Loestrin 24 Fe Birth Control Side Effects

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Brand Name: Examples include Loestrin 1/20 and Ovcon 35
Generic Name: Norethindrone/Ethinyl Estradiol (nor-eth-IN-drone/ETH-in-il ess-tra-DYE-ole)

Average Consumer Rating: 2.6 out of 5


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Tammi says: "I have just finished the second pack and refuse to..."

Date: July 30, 2014 1:38:31 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I have just finished the second pack and refuse to take any more. The pill has made me feel insane, i cry all the time, anxiety is through the roof and I am so depressed and negative for NO reason I would not recommend this pill to my worst enemy it has really affected my life negatively.

Catie says: "Only been on this for two weeks after switching fr..."

Date: January 28, 2014 3:31:46 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

Only been on this for two weeks after switching from Nuva ring to this one. So far, so good. Only complaints is every few nights I wake up from horrible nausea in my sleep and often feel hot and dehdrated when I wake up. No mood swings at all yet, will report back in a month or so....

Ashely says: "I love this BC. I like that it's low hormone an i..."

Date: April 14, 2013 4:31:26 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I love this BC. I like that it's low hormone an it cleared up my skin significantly. I don't have any side effects and it reduced my period to about 3 days and it's super lite. I only rate it 4 because although it didn't make me gain weight I feel like its preventing me from losing because I've been stuck at the same weight since I started.

Donna says: "I am a moody bitch when I take Loestrin but it mak..."

Date: November 12, 2012 5:20:29 AM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I am a moody bitch when I take Loestrin but it makes my periods lighter. Can't win!

Morgan says: "I was on this pill for only 3 days. I broke out in..."

Date: July 12, 2012 7:33:10 AM

Consumer Rating: 2 out of 5

I was on this pill for only 3 days. I broke out in a bright red, itchy rash all over my body on the third day. The only good thing I can say is I did not have any crazy mood swings you normally get when starting the pill.

Amanda says: "Hmm this BC has cut down on my cysts but i still s..."

Date: July 02, 2012 6:41:56 PM

Consumer Rating: 3 out of 5

Hmm this BC has cut down on my cysts but i still seem to bleed for 7-8 days i'm on my 3rd month of pills and i get my weight going up and down, breast tenderness, mood swings, headaches. IDK if its worth being on this pill?

sammi says: "I recently switched to loestrin24 about 2months ag..."

Date: June 30, 2012 1:58:38 AM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I recently switched to loestrin24 about 2months ago. And i love it!! Before i switched i was on Beyaz,and had a bleed through for a month. Now that ive switched my period is really lite and only lasts 3days. Love it!!!!!

Lin says: "I'm trying to find an alternative to loestrine so..."

Date: May 31, 2012 1:36:32 AM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I'm trying to find an alternative to loestrine so I can switch off of it asap. I've been on it for 6 months now and It has made my periods so light, I don't have them anymore...which causes me to freak out every month and take pregnancy tests! Have only had two periods for the duration of this medicine. It also causes weight gain, have gradually gained 10 pounds and always hungry. Also if take this bc make sure to take B vitamins because it depletes you of them and that causes you to be in terrible moods!! Would recommend if you don't like having periods and like gaining weight

Jenna says: "Switched to LoE 24FE because it was costing me $89..."

Date: May 15, 2012 8:55:45 PM

Consumer Rating: 2 out of 5

Switched to LoE 24FE because it was costing me $89 a month for Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. LoE 24 FE runs $43 a month. First few months no real differences except for no periods. Gradually started seeing weight gain with no change in lifestyle/fitness level or diet, except I stopped drinking 1-2 sodas a day. Nine months later I've gained 18 lbs. and can't take it anymore. All wieght is in my gut region, it disgusts me. Will be switching back to Tri C Lo Sunday, I guess it's worth the extra $46 a month to not look and feel like a cow. Only other side effect was increased acne and my skin just seemed to take forever to clear up, as if just didn't want to heal...weird!! Please note this was my experience and everyone has different reactions or side effects to different bc pills. I know several people on this pill and love it. Just my 2 cents.

brittney says: "I absolutely LOVE it. I have been on it for a litt..."

Date: April 07, 2012 3:54:03 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I absolutely LOVE it. I have been on it for a little over three months and it has worked wonders on my body. it cleared up my acne, no weight gain, and my periods are lighter and shorter. no other side effects really besides that. I love love LOVE loestrin 24

melaney says: "I really like this pill. I don't have any acne, a..."

Date: February 23, 2012 2:30:53 PM

Consumer Rating: 3 out of 5

I really like this pill. I don't have any acne, and it has short light periods. Just I have gained 30 pounds since I have been on this pill and can't seem to lose any of it.

sydney says: "I started LoLoestrin about 3 months ago...i LOVED ..."

Date: January 22, 2012 6:09:24 AM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I started LoLoestrin about 3 months ago...i LOVED no having cramps anymore mine were awful) but it changed my mood completely. My fiance wanted me off them as well as my entire fam because it made me turn into a manciac. I was depressed, tired, angry. I had no weight gain or cravings but mild breast tenderness. Id still be on them if it werent for the mood swings :/

Jodie says: "This pill really didn't help me at all. I had rea..."

