When I went off the pill everything went back to normal. 3months after stopping I went back on it b/c my bf wanted me too BIG MISTAKE!!!! I was on it for a little over a month and gained over 20lbs. Since I'm overweight to begin with it worried me. One night I couldn't go to sleep because chest pains were so bad it felt like I could bairly breathe. (I thought chest pains were from Exercise the first time, the 2nd time I wasnt exercising as much) I threw the 2nd pack away after taking 6pills (during period) and my period was 2weeks long. Which started July 14th. It is now Aug. 19th and I haven't gotten my period yet as of now. (I haven't had sex after I stopped taking it) I do not recomend this b/c to anyone. On a side note, my friend is taking the same b/c and lost her appetite. F 16 8 months
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8/19/2011
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 2  PMS/Heavy Menstrual Bleeding EXTREME BREAST ENLARGEMENT! EXTREME WEIGHT GAIN! Beware!!! Gained 20 LBS and went up 4 cups sizes in 1 year! I started taking this for heavy menstrual bleeding & PMS symptoms-- my doctor recommended this one since it regulates length of periods. That part worked GREAT! I always have period at regular time, it is short and light and I feel great. My emotional moods seem to be regulated and this is almost a "happy" pill for me-- I feel GREAT emotionally. But this is not worth the downsides-- I gained 20 lbs exercising regularly and MORE than ever in just one year. I was already huge bra size before this (30FF) and went up to a 30HH in one year-- I had gone up an entire cup size in just a month after being placed on Loestrin24Fe. This is actually a disaster for me, I am considering breast reduction now and I stopped Loestrin24Fe and they DID NOT GET SMALLER! :( Also gain of 20 lbs dropped instantly 5 lbs when I quit it, but I have not been able to lose the additional 15 lbs. Overall: works really well for what it was prescribed, and works really well if you don't mind looking like a fat, huge breasted whale. F 25 1 years
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8/18/2011
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 1  Pregnancy Prevention stabbing abdominal pain, weight gain, acne, discoloration of skin on face, extreme nausea for first 2 months, extreme depression after discontinuing use I was satisfied with it at first, even with a little bit of nausea. But over time I got really bad abdominal cramps on the sides (think ovaries, not uterus) - all the time, not just during my lighter than normal periods. I also noticed darker patches of skin showing up on my face, and I always had really nice skin before taking this. After I stopped taking it I was really weepy for about 2 months and would cry for no reason for hours at a time. F 21 5 months
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8/4/2011

 1  Birth Control MASSIVE bloating. Very sore breasts. Bad, bad constipation. Basically everything to feel like you're pregnant. This is the absolute worst pill I've ever taken. The FIRST FEW DAYS, my stomach went from completely flat to pregnant looking. I couldn't suck it in if I tried. I had big time constipation, even though I'd tried laxatives, with no results, tried drinking EXTRA tons of water...nothing. The bloating/constipation has made my intestines swell to the point that if you pressed on my stomach, it would literally feel like a pregnant woman's stomach!! This is absolutely terrible. I'm used to having a little bit of bloating at some point during the month, but not this bad! Also, I've already noticed that my lower stomach seems to have gotten a bit pouchy! This has never, ever been the case for me. I've never gained weight in my stomach, have always been completely flat. Also, most of the time, I can barely keep my eyes open. Everything seems too hard to do. F 37 14 days
30 1X D
7/13/2011
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 2  Birth Control HAIR LOSS Ok, I need to know, because I can't find any answers. Has anyone's hair grown back after stopping or switching to another birth control? I used to have really really thick, CURLY hair. Today, it falls out like crazy, it's limp and thin, and now it is actually straight from my roots down to about my ears. PLEASE, I need to know, Will it come back? I'm only 21 years old, I can't do this! Obviously, I do not recommend this drug. Unless you want to lose all your hair. F 21 1 years
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7/5/2011
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 1  Painful periods/ovulation Nausea, dizziness, numbness in arms and face. 8 days ago I started taking Loestrin 24. I had never been on birth control pills before. Within days I was nauseous. On day 6 I almost passed out with a dizzy spell. Then came the left arm and face numbness. The dizzines went. But I called my PCP next day about the numbness. She sent me straight to ER because of stroke concerns. I immediately stopped taking the pill. I was tested with CAT scans, xrays and was finally hospitalized for monitoring and had an MRI. The numbness dissipated and the MRI was all clear and I was discharged. Yesterday my "coming off the pill period" started. Then I started getting tingling in arms and legs. This continued today accompanied by nausea, headache, dizziness, and overall weakness. This stuff is toxic. Think twice. F 39 6 days
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6/13/2011

