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Altavera birth control pill vs Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill

Altavera birth control pill

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Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill

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Overview

Rated 3.0

1 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 3.5

4 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Altavera pill ingredients

Main hormones in Altavera pill

Androgenic progestin

Medium estrogen


Junel Fe 1/20 pill ingredients

Main hormones in Junel Fe 1/20 pill

Androgenic progestin

What Lowdown reviewers say

Mood

100% somewhat negative

Bleeds

100% regular periods

Sex drive

100% lost sex drive

Weight

100% gained weight

Skin

100% improved skin

Cycle return

Not enough data to say

Mood

50% no impact on mood

Bleeds

75% lighter periods

Sex drive

75% lost sex drive

Weight

75% gained weight

Skin

75% improved skin

Cycle return

100% in 1 month

Benefits: What this birth control can help with

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

Acne or bad skin

Heavy periods

PMS and PMDD

PCOS symptoms

Period pain

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Altavera birth control pill reviews

1 reviews

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Sep 23

Altavera birth control pill  

It has been incredibly effective with preventing pregnancy. As long as it is taken consistently. Weight gain and loss of sex drive started within the first 6 months of taking.

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Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

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Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  19th Sep 23

Altavera birth control pill  

It has been incredibly effective with preventing pregnancy. As long as it is taken consistently. Weight gain and loss of sex drive started within the first 6 months of taking.


Somewhat negative mood

3 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments


Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill reviews

4 reviews

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  31st May 24

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

This is the first birth control I have ever been on. I wanted the low dose combination pill to lower the risk of blood clots and other things. When I first started I really had no bad side effects at all. My period is way lighter than it was being off of the pill and it lasts only a few days. Sometimes I bleed a little more sometimes a little less or barely at all some months. My breasts have definitely gotten larger but I had smaller breasts to begin with so I don't mind the growth. I have a history of migraines but they were more frequent off of birth control and the only time I get migraines now is during the placebo week mainly. The one thing about the pill that has not been good is the weight gain. I am certain it is from the pill even though doctors tell you the combo pill cant make you gain weight. Before the pill I was 129 pounds and for the first couple of months I didn't notice any weight gain. Until about halfway through about 6 months in, I weighed around 144 pounds. Now I am a year in and the weight keeps going up and I am now about 167 pounds and my BMI is in the overweight category. I am so self conscious and depressed about my weight gain. I don't know if the weight gain will ever stop. I don't want to change pills because this works well for me otherwise but if you get on this pill, please be aware it may cause a ton of weight changes.


Improved skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

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Combination birth control pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Mar 24

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

This birth control really helped with regulating my moods but did make me gain weight significantly even when working out more because of major appetite changes be aware. My skin cleared up a lot and after 3 months haven’t had one breakout related to hormones. My first 8 months my breast grew 2 sizes with about a 8 pound increase in weight, my second round after taking a 6 month break my breasts did not change size but i did gain the 8 pounds back again after losing about 15 in the break period. I stopped getting my period and do not have even spotting when taking the iron pills. Lastly my sex drive almost disappeared and i find getting wet a challenge when i’ve never had that problem. My experience is about 50%-50% positive to negative.


Somewhat positive mood

3 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Jul 23

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

All things considered, I’ve experienced minimal negative side effects while on Junel Fe 1/20. It does seem to have affected my mood and sex drive somewhat, so that’s worth considering.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  31st May 24

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

This is the first birth control I have ever been on. I wanted the low dose combination pill to lower the risk of blood clots and other things. When I first started I really had no bad side effects at all. My period is way lighter than it was being off of the pill and it lasts only a few days. Sometimes I bleed a little more sometimes a little less or barely at all some months. My breasts have definitely gotten larger but I had smaller breasts to begin with so I don't mind the growth. I have a history of migraines but they were more frequent off of birth control and the only time I get migraines now is during the placebo week mainly. The one thing about the pill that has not been good is the weight gain. I am certain it is from the pill even though doctors tell you the combo pill cant make you gain weight. Before the pill I was 129 pounds and for the first couple of months I didn't notice any weight gain. Until about halfway through about 6 months in, I weighed around 144 pounds. Now I am a year in and the weight keeps going up and I am now about 167 pounds and my BMI is in the overweight category. I am so self conscious and depressed about my weight gain. I don't know if the weight gain will ever stop. I don't want to change pills because this works well for me otherwise but if you get on this pill, please be aware it may cause a ton of weight changes.


Improved skin

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 6 - 12 mo
19 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  20th Mar 24

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

This birth control really helped with regulating my moods but did make me gain weight significantly even when working out more because of major appetite changes be aware. My skin cleared up a lot and after 3 months haven’t had one breakout related to hormones. My first 8 months my breast grew 2 sizes with about a 8 pound increase in weight, my second round after taking a 6 month break my breasts did not change size but i did gain the 8 pounds back again after losing about 15 in the break period. I stopped getting my period and do not have even spotting when taking the iron pills. Lastly my sex drive almost disappeared and i find getting wet a challenge when i’ve never had that problem. My experience is about 50%-50% positive to negative.


Somewhat positive mood

3 more effects

1 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 18 mo - 3 yr
27 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  21st Jul 23

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

All things considered, I’ve experienced minimal negative side effects while on Junel Fe 1/20. It does seem to have affected my mood and sex drive somewhat, so that’s worth considering.


Somewhat negative mood

1 more effect

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 8+ yr
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  5th Jul 23

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill  

Junel was great for the first 6 yrs on it. After that, the side effects started snowballing. Gained 10lbs, dryness, and my sex drive vanished to the point I became borderline asexual which ruined my relationship and contributed to our breakup. It also made me angrier. I didn't realize it was the cause of these things and stayed on another 5 yrs until it triggered weekly/biweekly migraines when I used to have 1 or 2 a year. When I came off, the migraines stopped. However, my body had become so dependent on Junel it destroyed my body's ability to regulate my hormones. Hormonal pills cut off your brain and reproductive system's connection so my brain didn't know how to do it's job anymore and I struggled very badly and almost went to the hospital. I regret ever staying on for so long. I would not stay on any hormonal method more than 5 years in the future. My libido also has not come back after 9 months.


Improved skin

2 more effects

2 helpful

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