Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Norethindrone (progesterone) Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen)
Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin. Discuss use with a doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Lo Loestrin is a “low dose” combined oral contraceptive (birth control pill). When taken as directed, it significantly reduces the risk of pregnancy.
Lo Loestrin contains two types of hormones, progestin and a very low dose of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol)—only 10 mcg! Some women prefer low-dose birth control pills because they tend to have fewer side effects. However, Pandia Health founder and CEO, Dr. Sophia Yen, does NOT recommend low-dose birth control for women under 30! This is because younger women need at least 30 mcg of estrogen to promote strong healthy bones. Dr. Yen advises women under 30 to consider stronger versions of Lo Loestrin, such as Levora, Portia, Chateal, Lillow, Marlissa, Kurvelo, and Ayuna.
Women with high blood pressure or who take blood pressure medications also should not take Lo Loestrin. If this describes you, we recommend an alternative option such as a progestin-only pill (POP), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.
In clinical studies, commonly reported Lo Loestrin side effects include headaches, nausea or vomiting, spotting between periods, pain during periods, weight gain, breast tenderness, acne, abdominal pain, anxiety, and depression. We know this sounds a bit concerning. Fortunately, most of these side effects are mild and tend to get better or go away over time. Plenty of women experience no side effects at all while taking Lo Loestrin.
At Pandia Health, we’re committed to helping girls and women of all ages find their best-fit birth control. Our women-led team of doctors can prescribe Lo Loestrin or help you select a different brand or birth control method if Lo Loestrin isn’t right for you.
Lo Loestrin is a brand name, and right now there isn’t a generic equivalent. This means it tends to be more expensive compared to some other options—as much as $150 per pack. But depending on your insurance, you could end up paying as little $25 per one-month or three-month prescription fill.
It’s possible for some women to notice slight and usually temporary increases in weight while using Lo Loestrin. This is typically due to water retention and not true weight gain. Some women find that their appetite increases while taking Lo Loestrin, but this is a preventable cause of weight gain with some simple lifestyle changes.
Our team at Pandia Health believes strongly in transparent communication between patients and their medical providers. That’s why we recommend speaking with your doctor or one of our experienced Patient Care Advisors before making changes to your medication routine. Always tell your doctor about any other medications you may be taking, including supplements and drugs (prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational). Certain medications like Hepatitis C drugs or even supplements might make Lo Loestrin less effective or cause adverse effects. Some medications, including tetracyclines and levodopa, can also negatively interact with placebo/iron pills.
Like all other birth control pills, Lo Loestrin does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
Some women may be allergic to ingredients found in Lo Loestrin. If you notice allergic symptoms while taking this medication, including rashes, itchiness, or dizziness, stop taking the medication right away and talk to your provider. If you develop serious symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the lips or tongue or difficulty breathing, call 911 and seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Lo Loestrin is not for you if you have a history of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, including breast cancer, liver disease, or if you’re pregnant. Don’t take Lo Loestrin within one month (4 weeks) of having a baby or while breastfeeding.
Once you have a prescription, Lo Loestrin should be easy to get in just about any pharmacy in your area. Pandia Health has a team of Patient Care Advisors and physicians standing by to help you figure out of this medication is right for you and get a prescription. We accept most major forms of private insurance. If you won’t be paying with insurance, be sure to ask us about our versatile payment options!
Lo Loestrin works in several ways. The hormones it contains prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary), thicken vaginal fluid to keep sperm away from an egg and change the lining of the uterus (womb) to make it harder for an egg to attach (implant).
Lo Loestrin is highly effective at preventing pregnancy when you take it exactly as prescribed. Take one pill at the same time every day, starting with the first pill in the pack. 26 of the pills in one pack are “active” pills and contain the helpful hormones. 2 pills are “inactive” or placebo pills. These contain 75 mg of iron and help you stay in the habit of taking your pill every day. Be sure to refill and pick up your birth control prescription before finishing your current pack.
A common misconception about birth control is that it will increase the risk of infertility. This isn’t true! It prevents pregnancy only while you’re taking it. Once you stop taking Lo Loestrin or any other oral contraceptive, your normal fertility should return within one or two menstrual cycles.
To learn more about birth control and fertility, check out this video by Pandia Health Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen.