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Almost the same: LoEstrin 1/20 contains the same dosage of the same ingredients per pill as LoEstrin 24. The difference is that LoEstrin 24 is packaged with 24 active pills and 4 placebo pills, while LoEstrin 1/20 is packaged with 21 active pills and 7 placebos. The shorter placebo phase is supposed to help minimize break through bleeding and slightly improve contraceptive efficacy. ...Read more
Went to new dr for bc. Mentioned old bc was loestrin 24fe. Dr shrugged this off and rx'd different type. I would rather have old bc. Should i go back?
BC: If you don't fill happy find another doctor. Explain to the doctor why you want to continue with your old b/c. ...Read more
Normal cycle: Most commonly women on loestrin are going to have normal regular periods. Some women can have breakthrough bleeding on loestrin. All estrogen based birth control pills can increase a woman's risk of blood clot. Other common side effects include breast tenderness, bloating, mood changes, headache and nausea. ...Read more
Antibiotic/bcp: Some antibiotics can diminish the effective estrogen content of the low dose oral bcp's, but not very much. If the estrogen in Loestrin is diminished, you would start spotting or having "breakthrough bleeding". It is unlikely for you to become pregnant therefore, and remember, during the "inactive pills" there are seven days without estrogen, so it is unlikely that augmentin will interfere. ...Read more
Maybe ... but risky!: These work by 'fooling your body' that you're already pregnant, so no egg released = no pregnancy. The last week of pills have no hormones usually, and start a period. If you space your pills significantly more than 24 hours apart, this 'fooling' my not happen, and you could release an egg = possible pregnancy. Best = stop pills, have period, restart new pack. Use foam and condoms until new pk. ...Read more
Could you tell me if someone was to double up on loestrin 20 (the pill), would it cause serious illness?
Possibly: Big question is, why you want to do that? Birth control pills are prescribed at the lowest effective hormone dose that stops ovaries from releasing eggs. No eggs = no pregnancy. The higher the level of hormones, the higher the risks of complications like overgrowth of the uterus lining, or blood clots in your legs, lung, heart, or brain (esp. If you smoke). Talk to your dr about what you want. ...Read more
Been on lo Loestrin for about a 2 months and I just found out it expired a year and a half ago. Was I still protected?
Probably OK: Medications usually retain their potency for many months/years after the "expire" HOWEVER do not make it a habit of COUNTING on THAT! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
I'm 38 and was on loestrin for 2 1/2 months. Stopped taking abruptly due to s/e's. However, still bleeding q2wks. How long before s/sx end?
Hormone regulation: It is difficult to predict the length of time it will take for your natural hormones to return to normal following hormone birth control therapy. Some ppl can have normal cycles immediately while others can take many months. If bleeding is heavy and continuous it would be best to see a provider who can monitor you and evaluate for other causes of prolonged bleeding as well as potential anemia. ...Read more
Missed one loestrin 30 pill third week on a Monday, carried on as normal from Tuesday but didn't take the missing pill as didn't realize, is this ok?
You should not...: At least that is the idea behind taking the contraceptive pill. It gives you a constant dose of sex hormones that suppresses your own production of estrogen and progesterone, thereby preventing follicle maturation and release of an ovum. If for some reason you did ovulate while on the pill, your cervical mucus is also altered which prevents sperm from gaining entry to the upper reproductive tract ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pill side effects: In the first 1-3 months after starting birth control pills, irregular bleeding (termed "breakthrough bleeding" is common. For almost everyone, periods become very regular and predictable after that time. Write down the dates of bleeding, keep taking the pill at the same time daily (missed pills can cause irregular bleeding), and see your doctor if it persists beyond 3 months. ...Read more