The dose of estrogen in Loestrin Fe 1/20 is nicely mid-range when compared to others on the market, making it perfect for those just starting on birth control. After all, too much estrogen can result in side effects, but too little can cause spotting or breakthrough bleeding. If you experience any problems, switching to another dosage is a snap. Plus, the daily dose of iron (even when taking the inactive pills) is something every woman can use. Just like other birth control pills, Loestrin Fe 1/20 does come with potential risks. It should not be taken if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a family history of blood clots.
Loestrin Fe 1/20 uses a combination of the two main hormones used in birth control pills — estrogen and progestin. These hormones cause your body to think it’s pregnant already, helping to prevent an actual pregnancy. The “Fe” in the name stands for iron. During your period, blood loss can sap your body of iron, possibly leading to anemia and other health problems. Loestrin Fe 1/20 can help. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Loestrin Fe 1/20 at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Microgestin Fe 1/20 for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance.See full product details
How Bad Are the Side Effects of Loestrin Fe 1/20?
While the side effects may be scary to some, a vast majority of women don't experience any at all. For example, one of the most common side effects is headaches. Studies show that far less than 10 percent of women experience this, though.
Will Loestrin Fe 1/20 Cause Weight Gain?
More and more studies are showing that weight gain from birth control pills is a myth. It may simply be a result of fluid retention or inactivity resulting from the hormone changes. Stay active and eat right and you'll most likely be fine.
What Are Some Side Effects of Loestrin Fe 1/20?
As with many birth control pills, Loestrin Fe 1/20 has a few positive side effects. Aside from the helpful doses of iron you'll receive, you may benefit from more predictable periods, plus lighter bleeding and less pain during your time of the month. Be on the lookout for negative side effects, though these are quite rare. Some of these include acne, melasma (dark patches on the skin), weight gain, nausea, swelling of the ankles and feet, headache, and spotting. Some extremely rare but serious side effects have been connected with Loestrin Fe 1/20. Blood clotting problems, dizziness or fainting, slurred speech, pain or numbness on one side of the body (especially the arm, jaw, and chest), excessive sweating, vision problems, confusion, and shortness of breath have been documented.
Is Loestrin Fe 1/20 Affordable and Readily Available?
Loestrin Fe 1/20 is a great option for any budget. Many insurance providers will cover it, and even if they don't, expect your Loestrin (or generic equivalent) to cost about a dollar or two a day. Here at Nurx, we accept a ton of insurance providers already, and we're working on expanding that list all the time. Loestrin Fe 1/20 is available at most pharmacies throughout the country. It's also sold under several generic brand names such as Junel, Tarina, Microgestin, and Gildess. They contain the same iron and active ingredients that Loestrin does.
How Is Loestrin Fe 1/20 Used?
Loestrin Fe 1/20 is a daily pill that should be taken at the same time each day. To avoid any nausea or upset stomach, you may want to take it at bedtime or after dinner. When starting Loestrin Fe 1/20, you'll begin on the first Sunday following your period. It may be a week or so until Loestrin is fully effective. Consider using additional birth control during this week, like spermicide or condoms.