I used a pill with the lowest hormones available, but I hated taking it because it as difficult to take at the exact same time every day and I felt that it was having some side effects on my mood/weight. I only started taking the pill because I was unaware of other options available to me and had heard anecdotally that IUDs were painful. However, I switched to a hormonal IUD (Mirena) about 6 years ago and have had a much more positive experience. I initially switched when Trump got elected because I was worried about what his administration would do to women's healthcare access, and an IUD seemed like the best, most permanent option available to me. It was not as painful as I thought to have inserted (but everyone is different!) and I still get my periods every month, which I don't mind. It has not impacted my mood/weight the same way that the pill did.
I was offered this pill by the GP after not getting on with microgynon 30 and another combined pill as this was the lowest dose of oestrogen in a combined pill available. I didn’t take it for long as I had similar side effects to other combined pills. Then went on to use the mini-pill for a while then copper IUD which I got on with alright. I now use fertility awareness method (sympto-thermal method) which I cannot recommend highly enough.
I did like this pill and was on it for a while however they seem to have stopped making it so was unable to get it again.
Really liked this pill and really disappointed it was discontinued. It was a brilliant pill - good contraceptive cover and minimal side effects
Loved this pill minus the increase in anxiety. Would still be on it if it wasn't discontinued. Tried milinette and levest after this pill and both don't agree with me. Bring back this pill!
Since Loestrin 20 has been discontinued I'm yet to find a pill that works for me :(. I've tried rigevidon, microgynon, some others I can't remember, and the implant!! Nothing seems to work the same, I've particularly had problems with my sex drive since going off it and vaginal dryness. Does anyone know a pill like Loestrin 20 in the uk!????
This was the only pill that I’ve taken that has ever worked for me with no side effects. Since it’s been discontinued - I have tried mercilon, femodette and Yasmin, all of which led to excessive bleeding and mood swings. If you are in the USA or can get a prescription from there- there is a generic of this pill called Junel Fe 1/20 that is the exact same as Loestrin 20 - for those missing this pill as much as I am!
I didn’t mind this pill and would have kept using it if it was still being manufactured. My spots were much worse at first but got better after 6 months or so and it completely eradicated my back acne. I did have spotting in between periods sometimes, and for a period of about 8 months had spotting every time after sex. I did gain about a stone of weight on this pill after struggling to put on weight on my previous pill (ovranette) which was the biggest downside. My boobs also grew probably a cup size. Almost complete loss of sex drive though, but I generally didn’t have an issue with mood on this one.
This contraceptive pill was perfect for me - no unwanted side effects, no pain, no periods. Now that it is no longer available, I have been going through a range of different pills and none of them are as good (to put it mildly). In UK there is no alternative with the same ingredients.
I've taken Loestrin 20 for more than 3 years and I was sad&surprise when it went out of production. I never had a problem with it - I'd definitely recommend it.