Loestrin 30 was discontinued in 2019. It was a unique combined pill containing a standard oestrogen dose and a progestogen called norethisterone. Possible alternatives include other combined pills with a standard amount of oestrogen like Microgynon 30.
What's the difference between Microgynon 30 and Loestrin 30?
Loestrin 30 was discontinued in 2019. It was a unique combined pill containing a standard oestrogen dose and a progestogen called norethisterone. Microgynon 30 also contains a standard oestrogen dose and a similar progestogen called levonorgestrel so is a possible alternative to Loestrin 30.
Does Loestrin 30 cause weight gain?
There's no evidence that weight is affected by the combined pill. However, a number of related factors could impact your weight. The combined pill contains both the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These can have an affect on how the body stores fat, retains water and even your appetite. More research is needed to provide a definitive answer so in the meantime, take a look at our user reviews to see how our community report Loestrin 30 impacts their weight. You can also find out more in our complete guide to contraception and weight.
Is no period on Loestrin 30 normal?
Traditionally combined pills have been taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you may have a withdrawal bleed like a period. Some people may experience very light bleeding or no bleeding at all during the break. If packets of the combined pill are taken continuously or back to back without a break it is also possible to avoid having a bleed altogether. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking. If you experience a change in bleeding pattern whilst taking the combined pill and may be at risk of pregnancy, you should take a pregnancy test.
Can Loestrin 30 cause headaches?
Headaches are a common side effect of the combined pill and are reported by women who have reviewed Loestrin 30 on The Lowdown. Headaches or associated symptoms that are new, severe, or more frequent than usual should be discussed with your doctor. If you have migraines, the risks of using combined methods may outweigh the benefits. Learn more about headaches, migraines and the pill.
How the Loestrin 30 pill works:
Loestrin 30 is a combined pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. It makes the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb) whilst also stopping ovulation. Loestrin 30 also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Loestrin 30 is around 93% effective with typical use, which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking it 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 Loestrin 30 pill:
You should take your Loestrin 30 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. Loestrin 30 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 against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Loestrin 30 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 should complete your current packet before stopping and consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. If you have unprotected sex and stop your pill before the packet is finished you may ovulate (release an egg from the ovary) and could become pregnant. You can use our Missed pill calculator if you have missed any pills from your packet. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill for more advice.
How safe is the Loestrin 30 pill:
Loestrin 30 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.;