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September 6, 2007

Levora birth control pill

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Levora is a generic alternative for Nordette. It is taken for the prevention of pregnancy. The combination of estrogen and progestin prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and causes changes in the mucus of the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to penetrate and for an egg to implant.

How is it taken?

Levora is available as a 28-day pack. You would take 1 tablet daily by mouth for 21 days, then 1 “reminder” pill for 7 days (this is when you should get your period). Start a new pack the day after you take the last reminder pill.

“Day 1″ is known as the first day of your period. Your physician may have you start your birth control pills on the first Sunday after your period starts or on Day 1 or Day 5 of your period. You should take the pill approximately the same time every day, preferably after the evening meal or at bedtime. Use of a second method of birth control (e.g., latex condoms) for the first seven days of the first cycle of pills is recommended. You may experience spotting or light bleeding or nausea during the first three months taking the pill. If you do feel sick, do not stop taking the pill. The problem usually goes away. If it does not go away, check with your physician or clinic.

If you experience vomiting or diarrhea, or if you take certain medications (such as antibiotics), your pills may not work as well. If you start a new medication while taking birth control pills, check with your physician or pharmacist to make sure that it will not reduce the effectiveness of the pills. Use a back-up method of birth control, such as latex condoms, until you are sure.

You must take Levora exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss pills at any time, your risk of becoming pregnant increases. If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember, and take the next pill at the usual time. This means that you might take two pills in one day.

If you miss two pills in a row during the first two weeks of your cycle, take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. Then take one pill a day until you finish the pack. Use a back-up method of birth control (condom or spermicide) if you have sex in the following seven days after you missed the pills.

Who shouldn’t use Levora?

The pill does not suit all women. If any of the following apply to you, you may not be able to use hormonal types of birth control.

  • You are, or suspect that you are pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding and/or are less than 6 weeks postpartum
  • Are over the age of 35
  • Smoke
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Have active liver disease or a history of liver tumors
  • Have a history of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or some other condition that puts you at risk of a heart attack
  • Have diabetes
  • Have breast cancer, history of breast cancer or an abnormal growth in the breast
  • Have a history of blood clotting problems
  • Have cancer or history of cancer of the reproductive organs
  • Have migraines or focal neurologic symptoms

Does Levora have any side effects?

Common side effects for combination birth control pills can be:

  • Weight gain
  • Nausea and vomiting (felt for the first few cycles)
  • Dizziness
  • Increase or decrease in acne
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of libido
  • Depression
  • Vaginal infections

Less common but serious health risks can be:

  • Blood clots in legs, lungs, heart or brain
  • Stroke
  • Heart attacks
  • Possibly cervical cancer

If side effects persist or worsen while taking Levora contact your physician immediately. Levora will not protect you from HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases.

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233 Comments »

  1. I’m about to start Levora and was reading up on it throughout the google.com search engine and the positive feedback vs. the negative feedback was 1:100. Most of the comments and personal experiences I read talked about hormones being completely out of wack and acne like a brooklyn style pizza. I honestly don’t want to take something with so much negative feed back. I don’t want to gain weight or look like a peperoni pizza. This will be my first time taking birth control and honestly with what I’m reading I would just rather be pregnant. I can handle those mood swings but the idea of something completely messing with my body and its functions connected to my brain just makes me really nervous. Has anyone had a positive experience with Levora? Please share it with me. Black_diamond060@yahoo.com

    Comment by Anonymous — March 17, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

  2. I understand your hesitancy to start taking the Pill. The side effects don’t sound very appealing do they? But side effects affect every women differently. While some women gain weight, others do not. And this goes for acne – some women find that the Pill helps their acne clear up. It all comes down to the individual and her own experiences with it. If you find that the side effects are too much you have other options. And don’t be afraid to discuss these with your doctor. You have a choice and a voice – use it! :-)Have you ever thought about NFP (natural family planning)? Although natural birth control requires more effort than just popping a pill, the benefits are the same (not getting pregnant!) minus the chemicals. Here are a few links you might want to take a look at:The Symptothermal MethodNatural Family PlanningThe Ryhthm MethodOf course there are other ways of preventing pregnancy if you don’t want to do it naturally. You can use condoms (male or female) with a spermicide, the Sponge, a diaphragm, or the cervical cap.The Today Sponge – This method of birth control offers great protection without the side effects of birth control pills.

    Comment by Ashlynn — March 18, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  3. I’ve taken Levora for about a year and a half now. Honestly, I’m pretty happy with it. The only side effects I’ve experience while taking levora is a LITTLE weight gain. But its not like I gained a lot of weight. I gained so little that the only people that noticed where those who really know my body…like my boyfriend and my mother. Otherwise, I had no side effects. I didn’t experience headache, vomit, or extreme acne increase as listed in the side effects list. Levora is the first and only birth control I’ve ever taken. I started it when I was about 21, so I understand how you could be cautious about choosing the one best for you. I think that most birth controls you read up on are going to have all those crazy side effects listed. Those are just the common effects of birth control. I believe everyone reacts differently to the hormones. For example, my mother complains that birth control in general make her depressed. But I’ve never experience that. So maybe I got lucky and got no side effects. The point is you might experience those crazy side effects and you might not. It really depends on your body’s chemistry. Maybe you should try Levora for a month or so, and see how you feel. If you don’t like how your body reacts, stop taking it. Maybe you should also ask your doctor for the one that may be best for you. GOOD LUCK

    Comment by Anonymous — March 19, 2008 @ 10:31 am

  4. I have been on this birth control for 6 years now and I love it! It is great! I gained some weight in the beginning maybe the first year but not a lot 3-5lbs around the 3rd year I actually started losing weight. My body just had to get used to it I think. I have never had any problems or any “scares”, but I have never missed a pill either. I did have some acne before I started taking the pill and diminished a couple of months after being on the pill. I was 18 when I started on it and in the first month it was weird and I had some spotting, but I had never taking birth control before and that is normal. After that I have had no problems! It is wonderful and I recommend it to all my girlfriends! If you have any more questions feel free to ask me my e-mail JustReAnna@Aol.com.. Hope this helped! Good Luck!

    Comment by JustReAnna — March 27, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  5. I just started Levora 2 months ago. I have been trying all sorts of methods to lose weight for over a year with no luck. Within 3 weeks of starting Levora, I lost 4 pounds. I feel less irritable and depressed over all AND my sex drive has returned. I understand being hesitant, but you do have to start somewhere, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be Levora. The other thing you should remember – people who are typically happy with their pill, aren’t going to go looking for a forum or website where they can discuss it. But people who are unhappy with it, will. So you’re going to find more negative feed back than positive. I’m pretty sure this is the case with almost every birth control pill I’ve ever visited a forum for. Good luck!

    Comment by Anonymous — April 14, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  6. I have been on Levora for about 6 months and I love it! I switched from Loestrin 24, which took away my libido and made me spot constantly, and I had no problems at all – no weight gain, no acne, no spotting (not even at the beginning). My sex drive came back and I feel great all the time. It’s pretty astounding actually.Of course everybody’s body is different but I’m really happy with Levora.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 1, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  7. i started taking levora a few months ago and ever since i have been a hormonal emotional wreck. i feel liek im going crazy its weighed heavily on my marriage as well. extreme mood changed and depression also i did get alot of acne. but im real sensitive to chemical imbalances its definately dependant on the person as to how it effects you.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 1, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  8. I just started Levora yesterday, switching from the patch. I was on the patch for a year and I was very happy with it, but when I started wearing it every month after my period I would wake up the next day throwing up, sometimes for hours. I had to take 2 pills yesterday since I normally start Sunday and I couldn’t see my obgyn til Monday, and I woke up this morning very ill. I would like to think it is only because I took 2 in 1 day. Also, my obgyn said I can use this like Seasonale, where I take the real pills for 3 months and only take the reminder pills 1 week after I’m done with 3 packs. This is safe, right? I tried doing a similar thing with the patch but I started bleeding after 5 weeks and had the worst period ever afterwards. And in the section where it says “do not take Levora if..” it says if you have a history of reproductive cancer. My mother died of uterine cancer and I asked my obgyn about it and she said taking this medication would help prevent it. I’ve heard the same of other types of contraceptives like the patch or depo provera, but will Levora increase the risk?

    Comment by Tash — July 8, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  9. Hi Ebony,”Also, my obgyn said I can use this like Seasonale, where I take the real pills for 3 months and only take the reminder pills 1 week after I’m done with 3 packs. This is safe, right?”This seems to be a common practice for a lot of women these days. My doctor told me I could use my Yasmin this way but I didn’t want to. Not because I felt it wasn’t safe, but because I wanted the reassurance of getting my period every month. If your obgyn says go ahead and try it, why not try it? It may work for you.”"do not take Levora if..” it says if you have a history of reproductive cancer. My mother died of uterine cancer and I asked my obgyn about it and she said taking this medication would help prevent it. I’ve heard the same of other types of contraceptives like the patch or depo provera, but will Levora increase the risk?”I found this information online that may help answer your question:Oral Contraceptives and Cancer RiskHopefully this helps :)ashlynn

    Comment by Ashlynn — July 8, 2008 @ 8:21 am

  10. I am about to start on Levora, and I am just coming off of Depot Lupron treatment for endometriosis. I am to use Levora like Seasonale, except going 4 months without a period instead of just 3. My biggest concern here is the weight gain. I have gained 35 pounds while on the 6 month treatment of Depot Lupron, and am scared to gain any more. I really need to lose it. Will it be possible to lose the weight while on Levora? If so, what would be the best method?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 11, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  11. I am just now starting Levora and coming off of Yaz.. I’m concerned about the comments, that Levora will leave me with tons of weight gain and acne?? Is this a huge side effect with taking this pill??

