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Spotting On Loestrin Vs. Lo Loestrin

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M Says:
Hi, all-

So the general rule of thumb I've always known is the lower the dose, the higher the chance of spotting/breakthrough bleeding. However, my doctor advised me that LO loestrin might actually lessen the change of intermenstrual bleeding because at a certain point, the dose gets so low that the lining of the uterus doesn't build up sufficiently for any bleeding to occur at all.

My question: has anyone had experience with taking both Loestrin and Lo Loestrin? Did you experience, more, less, or the same amount of spotting/breakthrough bleeding between periods? I totally trust my doctor, yet I'm somehow reluctant to try lest it get even worse...


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em Says:
My 15 yr old daughter had heavy bleeding and started bc to stop . She continued with heavy break through bleeding for 20 more days then it stopped. Now for two months great! Very little periods and no side effects. Hang in there with Lo Loestrin Fe. Body needs to clean out first.

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Verwon Says:
It is also really hard to say how it will affect any given person, because everyone's body can react to a medication differently.

I have ever used this one, but from what other people have posted on here, I can tell you that most of them experienced breakthrough bleeding during the first month of use, but in most cases it stopped, after that and they have reported very good results.


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Anita Says:
My 13 year old suffers from very severe cramps, the ones that are so debilitating, everything has to stop. She started Lo Loestrin 3 weeks ago and the breakthrough bleeding plus the severe cramps have not stopped for 3 weeks! Quite disheartening for us. We are ready for her to stop taking the Lo Loestrin Fe.

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Russel Says:
im on lo loestrin fe for the 2nd month now. about to be on my third week into the 2nd month.

ive been breaking out and been nauseous. has your daughter experienced the same? please let me know how shes doing!

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gina Says:
my 15 yr old daughter is experiencing the same exact thing! started the pack on first day of pd. after 7 days of pd she had 5 normal days and then breakthrough bleeding for the last 17 days and still counting. she starts a new pack today. i hope this stops soon!

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College Girl Says:
I switched from Loestrin 24 fe to Lo loestrin fe. I took loestrin for about a year & only noticed break through when I fist started. I`ve been on lo loestrin for about a month and at first it was spottingfor the first 2-3 weeks. Now, It`s pretty normal.

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M Says:
Original poster here - thanks so much for sharing all your thoughts and experiences! I finally got the nerve to try Lo Loestrin after a lousy experience with Loestrin (mood swings, depression, spotting.) I started on Day 1, which cut my period way short and lightened it substantially, which I welcome. I haven't had any spotting at all in the week or so since. This is great, but from experience, it is often later in my cycle or in the second month that the spotting/mood issues begin, so I will update again if I experience any side effects. Fingers crossed as always that this might finally be "the one." Otherwise, it's IUD time for me.

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M Says:
Update: jinxed myself. Spotting commenced today at about the midpoint of my cycle. Will update again once I've stuck it out for a while (provided no other gnarlier side effects make me quit.)

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Anita Says:
Back to report that my 13 year old finished 1 pack of the
Lo Loestrin Fe which was extremely bad in terms of the constant bleeding and severe cramping (which is why she was prescribed the pill in the first place). She has since been put on Loestrin for the higher dose of progesterone and so far, she has had minimal breakthrough bleeding with significantly less cramps!
She has just started a 2nd pack of Loestrin and for the first time since the Lo Loestrin saga, she is not bleeding!
I'm so glad that the Loestrin is working better for her and cannot wait to see even better results as her body gets used to it - better results meaning fewer mentrual days and less cramping!

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M Says:
Thanks for the update, Anita! That's really good news. Hope it continues to improve for her.

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Anita Says:
Thank you, M. I truly appreciate your concern.

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PrincessHime Says:
I've been on lo loestrin fe a month and a half now. I have had the opposite- I haven't had any spotting, and I also haven't had my period! I don't know if it is because my periods were light to begin with, but my ob gyn said that I might never get a period with lo loestrin fe, and that not having a period was a really common side effect! I have also not had any side effects- no moodiness, nausea, etc. Has anyone else had the no period thing from lo loestrin fe though? It's just really weird!

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Amanda Says:
I went on here to find out the same thing. I have been on Lo Loestrin since March and only got my period the first month! I have taken preg tests since and all negative. Makes me nervous though and was wondering if it was normal. I haven't had any irregular mood swings on this pill, but have gained a little weight. Thinking of switching. Any suggestions??

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Amanda Says:
I'm sorry. I was trying to respond to PrincessHime regarding the opposite effect. Somehow I made a new post.

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M Says:
My bleeding has continued to be irregular on this pill, essentially bleeding when I shouldn't and NOT bleeding when I'm supposed to. Go figure. Because the spotting ceased when I was supposed to have my normal period, my doctor did a pregnancy test just to be sure, all the while assuring me that it was quite normal to experience amenorrhea (lack of periods) on this pill. The literature that comes with the pill states the same. In conclusion, no need to worry too much about missed periods if take your pills on time and pregnancy tests come back negative, but if you would find it reassuring to have a monthly period and/or you are experiencing other bothersome side effects, you should talk to your doctor about other options. Good luck finding the right fit!

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Eleni Says:
Did anyone gain/ lose weight on lo loestrin fe? I
Supposed to start it next week and just curious?

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becky Says:
I'm in my 3rd month on Lo Loestrin, haven't had a period yet. I had an IUD before and didn't have a period with that until the 5yrs were up. I started on Lo Loestrin the day my IUD was removed.

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Lndsy Says:
Hey, I was just wondering what you ever did about not having a period on Lo Loestrin Fe. I've just swapped from Loestrin Fe and I've had no period. I'm not too worried about it because I barely had a period on Loestrin. It still makes me worry about things.

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K Says:
Thanks M and everyone else for your contributions. I've been on Lo Loestrin for 4 months now and haven't had any bleeding. I still get other symptoms of a period when finishing the brown tablets such as bloating, PMT, fatigue, etc. But no bleeding. I was starting to become concerned however from reading everyone's posts it seems to be a common side effect for this pill. I had a normal period every month while taking my old pill. I only changed because I moved to the US earlier this year and cannot buy my old pill anymore.

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Verwon Says:
Just to add some information for everyone, yes it is possible to skip your period, while you are taking birth control tablets. They do have this effect on some people.

However, it is completely safe. Many women use them to adjust when they will have their menstrual cycle, or to skip it completely, when having it would be inconvenient and there is no harm in it. There are even contraceptive pills on the market that are designed to allow a woman to only have her period 3 or 4 times a year.

Unless your doctor says otherwise, or you are showing symptoms that there may be something wrong, there is no reason to worry, as long as you haven't missed any of the active tablets.


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