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Lo Loestrin Fe Brown Pills
Started taking lo loestrin fe a while ago took my two active pills no period and now this morning. Only when I whip im bleeding pink brown and red?
Lo Loestrin: The goal of many of the low dose oral contraceptives is to have lighter flow for shorter periods of time. If you are taking your pills correctly, the fear of pregnancy should not be one you have. The lighter flow and fewer numbers of days of bleeding is a goal, not a liability. ...Read more
I am on lo loestrin fe. If I wish to skip my period this month should I skip both the white & brown pills & start a new pack OR just skip the brown?
I'm on Lo Loestrin fe and take my pills every night at the same time. Will lipstick with St. John's Wort affect my bc?
No: But why would anyone make or use any lipstick with this in it? Makes no sense. ...Read more
On Lo Loestrin Fe. Started new cycle and took first pill of new pack at 3:30PM instead of the usual 10:30PM. Am I protected? It's my second pack.
Yes: As long as you take it every day, then you are protected. If you miss a dose, take two the next day. It is ideal for you to take it the same time every day so it can mimic an appropriate hormonal cycle. Try setting an alarm on your phone. Take care! ...Read more
Lo Loestrin FE. Want to change the time I take pill. Starting a new pack today. Can I take my pill 3:30PM instead of 10:30PM and still be protected?
BCP timing: If you are taking the pill earlier than usual, you will be protected. If the pill is taken longer than 24 hrs (especially extreme low dose pills like LoLoestrin), I would use back up like condoms for the remainder of the cycle and continue at the new time. ...Read more
I'm on lo loestrin Fe. I forgot to take my pill Saturday and Sunday, second week. I took both on Sunday at 1am. Should I take two more today Monday?
Never missed a pill on lo loestrin fe but maybe off timing by give or take a few hours. Still 99.9% effective?
Yes: Missing the pill by a few hours will still be effective, but try and stay regular to assure compliance and a definitive steady state level in your system. Best wishes. ...Read more
Its my third pack of lo loestrin fe. I was 38 minutes late taking the first pill of new pack. Am I protected still?
Still protected: You should still have adequate protectionGet a more detailed answer ›
I'm taking lo loestrin fe and I accidentally dropped the first white active pill down the drain. What do I do now?
It is alright.: Do not panic. This is a common mistake. You should contact your doctor and he/she can rewrite a prescription for you which you can pick up at your local pharmacy. Another option would be to go directly to the pharmacy where you picked up the medication and they may be able to replace it for you. Hope that helps. ...Read more
On 8th pack of lo loestrin fe, took first pill of new pack 2.5 hours late then continued taking pills normally. Did this affect my protection that week?
No effect: Taking a pill a few hours late is not going to impact their effectiveness. ...Read more
How is it that Lo Loestrin Fe can work with only 2 placebo pills compared to the normal 7 days of placebo pills?
Not important: The placebo pills do not play any role in efficacy of ocp's. As long as you take the active ones, you can take any number or no placebo pills and the pills are equally effective. The role of the extra two estrogen pills is to shorten the amount of bleeding you have on the current pill you are on. ...Read more
If I take 2 lo loestrin fe pills a day. Will this stop my heavy bleeding? Once it stop do I go back to taking one pill a day?
Bleeding and iron: You should see a gynecologist to find out why you have your heavy bleeding. Iron will replace the iron you are losing in your red blood cells lost in your bleeding. See a gyn to see if you have a hormonal imbalance, or bleeding from fibroids. Iron will have no effect on the cause of your bleeding nor will it stop it. ...Read more
Took first pill of Lo Loestrin FE an hour late, still protected? Took all last pack as directed and got period at the end of last pack
Sounds fine: There is no noticeable difference in the level of protection whether a woman takes her Lo Loestrin at the exact clock hour each day, or takes her pill an hour sooner or an hour later. Lo Loestrin is a combination birth control pill. Combination pills are less time-sensitive than progestin-only mini-pills. For a combination pill, taking it within 2-3 hours of the desired time should still be fine. ...Read more
Why is it that on Lo Loestrin Fe it's safe to skip the estrogen pills and take 4 days off, but it's not safe to take them followed by 4 days off?