    Comment by ana — July 17, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

  12. Every woman is different when it comes to OC side effects. When I started using Yasmin I didn’t gain any weight, but my friend did, so anything can happen. As for acne, majority of the time OC’s appear to help clear it up.Unfortunately there’s no definitive answer, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.:-)

    Comment by Ashlynn — July 17, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

  13. I started using Levora sunday and this is mi first time using “pills” as a birth control method. Am i suppose to take the different colored pills the 4th week it provides?

    Comment by Vanessa — July 21, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  14. i have been on levora for about 6 months, before the pill i noticed a few zits here and their but once i was on it i haven’t seen one since.. although i sometimes feel like i’ve gained weight but dont look any different.. the pill doesn’t affect everyone the same but you shouldn’t be scared by someone else’s remarks on it. i’m pretty satisfied with levora

    Comment by Anonymous — August 11, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

  15. I have been on Levora for about 8 months. I love it! I had some acne before hand, but it cleared up when I started taking the Levora, I did have a little weight gain, but most of it when to my boobs and a little to my stomach but it came off very easy with excercise. This is the only birth control I have ever used and I’m not planning on switching. But to help those who are first timers..I talked to my mom about it, and she uses Levora to. Most of the time what works for your parents will work for you.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 19, 2008 @ 7:39 am

  16. I started Levora 12 days ago. The first two days I was really ill and I did end up vomiting. My breasts have been swollen since then, and my appetite has increased. Knowing that it can increase weight gain makes sense as to why everything looks appetizing! I’m going to watch what I eat at least these first few months.My only real problem is that I started the pill on the first day of my period (like the doc told me), and I’m still on it! It’s been 12 days and my period has never been more than 5-7 days long..I called Planned Parenthood (were I got the pills from) and she said to keep taking them! Is this normal? A 2 week long full flow is kind of creeping me out.Help!~Margo

    Comment by Anonymous — August 26, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  17. Irregular bleeding can happen at any time, particularly in the first couple of months on a new pill. It can take up to 4 months for the body to adjust to the new hormones you’re giving it.Your period may also be significantly different (length, heaviness, cramps, etc.) than what you’re used to, that’s also perfectly normal.Keep taking the Pill but definitely keep an eye on things. If the bleeding is still happening a week from now, don’t hesitate to contact someone at Planned Parenthood about it.

    Comment by Ashlynn — August 26, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  18. I just switched from Mircette to Levora to see if it would bring my sex drive back. So far it has but I’m eating EVERYTHING. It has knocked my appetite waaay out of control and I’m pretty moody. I didn’t notice a thing when I was on Mircette, except a complete lack of sex drive, which wasn’t going to work.Now I don’t know what to do.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 26, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  19. I wish a few pimples or pounds were my problem. I am home recovering from a stroke caused by a blood clot, caused by levora birth control. I was a very healthy 45 yr old woman, thin, exercise daily, walk, golf, fish, and bike.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 30, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  20. I am sorry, that sounds terrible. However, for the sake of clarification, birth control pills become a lot riskier past age 35 and stroke is clearly listed as a risk factor for women over 35 on the pill. I don’t mean to be insensitive, just informative. I hope you make a speedy recovery.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 4, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  21. To make a long story short… I was on Levora for about 6 weeks total. Why so short you ask? Because after the first time of not forgetting to take the pill but just being a few hours late, I spotted for the next month EVERY DAY. Every few days it wouldn’t be spotting, it was actually real menstruation-like bleeding. An entire month… I just kept taking the pills normally hoping it would stop. After a month, I just said forget it and stopped taking them.I do NOT recommend this, AT ALL. But I suppose everyone has a different story. That is mine.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 17, 2008 @ 10:11 am

  22. I had heavy bleeding so my doctor put me on levora to correct my hormmonal imbalance problem. I have been on this pill for six months as per her advise. I did experience some weight gain over the six months but my bleeding was somewhat under control for first 4 months. Then last two months my bleeding was heavy during my menstural cycle even with the pill. Now I am off the pill, my period was very late and when I got it I started to bleed heavy again. It’s more than 8 days and I am bleeding heavy. I don’t know what to do. so I have made an appointment with my doctor. Any suggestions or advise?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 29, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  23. I think you’ve already taken the best step – making an appointment with your doctor. Sometimes it’s hard to give suggestions or advice without knowing your full medical background. From my personal experience, when first going off the Pill the body can take some time to adjust. This can include heavy or no bleeding and longer or shorter periods. It can be a bit of a guessing game! Keep an eye on things and make a point of telling your doctor everything you’ve experienced.:)

    Comment by Ashlynn — September 29, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

  24. I was on Levora for two years until I moved to a region where it wasn’t carried. While using it, I had minor blemishes here and there, always around my cycle. When I had to switch, I was prescribed Sronyx…and would NOT recommend it. In the three months I’ve used it, I’ve broken out with consistently horrible acne…unlike anything I’ve ever had. Topical prescription creams haven’t helped to date, so I know it’s hormonal. Also, there’s a noticeable decrease in my sex drive. I’m now switching to Yaz, in hopes of improving both issues. I would definitely go back to Levora if I had the choice, though.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 30, 2008 @ 8:07 pm

  25. My personal experience with Levora has been quite good. The first month I was on it, I freaked out a bit because my cycle seemed REALLY heavy. I thought to myself “If it stays like this, we’re finding something new,” but I knew that I needed to give it a chance before running back to my dr. and telling her I hated it. Boy am I glad I did! After the initial hassle of the first month, it has been nothing but great. I generally only bleed for about 2 days now. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and a family history breast cancer, so my dr. has always made it a priority to keep me on the lowest hormone level possible while keeping me regular and comfortable. The only drawback I’ve found with Levora so far is that the day before my period I binge like a mad woman. Luckily, I’ve realized this and am pro-active by upping my workouts and trying to realize when I’m eating because of hormones. So far I’ve actually lost weight and I love my new cycle.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 5, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  26. oh my goodness. I LOVE the girl who said her face broke out like a brooklyn style pizza, because mine broke out like a chicago style pepperoni pizza. I’m only just finishing my first month on this stuff, so somebody PLEASE tell me it’s going to get better if I stick with it or else I’m going to cry. Oh and this stuff is making me spot and have cramps all month. I don’t know if this stuff will go away when my body gets used to it or if I should try something else.

    Comment by shannonb — October 12, 2008 @ 11:40 pm

  27. I have been on Levora for about 3 months after coming off yaz. So far I am happy with it no break outs or weight gain. I have however noticed some hair lose. I had a child 3 years ago and have had the hardest time finding the right pill for me. I was on spring tech before my pregancy and it worked great for me but it didn’t work for me after my pregancy.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 15, 2008 @ 9:06 am

  28. I have been on Levora for about a year and two months, never had a scare and have missed a couple of pills when I first started. On the other hand, I am not sure if it is the pill but I have experienced mild/severe depression, weight gain and headaches. I am going to see my doctor soon, maybe she will recommend something else. My initial problems was that I didn’t choose Levora, but was put on it by my school’s doctor when I was still in college before I got married. She told me it was good, and wrote me the Rx. I now wish, I would have read more about it and studied ALL my options. My husband and I are now thinking of hormone-free method, since we are not planning for a baby anytime soon. My advice, LADIES, inform yourselves before going in to meet with your doctor to start a method. Do not let them start you on something you don’t know all the facts on. If you have a long time/comitted partner and can choose other methods, TRY THAT FIRST. All others, get informed and use a condom while you find the right birth control method for YOU.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 12, 2008 @ 7:49 am

  29. I’ve recently switched to Levora- I’ve been on it for about four months now after coming off of Microgestin1.5/30 (If I remember correctly, the Micro. was the generic equivalent for Loestrin). The Microgestin made it so I basically had a full period twice every month, and oddly, made it so that when I drank any alcohol, no matter how little, I’d get vomitously sick with a migraine afterward. On Levora, I can drink alcohol AND my periods are the most regular they’ve ever been (Once a month! Yay!). My skin was/is fine on either pill, only a pimple every now and then. However, both pills have COMPLETELY erased my sex drive. Completely. I don’t even get a little spark of my long lost sex-drive from hot guys in movies anymore. Nothin’. I’d almost rather risk pregnancy than continue like this, actually. Also, I’ve been getting a pretty bad headache once or twice a week. I gained a couple pounds since switching too, but not a lot. I’d guess that across the time span of both pills, I’ve gained about five to eight pounds. Levora is a lot better than than the Microgestin, but frankly the one and only reason I’m on the pill is to keep my boyfriend’s mind at ease. Otherwise I’d be off birth control tomorrow.

