Loestrin Fe 1/20

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Loestrin Fe 1/20


Loestrin Fe 1/20 is a popular combination birth control pill that uses estrogen and progestin to regulate periods, lighten periods, treat acne and prevent pregnancy. It is a reliable choice for women who want to try the pill because it has a mid-range dose of estrogen. Since too much estrogen can cause side effects (weight gain, mood swings—no thank you!) and too little estrogen can cause breakthrough bleeding, this product strikes a good balance. Plus, it includes a daily dose of iron to help prevent anemia. Like other combination pills, this product poses risks to those who smoke and are over 35 or have a history of blood clots or breast cancer. Remember, oral contraceptive pills do not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections)—only condoms do that!

Additional Information

Birth control type

Combination Pill


$130/month or free with most insurance


21 active + 7 inactive



Equivalent medications

Junel 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.