Don't do that: That is not correct that is is ok to skip the last four in either scenario you suggested with this particular pill. This is an ultra low dose pill. Only two of the last four have Estrogen. They are designed to be taken as directed. With low low dose pills there is not much room for error. Consider an IUD as a more effective alternative if you do not like taking the pill daily. ...Read more
I am taking lo loestrin fe and I accidentally dropped the first white active pill down the sink drain so I could not take it. I therefore missed taking that first pill. Can I go ahead and just take the second white active pill tonight at the normal time I
Yes: They are all the same so take one per day. ...Read more
NONE: The suggests these as effective, 1 dose within 72 hrs and 1 dose 12 hrs after 1st dose: ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) (1 dose is 2 white pills), Alesse (1 dose is 5 pink pills), nordette or levlen (1 dose is 2 light orange pills), lo/ovral (ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel) (1 dose is 4 white pills), triphasil or tri-levlen (1 dose is 4 yellow pills). Alternatively, buy one of the commercially available kits (eg, planb). ...Read more
My obgyn gave me lo loestrin fe I took it the sunday after my period which is wrong what do I do? I'm n the white pills no period still
See below: The normal time to start your pill is the sunday after your period so you did fine. It is common for patients on lo loestrin to skip a period as well. It does take the pill a full month to be effective so do a test just to be sure. ...Read more
My BCP is Lo Loestrin Fe if I had sex a day before I start my "break pills" am I still protected?
My girlfriend took antibiotics while taking lo loestrin fe. Is it true that antibiotics affect the effectiveness of the pill? And for how long?
Yes: Not all antibiotics will do this but many will interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. In general when on both oral contraceptives and antibiotics it is best to use another method for that cycle. ...Read more
My Lo Loestrin Fe blue pill fell in water bottle, I drank whole thing to get into me...will it still work? Or is that considered 'missing' a pill??
Missing a pill: It would be considered "missing a pill" as the water bottle has so diluted the medication that it would not be effective. ...Read more
Why does Lo Loestrin Fe have only 2 placebos in a 28-day cycle but other BC pills have 4 or 7? Can I take more than 2 days off and remain protected?
I wouldn't: LoLoestrin is the lowest does pill on the market and I would prefer someone skip the 2 placebos and just open up a new pack and start 2 days early. The lower dose pills are great for women near the age of menopause and those who can't tolerate higher doses of estrogen. Delaying the next pack would increase the pregnancy rate seen with this pill. ...Read more
I take Lo Loestrin Fe and my period has started early, I only just took the first pill in the last row, normal?
Not concerning: If you are on the last week of your pills, then it is normal for your period to start at this time. If you have break through bleeding (bleeding between periods), or if your periods begin earlier with each pack of pills, you may need to change to a different type of birth control pills. ...Read more
I have been on lo loestrin fe 24 for 3 weeks. The morning after I took the 7th pill, I had unprotected sex. Could I be pregnant?
25 years old and on the last four pills of lo loestrin fe. Have had my period for 13 days. When will it stop or how can I stop it?
Not normal, see Dr.: Generally, if you are taking your pills every day, your natural hormones are blocked. The last week of pills has no hormones, which triggers a period. If you started bleeding in the middle of your pills, the dosage may need to be adjusted to be right for your body. Stop your pills, use precautions to avoid pregnancy (foam & condoms), and see your gynecologist. Good luck! ...Read more
Period has been on for 15 days an range in color (dark brown to bright red) take lo loestrin fe prescribed to cure endometriosis symptoms?
On my 5th pack of Lo Loestrin FE and started spotting/lightly bleeding during active pills (this month & last month)Could this dose be too low for me?
Possible: If the problem continues, then perhaps the next dose may be worth a try. ...Read more
I just started my first pack of lo loestrin fe and I am on my last week of pills. Is it normal to still cramp this bad? I got on to stop my bad cramps
No: If you are still having that much something else may well be going on. See your doctor for a fuller evaluation. ...Read more