    Comment by Ann — November 30, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  30. omg!! i have had problems with birth control forever..i had a tubal pregnancy with an iud..but ive been on levora for a week and the firt few days were great now my anxiety is horrible, im having horrible mood swings..and i feel like im pregnant with morning sickness..im so undecided if i should keep taking it… ahhhhhhh

    Comment by Anonymous — December 13, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

  31. I was on Lo/Ovral and switched to Levora about a year ago based on my gynos recommendation. It makes me feel less crazy and calmer but my periods are heavier and I have gained 10 pounds!! In one year! I haven’t changed my diet regimen or exercised any less. I will be switching off in the next month, I have unfortunately been blessed with large breasts my whole life and am now a DDD and not very happy about it.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 30, 2008 @ 6:54 am

  32. I have been on Levora from about a month and a half. I did experience a great of nausea in the beginning and gassiness. These side effects have started to diminish. One positive benefit of Levora is that my skin completely cleared up. I have always had very oily skin and issues with Acne (some years have been better than others). However, recently in my late 20s started to develop cystic acne and lots of whiteheads around my jawline and chin. I tried lots of products, even proactiv, and they only helped for a short while. My doctor put me on Levora and it has had an amazing impact on my skin. I love the way my skin looks now. I don’t even have to use any acne products.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 3, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

  33. I have been on Levora for eight years. Started at age 26 and am 34 now. In that span, I went from 142 lbs to 160 lbs. And I exercise 4-5 times a week, have worked with trainers, etc.No skin problems, but need to lose the weight. Has anyone out there been on it this long and experienced slow, gradual weight gain.I had terrible cramps in my 20s and I am afraid to go off.Getting some blood tests done this week.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 3, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

  34. I’ve been on Levora for a week now.. I’ve never been on any birth control pills and this is the one the doctor gave me. I’ve cried for longer than 2 hrs three times this week. I’m depressed and an emotional wreck. I’m not sure if this is a long or short term side effect, but if this persists I’m just totally getting off birth control. My poor boyfriend can’t handle it I don’t think. I’ve been so mad at him lately and there really isn’t a valid reason. I’m giving it one more week…

    Comment by Anonymous — March 3, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  35. I have been on Lavora for three months now, right after I started I went up a cup size and got stretch marks in that area. Since then I’m not sure how much I have gained but I have awful stretch marks on my lower belly and hips which have never been a problem area for me. At least my periods are regular?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 6, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

  36. I’ve been on levora for a week now and my ob gyn had told me not to have unprotected for 10 days. well being the usual sexually active teenager i had unprotected sex on the 11th day.can i still get pregnant?please im nervous, lolsincerely,the concerned teen

    Comment by Anonymous — March 8, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

  37. I have been on levora for almost 8 years and got pregnant as planned immediatley after I stopped taking the pill. Twice. I was always pretty happy with levora but I think my body chemistry has changed and it suddenly was making me fat, tired, low libido and migraines the week before my period. I actually went to the doctor for thyroid and blood sugar concerns because I felt tired really tired all the time. No matter what diet or excercise I tried the weight was coming on slow and steady. I lost all my baby weight with ease and it started coming back after my youngest turned two. I am going to get my tubes tied and my doctor put me on short term one dose depo. I feel like my body is shedding the pounds again and I feel so good like I could run a marathon. I have a high libido again. I have always been sensitive to any otc and prescription meds. I have been off levora for less than a month and I feel so much better. Keep in mind your body changes and the pill that was awesome before could become your enemy. Liked it once but not anymore!

    Comment by mommy of two — March 11, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  38. I’ve been on Levora for about a month and a half. It’s the first BC I’ve tried, and so far, I’ve felt ok–no dramatic changes. However, I’ve always had acne–severe as a teen and mild before the pill. Once I started the pill, it looks like I’m breaking out more–mostly lots of small pimples, not much of the big ones. I know it works with everyone differently, but does anyone know if the acne gets worse before it gets better?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 20, 2009 @ 7:22 am

  39. iM A 21 YR 0LD FEMALE FR0M THE BAY AREA, CALiF0RNiA. iVE BEEN 0N LEVORA F0R 7 M0NTHS NOW AND i L0VE iT. i HAVE N0T HAD ANY UNUSUAL SiDE EFFECTS, N0 WEiGHT GAiN, AND MY ACNE iS BETTER. THiS iS THE 1ST BiRTH CONTROL i HAVE EVER BEEN 0N. MY SEX DRiVE iS WAY BETTER AND MY BOYFRiEND LOVES iT. i HAVENT HAD ANY PROBLEMS SO FAR OR ANY “SCARES” BUT EVERY BODY iS DiFFERENT.. THE BEST THiNG TO DO OF COURSE iS TO CONSULT WiTH YOUR DOCTOR OR OB/GYN TO SEE WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR BODY.

    Comment by REMY — March 25, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  40. ive been on this pill for about a year now, & its been great, at first i was nervous to start birth control because of the side effects but all birth controls are different, so after i started taking levora i didn't have any side effects, besides a headache, and possible light weight gain but personally i dont think it was the levora (;. dont be scared to take it, my only concern is how effective it is, in case of an ACCIDENT (broken condom). any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 27, 2009 @ 9:47 am

  41. ive been on this pill for about a year now, & its been great, at first i was nervous to start birth control because of the side effects but all birth controls are different, so after i started taking levora i didn't have any side effects, besides a headache, and possible light weight gain but personally i dont think it was the levora (;. dont be scared to take it, my only concern is how effective it is, in case of an ACCIDENT (broken condom). any feedback would be greatly appreciated.Dear Anonymous,I'm glad Levora worked out for you. All birth control are only effective if you diligently take it at the same time everyday. If you miss pills every now and then and do not use back up birth control such as condom, then of course it will not be as effective. If you have missed pills before you might have notice some minor bleeding. As long as you're on the pill diligently and use other backup birth control such as a condom, you are most likely protected.

    Comment by Janine — March 27, 2009 @ 10:02 am

  42. I have been taking Levora for a little over 2 years. It has been a great experience for me! I do believe I have gained some weight, but for myself and most women I think this has more to do with aging and changing lifestyles than a pill! More recently, I have begun to have a very light period. I know it said possible side effects were lighter periods, but mine has almost gone away. For about three months I have only had a period for one day almost like light spotting, on the second to last ‘period pill’. Been wondering if this is normal or if I need to be thinking of pregnancy?! I take my pill faithfully everyday without missing and around the same time (within an hour) without fail? Has anyone else had a similar experience?

    Comment by Amy R — April 1, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  43. Hello Amy R,You should get a pregnancy test, just to be safe. If the pregnancy test comes by negative, wait for the next month, if the same thing occurs then you should be fine. Your body is changing and lighter periods is probably going to be normal for you.If you want to have regular periods like you used to for the past couple of years, then you should go ask your doctor to prescribe you to a different pill.

    Comment by Janine — April 1, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

  44. Obviously everyone will have different side effects with different birth control pills but I have overall be pretty happy with Levora. I Have taken it for about 3 years now. I do have complaints but i deal with them. I previously took other pills and had spotting and had issues like that. I have never had any spotting with levora however i do get bad mood swings every month with this pill and i did gain weight. I’ve learned to deal with it for the most part though so it’s not all that bad since i know its coming and i can just control my mood from going crazy. As for weight gain, i think that the majority of my weight gain was situation(change in diet and activity level) not due to the pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 4, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

  45. I’ve been on levora for two months now and most things are fine. My acne is no better or worse. I have gained a little weight, but that is my own fault for not controlling my appetite. It seems like the pill makes me want to eat all the time like I’m pregnant. My sex drive is great. BUT!!!… I have severe depression. I mean SEVERE. Thoughts of death and dying, not to the point where I’m suicidal or anything, but I just don’t feel like moving or getting out of bed. It’s terrible. I’m hoping it will subside, I’m a pretty strong person and I’m capable of dealing with it. I have one pack of pills left, and if things don’t improve, I’m going to try to switch brands. Just a warning, watch out for the depression.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 14, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  46. I started taking Levora almost two years ago and I love it! I used to be on Orthotricyclin when I was a teenager and around 23 years old and that pill always made me moody, gain weight, and decreased my sex drive. With Levora, I have not had any of these issues. Plus my doctor told me I could go for 2 months without having a period and my body is totally fine with that. I love it! I am currently on my third consecutive pack (3 months without a period) and I am bloated and my breasts are tender. So just going for 2 months is probably easier. I really recommend trying Levora, all you have to do is try it. :-)

    Comment by luckeegurl — April 19, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  47. I have been on Levora for a year and a half. I have not gained any weight nor has it increased my acne. The only side effect is mood swings. This is working out great for me.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 23, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

  48. can i still get pregnant if im on levora? i take it the same time everyday but have alot of unprotected sex.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 26, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

  49. Dear Anonymous,If taken correctly on a daily basis, Levora is as much as 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, but there is still a 1% chance that you could get pregnant. Furthermore, missing a pill or taking a pill a few hours later than normal can decrease the effectiveness. Certain medications like antibiotics are also known to increase the chance of your birth control pill failing.

    Comment by Janine — April 27, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  50. I’ve been on Levora for 3 years, and I’m amazingly pleased.I haven’t had any “scares” or spotting (though I have never missed a pill).I used to have awful acne, but after about a month of taking it, I no longer had any! I also have lost around 40lbs in the 3 years. Once you learn to control the cravings, you’re all set.I’m also a smoker. My OBGYN told me that Levora is one of the best pills for those of us who smoke. She said there are still risks, but she hadn’t seen any problems in her patients so far.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 13, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  51. I was on Levora for about 3 months and started to feel not myself. I became very depressed, feeling no emotion. I was in a new relationship and everything in my life was great. I evaluated my life and decided to get off the pill. I recently tried it again and by the third month i am coming off of it again with the same side effects. I was told about Yazmin and then read up on them and heard the worst things than Levora. So im stuck and dont know what to do.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 21, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

  52. Dear Anonymous,Each person reacts to each pill differently. Inform your doctor about the side effects you are experiencing from Levora. She/He should be able to prescribe you with a different pill that has different estrogen/progestin levels to balance your hormones better.

    Comment by Janine — May 21, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

  53. I had been on Levora for almost 4 years, and I haven’t had any issues with it. I have just started the NuvaRing due to a a skin condition (Melasma), which is caused my too much estrogen, and the pill is causing what look like age spots on my face. If it weren’t for the fact that I want those spots to go away, I would stay on Levora for sure. This pill was the first and only one that I had ever used, and never had a reason to switch until now. I have read many stories about Levora and NuvaRing, and it really is hard to gauge how your body will react, because there are good and bad stories for both.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 29, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

  54. I was on Levora for about a week after I had been on Yaz for about 6 months and had nothing but negative outcomes. I received terrible acne and some of the most violent mood swings ever!! Also, I had very frequent headaches for no reason (which were very annoying). Needless to say, I immediately switched back to Yaz and LOVE IT!!!

