Loestrin (also known as Lo Loestrin Fe) is an effective combined contraceptive pill that is almost 100% effective at protecting you against pregnancy. This contraceptive pill contains the synthetic female hormones norethindrone with ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol with ferroud fumarate making it a uniques contraceptive option
You can order Loestrin Fe pill packs here online after taking our free online consultation which only takes a few minutes. After it is assessed by one of our registered doctors and approved for your safety, you can complete your order and have your pill pack delivered via our free next day delivery service (same day if within London) when ordered before 4pm.
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Loestrin contains 2 hormones: norethindrone acetate (a progestin) and ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen). It works principally by preventing ovulation during the female menstrual cycle, preventing pregnancy in close to 100% of cases.
Loestrin pills work in a similar way to most other combination oral contraceptives. The synthetic hormones present in each pill will trick the body into thinking ovulation has already happened, which means that an egg never gets released for fertilisation. It also thickens the mucous in the cervix so sperm can't enter the womb and prevents the womb lining from becoming thick enough for an egg to attach itself, if one does get released.
Loestrin 20 and Loestrin 30 pills should not have any long-term effect on your fertility, and your cycle will return to normal when you stop using these pills.
Taking a Loestrin pill on the first day of your period will provide you with immediate protection against pregnancy. If you aren't able to take it at this time, you can take it on the second to fifth day of your period, but you will have to wait seven days for its contraceptive effects to work. Loestrin pills can also have the additional benefit of helping to regulate your periods and can be particularly helpful for women who struggle with long and painful periods.
No, Loestrin 20 or 30 will not protect you against any sexually transmitted diseases. If you've had had unprotected sexual intercourse and are worried you might have contracted an STI, you should talk to your doctor or visit a sexual health clinic.
On the other hand, you can take a look at some of the STI treatment options available from HealthExpress.
Loestrin pills should be taken for 21 days of your 28-day menstrual cycle, which leaves you with a seven-day period where you won't need to use this contraceptive. During this period you may experience bleeding similar to your menstrual cycle, but this is only because your body is removing the artificial hormones that Loestrin supplements your body with.
You will still be protected from pregnancy during this time, but you must remember to start a new course after the seven days have passed.
Loestrin (Lo Loestrin Fe) comes in two dosages, both containing different amounts of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol. In the Loestrin 20, there is 1mg of norethindrone and 20mcg of ethinyl estradiol. In the Loestrin 30, there is 1.5mg of norethindrone and 30mcg of ethinyl estradiol. Your GP will be able to recommend one or the other, and you'll be asked a few questions during our online consultation, which will help our doctors work out which is the best one to start you on.
The main differences between Loestrin 20 and 30 are that they contain different levels of the two hormones; oestrogen and progestogen, Loestrin 20 is a slightly lower dose, and both tablets appear in different colours (Loestrin 30 is pale green and Loestrin 20 is pale blue).
If you've forgotten to take your Loestrin pill at the regular time, you're advised to swallow is as soon as your remember. However, if you find that you've missed it by 24 hours or more, it is advised to follow these guidelines:
For detailed information about what to do if you've missed your dosage for a significant period, it's always recommended to speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
Loestrin pills are usually well tolerated; however, they can sometimes cause some mild side effects in a number of women. Some of the most common side effects experienced are:
Hormonal headaches are triggered in some women due to chemical changes in the body, especially if there is an increase in oestrogen. If you experience many headaches with one type of oral contraceptive, you may want to look at alternatives with lower levels of oestrogen and progestogen, or ask our doctors for advice.
Loestrin pills can be purchased online by women aged 18 or over, provided that they are healthy and that they are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
You should not take Loestrin 20 or 30 if you have heart, liver or circulation problems, have had a stroke, high blood pressure or varicose veins.
It is advisable to mention any existing or past medical conditions or treatments that you are taking, or have recently stopped using, when filling in your consultation.
Some of the medicines that Loestrin is known to interact with are
For further information, please see the patient leaflet which will be included with your medication, and is also available for download towards the bottom of this page.
It's not always convenient to go to your doctor for a prescription, which is why HealthExpress offer patients a quick and confidential way to buy Loestrin pills online. Your online consultation will be checked by one of our team of UK doctors to ensure that this treatment is the most suitable one for you. Once your order is approved, your purchase will be dispensed and shipped from our pharmacy for express delivery. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to speak to our helpful patient support team.
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