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

Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill

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Overview

Rated 3.5

4 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Rated 2.8

2 reviews

Daily

Frequency

91% - 99+%

Effectiveness

Increased

Blood clot risk

None

Effect on fertility

Junel Fe 1/20 pill ingredients

Main hormones in Junel Fe 1/20 pill

Androgenic progestin


Portia pill ingredients

Main hormones in Portia pill

Androgenic progestin

Medium estrogen

What Lowdown reviewers 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

Mood

22% somewhat positive

Bleeds

28% spotting

Sex drive

56% lost sex drive

Weight

56% no impact

Skin

78% no impact on skin

Cycle return

33% in 2 months

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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Junel Fe 1/20 birth control pill reviews

4 reviews

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 12 - 18 mo
29 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  2 weeks ago

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.

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Improved skin

1 more effect

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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
  •  2 weeks ago

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


Portia birth control pill reviews

2 reviews

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th May 24

Portia birth control pill  

I felt hungry all the time, gained weight (15 lbs over the 3 months I was on it), and had extremely elevated blood pressure which was not common for me — it was 140/96 at the highest, from the time I woke up to bed time. I had anxiety, high heart rate, and night terrors, again very uncommon for me.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
39 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

Portia birth control pill  

I started taking this bc I have PMDD and also wanted to stop my period all together. I have no interest in getting pregnant. This pill was to stop my period and it did just that. I feel great on it.


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 6 mo
34 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  7th May 24

Portia birth control pill  

I felt hungry all the time, gained weight (15 lbs over the 3 months I was on it), and had extremely elevated blood pressure which was not common for me — it was 140/96 at the highest, from the time I woke up to bed time. I had anxiety, high heart rate, and night terrors, again very uncommon for me.


Somewhat negative mood

2 more effects

0 helpful

0 comments

Combination birth control pill  
Used for 3 - 5 yr
39 years old
🇺🇸 US
  •  13th Mar 24

Portia birth control pill  

I started taking this bc I have PMDD and also wanted to stop my period all together. I have no interest in getting pregnant. This pill was to stop my period and it did just that. I feel great on it.


Somewhat positive mood

0 helpful

0 comments

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