    Comment by blinddawg — June 7, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

  55. I recently started Levora about 2 weeks ago. Since then the only side effect I've noticed is depression. I'm wondering if this is normal? Does it go away with time? I go from feeling blah to edgy and grumpy in about two seconds flat. I don't think my poor boyfriend can take these moodswings. I love him and don't want him to think this is about him when it's these dang pills. Please, does this go away?

    Comment by Anna — June 7, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  56. Dear Anna,Depression is a common side effect for Levora. Usually, common side effects might go away after 3 months. If it continues after three months, see your doctor to try another pill.

    Comment by Janine — June 15, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  57. i've been on Levora for a few years and have never had any side effects. No weight gain, no acne, no nausea, nothing! I would highly recommend this birth control!

    Comment by carrie Harada — June 15, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

  58. Im 18 and this is my first birth control. Ive been on Levora for only two days and im already an emotional wreck (i was never the most stable person emotionally but i just bawled for an hour because my computer wouldnt download a program quick enough) How long should I wait and see if it gets better until I talk to my doc about this?

    Comment by natasha — June 30, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

  59. Dear Natasha,The side effects should go away after 3 months. If the side effects continue, discuss it with your doctor to see if you should try another birth control.

    Comment by Janine — July 2, 2009 @ 9:16 am

  60. I have just started using Levora I'm 21,Never have used birthcontrol pills. I have been getting nauseated which is one side effect along with hunger I get hungry more often. I didn't start my first pack on the Sunday I actually began on Wednesday of the first week..being cause I got my pills on Wednesday and my period is irregular so I wasn't too sure when I was going to get my period. Now I have questions that I would appreciate help on.1)When is it okay to have sex without protection?2)Will I get my period this month even if I missed the first 3 pills of the pack?3)As soon as I get my period should I start the new pack or jump straight to the "peach" pills?I would really appreciate the help! :] my e-mail is pun_turtle33@yahoo.comThanks!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 7, 2009 @ 1:08 am

  61. Dear Anonymous,Answer to your first question. Since this is your first time taking birth control pills, it is best to use back up contraception (ie. condoms) for the first month because it is very common for people to forget and miss a pill every now and then when they first start taking birth control pills. When a pill is missed, the risk of pregnancy is the highest, so using back up contraception is recommended.Answer to your second question. We won’t know whether you will get your period or miss your period because you are just starting your pack. Whether you have your period or miss it, you should continue on your pack the way you should be taking it (if it’s a 21 day pack, you wait a week for when your period happens or not happen – you still wait a week or if it’s a 28 day pack, you just continue taking the pills whether or not your period comes).Answer to your third question. Do not adjust your pills to your period. If you happen to have your period when you are or are not supposed to, it is normal, because your body is adjusting to your pills. Just keep on taking your pills the way you are supposed to.

    Comment by Janine — July 7, 2009 @ 10:00 am

  62. I havr been taking birthcontrol for 19 years and the only time that I have become pregnant is when I did not take them. I was switched to Levora from Ovcon35 because my sex drive became nonexistent. This is my first month on Levora and I have not received a period yet. I have three placebo pills left. I did not have a lapse in between switching pills. So could I possibly be pregnant?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 8, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

  63. Dear Anonymous,Your body may be reacting differently to this new OC you are taking. As long as you are taking the pill every day and at the same time every day you most likely won't be pregnant.If you are worried, take a pregnancy test. You can also discuss this with your doctor.

    Comment by Janine — July 9, 2009 @ 9:08 am

  64. I was on Levora about a year ago and then switched to Yaz because it supposedly helped PMS, which i get prett bad. It helped, but it didnt really make an amazing difference. Yaz totally killed my sex drive, so I'm hoping that switching to Levora will help. I went off of Yaz a few months ago and wasnt taking any pills and had HORRIBLE acne. Then when i went back on Yaz it went away. So I'm also hoping it won't come back with Levora!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 13, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

  65. I took levora for a little over a week first time on any BC… after the first day or 2 i started feeling sick, having horrible chest pain, heaviness of the chest, my mood completely changed from happy to just angry and sad.cramps like i experienced early in pregnancy before misscarrying. after looking up side effects of this and what it actually does to you i called my obgyn to let her know, she suggested i keep taking it and that chest pain wasn't a side effect, which was false i've seen it on several different websites. I then decided that taking this to prevent a pregnancy wasn't worth it also given the fact i've previously had 2 miscarriages and am not sure why… and am un aware of how it will affect future pregnancys.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 13, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  66. Dear Anonymous,If you are uncomfortable with the side effects from a birth control pill, going off that birth control is a good idea. There are several different types of birth control pills and methods for a reason, for you to find one that works best for you.

    Comment by Janine — July 16, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

  67. I've been taking Levora for about a month & never taken any kind of birth control. For the past week I've noticed that I have shortness of breath/hard to breath & severe coughing. I haven't taken anything for it, thinking it might be a cold, but is this a side affect from Levora or any kind of birth control

    Comment by Bea — July 19, 2009 @ 12:45 am

  68. Hello Bea,You should definitely see your doctor about the shortness of breath and coughing you have been experiencing. You may be experiencing a serious side effect that can result to leg clots. Leg clots ( venous thrombosis ) can lead to a embolus from there to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolus which usually causes shortness of breath and chest pain , possible cough and have signs of increases respirations, increased heart rate etc. Dr. Paul Zickler

    Comment by Dr. Zickler — July 20, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  69. I have tried a ton of different birth control since I was 16! My doctor finally recommended Levora. I used to have bad acne and it has cleared a lot since I started taking this BC. My biggest problem is serious WEIGHT GAIN!! I started the pill about a year ago and weighed 140. I now weigh almost 160. I haven't changed any other habits in my normal routine. I excersie a lot, I ride my bike to work, I eat healthy. I am very frustrated and will most likely go off the pill soon. I am 31 years old.. I can't afford any extra weight at this point. blah. :(

    Comment by Andrea — July 22, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

  70. i've been on levora since september of 08 and i hate it my doctor has me taking them so i get my period once every 3 months i stay at a stable weight untill halfway through the 3 months and i gain weight so fast i'm covered in stretch marks and i'm only 16 i went on it to help with severe pain from my period and it does nothing to help i have pain all the time in my hips and lower back i'm emotional i fight with my friend my boyfriend my family i'm always upset and my face is always covered in zits i tried going off it in january i had one period and i hadnt had a period again for almost 4 months and had to go on hormone replacements and then put back on levora i have stretch marks in places there shouldnt be stretch marks and my doctor just tells me i eat too much when i eat half as much as the average teenager from my experience i would say DONT TAKE IT its messed up my life so bad i'm miserable all the time

    Comment by Miranda — July 28, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  71. Dear Miranda,You should go see your doctor and request for another different birth control. There are several different types of birth control for a very good reason. Find one that works for you. If your doctor will not prescribe you another one, go see another doctor.I do not see why you should continue on this pill if it does not solve your severe cramps and it creates more problems for you!

    Comment by Janine — July 28, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  72. I was on Levlen for many years, and recently switched to Levora (the generic). The side effects I have experienced are few and extremely manageable. Slight moodiness and weight gain (3 pounds) are remedied by paying attention to my magnesium/B vitamin intake.I am especially happy I came across this website, as I was thinking about switching from the pill to the IUD. However, the issues and possible side effects from the IUD seemed pretty radical, (hair loss, heavy spotting, expulsion, acne), and based on the pages and pages of message boards I read, these symptoms were not isolated to just a few women.The overall positive reviews of Levora have cemented my decision to stay on this form of birth control.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 30, 2009 @ 1:25 am

  73. I just started taking Levora about a week ago and everyone is saying how their acne cleared up but mine seems to be getting worse :[ i normally have oily skin, but lately it has been extremely oily, more than usual. i'm hoping it's just my body adjusting to the pill and it will clear up soon. other than that i have no side effects so far.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 30, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

  74. I have a few questions about this. Iv never been on birth control before and just started having sex. Planned Parenthood told me I could either start the first day of my cycle or start the sunday after, or start now. I started now, two sundays after my period… let me state that according to my chart (tracking my period on mymonthlycycles for a year) I had already ovulated. Egg dead and gone. I started the pill and she said that I needed to use protection for the first seven days. Well I felt like crap and didnt even get around to sex until the tenth day (unprotected). The paper that came with the pill has no instructions for starting 'now' just sundays and first day starters, and Im pretty sure I couldnt be pregnant, especially since I already ovulated anyways for the month. Is there a chance though? Also, How strict do you have to be with the time of the pill taking? I usually take it around 8, but sometimes Im an hour late with it because of work. Is that bad? Since I worry alot, could I also wear a condom around my ovulation time just to be safe?

    Comment by D — July 31, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  75. I have been on Nordette 28, then switched to Levora, on & off since 1988. I stopped taking it twice and got pregnant both times, then right back on it. I have gained weight over the yrs, and now am about 60+ pounds heavier than I was in '88. I can tell my body is changing and I have talked to my dr about other methods (tubes tied), but my insurance co won't cover it. I am now 47 yrs old, and still break out a few days before my period. When I showed my new OBGYN the Levora, he actually got mad & said that there is much better products out there. He said Levora has about 6x the amount of hormones that other pills have. Talk to your dr and get all the facts!

