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Community Level 3RuthHolohan

RuthHolohan

Loestrin, and advice on side effects.

AdvantagesWell it works for me

DisadvantagesMight not work for you!!

"...of these I've been taking Loestrin 20 which I've found to be a highly effective method of contraception with no side effects whatseoever. A far cry from the first year using the pill as a contraceptive method! Without wishing to scare any prospective pill-takers, my first pill (Microgynon) gave me every side effect in the book! I experienced weight gain, headaches, nausea (every day at 6pm) and I cried and cried and cried every day for several ..." Read review
03.08.2001

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Community Level 5weekellso

weekellso

So you dont want a baby then..........

AdvantagesQuite easy to use

DisadvantagesNot good if you're forgetful

"...me when I was on Loestrin 20 - this was due to the dosage APPARENTLY and when the doctor moved me to the 30 I have been great. Other side effects include headaches - these range from mildly bearable to a full on Migraine. Now again, I have found with this pill this has not happened to me - it did with Marvelon though! :-( Also some people have been known to have suffered blood clots with the pill. To be honest I dont really know much about this ..." Read review
17.04.2003

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Longing for a pain free life?

AdvantagesKnowing when my period will arrive! Stops you from becoming pregnant!

DisadvantagesPossibly risks such as Thrombosis, breast cancer and a long list of possible side effects!

"...one I've tried out is Loestrin 30. What is in the pack? Contained in the box are 3 packs of pills each containing 21 tiny green tablets. The pack has got the days of the week written on the top of the foil in casing the tablet, so you can keep track if you've taken one for that day, or not. You take a tablet roughly the same time every day for 21 days and then have a 7 day break for your 'Bleed' ( This is what it's called as your not supposed ..." Read review
09.03.2006

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Community Level 4Shellywba

Shellywba

Just remember to take it. . .

AdvantagesNo weight gain!!

DisadvantagesMoods, little bit of "spotting"

"I first started taking Loestren 20 a week or so after my 16th birthday. I decided, at the legal age, I should go on the pill incase any "accidents" came up and I needed protection. I suppose, for a 16 year old to think like that, I must have been quite strange and presumptuous, but I didn't care too much and off I trotted to the doctors with my mom. He said he would prescribe me the best one for my age-range, and so I was given Loestren 20. I was ..." Read review
01.06.2005

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Community Level 1skankinchar

skankinchar

Loestrin... great if you want no sex drive!

AdvantagesLight periods, no side effects

Disadvantagesno sex drive, no periods can be a bit scary!

"Loestrin 20.... Each Loestrin 20 tablet contains 1mg of norethisterone and 20micrograms of ethinyloestradiol. No, I don't understand it either. Like all other combined oral contraceptive pills, Loestrin 20 stops you from getting pregnant by thickening the cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to travel to the womb. It also stops the ovaries from releasing an egg, and makes the womb lining so thin that it would be unlikely to accept a fertilised ..." Read review
08.05.2007

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Community Level 2babygem

babygem

Cute little blue pill

AdvantagesNo weight gain, no nausea and no mental change

DisadvantagesI wanted my breasts to grow!

"I started taking the Loestrin 20 pill about 18 months ago due to having quite heavy and irregular periods, so the doctor prescribed me these after a course of iron tablets failed to help. I take mine at night before I get into bed because I tend to remember then rather than say the middle fo the day. Also, I am a sicker for getting tummy upsets etc and these rarely happen at night, so if I'm sick it isn't usually til at least 12 hours after taking ..." Read review
01.05.2003

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Community Level 1Cazz15

Cazz15

I feel very good!

AdvantagesContraceptive, Better Libido than on other pills, regulates periods

DisadvantagesRemembering to take it, regular side effects as with all pills.

"...mentioned above. However so far Loestrin 30 has helped with the majority of these. I started taking Loestrin straight after finishing the last ack of my old brand (Yasmin). In the past I wasn't able to take two packs together without break though bleeding. However, with Loestrin, there has been no break through bleeding so far (granted I've only just finished a month's pack - but I thought I'd let you know how fab I'm feeling switching to Loestrin ..." Read review
30.05.2006

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Community Level 2miss_diva

miss_diva

5th time lucky?

