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What is the difference between loestrin 20 and loestrin 24?

What is the difference between loestrin 20 and loestrin 24?

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

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How long will it take your cycle to get back to normal after loestrin?

How long will it take your cycle to get back to normal after loestrin?

Can be a few months: It can take a few months for your cycle to regulate after stopping birth control, or it may become regular right away. You can get pregnant even the first month off of the pills. If cycle is still irregular after a few months, see doctor. ...Read more

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To what extent is pull out method and loestrin 24 combined considered safe?

To what extent is pull out method and loestrin 24 combined considered safe?

Loestrin 24FE: Over a one year period if the loestrin24 fe is taken correctly (no missed pills) the pregnancy rate is about 1%. The pregnancy rate can increase to 5% if the contraceptive is not taken regularly (some pills are missed). ...Read more

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Will loestrin 24 fe make me gain weight?

Will loestrin 24 fe make me gain weight?

Per Drugs.Com: (http://www.drugs.com/sfx/loestrin-24-fe-side-effects.html) loss of appetite may occur. Weight gain was not listed as a potential side effect. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of loestrin 24?

What are the side effects of loestrin 24?

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

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Is there an exact generic for loestrin 24 fe?

Not an exact match: There isn't a generic that is exactly the same as Loestrin 24 Fe but microgestin fe 1/20 is very similar. ...Read more

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Does taking augmenting decrease the effectiveness of Loestrin Fe?

Does taking augmenting decrease the effectiveness of Loestrin Fe?

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

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Is it possible to take loestrin 24 within 35 hours of each other and not get preggers?

Is it possible to take loestrin 24 within 35 hours of each other and not get preggers?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Does loestrin 24 fe make you fat?

Does loestrin 24 fe make you fat?

Both weight loss ;: Weight gain have been reported with loestrin 24 fe. ...Read more

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Does loestrin cause vaginal odour?

Does loestrin cause vaginal odour?

Below: That is not a common complaint of women who are taking Loestrin. I would suggest seeing your DR for vaginal exam to insure you do not have a vaginitis. ...Read more

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Do you ovulate while taking lo loestrin?

Do you ovulate while taking lo loestrin?

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 more

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Will the weight gain from loestrin 24 stop?

Will the weight gain from loestrin 24 stop?

Varies: Usually the weight gain will stabilize. Make sure you look at other causes for weight gain ie diet decrease exercise, since loestrin usually does not cause that much weight gain. ...Read more

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Period for 17 days since i started loestrin?

Period for 17 days since i started loestrin?

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

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What will happen if i skip a day of lo loestrin?

Skipped med: If 1 day of white pill is skipped it decreases efficacy of medication. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects on stopping lo loestrin?

Is there any side effects on stopping lo loestrin?

NO CONTRACEPTION: Only side effect is no cotraceptionand you may get pregnant if sexually active. ...Read more

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I'm taking loestrin 24 fe and I have terrible side effects, is this normal?

I'm taking loestrin 24 fe and I have terrible side effects, is this normal?

Loestrin 24 Fe: What side effects are you having? Please resubmit your question with additional info so we can better answer your concerns. ...Read more

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I have been on two types loestrin( regular and generic) over the past three months. Can I get pregnant?

I have been on two types loestrin( regular and generic) over the past three months. Can I get pregnant?

Not if taken properl: Both brand name and generic medications, if filled by pharmacy based on prescription, should be equally effective. If taken properly without missing doses and taking pills sequentially, the chance of getting pregnant is negligible. ...Read more

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5'7",190lb; taking Loestrin 1.5/30. How much less effective because I'm overweight? Higher dose needed? Should I take EC if I get semen inside?

5'7",190lb; taking Loestrin 1.5/30. How much less effective because I'm overweight? Higher dose needed? Should I take EC if I get semen inside?

No EC Needed : The medication may be slightly less effective because of your weight but we don't know for sure. You don't need a higher dose of birth control pills. You don't need to take EC if you are taking your pill at the same time and every day. But there are more effective options available, such as the implant and IUDs. If you switch to one of those more effective methods, you wouldn't need to worry. ...Read more

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My gf have had brownish discharge for 2 days now. Today, the second day, it was more than yesterday. What could it be? She's on loestrin fe 1/20

My gf have had brownish discharge for 2 days now. Today, the second day, it was more than yesterday. What could it be? She's on loestrin fe 1/20

Vag dc: Would need to know what day of her cycle she is on? Where is she in her loestrin fe pill pack? Any other symptoms other than the discharge? All of these questions most helpful in trying to give you best answer to your question. Most likely some slight anovulatory bleeding. If it continues, see gyn provider. Hope this helps. Good luck ...Read more

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I just switched from Tri-Sprintec to Minastrin and I have bled so much. Is LoEstrin better than Minastrin? I feel like I've gained weight also...

I just switched from Tri-Sprintec to Minastrin and I have bled so much. Is LoEstrin better than Minastrin? I feel like I've gained weight also...

Hormone Change: Pills contain different levels of estrogen and progestin. Tri-sprintec varies doses during the month. Minastrin is a lower dose pill. Any change takes your body, endometrium time to adjust. Loestrin has several doses, one the same a Minastrin. Minastrin is a day one start pill, important you take it that way. Pills have no calories--not a cause of weight gain. ...Read more

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I am 50 year old and have been on Loestrin for several years, initially due to cyst problems. Can you tell me what to expect if I stop cold turkey?

I am 50 year old and have been on Loestrin for several years, initially due to cyst problems. Can you tell me what to expect if I stop cold turkey?

Nothing much unless: There are minimal effects from stopping Loestrin, except a change in course and timing of next period{s} and a return of the symptoms you had that made you begin them (cramps, heavy flow, etc.) . If you are menopausal now you may have symptoms of menopause. If you are not, you can be at risk of becoming pregnant. Your periods may be worse, though, which happens when getting older. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed Loestrin FE 1/20. Insurance only covers generic. But I wanted name brand to avoid side effects, my biggest concern. What should I do?

Dr prescribed Loestrin FE 1/20. Insurance only covers generic. But I wanted name brand to avoid side effects, my biggest concern. What should I do?

Your choice: You may have side-effects with the name brand just as you may with the generic. If you have used the generic and had problems, your doctor might be able to appeal and get the name brand approved. If not, you will have to decide if you want to pay for the name brand yourself. ...Read more

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I'm not feeling well w loestrin. Gyn changed pill. 2 more wks to finish package before I start new one. Seems hard to keep loestrin. What should I do?

I'm not feeling well w loestrin. Gyn changed pill. 2 more wks to finish package before I start new one. Seems hard to keep loestrin. What should I do?

Other options: Why not consider another birth control option instead of pills? IUDs and Nexplanon are more effective, have less hormones, less side effective and are easier to use. If you are finished having children consider Essure. ...Read more

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Can i take lo loestrin while on antibiotics?

Can i take lo loestrin while on antibiotics?

Yes but use: Backup like condoms for the rest of that pack, loloestrin is the #1 pill that i write for my pts. ...Read more

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What do the white pills in Lo Loestrin Fe do?

What do the white pills in Lo Loestrin Fe do?

Birth control: There are 26 pills which contain hormones and then the last two are reminder pills to help keep you on track taking one pill per day ...Read more