    Comment by Anonymous — August 5, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  76. OMG..someone please help me. I have been using Levora for a little over a year now. I had a period at the right time but started again 2 weeks later. Ive been bleeding now for about 14 days. Im now on my inactive pills. Im not sure if i should keep taking my pills or begin a new pack. I loved this pill til now…this has never happened!!

    Comment by Anonymous — August 10, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  77. Anonymous said… OMG..someone please help me. I have been using Levora for a little over a year now. I had a period at the right time but started again 2 weeks later. Ive been bleeding now for about 14 days. Im now on my inactive pills. Im not sure if i should keep taking my pills or begin a new pack. I loved this pill til now…this has never happened!!Dear Anonymous,Are you on any antibiotics?

    Comment by Janine — August 10, 2009 @ 11:08 am

  78. I just started taking Levora about a week ago, and started to notice pimples, and immediate weight gain, Im 32, and this is my first time taking birth control. Im a bit scared for keep taking it, as I don't want to end up fat or full with pimples. . .I have no Idea what to do :) Give it more time or stop taking it???

    Comment by Anonymous — August 29, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

  79. I just started taking Levora about a week ago, and started to notice pimples, and immediate weight gain, Im 32, and this is my first time taking birth control. Im a bit scared for keep taking it, as I don't want to end up fat or full with pimples. . .I have no Idea what to do :) Give it more time or stop taking it???

    Comment by Anonymous — August 29, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

  80. Dear Anonymous,Give it 3 months to see if the symptoms go away. If they don't, go off this pill and try another one.

    Comment by Janine — August 31, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  81. I'm actually a male but i've been with my girl friend and she's been on birth control the whole time. We've tried the patch,shot,and both kinds of pills and it is def true that all females react different to them. The patch made her REALLY emotional and it was pretty bad. The shot is supposed to make your periods light but she bled the whole time she was on it(everyday). The COCP(levora being an example) makes her very depressed on eliminates all libido!!I'm sure you know I was very unhappy about that. Like I said tho it affects every one different but i can say she didn't have any problems on the mini-pill. The only reason she got off of it was she switched clinics and when she did they put her back on the COCP and she didn't think anything of it or tell me. We're looking into the Nuvaring or IUD now (IUD being preffered). Any ways goodluck to you all hope this was helpful!

    Comment by Bam — September 15, 2009 @ 1:27 am

  82. I have been on Levora for about 3 months now and I have been experiencing chronic heartburn. I have always had bouts with heartburn my whole life but not 2-3 times a week. Has anyone else experienced this type of side effect?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 16, 2009 @ 10:39 am

  83. I have been taking levora for about 6 months now. At first I was taking it at the same time everyday, but lately I have been slacking. I take it at a different time everyday. Can I get pregnant if im not having protected sex? And if I am pregnant, will the pills affect my baby without me knowing?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 21, 2009 @ 12:50 am

  84. Anonymous said… I have been on Levora for about 3 months now and I have been experiencing chronic heartburn. I have always had bouts with heartburn my whole life but not 2-3 times a week. Has anyone else experienced this type of side effect?Dear Anonymous,I haven't heard of chronic heartburn as one of the side effects. Definitely check with your doctor to find out if this could possibly be related to the birth control or could it be something else.

    Comment by Janine — September 21, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  85. Anonymous said… I have been taking levora for about 6 months now. At first I was taking it at the same time everyday, but lately I have been slacking. I take it at a different time everyday. Can I get pregnant if im not having protected sex? And if I am pregnant, will the pills affect my baby without me knowing?Dear Anonymous,As long as you are taking your pill everyday you are protected. Not taking the pill at the same time each day does not affect the effectiveness of the pill. It is just so you remember to take it on a daily basis so you won't forget. If you do miss a pill or more, then you will not be protected and you will be at risk of being pregnant.Hope this helps.

    Comment by Janine — September 21, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  86. I have been on Levora for 4 months now and i have bled for 3 months straight now and have gained 8lbs. im 44 years old and im over it, im getting my tubes tied next month.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 23, 2009 @ 6:04 am

  87. i have been on levora for about 5months now an i'm about to change it. i loved it the first couple months but things started changing about 2 months ago. i have been so depressed and emotional. i am not the type of person to be emotional and this pill has made me so unmotivated and now all i want to do is sit at home. i wouldn't recomend this birth control, but everyones body reacts differently..

    Comment by Anonymous — October 2, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

  88. i have been on levora for about 5months now an i'm about to change it. i loved it the first couple months but things started changing about 2 months ago. i have been so depressed and emotional. i am not the type of person to be emotional and this pill has made me so unmotivated and now all i want to do is sit at home. i wouldn't recomend this birth control, but everyones body reacts differently..

    Comment by Anonymous — October 2, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

  89. I was on the Depo Prevera (birth control shot) for 8 years. I was primarily on the Depo shot because it was injected once every 3 months and I had HORRIBLE menstral cycles… vomiting, fainting, cramping, acne… all so bad i would miss school. After being on the shot for so long, I wanted a change for my body. I have been on Levora for about 3 months now and I love it. I lost weight and taking a pill everyday wasnt as hard as i thought. I am on the lowest dosage because I am very sensitive to things! so far so good!

    Comment by Anonymous — October 8, 2009 @ 11:23 am

  90. I just started taking Levora 10 days ago. I'm going to give it 2 months before I talk to my doctor about anything. I do notice an increase in my appetite, all I want to do is eat. I have lost 25 lbs. in the last 5 months, so I do NOT want to gain weight. I am eating bad, so I guess I'm going to buy some good groceries, hopefully that helps. As far as acne goes, my face is clearing up. I have had some mild depression and nausia too, but an increase in sex drive :) I'm going to be patient and see what happens. Seems like women either love this or hate it, so I'm on the fence just waiting it out.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 14, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  91. i started about a week and a half ago. . . has ANYONE had a side effect of being soo sleepy in the morning and or also dreaming a lot more. . .like remember their dreams . . . i cannot wake up in the morning!! anywho lemme know if anyone felt like this on levora!! thanks

    Comment by Jackie — December 1, 2009 @ 12:16 am

  92. I have been on Levora for about a year and a few months. Since starting the pill i get nausues and sick before my period and i have been losing my hair like crazy. I hate this pill and to add to it i have no sex drive what so ever!

    Comment by Anonymous — December 8, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  93. Anonymous said… I have been on Levora for about a year and a few months. Since starting the pill i get nausues and sick before my period and i have been losing my hair like crazy. I hate this pill and to add to it i have no sex drive what so ever!Dear Anonymous,Talk to your doctor about other birth control pills and the side effects of each one. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Janine — December 9, 2009 @ 9:59 am

  94. Levora is my third birth control. First, I was on Orthocycline (sp?) which made me into an emotional, crying little girl, when I have always been an indifferent, cynical hard-ass. I wanted to puke after everything I ate, I gained 10 pounds from what I did eat, my boobs swelled and ached relentlessly, and the stress levels got so high that I had my period 3 times in one month. So I got off of that.They next put me on Lutera. I stopped being so emotional but even worse I became really depressed. I blame this mostly to the fact that my sex drive went down to nothing (sex was actually incredibly painful) and thinking of sweet things made me horribly sick to my stomach. I couldn't so much as think about eating chocolate or I'd want to puke. The only things I'd be in the mood for were incredibly salty and fried things, and they're not very healthy. Hello Acne, which I've never gotten in my life. After a few weeks of dealing with that crap, my period breaks though, so it was all for nothing.Ortho is an high hormone while lutera was very low. I explained to the doctor that I needed to find a median pill, and she gave me Levora. So far, its been working great. My stomach is giving me no problems, my boobs are only inflated a little bit, my mood is evened out, the acnes gone, and thank god I can enjoy sex again.Different levels of hormones do the trick for different people. The one that works for me is between high and low, so it may take some experimenting to figure out what you need. Just a heads up: there will always be some adverse effects when you change your hormones–which is exactly what pills will do. You just have to find one that's side effects aren't life-changing for you. ^^

    Comment by Anonymous — December 18, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  95. I have been takin levora for about 5 months now and I plan on making an appointment to switch to a diferent birth control soon! The past 5 months have been the worst. I get horrible headaches everyday, I get dizzy a lot, I have been a emotional wreck and have cried more then my fingers can count, I have crazy mood swings, one minute I'm fine and laughing and the next I've turned into the exorcist, my poor bf. Ha oh and to add on to that I've gained about 12 pounds!! I personaly wouldn't reccomand this to anyone but then again everyones diferent.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 1, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

  96. I'm on Levora for a year now. First 3 months i gained 5 pounds but I never gain more after that. Its work very well for me.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 15, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  97. Its been ok for me skin cleared up and sore breast also a little weight gain but I'm skinny so it has been positive for me. Also I don't mind the bigger butt and boobs lol

    Comment by Anonymous — January 17, 2010 @ 10:35 am

  98. I have been taking Levora for almost a year now and the only negative side affect I have experienced is slight nausea if I take it on an empty stomach. And my doctor had mentioned that weight gain directly linked to taking any type of birth control is a misconception. There is a relationship, but it is due to the fact that most women on birth control are in a relationship, and tend to get lazy with working out and that is when the weight gain happens. I changed nothing about my diet or exercise routine and have not gained any weight. Levora has worked very well for me.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 5, 2010 @ 11:59 am

