Junel Fe 1/20

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Junel Fe 1/20


Looking for a birth control pill to lighten your periods, reduce period-related cramping and treat hormone-based acne? Check out Junel Fe 1/20: a combination birth control pill known for these perks. The hormones in the pill—progestin and estrogen—prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the release of an egg during menstrual cycles and thickening vaginal fluid to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg. Junel Fe 1/20 is not a good option for women over 35 who smoke or women with a history of blood clots or breast cancer. Keep in mind, oral contraceptive pills do not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections)—only condoms do that!

Additional Information

Birth control type

Combination Pill


$20/month or free with most insurance


21 active + 7 inactive


Barr Laboratories Inc

Equivalent medications

Loestrin Fe 1/20Microgestin FE 1/20Blisovi FE 1/20Norethindrone-Ethinyl Estradiol 1 mg-with iron 20 mcg tablet

Also known as

Tarina FE 1/20, Larin FE 1/20, Gildess FE 1/20, Aurovela FE 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.