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
Levonorgestrel (progesterone) [100 mcg]
Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg]
Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.
Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
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.
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.
Lutera uses a blend of two hormones, Levonorgestrel 100 mcg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 20 mcg [20 mcg].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.