 2  Endometriosis, ovarian cysts Weight gain, headaches, acne, hot flashes I've had a hard time finding a birth control pill that gives any relief to my cysts and endometriosis. This pill is just another disappointment. I'm furious that I've gained 15lbs after not changing anything about my diet or exercise routine. You would think that running 5x per week for upwards of 4-5 miles each would keep those pounds off. Well, think again. As someone who's never really broken out in my lifetime, the dime to quarter sized acne on my face is not a welcome site. This pill is awful. Don't take it. The benefits (I never found any) DO NOT out-weigh the side effects. F 25
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5/28/2011
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 1  Ovarian Cyst loss of appetite, insomnia, night sweats, skipped periods, tons of spotting, horrible anxiety, heart palpitations, loss of scalp hair I do think that this pill helped with an ovarian cyst that I had - but I knew deep down I didn't want to take a birth control pill. I thought that taking a pill seemed better than maybe having to have surgery later on so I took it for a few months. It was terrible. I have always hated birth control pills and this pill made me hate them even more. I have never suffered such horrible anxiety and heart palpitations (that have continued since I stopped taking the pill too - waiting for my hormones to regulate - I hope) The biggest problem with this pill is the loss of scalp hair. I have always been one who sheds quite a bit, but I also have always had a ton of thick hair. Lucky for me I started off with a decent amount. 2 months after stopping this pill I started losing tons and tons of hair. After research I have found that this pill has been found to cause that and it usually shows up about 2 months after you stop taking it. It is TERRIBLE. My self esteem has just been shot and I have been so anxious and depressed. If I would have known this type of hair loss would have happened after stopping this pill I would have NEVER taken it in the first place. I say don't walk, RUN away from this pill! I don't want anyone else to go through what I have! F 27 4 months
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5/5/2011
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 2   nausea, headaches, yeast infections, crying for no reason I started taking this pill a year and a half ago, and was told by my doctor that my unexpalined headaches and hysterical crying must have been because theres something else going on! I thought it was just me, but this pilln is terrible! Im switching ASAP F 19
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4/28/2011

 1  ease pms symptoms Intense cramping, heavy flow, digestion upset, bloating. I had been taking Ortho Novum for years and decided to take a break. When my periods became a monthly ordeal made worse by a 2 week bout with PMS, I decided to go back on the pill. My dr. recommended a lower dose pill: Loestrin FE. I could only manage 12 days before I had to stop taking it. Aside from the "disconnected" feelings, fatigue, feeling constantly irritated, bloating and intense cramps, I suffered the heaviest and most painful period ever. After one week of taking the pills (following manufacturer's instructions to the letter) a very heavy flow began with little warning, with heavy cramping and bloating. I have never experienced anything like it and hope to never again. Also, this pill retails for $50/month, with no generic (actually there is, but pharmacists usually won't dispense it without dr. consent) it's insanely expensive and based on my experience, not worth it. F 37 12 days
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4/13/2011
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 3  period regulation, birth control hair loss, weight gain, moodiness, extra discharge, weird sex drive, depression, acne i just cant find the right birth control. im losing SO MUCH hair. all the weight ive gained went to my stomach (not my boobs..shame). i never had acne before taking this birth control. also, i'm either compleeeetely lacking a sex drive or its really intense. its confusing. i think im going to stop taking it and try Estrostep 21. F 20 5 months
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4/9/2011
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 1  Contraceptive, Period regulation Headaches, dizziness, tiredness, yeast infection, depression, loss of concentration, & mood swings I have only taken this medication for a week and it has been a nightmare. Please ladies do not take this medication, it is so bad they include a discount card to convince you to purchase it. For starters I am unable to concentrate at work or school, my motivation is low, headaches everyday, & depression. It has been five days off this terrible pill & now I am getting yeast infections, like if the aforementioned side effects were not enough. I am also experiencing a lot of pelvic pain. I am praying in a week or so I'll get back to my normal self. I should also add, after stoping I have not experienced headaches, I am motivated, & I am able to concentrate on my work. Finally, do not take this medication; if this pill manufacture wants to make money, it will sure not be from me. It is highly unethical to have us women suffer from these symptoms; it sure signifies that this manufacture could careless about their consumers. F 26 7 days
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3/31/2011

 1  birth control Major Hair Loss Worst birth control pill ever. Lost 1/3 of my hair after being on this pill for about 6 months. The company that makes this is not the same as the other Loestrin Pills and it it also not a pharmacutical company based in the United States. Stay away from this pill, it is garbage! F 45 7 months
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