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Lo Loestrin Fe Birth Control Review

There are so many different birth control pills to choose from – how can you know which one is right for you? One of the best ways to decide is to read user reviews from other women. That’s why we’ve put together these Lo Loestrin Fe Birth Control reviews along with other important information you need to help you decide if Lo Loestrin Fe may be worth a try.

Only a licensed doctor can decide whether Lo Loestrin Fe is right for you. The following is for informational purposes only and doesn’t replace a conversation with your doctor.

Oral birth control methods like Lo Loestrin Fe do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Some STDs have no symptoms.

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What Kind of Birth Control Is Lo Loestrin Fe?

Lo Loestrin Fe is a combination hormone birth control. It contains norethindrone (a progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen). These hormones help prevent ovulation, thicken your vaginal fluid to make it harder for sperm to reach an egg, and change the uterine lining to help prevent a fertilized egg from implanting.

What Are the Side Effects of Lo Loestrin Fe?

As with any birth control, this medication may cause potentially serious side effects. Lo Loestrin Fe side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Swelling of the feet or ankles
  • Irregular periods or spotting between periods
  • Weight change
  • Depression
  • Blood clots
  • Liver disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Who Should NOT Take Lo Loestrin Fe?

Lo Loestrin Fe isn’t right for everybody. Make sure to tell your doctor about your medical history and any medication you take. Be especially sure to mention if you smoke, are over 35, are overweight, or have ever had any of the following:

  • Blood clots
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Abnormal breast exam
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Heart problems
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Stroke
  • Migraines
  • Blood clotting disorder

Don’t take birth control pills if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have recently given birth.

Tell your doctor about any medications you’re taking, especially:

  • Aromatase inhibitors (like exemestane, anastrozole, letrozole)
  • Ospemifene
  • Dimercaprol
  • Tranexamic acid
  • Tamoxifen
  • Certain combination products used to treat chronic hepatitis C
  • Modafinil
  • Griseofulvin
  • Rifamycins (such as rifampin)
  • Drugs used to treat seizures
  • St John’s Wort
  • HIV medications

Does Lo Loestrin Fe Make You Gain Weight?

Lo Loestrin Fe may cause weight gain as a side effect. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern for you. Some women gain weight on birth control due to increased appetite, while others gain weight due to water retention. To learn more ask your doctor.

Is Lo Loestrin Fe Good Birth Control?

As with any oral birth control, Lo Loestrin Fe is up to 99% effective when taken at the same time every day. Everybody may experience different side effects, however, so it’s hard to say whether Lo Loestrin Fe will be a good birth control for you.

Get Lo Loestrin Fe Online

Are you ready to talk to a doctor about Lo Loestrin Fe? The best way to get Lo Loestrin Fe online is with a video or phone appointment with one of the licensed doctors at PlushCare. If they believe Lo Loestrin is right for you, they can electronically send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy. 

If there is another birth control pill that may suit you better the doctor may recommend that version.

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Lo Loestrin Fe Reviews

11/9/2020 – “This birth control gave me the worst acne I have had in a long time cystic acne all over my jaw and cheeks. It affects everyone differently but I am now trying a different one after being on this one for 4 months; it was fine for mood.”

11/3/2020 – “I started this pill to stop ovulations and hopefully regulate my PMDD. I was really hesitant because I’ve had terrible experiences with birth control in the past. Yaz, specifically, put me in a flat out depression for 3 months. I’ve been on this BC for the last 3 months consistently, minus a week that breakthrough was causing bleeding and cramping that I stopped for 4 days to relieve. My moods are amazing, I haven’t felt a single outburst in the last 3 months. My sex drive is incredibly high, and my boyfriend is grateful. I feel like I have me back, and suggested for anyone who’s had problems with other birth controls.”

10/25/2020 – “DO NOT TAKE THIS PILL. My daughter had to take this pill because she was having very irregular cycles (6-week-long period, 2 weeks off, then a month long). She had a beautiful complexion before and was happy and outgoing. Almost a year on this pill, and her skin is ruined and she’s very moody. She now has horrible acne (we’ve spent hundreds of dollars at a dermatologist, they now want her to start Accutane). I’m hoping they will switch her pill, because this was the WORST decision ever. I wish I would have read all these reviews before letting her doctor prescribe it. I’m also annoyed the dermatologist never considered this as the cause of her continuously worsening acne.”

10/4/2020 – “Amazing! The beginning was rough! Nausea, diarrhea, extreme fatigue! But after a month, got used to it. High sex drive! I’ve never had so much sex drive like this before. My boyfriend loves it! I’m very happy with it so far.”

8/24/2020 – “I have had very bad experiences in the past with birth control pills (depression, weight gain, etc…). I tried Lo Loestrin Fe after the birth of my daughter and was happily surprised how well my body reacted to it. I took it for 2 years and then stopped as I wanted to have a second child. Will get back to it soon. After stopping it, my periods came back as well as bad PMS. It seems like everyone has a different reaction to it, so I would suggest to test it and see with your OBGYN if this one is good for you. Because when it works it is a true relief to be able to rely on a birth control that your body likes.”

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Dailymed. Label: LO LOESTRIN FE- norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol, ethinyl estradiol and ferrous fumarate kit. Accessed on November 24, 2020 at

RxLlist. Lo Loestrin Fe. Accessed on November 24, 2020 at

Drugs.Com. User Reviews for Lo Loestrin Fe to treat Birth Control. Accessed on November 24, 2020 at

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