AdvantagesNo weight gain (but none lost either)

DisadvantagesStill didn't help my missing libido

"...I mentioned but prescribed me Loestrin as it has a lower dose of Oestrogen than other pills. I tried it for 6 months, and although I didn't gain any more weight, I didn't lose any either. I have gone from a small size 12 to a large 14 over the 2 years I had been with my partner - and I hate it! My libido did not improve, and this caused some concern for my partner and I. He gets really stressed because I have no interest in sex. He thought it ..." Read review
17.07.2004

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Community Level 1snomel

snomel

Loestrin 20 - not for everyone

AdvantagesCute pill. No pregnancy (fingers crossed)

DisadvantagesGazillion side effects. Causes identical symptoms to pregnancy so not for the paranoid type!

"...me (awkward enough?) he said Loestrin 20 would be the best bet as it's low dosage and therefore less likely to cause the side effects that I've seen in some of my friends - ie. being in a different mood every day of the week, ballooning in size, etc. I'm at the end of my first pack and so far in my first month (I know the first month is the worst, or so I've heard, but anyway) I've had migraines, stomach pain, bloating, palpitations, ravenous hunger, ..." Read review
03.05.2010

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Community Level 1sadie555

sadie555

Loestrin 30. The Pro's and Con's

AdvantagesNo Pregnancy, Regular, Short Periods, No Libido Loss

DisadvantagesInitial side effects, A Few Spots, and a large bust!

"I've tried Cilest, Migrogynon, Loestrin 20, Marvelon and more bcp's in the past. Recently I tried Yamsin, which was excellent, but I lost all libido. (My Dr's trying to find something that doesnt give me migraines & which also reduces painful & heavy periods.) I started Loestrin 30, and stopped after 3 months, as I had these side effects: -palpitations -painful periods -irritability -dry skin & spotty chin -Migraines -Tiredness On Gp's ..." Read review
15.02.2007

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Community Level 1sarahloulou

sarahloulou

Best I've tried yet

AdvantagesLow side effects

DisadvantagesHaving to remember every day!

"...these the doctor prescribed me Loestrin 20. He explained that it contained less Oestrogen than the other brands (thats the 20 in its name). Oestrogen is the hormone which gives you PMT and side effects (I think!) Now I rarely get PMT, only a small amount before my period, and I don't get weight gain or anything. Like any other pill you have to remember to take it everyday, but I would much rather that than babies at the moment thank you very much! ..." Read review
10.01.2007

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Community Level 1Rhubarb1234

Rhubarb1234

Might work, Might not work

AdvantagesPrevents pregnancy, great for people who suffer from heavy periods

DisadvantagesCan cause breakthrough bleeding, headaches.

"...pill, i was put on Loestrin 20 due to its low dosage which is supposed to minimise any possible side effects. The first 2 packets of this pill where fantastic, my periods were very short (2 - 3 days) and i had no side effects what so ever. But then the trouble started half way through the 3rd packet, i got terrible headaches and got breakthrough bleeding which lasted for over 2 weeks. In the end i then went back to the doctor who then prescribed me ..." Read review
02.06.2008

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Community Level 3LisaUK11

LisaUK11

No side effects for me!!

AdvantagesNo babies!

DisadvantagesRemembering to take a pill every day!

"As I have previously tried Microgynon 30, I was quite scared to try any other form of contraceptive pill. When I took Microgynon I was very ill after taking it for a few days. I kept on getting hot flushes, feeling faint and really giddy..... Loestrin 20 is VERY different and contrains less oestrogen and it is also once of the weaker of the contraceptive pills but obviously isn't less successful! You have to take one pill every day for 21 days ..." Read review
10.03.2006

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Community Level 1Eliz24

Eliz24

Great if you have faith!

Advantagesno periods, low hormone content, no PMT!!

Disadvantagesno periods!

"This is the fifth brand of combined contraceptive pill that I have been on ( I will review the others when I get around to it!) and it seems to be the best. As with most contraceptive pills, it comes in packs of 21 pills, all labelled with the day of the week making it easier to remember to take. My doctor put me on this pill as I seemed to be having problems tolerating the 'high' hormone levels in other brands of contraceptive pill, so he said ..." Read review
30.04.2005

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Community Level 1phimani

Quick review of Loestrin 20 Contraceptive Pill

"Now on my second month of Loestrin, and the same thing has happened to me twice; I've started my period whilst still taking the pill. I wondered if it was something to do with the time at which I started the course, but my doctor actually told me to the exact date of which to take it. Being that I actually started the Pill to eradicate my spontaneous periods, it's a bit worrying. My libido has also lessened a lot, which is very sad :(
25.07.2008

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