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
Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen)
Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.
Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Loestrin is a combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Loestrin is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods, and more. Loestrin comes in different strengths and with or without iron (Fe).
Loestrin 1/20 = 1 mg norethindrone + 20 mcgs of ethinyl estradiol (EE).
Loestrin 1.5/30 = 1.5 mg norethindrone + 30 mcgs of EE.
Loestrin 24 Fe = 1mg norethindrone + 20 mcgs EE for 24 days and 4 days of 75 mg ferrous fumarate.
Dr. Yen, our CEO and Co-Founder and who is an Adolescent and Young Adult specialist, recommends that women 30 years and younger, use a birth control pill with minimum of 30mcgs of estrogen to protect your bone density. Watch this video to learn more.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Loestrin. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea. Positive side effects include reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and lighter bleeds. The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.
Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Loestrin at special request or another generic equivalent: Blisovi, Junel, Aurovela, Tarina, or Larin for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
Some women may experience weight gain when taking Loestrin, Loestrin and other birth control pills. While there’s a chance that the hormones can give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat).
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your doctor or Pandia Health Care Advisor before starting on Loestrin. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something that seems relatively harmless such as St. John’s wort can cause Loestrin to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
Every prescription comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including with Loestrin. The symptoms are usually mild and include: rashes, itching, dizziness. A severe allergic reaction would be: trouble breathing, and swollen lips, throat, or tongue. If this happens, call 911! Depending on your medical history, hormone-based birth control may not be for you. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your physician or one of our helpful Pandia Health Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Loestrin, especially if you’ve health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Loestrin should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from a doctor, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Junel or simply prefer the privacy, confidentiality, and convenience of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have experienced, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept most forms of insurance at Pandia Health. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Loestrin is $$$ because it’s a name brand. You can also save by choosing one of several other Loestrin generics, such as Blisovi, Junel, Aurovela, Tarina or Larin. No Insurance? No problem. Most pills are $15/pack (3 pack minimum).
Loestrin uses a combination of 2 hormones, estrogen and progestin to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen. It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Most women find that taking Loestrin before bedtime or with your largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects. With Loestrin, after taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to seven inactive pills. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to get you in the habit of taking your pill every day. With the Fe the 7 pills have ferrous fumarate to prevent anemia from the blood loss with monthly bleeds.
With Loestrin 1/20 or Loestrin 1.5/30, there are 3 weeks of active pills. After the 3rd week, you can go straight into the next pack, if you want to #SkipPeriods. aka Make #PeriodsOptional. Learn more here. Or you can stay off medication for 5-7 days (we recommend 5) and start the next pack on day 6 or after 7 days off and have a bleed during those days you are off the active pills.
Some women worry that birth control pills like Yaz can cause long-term fertility issues. This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.