We love Loestrin 24 Fe for its mid-level estrogen levels and helpful daily doses of iron. It has 20 micrograms of estrogen in each active dose, which is a nice moderate amount. High estrogen levels can cause more side effects, but not enough can result in spotting and breakthrough bleeding. The “Fe” in the name is how iron appears on the periodic table. Blood loss during your period can sap your body of this important nutrient, and Loestrin 24 Fe helps put it back. While unlikely, Loestrin 24 Fe has potential risks, such as increased risk for blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.
Loestrin 24 Fe, a hormone-based combination birth control pill, uses a mixture of two hormones (estrogen and progestin) to simulate pregnancy in your body, so you don’t actually become pregnant. However, Nurx™ does not currently offer this pill. Check out our list of generic alternatives below, and learn how you can get your first pack for FREE.See full product details
Can Loestrin 24 Fe Stop My Period?
There's a good chance that Loestrin 24 Fe will shorten your periods and make them more manageable — or yes, stop them completely. If you're interested in eliminating your period, there are strategies you can use that include choosing a "no-period" pill.
I Have Anemia — Will Loestrin 24 Fe Help?
While Loestrin 24 Fe does provide your body with much-needed iron to make up for monthly blood loss, it's a pretty small amount. Loestrin 24 Fe isn't designed to treat anemia or serious iron deficiency. Instead, talk to your doctor about proper iron supplements. Keep in mind that the best source of nutrients is almost always food (not a pill), so a diet that's rich in iron would probably be a good idea.
Are There Side Effects With Loestrin 24 Fe?
Loestrin 24 Fe does come with the chance of side effects, though they’re quite rare. Some of the minor ones include nausea, headaches, vomiting, breast tenderness, weight changes due to water retention, and swelling. You may also notice changes to your period, such as spotting, irregularity, heavier flow, or missed periods. Serious side effects are extremely rare but have been seen among women who take Loestrin 24 Fe. These include mood changes, vision problems (especially with those who are nearsighted or wear contacts), high blood pressure, lumps in the breast, migraines, sudden heavy bleeding, yellowing eyes or skin, heart problems, blood clotting, and stroke-like symptoms such as slurred speech, confusion, and weakness, numbness, or pain on one side of the body.
What Are Some Precautions When Starting Loestrin 24 Fe?
As with any hormone-based birth control pill, there’s a very small chance of allergies and side effects. You should open a discussion with your doctor or one of our Nurx advisors before taking Loestrin 24 Fe. Women who smoke, especially if they're over 35 years old, have a higher risk of serious heart problems when using this medication. If you're allergic to estrogen, a different choice may be better for you. Allergic reactions to Loestrin 24 Fe are typical to those who suffer from other allergies — itching, hives, rashes, trouble breathing, and swelling of the throat, tongue, or lips are some of the red flags you may experience.
Is It Easy to Get Started on Loestrin 24 Fe?
Loestrin 24 Fe is a prescription-only drug that can't just be purchased at the corner drugstore. Here at Nurx, we partner with real doctors in every state we work in who are able to prescribe Loestrin 24 Fe to you. As long as you have a prescription, Loestrin 24 Fe isn't hard to get. It's a popular choice that can be found in most pharmacies nationwide. Loestrin 24 Fe is very likely covered by your insurance. We accept many different insurance providers, and we're constantly working on expanding our list. If you choose to pay out of pocket, we're OK with that, too. We provide many options for payment. Loestrin 24 Fe is also available in several generic brands, such as Junel, Blisovi, and Taytulla.
How Is Loestrin 24 Fe Used?
Loestrin 24 Fe is a pill that's taken daily. You should choose a certain time and take your pill at the same time each day. Since hormone-based birth control can cause minor stomach upset, some women find it helpful to take it after dinner or just before bedtime.
Can Loestrin Fe 24 React With Other Medications?
Generally, hormone-based birth control is safe to take along with other medicines. However, there can be a negative reaction if it's mixed with some hormone-based drugs, such as aromatase inhibitors or other cancer-fighting meds, treatments for chronic hepatitis C, and a few more. Some drugs will cause Loestrin 24 Fe to lose some of its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. These include HIV drugs, anti-seizure meds, and even herbal supplements like St. John's wort. Always discuss with your doctor or Nurx advisor anything you're taking, whether it's over the counter or not, before starting Loestrin 24 Fe.