Loryna is a brand of combined pill that's only available in the U.S. 🇺🇸 We've added it to The Lowdown as so many of our friends across the pond want to leave reviews for it. Like Eloine, Loryna is a birth control pill with a low oestrogen dose and a progestogen called drospirenone which may be good for acne and mood problems. It has a slightly higher risk of blood clots than other combined pills. It comes in a pack of 28 tablets with a 4 day break built in as placebo tablets, so may be harder to take continuously.
Like all combined pills, Loryna can improve acne in some women. Most women who take the combined pill see an improvement with less break outs and spots, however it's important to note that this isn't guaranteed. Make sure to check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Loryna affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to birth control pills and acne.
Can Loryna cause hair loss?
This is unlikely in a combined pill like Loryna, although everyone is different. The progestogen in hormonal contraceptives has the ability to be androgenic and may cause hair loss as a result, however the oestrogen in combined methods can have the benefits of improving hair thickness. Hair loss can be due to a number of causes, so it's best to speak to your doctor if you're experiencing this. Be sure to also read our full guide on hair loss and birth control pills for more information.
How long does it take for Loryna to be effective?
Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start taking the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Find out more in this guide to the combined pill.
Does Loryna cause weight gain?
There's no clear evidence that using a combined pill like Loryna causes weight gain (or loss). However the hormones oestrogen and progestogen in the combined pill can have an effect on how your body stores fat, retains water and even your appetite. More research is needed to provide a definitive answer. Make sure to take a look at our users' reviews above to see how our community reports taking Loryna birth control impacts on their weight. You can also take a look our guide to contraception and weight to find out more.
Is Loryna the same as Yaz?
Loryna and Yaz are both brands of the combined pill which contain a low dose of ethinylestradiol, a type of oestrogen, and drosperinone, a type of progestogen.
How the Loryna pill 🇺🇸 works:
Loryna birth control is a combined pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. It stops ovulation and makes the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb). The combined pill also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. As a combined pill Loryna 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 Loryna pill 🇺🇸:
You should take your Loryna 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. Loryna comes in a pack of 28 tablets with a 4 day break built in as placebo tablets, during which you may experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to miss out this break altogether by omitting the placebo pills and starting a new pack straight away (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 Loryna 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. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill.
How safe is the Loryna pill 🇺🇸:
Loryna 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 or prescriber 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.