LO LOESTRIN FE Reviews

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 2  Prevent pregnancy Depression, random crying, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, facial blemishes. I was surprised at how quickly I experienced side effects. I'm really at a loss for an efficient form of birth control that doesn't have negative side effects. F 29 4 weeks
1X D
11/1/2021
 5  Cramps & Heavy Bleeding Light nausea when first switching and headaches The first 3 months I was very nauseous, but after that switch period I felt amazing. Overall I only had headaches and light nausea during my period. I had a light period, felt fine on and off my period, and had little weight gain. I wouldn't recommend this pill to a lot of people though since I know so many women who do have a lot of side effects with Lo Loestrin. F 19 1 years
1/20mcg 1X D
9/23/2021
 1  Switched from yaz Had breakthrough bleeding switching and felt like I was getting yeast infection and BV. Developed a lump on the top wall of my vagina behind my pelvic bone at the opening. Painful to sit and eventually went down enough in size sitting wasn't uncomfortable anymore but sex could be uncomfortable. Week before second pack placebos severe mood swings, depression, crying spells, feelings of hopelessness, suicidal ideation and anxiety. Panic attacks and constant feelings of unease. I would like to find a better birth control pill F 32 50 days
1X D
7/15/2021
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 1  To stop period d/t fibroids This pill gives me extreme anxiety and panic attacks. I have dark thoughts and rage. I am mostly a very gentle and down to earth person but this pill heightened my anxiety and moods. My stomach was always in a knot due to overthinking the smallest things. F 35 1 days
1 1X D
7/3/2021
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 1  Birth control I took this when I was 23. While it did not give me acne or bloating I had extreme anxiety when I took this. First time I ever had panic attacks. Thoughts were so debilitating that it was interfering in my relationship. Told my gyno that I was concerned about the side effects and he said, “None of my other patients have these issues, so it's unlikely that you do.” Stopped the medication and my visits with that gyno. I wish I had seen reviews like these when I was taking it. Take care of yourselves. F 31 3 months
Standard 1X D
5/23/2021
 1  Prevent pregnancy Cystic acne, severe and sudden hair loss, anxiety, bloating, tender breasts, itching, painful sex, vaginal dryness I started taking Lolo 10mg 1 month ago as it was suggested to me as being mild in term of potential psychological effects as I have a history of major depression. 1.5 weeks into taking it I broke out in the worst cystic acne I have ever had. I also developed acne on my chest. I was already experiencing some hair loss a chronic illness but this kickstarted the hair shedding into just the most absurd hair loss episode. The hair dresser asked if I was undergoing chemotherapy. Root to tip and by the handful. Probably about 40% of my hair loss in 3 weeks. This is an HIGH ANDROGEN birth control. I was totally unaware but it makes sense if it is low in estrogen. If you have a history of hair loss in your family, pcos, or severe acne this is not the birth control for you. I finished the month today and will be stopping. Don't be too discouraged if this was a nightmare for you. This is one of the highest androgenic contraceptives available and if you reacted badly talk to your doctor about a high estrogen/low androgen or even a high estrogen/high progesterone pill. F 28 30 days
10mg 1X D
4/25/2021
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 1  Prevent pregnancy Cystic acne, severe and sudden hair loss, anxiety, bloating, tender breasts, itching, painful sex, vaginal dryness I started taking Lolo 10mg 1 month ago as it was suggested to me as being mild in term of potential psychological effects as I have a history of major depression. 1.5 weeks into taking it I broke out in the worst cystic acne I have ever had. I also developed acne on my chest. I was already experiencing some hair loss a chronic illness but this kickstarted the hair shedding into just the most absurd hair loss episode. The hair dresser asked if I was undergoing chemotherapy. Root to tip and by the handful. Probably about 40% of my hair loss in 3 weeks. This is an HIGH ANDROGEN birth control. I was totally unaware but it makes sense if it is low in estrogen. If you have a history of hair loss in your family, pcos, or severe acne this is not the birth control for you. I finished the month today and will be stopping. Don't be too discouraged if this was a nightmare for you. This is one of the highest androgenic contraceptives available and if you reacted badly talk to your doctor about a high estrogen/low androgen or even a high estrogen/high progesterone pill. F 28 30 days
10mg 1X D
4/25/2021
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 1  Prevent pregnancy Non stop bleeding, depression, anxiety, feeling suicidal, headaches I've tried this birth control in the past, and I took it after coming off a different pill, I didn't have breakthrough bleeding then and it worked well for me. After 2 years of being birth control free, I started it again thinking I'd have the same experience and 1 week in, im wanting to rip my uterus out and call it a day. Started it on day 1 of my period and my period usually lasts 5 or 6 days. I'm on day 8 of period now and we are talking full blown period. Blood clots and changing my pad every two hours. I'm sooo over it. Just bleeding this much has caused me to feel so depressed and I have a headache today from crying all night. Also yesterday I had really bad bloat. I looked 7 months pregnant even though I barely ate all day! On day 4 of the pill I found myself wondering if I died would anyone care about me and was convinced my family didn't really love me as much as I thought. I knew bc messes with you, but for my mental and physical sanity, I'm going to be stopping this pill starting today. F 25 7 days
1X D
4/7/2021
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 5  To wean off estrogen Lost 10 pounds. Felt much better, like back to my normal self compared to higher estrogen pills. Felt a little easily irritated but not sure if it was related to the pills or just less tolerance for things with age. Hoping my dr can leave me on these as long as possible. F 48 28 days
10mcg 1X D
3/27/2021