  99. I have been on Levora since March 2008. I started taking this BC because of teo large cysts on both of my ovaries. My gyno wanted to see if this birth control would make them sink, but I had to take them continuously. I did not have a period until June or July of that year. I weighed about 130 to 135 pounds. Now, almost two year later and I weigh 175 pounds. I have never weighed this much in my life. I looked like I swallowed the old me. I did not know that Levora affects moodswings, but I know that something is not right. My husband just told me last night, that I am mean. The least little thing would set me over the edge. I will not be taking this anymore. Oh, I have had acne problems as well. My appointment is in March. The cyst sucked, but I would much rather deal with them here and there then have to deal with this much weight. I am 37 inches around the waist. I was a 2-4 in 2006-2007 and now I am a 10-14 it depends on the brand of clothing I buy. Everyone has been so nice about it too. Don't get me wrong I was skinny, but now I am just fat. Try it out for yourself. As we all have said each BC works differently. Otrocyclin was great, but my gyno said it was causing the cysts and don't help to prevent them. Loestrin may have caused a lot of vaginal infections, but I am not certain. It was expensive too. I took it in 2007 when it just came out, and it was 50 a pack. There was no generic brand.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 12, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

  100. I love Levora. I know when my period is coming and how long it will last. Not spotting or cramps! One thing I hate about Levora is the hair loss. My hair keeps falling out. I need to figure out something to help it from falling out because I do not want to switch BC.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 15, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  101. Hiya! I've used levora for about a month and a half now. Im pretty happy with it so far. I get it free at my school and the nurse said its just like seasonique if I get more than one pack and dont take the peach pills. I was ECSTATIC when she said that. When i went off of ortho evra and switched to levora my face broke out a little from switching but it cleared up and kept it away pretty well! I will have to warn you though it does stop working when you take something like amoxicillin. I got tonsilitis and had to take that and I continued taking my pill and it said on the bottle it would probably make it obsolete, and boy was it right…so yay me I got my period. But otherwise I think its pretty spiffy. I didnt gain much weight at all! like 3 pounds tops and Im a VERY sportsy person. And the period during my tosilitis/amoxixillin stage was sooo light. Its true it works differently on everybody and I was really skeptical about taking any pill but ortho evera gave me dermatitis everywhere and all the others kinda creeped me and I get these pills for free at my college, really all Im saying is its nice to put your two cents in and let people know whats up on things. I dunno if it helped but there you go(:

    Comment by Anonymous — March 8, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  102. I'm on Levora and have been for about 6 months now. I'm perfectly happy with it and the only side effect I've noticed was nausea for about the first three months. I have less acne than I did before I started. I recommend it. :)

    Comment by Anonymous — March 10, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  103. I have used this for three months. My doctor told me that it would clear up my acne. This medicine did exactly the OPPOSITE. I now have a face covered with acne.. and it's all over my back – which in all of my eighteen years, I have never had acne anywhere on my lower back.. and now, it's all over it. Do not take if you are taking it for birth control as well as acne related problems.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 13, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  104. Hi, my doctor started me on Levora because I have had my period for 3 months straight non stop. It did stop but when it came time to take the peach pills it came back and its been 3 weeks of my period even when taking the white pills. I don't understand why my period want go away. I have been having cramps that make you want to curl up. Like having a miscarriage. Its so painful. Has anyone had any problems like this? I don't know if I should wait to see if it goes away or talk to my doctor. I don't like going to the doctor but I don't want to go on having severe pain and my period for months. If anyone has had any problems like this let me know? Please!

    Comment by Anonymous — March 20, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  105. I have been taking Levora for 3 months. I have never had problems with acne until I began taking this bcp. I hoped that the side effect would go away, but it has only gotten worse. I am going to ask for a different pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 31, 2010 @ 8:17 am

  106. I just started Levora a week ago. It's my first time being on birth control. I'm only 16, and I have no problems with it whatsoever. I did feel a little sick the first couple of days, but even all my friends say that it's normal. I haven't gained weight, I think I've actually lost a pound or two. I'm using this as Seasonique, only taking the colored pills on my third pack. I'm excited to see how this works out, and I will let everyone know. I recommend this to everyone. Don't be scared! :)

    Comment by Anonymous — April 5, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  107. I had severe menstral problems as a teenager and went to my gyno for help. As soon as I started taking levora my problems cleared up in a snap. There were no side effects for me. After several years I was finically strapped and decided to go off of it. Big mistake. The problems came back immedatly. Go on this medication if you are a woman. Please.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 20, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  108. Levora was not the one for me. After two days I had an angry outburst and then had mood swings everyday. After a week I noticed that my sex drive was completely gone and my face was breaking out. After two weeks I started having hot flashes. Most of the symptoms were mild such as mood swings and break outs, but the lack of sex drive was the killer. I have never experienced anything like it and hope to never experience that again. I was only on it for one month but am switching now that my pack is gone.

    Comment by Denver — June 22, 2010 @ 5:22 am

  109. I’ve been on Levora for about two months and in all honesty it hasn’t been a bad ride. I’ve lost a few pounds and my breasts have gotten noticeably larger. The only bad thing that happened is that I’m slightly more emotional, but before the birth control I had anger issues. Now I’m less likely to get pissed and more likely to cry a little bit. It’s not that bad, I’d rather cry for a minute than be angry anyway.

    Comment by Heather — June 24, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

  110. Ok. So I have been taking Levora for a month now. I am on my last week of the first month’s cycle. I have been sexually active ever since the 3rd week of use. I have started already but I am very concerned. The last time of intercourse without a latex condom was yesterday & I just started today. I am having all of the symptoms of pregnancy accept for vomiting. I want to be sure that being pregnant is not possible after 4 weeks on the pill.

    Comment by Kristin Turner — June 25, 2010 @ 12:42 am

  111. i started taking levora about two months ago. at first it was pretty good, but the sexond month (whoch would be this month) was very rough. i was crying for 4 days, very depressed and irritable. im not sure if its still just an adjustment thing or if i should try something else. i have a history of depression and i know that sometimes birth control can affect that.

    Comment by laura — June 25, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  112. Dear Kristin Turner,

    Since you have only been on the pill for a month, the symptoms you are experiencing may only be just from the pill, not pregnancy. Continue taking the pill until you get your period. If your period comes, then you are definitely not pregnant. If you don’t get your period, go see your doctor and take a pregnancy test.

    Janine

    Comment by Janine — June 25, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  113. Dear Laura,

    You seem to be experiencing the side effects of your body adjusting to the birth control pill. This may only be temporary because it is always recommended to stay on the new birth control for 3 months before considering another birth control pill. The side effects you are experiencing may be temporary and could go away after being on the pill for 3 months. Wait it out!

    Janine

    Comment by Janine — June 25, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

  114. I am now on my third month on levora. So far, I like this pill :) the only thing wrong is mood swings..a lot more than I used to have. I am a little nervous though, I was wondering, how strict do you have to be with taking it at the same time everyday? A couple weeks ago I took an hour late and didn’t have a condom..could I be pregnant? :/ I’m very nervous because it is Tuesday on the placebo pills and I havn’t gotten my period yet..The first month it came on Wednesday, and the second month it spotted on Saturday Sunday Monday and came on Tuesday..please help me

    Comment by kaitie — June 29, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  115. Dear Kaitie,

    It is very important to take your pills daily. Your doctor may have told you to take it the same time everyday so you can get into the routine of taking the pill once a day to ensure you don’t miss any pills. Since you are only on your third pack of levora, your body may still be trying to adjust to the pills and your period may not come exactly on the same day it did last week. Continue taking your pills as usual and you may eventually do get your period. It might be a shorter period but it’s a period. If you do not get your period at all then wait for your next period. If your next period doesn’t come also, then you should see a doctor and get a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — June 29, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  116. I just started taking levora three days ago, I was previously on ortho tricyclen lo, but switched because of financial issues, otherwise I loved ortho. but since I started levora, I’ve already started breaking out-bad! I have lots of small pimples all over my face, and before taking levora I had NO ACNE at all. someone please tell me it will clear up and my body is only adjusting to the new pill??

    Comment by Briana — July 13, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  117. Dear Briana,

    It may be because your body is adjusting to the new pill. Continue taking it and see if it slowly clears up over the next 3 months. If it gets worse instead, check with your doctor about other birth control pills.

    Comment by Janine — July 14, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  118. I started levora a couple weeks ago and I’m really worried about the weight gain. I’m a dancer and keeping my body in perfect shape is really important because of what I do. So for people who have experienced weight gain, when did it occur? And how much? How common is it? And if you do gain weight is it possible to work it off?
    I really appreciate any feedback.

    Comment by Courtney — July 23, 2010 @ 11:25 am

  119. Dear Courtney,

    Every girl’s body responds to the pill differently. Some girls experience weight gain while others do not experience it at all. Closely monitor your weight while on this pill and if you are continuously gaining, then you should see your doctor and try a new pill.

    Comment by Janine — July 26, 2010 @ 9:46 am

  120. I started taking it about a month ago and i have clear skin and i love it the only thing i dont like about it is i am bleeding randomly i hope this goes away i only gain 3 pounds on it but worked it off very fast.

    Comment by Nicole — July 31, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  121. Dear Nicole,

    I am glad you are liking Levora. Keep us updated after being on this pill for three months to see if you still experience the random bleeding. If you are still getting breakthrough bleeding you should see your doctor about getting you on a different pill.

    Comment by Janine — August 3, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  122. I started levora last year after getting fat and some horrible acne w/ desogen. I love levora. My periods are light, my skin looks great, no weight gain and I still have a huge sex drive. Go Levora!

    Comment by rae — August 6, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  123. I am about to begin my third month on Levora. I have gained weight somewhere between 5-10 pounds and have worked more the past two months than I have been for awhile. Does this weight gain stop or does it continue? Also I started the pills the first day of my period and the next time I got my period it was a couple days late, this is the end of the second month And I only have 3 inactive pills left and I still haven’t gotten my period. It is even later than the first time, and I was wondering if anyone else had this problem when they first started?

