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Type

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)

Uses

Treats Acne
Regulates Periods
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Prevents Pregnancy
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Anemia
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Active Ingredients

Levonorgestrel (progesterone) [100 mcg]
Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg]

Risks

Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.

Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.

Equivalent Generic Brands

Orsythia
Aubra
Aviane
Falmina
Lessina
Sronyx

Name Brand

Delyla Alesse(discontinued)

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New Questions

Periods are optional! The only reason that we build the lining of our uterus every month and pop out an egg (ovulation) is to make a baby. On average in the US, periods start at 12 years old and women have their first baby at 26 y/o. If we aren’t going to make a baby, then why bother with that? Every time we shed our lining and pop out an egg unnecessarily, that adds to the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer. That’s 14 years of monthly periods for no good reason. So you can turn those off with the ring or pill or IUD with hormones. It prevents endometrial and ovarian cancer and anemia. Women and physicians have done it since 1960s. And the natural state of a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding and she has no periods during that time. Refer her to the wings of inspired business podcast for more info.  

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Yes. Generics, by law, have the same active ingredients as their name-brand versions. Generics may differ on the inactive ingredients.  

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What is Lutera?

Lutera is a “low dose” combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). Lutera 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. Lutera 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.

Dr. Yen, our CEO/Co-Founder and young adult medicine specialist does NOT recommend women under the age of 30 take a “low dose” birth control pill. You need at least 30mcg of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) to protect your bones. Instead of Lutera, Dr. Yen suggests women under 30 years old consider the slightly stronger version of this medication e.g. Levora, Chateal, Portia, Lillow, Marlissa, Kurvelo, Ayuna. If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Heath Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs)IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.

How to use Lutera

It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Lutera before bedtime or with your largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones. These inactive/placebo pills are there to help you keep the habit of taking a pill every day.

If you want to #SkipPeriods, just skip the last week of pills. Didn’t you know #PeriodsOptional?  Click here for more information about skipping your period.

Dosage

Lutera uses a blend of two hormones, Levonorgestrel 100 mcg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol  20 mcg [20 mcg].

Benefits of Lutera

  1. Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7 day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
  2. You can use it to make #PeriodsOptional. Just skip the last week of pills and go straight into the next pack. See our CEO/Founder’s talk at the bottom of this page
  3. Improves acne.

Lutera Birth Control Side Effects

The risks are very low, but some women have experienced side effects when taking Lutera. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects: reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common.

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.

Order Lutera Birth Control Online + Free Delivery

Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Lutera at special request or another generic equivalent: Orsythia, Aubra, Aviane or Larissia for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.

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FAQ

WILL LUTERA CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?

Some women worry about weight gain when taking Lutera and other birth control pills. While it might give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat) that’s to blame.

HOW LONG UNTIL LUTERA BIRTH CONTROL IS EFFECTIVE?

Theoretically, it’s effective immediately (if you start on your period) vs. other times, you need to use backup for 7 days. To be absolutely safe we recommend backup or abstain for the first month. For more information, click here.

DOES LUTERA HELP WITH ACNE?

Yes, Lutera can help with acne by reducing circulating androgen (testosterone) levels.  Androgens promote sebum production, an oil made by your skin. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, which create breeding grounds for acne.

TLDR Lutera reduces sebum production and thus acne.

 

HOW MUCH IS LUTERA BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT INSURANCE?

If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Lutera is quite affordable because it’s a generic brand. The price of the medication is $15  per pack (minimum 3 packs). You can also save by choosing one of several other Lutera generics, such as Orsythia, Aubra, Aviane or Larissia.

IS LUTERA A COMBINATION PILL?

Yes, it is. Lutera uses a combination of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen.