What is Loestrin 30?

Loestrin 30 contains a higher dose of contraceptive homrones when compared to Loestrin 20 and is an almost 100% effective way to stop pregnancy. Loesrin 30 contains ethinylestradiol and norethisterone acetate which are synthetic versions of oestrogen and progestogen and is therefore also a version of a group of contraceptives known as 'the pill'. Because Loestrin 30 contains a higher dose of hormones, it can potentially lower the changes of you developing side effects that affects such as spotting, which is sometimes a problem with contraceptives containing a lower dose.

How do you use it?

Loestrin is a 21 day pill, which means that you only take it for 21 days of your 28 day menstrual cycle, so you will have a seven day break between backs. You will have contraceptive cover for the entire 28 days, if you took it at the same time, every day, during the first 21 days of your cycle. one benefit of the pill is that it provides immediate protection from pregnancy if you take it on the first day of your period. To ensure predictability of your period, you can take it up to the five days after your period started, but you'll have to wait seven days for the hormones to start working properly in your body.

What are the benefits?

The pill is a convenient and almost completely effective way to stop you from falling pregnant, so that you don't have to worry about contraception in the heat of the moment. Many women find that hormonal contraceptives like Loestrin 30 help make their periods more manageable, by reducing pain, making it lighter and shorter. Loestrin 30 may also help stabilise your moods, which can be a disruptive premenstrual symptom.

What are the side effects?

It's unlikely that you'll experience side effects when you buy Loestrin 30, but if you do they are usually mild in nature and tend to pass when your body has become used to the hormonal changes.

Common - nausea and vomiting, headache/migraine, breast tenderness, weight changes, fluid retention, vaginal thrush, changes in menstrual bleeding, menstrual spotting, breakthrough bleeding or an increase or decrease in your sex drive.

Rare - rise in blood pressure, irregular brown patches on the skin, changes in liver function, gallstones, blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke.

Who can and cannot buy Loestrin 20?

Most women over the age of 18 can buy Loestrin 30, but you shouldn't use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have any of the following conditions it's also not advisable to take this contraceptive: problems with blood clotting, angina, heart valve disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, severe diabetes, liver problems or migraines.

Loestrin 30's efficacy rate may drop if you take it with medications used to treat epilepsy, phenylbutazone, griseofulvin, certain antibiotics, St. John's Wort and certain sedatives.

What did it do for me?

I've been using this pill for 6 years now and I can't think of any bad effects, except when I started using it. I initially had headaches, but those soon passed and other than that Loestrin 30 really suits me.

I've heard some people say that they weren't able to lose weight while on the pill, but I have to disagree. I have had no problems with gaining weight in fact I even managed to lose around 5 pounds while on it. Guess it's just the right pill for me.

I've been on the pill since I can remember, mainly to help me regulate my periods and make them lighter, as contraception, Loestrin 30 hasn't let me down and of all the pills I've been on, I've had hardly any side effects, bar the fact that it didn't have any effect on my skin.

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