    Comment by nina — August 6, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

  124. Dear Nina,

    Levora is a low-estrogen pill and is known to cause sporadic periods, meaning some times you will get a light period, sometimes you won’t get it at all. As long as you are diligently taking your pills everyday, you should be protected from pregnancy. Whenever you don’t get a period, you can take a pregnancy test, just to make sure. It is up to you.

    Comment by Janine — August 6, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  125. im 19 and just started taking lavora. im worried about some of the side effects…i currently have a thyroid problem so gaining weight has been a big issue for me. does lavora make you gain weight more than other pills? and how does my thyroid effect the situation?

    Comment by lindsay — August 6, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  126. Dear Lindsay,

    Does the doctor who prescribed you to Levora know you have a thyroid problem? Are you currently taking any medication for your thyroid problem? It is very important that you let your doctor know about yours and your family’s medical history and if you are taking any other medications so that he/she would know which birth control to prescribe to you and can answer any of your questions regarding your thyroid and the Levora pill. Levora is not supposed to be prescribed to patients who are or are suspected of being pregnant, are breastfeeding or less than 6 weeks postpartum, are over 35 years of age, who smoke, have unexplained vaginal bleeding, active liver disease or a history of liver tumors, history of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or some other condition that puts you at risk of a heart attack, have diabetes, breast cancer or a history of breast cancer or an abnormal growth in the breast, history of blood clotting problems, have cancer or history of cancer of reproductive organs and have migraines or focal neurologic symptoms. People with thyroid problems should be okay with taking levora. If you have further questions about your medical condition and levora, it is important you ask your doctor.

    Weight gain is a common side effect for all birth control pills and it varies from girl to girl. There are no study’s that prove levora will cause weight gain more than other birth control pills so you will have to try it out and see what happens. If you notice weight gain immediately in the first three months, you should make an appointment with your doctor and ask him/her to prescribe you to another pill.

    Comment by Janine — August 9, 2010 @ 9:39 am

  127. I’m 16 and I started taking lavora about three days again just for my pizza face, I was totally scared to try this, first time on birth control and I’m not sexually active but just like any lady here I’m scared of weight gain and as a baby I had a thyroid problem but no longer on pills. So far I had no problems just feeling a little sick but no vomiting and my appetite has actually lowered I don’t wanna eat as much :)
    so I guess I’ll see.

    Comment by Elli — August 11, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  128. I am just now finishing up my first month of Levora, and it hasn’t really affected me in negative ways yet. I have noticed some weight gain, and I’ve been way more hungry than usual. But nothing too bad. My face is still clear and I haven’t expierenced any cramps or nausea.. (except when I’m super hungry!) So hopefully these next few months my appetite will go down so I don’t gain too much! :P

    Comment by brittany — August 17, 2010 @ 9:39 am

  129. I have been talking Levora now for three months and I absolutely love it. My acne is clearing up and I’m losing weight :) I just had a quick question…I’ve been pretty good about taking my pill at the same time everyday, but today I overslept today and took it two hours later than normal. Should I take action as if my birth control became ineffective for the next 48 hours? or will I be ok?

    Comment by Sara — August 29, 2010 @ 7:31 am

  130. Dear Sara,

    Don’t worry, you will be okay. As long as you take your pill that day you are fine. If you are worried, just use a condom whenever you have sex for extra protection.

    Comment by Janine — August 30, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

  131. Hi, I have been on Ortho-Tricyclen Lo for about 5 years, but I had to switch because they got rid of the generic version and I couldnt afford. My doctor just put me on Levora and after a week i feel weird! I am seriously crying ALL THE TIME!!! I Loved ortho tri-lo and had barely any symptoms. If this doesnt change, I will pay more for Ortho to feel normal again!!!

    Comment by Erica — September 4, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  132. This is the first blog I read on my new Ipad. I’ll be back.

    Comment by Karissa Imeson — September 6, 2010 @ 11:35 am

  133. I have 9 months taken Levora and I just can seemed to loose any weight. I did gain weight and before using this pill I was able to loose weight fast. I’m very active and have a very strict diet but I haven’t lost a pound. Also I haven’t had my period in 9 months. I took three pregnancy test and all of them show negative. I call my doctor and said it was fine. Is this normal..?? Is it possible not to have your period at all.

    Comment by Edith — September 9, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

  134. Dear Edith,

    Weight gain is a common side effect of birth control. I have definitely gained weight also from birth control, and I noticed that I have to work twice as hard to burn off calories than I used to before I was on the pill. I used to work out 3-4 times a week and see results, but now I have to work out almost every day to see results.

    The pill effects every girl differently so while some girls continue to get heavy or light periods, it is possible for girls to not get their period at all. You should take extra caution and make sure you don’t miss any pills because you don’t get to wait and see if you get your period to know if you are pregnant or not. It is very very important for you to take your pills diligently every day to make sure you don’t get pregnant.

    Comment by Janine — September 10, 2010 @ 9:56 am

  135. I have been taking Levora for 6 months now for mentrual control and not birth control. I have had a period twice in that time for going on six weeks that has impacted my ability to function due to heavy flow and blood clots. I have been researching and plan to adopt a more natural approach to balance my hormones and get my life back. Doctors don’t seem to tell you what causes some of the imbalances and ways to treat them. You have to be your own best advocate. Yes I have gained about 8 pounds in this six month period with no end in sight. Every day just gets heavier. I will be discontinuing taking this medication. If any of this sounds familiar google Estrogen Dominance.

    Comment by LeeAnn — September 15, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

  136. Im 18 and Im supposed to start Levora next sunday….Ive been reading all of your comments on the pill, some are happy and some arent but I want to find out for myself. The only thing that is stopping me is that I just learned that taking this pill if you have seizures may be a problem. Which I do have Epilepsy. I take Lamictal medication which prevents me from having the seizures. Im not sure if this is going to be a problem combining Levora and Lamictal together. I went to Planned Parenthood for the birth control, not my doctor. Do I ask a doctor? I can’t ask my parents because the fact that I even got birth control will freak them out. I did this for myself to be safe, but they wont see it that way. Does anyone know if there has been problems with Levora and people who have Epilepsy (seizures)

    Comment by Shelby — September 23, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  137. Dear Shelby,

    Lamictal is a neutral drug that will not interfere with your birth control, so taking Levora should be fine. If you are unsure, you should definitely talk to your doctor about Levora. You should also always let the doctor (whether from Planned Parenthood, or your family doc) know about the medications you are taking for Epilepsy, your medical history, and ask questions about the new prescription the doctor is about to prescribe to you. Being informed is better than being unsure.

    Comment by Janine — September 24, 2010 @ 11:14 am

  138. Hi Janine, I actually spoke to my doctor today and she said it would be a risk. Unfortunately its turns out there is a risk that I could have seizures with ALL birth control pills. She said the lower the Estrogin is in the pill the better. Ive researched all the low estrogin birth control pills and they all have horible reviews. Alesse seems like the only pill that has low estrogin and would be good, It was the only pill that didn’t have nearly as much bad reiviews as all the other lower estrogin pills. But with still so many bad reviews I just dont think I’ll be happy taking it. I guess birth control isn’t for me. It totally sucks, but I guess I’ll just have to deal with it the hard way.

    Comment by Shelby — September 24, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  139. I have been on levora for seven months and i don’t have any problems with it. My period comes on time. I used to have horrible cramps before, i still get cramps but they are very mild compared to what i was going through before. My face does breakout but it’s mild and nothing that some topical medication does not take away. I habe actually lost weight when before when i was on orthotricyclyn low i gained so much weight.

    Comment by Aarika — October 17, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

  140. When I was about 14 I went to the local clinic to get b/c because I was too embarassed to talk to my mom. The doctor there just wrote a script for Levlin and never told me anything about it, and I was too young to care to research it. After a few years I went to my PCP for the pill. About 4-5 years ago, Levlin wasn’t made or available so I was switched to Levora which is apparently the same or really close. I’ve been on b/c pretty much my entire adult life and before that so I never thought much about it. I dont have mood swings, bad head aches, bleeding, or any other terrible side effects. I do have some that I’m just recently starting to contribute to the pill… such as very low sex drive, occasional acne on my face, and weight gain. In the 12 years I’ve been on b/c I’ve probably gained 40 lbs and I read somewhere the average is between 2-4 lbs per year. I was alread a tad bit heavy to start with so I was like 55 lbs overweight. I’ve been trying to lose it for 3 years with only being successful at about 15 lbs of it. Someone mentioned that b/c can cause weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight. I’m afraid to change or go off the pill cuz I like the fact that I’m so regular, no mood swings, light periods each month, and my hubsand and I dont have to worry about an unexpected pregnancy. Any thoughts on weightloss on the pill?

    Comment by Stacey — October 18, 2010 @ 10:00 am

  141. i’ve been taking levora for about a month and a week now and i need to know if its effective to my body yet because the other night, a condom broke and i haven’t been able to take a ‘Plan B’ pill yet…but is it even necessary to take one(Plan B pill)?

    Comment by Tori — October 18, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  142. Dear Tori,

    No, it is not necessary to take Plan B if you have been on the pill for over a month now.

    Comment by Janine — October 19, 2010 @ 9:37 am

  143. Dear Stacey,

    I do notice that while being on the pill you do have to work twice as hard to burn those calories. I’m glad to hear that you were successful with the 15lbs loss! Here are your options: 1) Get off Levora temporarily to lose the pounds and be very careful while using other types of non hormonal birth control (ie. condoms, spermicide) but you have a higher risk of getting pregnant and you know weight gain is a given when it comes to pregnancy. 2) You stay on Levora and get an appointment with a dietitian and/or a trainer to help you lose the weight that you want or have gained since taking Levora.

