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Is or has anyone been on Junel Fe 1/20? My doctor is switching me from Ortho Tri-Cyclen to this and I'm wondering what the side effects are, if you like Junel, any comments would help greatly! Thanks!!
amber_k33, I'm starting Junel FE 1/20 this sunday. Have you experienced any side effects in terms of mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, lack of period, cramps in calf, or headaches/migraine? I experienced all this on the Ortho Evra Patch and decided to switch to a low dose. Loestrin 24 is too expensive for me ($50) when I don't have insurance so generic Junel FE ($30) will have to do. If anyone has any comments let me know! Thanks!
an6el177, I started Junel FE 1/20 last sunday (so I've only been on it for 6 days) and I haven't noticed much for side effects. I'd have to say my mood is better than it was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen. No weight gain so far, no hair loss, we'll have to see how my period is after I'm through the first pack, and no headaches/migraines. I was hopeing I would have the side effect of breast enlargement but I haven't noticed a change yet. :rolleyes:

Everything seems to be going good for me so far, and I hope it stays that way! You will have to let me know how it goes for you after you've been on it for awhile!!

Also, to anyone who is on this pill and has any comments about it we would greatly appreciate it!!!!

age 45, on junel fe 1/20 6 mos now. did a search due to spotting this mos @week 2. in week 1, i had extreme breast tenderness. also, had unusual & severe nocturnal cramping @ my left calf w/ soreness for 2 days following. over the last several mos. i have experienced different symptoms that i could not attribute to anything in particular, i.e. diminishing sex drive, sleeplessness, anxiety, headaches, low energy, wieght gain, bloatedness, constipation, and forgetfulness. i fully anticipated that life style changes could make the difference. then after the irregular spotting and menstrual symptoms occurred and i looked at my b.c., i noted that a number of women had reported these other symptoms as well. i am now documenting my symptoms in relation to the week i'm on in my b.c. cycle. i'm also documenting my diet, and hours of sleep, as well as major or multiple stressors, in order to establish any patterns. if my memory serves me correctly, the first month on junel fe was great. i felt even. the long & heavy periods stopped. the pms disappeared. the second month is when i began experiencing anxiety, especially at night when i would wake up anxious out of a dead sleep. by mos. three, it was interfering w/ my well being. i increased my yoga and added meditation, and it seems reduced now, but still occurs. the sleeplessness is increased to several nights a week when i survive on 3 - 4 hours sleep per night. i have not missed a period but they are next to non-existent. i am definitely bigger. i fully intend to follow up w/ a doctor and consider optional therapies since my primary goal is menstrual regulation and not birth control. also, i have to note that i typically do not respond well to medicine. alternative therapies are often a better option for me.