Date: January 19, 2012 3:09:06 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

This pill really didn't help me at all. I had really bad side effects from Loestrin.

Scottie says: "I was on Yaz but the side effects from Yaz WERE AW..."

Date: January 08, 2012 7:00:31 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I was on Yaz but the side effects from Yaz WERE AWFUL! This pill is so much better.

Marissa says: "I've been on the Loestrin 24 Fe for about 3 months..."

Date: December 28, 2011 10:23:25 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I've been on the Loestrin 24 Fe for about 3 months now and honestly I absolutely love it. The first couple of weeks I experienced mild nausea which eventually went away and in the first month and a half I experienced breast tenderness, but my boobs also grew a full cup size. I was on the depo shot before this and gained 30 some odd pounds and with taking the loestrin, I have not gained any weight I believe I've actually lost some. I'm not saying this is due to the pill, but I do wonder if it's balanced out the hormones the depo screwed up. It also helped clear up some of my acne. From reading BC reviews everyone is different, so I'm not saying I would recommend this for everyone, but it worked very well with my body. I will be switching to Microgestin though because this stuff is a little pricey, even with insurance.

Tara says: "I have been on it for 2 months now. I have had bre..."

Date: December 14, 2011 12:48:21 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I have been on it for 2 months now. I have had break through bleeding for 2 months straight. Both times now that I was supposed to get my period I have gotten such severe anxiety and depression that I really feel crazy.

Marie says: "I took this pill for three years. When I was firs..."

Date: November 13, 2011 6:59:01 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I took this pill for three years. When I was first placed on it I became terribly sick. It felt like severe morning sickness. When I called the doctor she said to take it in the evenings before I go to bed and it would cut back my nausea. It did so I proceeded to take it. My periods became lighter which was a huge bonus since I normally had heavy ones. I did get break through bleeding all the time though. Today I'm completely off this pill. I had no idea until my eye doctor saw enlarged blood vessels in my eyes that I developed severely high blood pressure. We're talking going from 107/64 to 156/106 . At the time I never related my birth control to the high blood pressure so I kept taking it. I got severe migraines and developed severe anxiety. Still I never related it to my birth control pills. I would faithfully go to my yearly checkups and they would say my blood pressure was fine. I mentioned to my doctor that my fingers seemed to be blowing up and she said it was a normal side effect. Finally, I decided to track my blood pressure daily. Every day for six months it remained high. I decided enough already and I took myself off the birth control. Immediately my blood pressure went back to my old numbers. So, moral of the story, if you want to not have high blood pressure(by the way don't trust that the nurses at your doctors office is taking an accurate reading) or possibly stroke out.I would recommend not taking Loestrin24 and trying another brand of birth control!

Susan says: "I have tried 6 kinds of BC pills and Loestrin 24 F..."

Date: November 08, 2011 6:40:26 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I have tried 6 kinds of BC pills and Loestrin 24 Fe is probably my fave so far. No weight gain, no weird cravings, no cramps, lighter periods (although they weren't shortened like they were supposed to be), no out of the ordinary mood swings. Only thing I wouldn't suggest this for acne sufferers, I had very clear skin before starting Loestrin and even after a year on it I was still breaking out almost everyday, but not very bad, mostly just an annoyance. Also I got headaches off and on, which I never had before. Only reason I switched is because it's not covered by insurance and is almost $80 per pack!

Dainty says: "I have tried plenty of bc's! Ortho Tri being far m..."

Date: September 30, 2011 8:54:56 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I have tried plenty of bc's! Ortho Tri being far most the WORST ever! But Loestrin is amazing, I feel no negative side affects and my sex drive has increased rapidly... Im so thankful for having the opportunity to try it.

Johanna says: "This worked really well for me, but I still have m..."

Date: August 26, 2011 4:46:01 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

This worked really well for me, but I still have mild breakthrough bleeding. Gained 5 lbs tho. No nausea, headaches, mood swings, except for the first week.

Lucy says: "I absolutely hated this pill. I was on if for abou..."

Date: August 24, 2011 11:08:03 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I absolutely hated this pill. I was on if for about 4 months and gained about 30 lbs on it!!!! I became very tired and super depressed. I don't recommend it but everyone is different. Good luck ladies.

kris says: "This was the first pill I ever took. It cleared up..."

Date: August 15, 2011 1:59:53 PM

Consumer Rating: 3 out of 5

This was the first pill I ever took. It cleared up my acne, and made my cramps and flow much less than they were. I was not feeling an anxiety.However, despite the pros the cons out weighed it. My periods were not regular, I missed 3 months of periods (before changing pills),it killed my sex drive (which as a newlywed was not good), and it raised my blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Jenn says: "worst pill i have ever been on. i was put on BC at..."

Date: June 06, 2011 12:54:00 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

worst pill i have ever been on. i was put on BC at an early age, 16, because i was on accutane for my acne. i switched from otho tricyclen to loestrin because i had long periods. i was on loestrin for 6 days before i had to stop. it made me so moody i would cry at everything, i had horrible headaches and bloating and cramps. it felt like the worse pms symptoms, and i was only on it for 7 days. i have been on cryelle and yaz since and loestrin by far has been the worse for me.