    Based on my personal experience, I tried both options above. When I got off my birth control, the pounds of course did not just fall off over time, I still had to workout almost on a daily basis and I had to watch my diet. Fortunately I was able to lose some pounds, but of course while being off the pill, I was scared I was going to get pregnant with condoms so I got back on the pill and have maintained my exercises and diet and was still able to lose weight – not as much and as fast as when I was off the pill, but at least I’m going towards losing/maintaining than gaining. I hope my personal experience can help you with your decision.

    Comment by Janine — October 19, 2010 @ 9:54 am

  144. im a first timer taking levora pill and im so much scared about it.im taking levora a couple days ago and just wanna know how long or when is the exact effect of the pills so that id know if were goin to use support birth control.is it nor mal to have acne or sometime suffering blurred vision…

    Comment by chuchu — November 11, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

  145. Dear chuchu,

    For the first two weeks of starting birth control pills, use back up contraception if you are planning on having sex. This is to protect you from unwanted pregnancy in case you forgot a pill during the first two weeks of taking the pill. It is normal to have acne while on the pill, but for blurred vision, you will have to talk to your doctor about it. Make sure you let him/her know if you are taking any other medication because some medications do conflict with birth control.

    Comment by Janine — November 15, 2010 @ 7:30 am

  146. I just started taking Levora and i’m on my first set of “reminder” pills. I’m on day 2 of them by my period hasn’t started. I have all the signs from before i started taking pills that i’m going to get my period but it isn’t happening. I was on Loestra 24 for 3 months and switched to Levora due to having 2 periods a month. I had unprotected sex the second week of the new pills but they’re already working so well on clearing ALL of my acne up that i can’t help but think they’re working well. It’s friday and my doctor’s office is closed till Monday so i can’t call them. Should i be freaking out the way I am or is this a normal thing for the first month on this pill?

    Comment by Tristian — December 31, 2010 @ 7:03 am

  147. Dear Tristian,

    When starting on a new pack of pill, missing your period on your first month of pills is pretty common side effect. Your body is adjusting to the new pack of pills during the first 3 months. After the first 2 months you should be getting your period on your reminder pills. If you do not get your period by the 3rd pack of pills, make an appointment with your doctor. If you are worried that you may be pregnant, always take a pregnancy test to be sure.

    Comment by Janine — December 31, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  148. Levora is the worst! I was sick all the time, it gave me cramps, it made my periods clotty, and gave me depression and VERY LOW sex drive.

    After 5 yrs of suffering I went off the pill…My cramps are COMPLETELY gone and my periods are lighter! All other symptoms have left too! So I think it just depends on what your body can handle.

    Comment by sara — December 31, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  149. I’ve been taking Levora for about 9 months and I haven’t had any problems at all. I lost about 10 lbs and my face cleared up a little too, though I’ve never had much of an issue with that. My libido didn’t change and I love how affordable it is. All in all, I love my birth control and anyone thinking about taking the pill should consider Levora

    Comment by Kyah — January 27, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  150. I’ve been taking levora since dec. and have a doctor’s appt. in march. i don’t really have any complaints about it. however, i want to ask my obgyn if i can take it for an extended amount of time so i don’t have a period every month.

    Comment by H — February 23, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

  151. Dear H,

    You should definitely talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your birth control. He/she may recommend you extended birth control pills such as Seasonale/Seasonique. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss all questions you may have about your birth control.

    Comment by Janine — February 24, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  152. I have been on levora for almost two years and each month it affects me differently, one month im so happy and I never wanna stop taking it, next month im so sad depressed ugly broken out, next month I feel so weird and strange and have to leave school cause im just not myself, next month my skin clears perfectly up and its perfect but im so depressed. I feel like it changed my personality and I dont think the same as I use to I feel smarter. I just cant stop taking this birth control! Its crazy cause im always waiting for the really good month where I look beautiful feel so happy my skin looks perfect. That only happens some months tho. Fuck I dont know weather this bc has more advantages or disadvantages. a few weeks ago it made me nauses all the time and never hungry and when I would try to eat I would throw up and that lasted for months! Then at one point I felt like my mind worked like a grown up and im only sixteen I felt like smart as fuck. I want off but I cant stop this shit is crazy

    Comment by No name — March 13, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

  153. Dear No name,

    I am not sure if it is the pill that is causing your monthly mood changes because it is so regular. I would recommend you to speak to your doctor about coming off this pill for a while to see if the mood changes continue. If it does it may be something else causing your mood swings. When you do decide to come off the pill, ask your doctor about non hormonal contraception for the time being. I hope this helps.

    Comment by Janine — March 14, 2011 @ 10:26 am

  154. I have been taking lovera for two months now and on my second pack I have missed two pills they told me to keep taking and to use a back up method if I have sex will I had sex he went in me and so the next morning I took the after morning pill now I am freaking out becaouse I am on my reminder week and havent started my period I took a hpt and it came out negative the next day I looked at it and it had a faint line in the positive spot I did have an abortion back in jan so could I be prego or is it just my Hgc levels havent completed gone down Im seriously freaking out I have a almost 9 month old my husband and I can not handel another one so is it possiable that im just over reacting and freaking myself out?

    Comment by cheri — March 28, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  155. Well when I was on Levora I loved it!…I always bled heavy so that was never a problem, and I dnt recall having any other symtoms besides my regular cramp & weight gain!What I liked most about levora was the weight gain..I always had a butt but I was happy once I started gaining weight around my hips & thighs…My chest also got a size bigger but I wasnt mad…but da clinic I go to don’t get them anymore n they switched me to some more pill in a pink long pack (cnt remember d name) i hated them!Im 15 and only weigh 101…It made me lose 8-10 lbs in 5 months!I would recommend levora to anybody!I loved It…Hopefully when I go to a new clinic next month, I get those pills back!

    Comment by Bessemer — March 28, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

  156. Dear Cheri,

    Definitely make an appointment with your doctor and get a firm pregnancy test from him/her because it sounds like your HGC levels are out of whack due to the emergency pill you have taken.

    Comment by Janine — March 30, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  157. I have been on levora for a total of 3 weeks. I started my period then took a pill. I have been on my period for the past 3 weeks and its been very heavy and constant. My blood has thinned out, so im not as heavy, but its a lot. My periods before the pill lasted 2-3 days 4 days at most. I change my tampon every 30 minutes and the amount of blood is insane. I called my obgyn and she told me to get off it. I was previously on loestrin 24 with no side affects whatsover, but got levora from planned parenthood. I do not recommend this pill.

    Comment by Melanie — April 21, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

  158. This is my first month on levora .. I am now on the fourth week which is when im supposed to get my period, it is now the fourth day of reminder pills and still no period . I am really worried me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on the tenth day of me taking my pills , should I be worried that I am pregnant , or is my body just adjusting to pills?

    Comment by Patty — May 5, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  159. Dear Patty,

    It may be that your body is just adjusting to the pills. If you want, you can take a pregnancy test to be sure, but you can also wait until you finish the next pack to see if you get your period then to see if you are pregnant or not.

    Comment by Janine — May 6, 2011 @ 9:30 am

  160. I have been on levora for 2 weeks. I’m 26 and out of nowhere I just got my first stretch marks on my arms . Is this from the pills?

    Comment by Melanie — May 13, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

  161. Hello. I have been on Levora for almost three months now, I am currently on the first placebo of my second month. I had a concern however. I had unprotected sex the second week of my second month, I had taken my pill on time that day, but the next day I was late taking it about three hours. A few days after I had a light spotting. It was only a little bit & didn’t last anymore than that one time & a few days after that my breast became very sore. Is this just me adjusting to the pill or is there a chance I maybe pregnant? I haven’t started my period yet, but I’m anxious because the month before it started on the very first day of the placebos.

    Comment by Heidi — May 15, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

  162. Dear Melanie,

    I have not heard of the pills causing stretch marks before. Stretch marks usually are caused by regular growth in your body or if you gain weight really quickly (ie.during puberty). Do some research on causes of stretch marks and what can get rid of them, but I doubt they are caused by the pills.

    Comment by Janine — May 16, 2011 @ 11:16 am

  163. Dear Heidi,

    These symptoms you are experiencing sounds like your body is just adjusting to the pills. Because you did take that late pill on the day you are supposed to take it, you should be fine. Wait for your period to come, and if it does you should be fine. If it doesn’t, then take a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — May 16, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  164. I was taking Levora for 3 months. My skin has never been completely clear but not horrible. When I first started taking Levora the first month I broke out pretty bad and I figured my body was just getting used to the hormones..but three months later and my skin is STILL breaking out. I finally decided to switch to something else.

    Comment by Jmarie — May 17, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  165. I am a 27 year old and started taking Levora @ 10 months ago. I have tried many different birth controls(ortho tricycline, loestrin,nuva ring,+other)in the past and all of them made me naseaous, random spotting, and/or have high anxiety like feelings. I was happy about Levora at first since i did not have any problems with being naseaous and no acne problems like some people said they got when taking this but i gained sooooo much weight! I have stretch marks, my face looks bloated in all my pictures and i cant seem to loose it. i am a pretty active person, i didnt change my eating habits and ive even cut down on my alchohol! I also just recently started having extreme anxiety for no reason so now I am going to stop taking it. I am anxious to see if I loose the 15 pounds ive gained and cure this anxiety.

    Comment by allie22 — May 18, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  166. I have been on Levora for about 2 1/2-3 months. I planned on skipping the colored pills for the first couple of months, but now i have had two weeks of fairly light break-through bleeding that happens every few hours our so. I know it’s different for everyone but I was wondering how long the spotting usually lasts?

    Comment by melanie — May 22, 2011 @ 1:42 am

  167. