Junel 1/20 (21 Day)

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Junel 1/20 (21 Day)


Concerned about side effects or looking for less estrogen? Combination birth control pill Junel 1/20 contains a lower dose of estrogen compared to other pills, which may help prevent side effects like headaches and nausea. The pill contains progestin and estrogen, which prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the release of an egg during your menstrual cycle and by thickening vaginal fluid to make it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. Junel 1/20 is not considered safe for women over 35 who smoke or women with history of blood clots or breast cancer. Keep in mind that oral contraceptive pills do not protect against STIs like HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia—only condoms do that!

Additional Information

Birth control type

Combination Pill


$20/month or free with most insurance


21 active


Barr Laboratories Inc

Equivalent medications

Microgestin 1/20 (21 Day)Loestrin 1/20

Also known as

Larin 1/20, Gildess 1/20


Does this medication help with heavy periods?

If you are experiencing heavy periods or painful cramps, this medication can make your symptoms less severe. Our doctors are here to help - if you have heavy periods, let us know in the consultation so our doctors can make sure you find the right fit.

Does this medication make you gain weight?

Like most modern birth control pills, this medication lacks estrogen levels that are high enough to cause weight gain. Abundant recent evidence shows that there is no causal link between modern birth control and weight gain (aside from the shot, Depo Provera). If weight gain is a concern for you or you experience it after starting birth control, reach out to us so our doctors can discuss your options with you.

Does this medication cause acne?

Birth control has long been prescribed as treatment for acne. If acne is a concern for you, let us know in the consultation and our doctors will help you find the right brand for you.