Sarah says: "My mood was pretty calm, but I gained 20 pounds, ..."

Date: April 24, 2011 3:59:28 PM

Consumer Rating: 2 out of 5

My mood was pretty calm, but I gained 20 pounds, lost my sex drive (not nice when you're newly married!), and had 2 periods a month. They would last so long I became anemic during that time and suffered from extreme dizziness on a daily basis. I switched after nearly passing out at work, where I work in a kitchen.

Maggie says: "Was on the pill for 8 months and had 2 periods for..."

Date: March 29, 2011 9:31:21 AM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

Was on the pill for 8 months and had 2 periods for a week long every time! Also was very emotional. Same thing happened to my two best friends.

Carmen says: "I've been on the pill for 2yrs and it has work gre..."

Date: February 14, 2011 9:50:20 AM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I've been on the pill for 2yrs and it has work great,i have had a little spotting when its time for a new pack but still all thumbs up

Heather says: "I switched from Ortho Tri Lo to this and I was on ..."

Date: January 26, 2011 3:55:09 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I switched from Ortho Tri Lo to this and I was on it about a 6months before I switched back to Ortho. My anxiety was through the roof, and my moodiness was enough to make my husband question if we should have gotten married. lol - Break through bleeding was HORRIBLE and I went 2 months w/o a period, which is a little concerning since that is a tell tale sign of pregnancy... Acne was about the same as Ortho, I WOULD NOT recommend Loestrin24

Anni says: "I have taken this pill for two years now and its g..."

Date: January 17, 2011 5:27:42 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I have taken this pill for two years now and its great. I havent had a period since I started taking the pill. My doctor said that was okay nothing to worry about. That is the only side effect and I dont ever want to change from Loestrin.

Amanda says: "This is only my 3rd month taking it. I have no sid..."

Date: December 05, 2010 12:11:02 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

This is only my 3rd month taking it. I have no side effects. Period is shorter, and lighter. (SO great!) Hardly any cramps. No signs of weight gain, or anxiety. My boobs grew bigger?! Not really an issue.. Right? :P Oh, and it's clearing up my acne. Everyone is different though. You just gotta find what works for you. Fortunately, this is the first pill I've tried, and I love it.

Danielle says: "This pill was great! the only negative side effect..."

Date: November 02, 2010 11:04:40 AM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

This pill was great! the only negative side effect was i would get extremely depressed a couple days before my period. The day my period started everthing would go back to normal though!

susan says: "It made me have terrible, terrible anxiety. I will..."

Date: November 01, 2010 6:57:31 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

It made me have terrible, terrible anxiety. I will never take this birth control again. Loestrin gave me the worst anxiety of my life. as soon as I went off it, the anxiety went away. i had no idea that birth controls pills can cause anxiety.

Becky says: "I've been on this pill for 5 months now and I stil..."

Date: October 28, 2010 3:49:18 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

I've been on this pill for 5 months now and I still have break through bleeding EVERY MONTH. Acne has been okay, Slight break outs, not really working for me, it's making me have anxiety

Marsha says: "It's ok. Maybe there is just something wrong with..."

Date: September 03, 2010 6:39:41 PM

Consumer Rating: 3 out of 5

It's ok. Maybe there is just something wrong with me. If I forget just one pill I have intense cramping.

Carly says: "alright. 2 periods per month, horrible migranes, v..."

Date: May 13, 2010 11:12:30 PM

Consumer Rating: 1 out of 5

alright. 2 periods per month, horrible migranes, very very moody and stressed

Laura says: "switched from ortho tri lo which was getting too e..."

Date: March 10, 2010 8:50:41 PM

Consumer Rating: 2 out of 5

switched from ortho tri lo which was getting too expensive. i still experienced spotting monthly and felt more moody than on ortho

Natalie says: "I've been on this pill for 2 years now. I have ve..."

Date: February 27, 2010 12:55:27 PM

Consumer Rating: 3 out of 5

I've been on this pill for 2 years now. I have very irregular periods and I was hoping the pill would regulate my cycle better. Very few side effects on this pill, but I can go 3-5 months at a time without a period. This concerns me so I'm talking to my dr about switching to another pill, one with a 28 cycle instead of 24.

Candace says: "I am a huge fan of loestrin - I have no side effec..."

Date: November 28, 2009 3:50:24 PM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

I am a huge fan of loestrin - I have no side effects yet. Hope I don't get any!

Vanessa says: "Well it is clearing my skin better than Yaz, but I..."

Date: August 18, 2009 5:11:07 AM

Consumer Rating: 4 out of 5

Well it is clearing my skin better than Yaz, but I had horrible anxiety the first month. I am on my second pack now, and I think it is getting a little better.

Jessica says: "I was just switched to this pill from Yaz because ..."

Date: July 08, 2009 6:20:32 AM

Consumer Rating: 3 out of 5

I was just switched to this pill from Yaz because Yaz wasn't stopping my periods and I was tired all the time.

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