 1  Switching birth control pills Acne and weight gain- never had this while I was on Yaz- getting off pill immediately F 47 3 months
1X D
3/25/2021
 2  Regulate hormones Weight gain and stopped getting my period. I gained about 10 pounds within a couple months (no major change in diet-my weight had been the same for years). F 38 100 days
1X D
3/8/2021
 1  Prevent pregnancy Depression, anxiety , gain weight, cry out of no where, zero sex drive, insomnia, panic attacks, back pain, I haven't have my period It's horrible, it makes me so irritable and can't control emotions F 26 2 months
1X D
2/14/2021
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 1  acne, heavy bleeding, cramping, PMS major weight gain, emotional train wreck, anxiety, depression I started Lo Loestrin Fe when I was 15 (my freshman year of high school) because I had terrible acne and agonizing periods. I'm not kidding when I say Lo Loestrin Fe is the worst thing to ever happen to me. I gained 45 pounds over the time span of my high school career. My freshman year of high school I weighed 130 pounds and I have been a twig my whole life and have always ate as much as I desired. While taking this birth control I gained so much weight (very quickly) that there are stretch marks all over my body! There were no changes to cause this except my birth control, but I stayed on it because it was helping my skin and my periods. By the time I was a senior in high school, I weighed 175 pounds (heaviest I've ever been in my life!) This made me so upset, that I was like “screw it” and I finally quit the dang birth control. It has been about 9 months since I quit the birth control and I am now in my spring semester of my freshman year of college, and I weigh 135 pounds! I know for a fact that it was the birth control that made me gain all of that weight! After being off of it now, my acne is still very manageable and my periods are not as bad. Please, I beg of you, if you don't need birth control DO NOT TAKE IT! Especially not Lo Loestrin Fe. Do not make the same mistake as me. I feel better than ever off of birth control and I truly wish I never would have taken it. After losi F 19 4 years
1X D
2/4/2021
 4  Acne, painful and heavy periods Slight weight gain- like 5-7 lbs (something to keep in mind is that I started this BC in the middle of a pandemic so the lower activity rate on my part is partly to blame), clearer skin, occasional bloating, no periods, no cramps (that's super nice) Overall, this birth control has been really helpful for me. It has allowed me to mellow out my acne to only a few occasional acne spots and my periods have completely stopped- I am working on losing the lbs I gained so hopefully this pill will not inhibit the effects of my new workout and diet habits F 19 6 months
1 MG 1X D
1/24/2021
 2  Pregnancy prevention I just started this pill literally a few days ago, Im engaged so wedding planning is already stressful but today I cried 4 times and my poor fiancee is so concerned. I have spotted a ton the whole time and it's not stopping. Im not sure if I'll keep taking it, I want to be able to not have kids for a while but so far this is not worth it. I deal with bad anxiety and depression so if tomorrow is just as bad I will probably stop. F 23 5 days
1 1X D
1/13/2021
 2  To prevent cysts/prevent pregnancy Depression, mood swings, hormonal acne, WEIGHT GAIN 15 lbs. F 30 3 years
1-10-10 1X D
1/8/2021
 1  Pregnancy prevention Depression, lethargic, constant headaches, loss of motivation and joy for life. Often times just feeling “numb” or very easily irritated by seemingly nothing. I await my joy for life back. I want my drive back. I want my life back. I am so thankful I found these reviews because I truly thought I was going crazy. I will discontinue taking this pill immediately! F 34 9 months
1X D
1/6/2021
 1  Pregnancy prevention Breast tenderness. Lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, irritability. First time ever being on birth control. I'm lucky enough to say I've never struggled with my mental health before taking this pill. While taking this pill I was easily irritable. I would blow up situations in my head and make them a bigger deal. I thought I was turning into someone different. I came to read reviews and found out everyone is also experiencing mental health issues. Will stop pill tomorrow. F 25 14 days
1X D
12/21/2020
 3  Heavy Periods Nauseous all the time, stomach aches, brain fog, anxiety It does help with my periods but I wonder if it's worth it F 42 4 months
1X D
11/21/2020
 1  Lighter Periods for my anemia I started taking BC when I was 18, they put me on another low dose pill called Blisovi. I loved it and had no issues until I was 22 and started on antidepressants. I didn't realize it gave me anxiety and depression. I also developed UTI/vaginal irritation symptoms for no apparent reason. My doctor then put me on Lo Loestrin and I swear it made me crazy. I went off the antidepressants thinking it was those making me crazy but it was Lo Loestrin. My vaginal symptoms are still there, I have tension headaches almost every day, spotting every month, no periods, fatigue, nausea, and a general brain fog that makes me have zero joy. I am planning on coming off of the pill but I'm afraid of how my body would react. I think the low dose pill in combination with the depressant messed up my hormones and gave me vaginal dryness at 24 (which no doctor believes to be true). Please if you want to talk to me, I would love to go back and forth about your symptoms on the pill and make you not feel so alone like I did for so long. F 24 2 years
10 mg 1X D
11/19/2020
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LO LOESTRIN FE  (ETHINYL ESTRADIOL; NORETHINDRONE ACETATE):  This combination hormone medication is used to prevent pregnancy. It contains 2 hormones: norethindrone (a progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen). It works mainly by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. This product also contains a small amount of iron (ferrous fumarate) in inactive tablets taken during the fourth week. The inactive pills do not contain any hormones. These tablets are meant to keep you in the habit of taking 1 tablet each day and do not have enough iron to treat iron deficiency. Besides preventing pregnancy, birth control pills may make your periods more regular, decrease blood loss and painful periods, decrease the risk of ovarian cysts, and also treat acne. Using this medication does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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