There is no clear evidence that the use of combined pills like Junel Fe causes weight gain. However weight gain, or loss, could be impacted by a number of factors that may be related to hormones and the menstrual cycle, such as water retention. Make sure to take a look at our users' reviews to see how our community reports Junel Fe 1/20 impacted on their weight. You can also take a look our guide to birth control and weight to find out more.
Is bleeding between periods normal on Junel Fe?
Breakthrough bleeding on a combined pill like Junel Fe 1/20 can happen, especially when you first start taking the pill or if you're not taking breaks between packets. If you have been taking the combined pill for more than 3 months and your spotting is continuing, or you are experiencing new or irregular bleeding then contact your doctor or nurse for advice. You may be asked to do a pregnancy test or STI test and come in for an examination. If you take the combined pill back to back (without a break) you can avoid having a withdrawal bleed but may experience spotting or breakthrough bleeding. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking. Check out how reviewers have reported this side effect in the side effects tab.
What happens if I miss a Junel Fe birth control pill?
You have missed a birth control pill when it is more than 24 hours after you should have taken it. What to do next depends on where you are in your pack and how many pills you have missed, so make sure you read the instructions in the patient information leaflet carefully or use our Missed Pill Calculator to find out what to do next!
Can Junel Fe 1/20 cause breast growth?
Enlarged breasts are a commonly reported side effects by users of this method at The Lowdown. Breast tenderness and swelling are common side effects from the combined pill, and are thought to be caused by the oestrogen in the pill. If this is a problem for you, you could consider switching to a lower oestrogen birth control pill.
Does Junel Fe cause acne?
Combined birth control pills like Junel Fe 1/20 are generally a good option for people looking to improve acne. However, it's not guaranteed to help and may initially cause break outs. Check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Junel Fe affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to birth control pills and acne.
How the Junel Fe pill 🇺🇸 works:
Junel Fe is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Junel Fe prevents pregnancy in three ways – by stopping ovulation, making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and by preventing the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Junel Fe is around 93% effective with typical use which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking the pill each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined.
There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Junel Fe pill 🇺🇸:
You should take your Junel Fe pill around the same time every day. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Junel Fe is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (check out our blog on taking your pill back to back. ) Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Junel Fe is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you're no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you might want to consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill.
How safe is the Junel Fe pill 🇺🇸:
Junel Fe birth control is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.