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Dr. Maria Glukhovsky, Pharm.D. has been a pharmacist for the past 12 years, clinical educator across many disease states and a clinical instructor at Jefferson School of Pharmacy. She loves to educate her patients and everyone around her on the proper use of medications and top disease management techniques to improve health and wellbeing.

March 1, 2021 Read Time - 5 minutes

Junel Fe

Are you thinking about starting or switching your birth control to Junel Fe? It’s a good birth control option for many people, but it isn’t right for everybody. Let’s discuss what Junel Fe is, how it works, what the side effects are, and who should not take it.

Then, we’ll have some real Junel Fe user reviews to help you decide whether Junel Fe may be right for you.

Keep in mind that only a doctor can decide if you should take Junel Fe, and that oral birth control does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and others, some of which have no symptoms.

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What Kind of Birth Control is Junel Fe?

Junel Fe is a combination birth control pill that contains ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone. The hormones work together to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation and causing changes to your uterine lining and cervical mucus that make it harder for a fertilized egg to implant in your uterus and for sperm to reach an egg.

What Are the Side Effects of Junel Fe?

Like any medication, Junel Fe may cause side effects, which may be severe, and can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight change
  • Problems with contact lenses
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Blood clot
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver problems
  • Stroke
  • Swelling in ankles, feet, or hands

Who Should NOT Take Junel Fe?

While Junel Fe is safe for most people, it isn’t right for everybody. Talk to your doctor before taking Junel Fe if you have or have had:

  • Blood clots
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • High cholesterol
  • Migraines
  • Heart problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Abnormal breast exam
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Stroke
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding

Junel Fe may interact with certain medications. Let your doctor know if you take any of the following:

  • Ospemifene
  • Tizanidine
  • Aromatase inhibitors (like anastrozole, exemestane)
  • Tamoxifen
  • Tranexamic acid
  • Certain combination products used to treat chronic hepatitis C
  • Modafinil
  • St. John’s wort
  • Griseofulvin
  • Rifamycins (like rifampin, rifabutin)
  • HIV drugs (such as nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir)
  • Drugs used to treat seizures

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Junel Cause Weight Gain?

Any birth control with estrogen may cause weight gain. However, Junel Fe has a low dose of estrogen, which minimizes the risk of weight gain.

Is Junel Fe a Low Estrogen Birth Control?

Yes, Junel Fe is a low estrogen birth control medication.

Can Junel Cause Hair Loss?

Oral birth control medications like Junel Fe do carry some risk of hair loss as a side effect, especially in women who are especially sensitive to hormonal changes.

Can Junel Cause Depression?

Like other oral birth controls, Junel does have the potential to cause depression. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about Junel triggering depression.

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    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

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Get Junel Fe Birth Control Online

Want to talk to a doctor about whether Junel Fe birth control is right for you? You can have a phone or video appointment with one of our licensed doctors, and if they believe Junel Fe is right for you, they can electronically send a prescription to your pharmacy.

If Junel Fe isn’t right for you, the doctor can recommend other birth control pills and methods that may suit you better and even write a prescription for a different birth control.

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Junel Fe Reviews

10/18/2020 – “I been on birth control for the last 3 years, and this is the WORST experience, the first 2 weeks on Junel Fe 1/20 I been vomiting and feeling sick, eventually I started feeling more tired than usual and having panic attacks, I was about to finish the first pack when the situation got worse from panic attacks to crying for hours for no reason.”

10/14/2020 – “I started taking Junel FE on Sunday 10/4. The next morning I woke up with intense nausea, dizziness, headache, and cramping. I started bleeding on Wednesday, with SEVERE cramps. I also developed GI issues. The nausea, fatigue, and cramping were so intense that I remained in bed Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (10/12). I also felt extremely hungry. Medication did not work to help nausea or cramping. I got a rapid COVID test Tuesday, which was negative, to rule out any other possibility of illness. I did not take the pill Tuesday night (10/13). Today, Wednesday, I was able to get out of bed. I am still bleeding, but I did not take Advil today as my cramps are far less severe. I am less nauseous and headache is not as bad. I feel bloated and tired, but I was able to work today. Based on my personal experience, I would not take this birth control and would never recommend it to anyone else. Sorry to everyone else who had to go through this!”

6/9/2020 – “I’ve tried several types of birth control and this was the only one that didn’t give me terrible side effects. It works very well. The generic brand, Lerin was terrible for me but the brand name was great!”

5/14/2020 – “Now what I wasn’t expecting is the AMAZING things it did to my FACE FEATURES!!!! I have had a weird face elongation the last year and a half and I was like yeah I guess it’s a part of growing a little old ( I’m 25 y/o) but still was annoyed of what my face looked like, after starting this pill I have noticed my face bones were shifting back in and up and thought maybe It’s all in my mind, but then I would take close-up selfies with no makeup or anything and compare them to other selfies I took couple days ago and the difference is SHOCKING !!! I have always had a pretty round feminine face which I thought I was never getting back after that whole year and a half of weird elongation !! I’m not a doctor but I think this pill regulated my hormones or added estrogen or something to my body but whatever it is… I can finally say I got my 22 y/o face back and really can’t stop looking in the mirror, feels like I had a surgery or something lol.”

4/7/2020 – “I’ve been taking Junel Fe for almost 3 months now and the only problem I’ve had was sore breasts. My period came the first month but the second month I only bled the first day and spotted throughout the rest of the 7 days. I also had mood swings the first month but after that I was fine.”

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RxList. Junel Fe. Accessed on November 22, 2020 at User Reviews for Junel Fe 1/20. Accessed on November 22, 2020 at

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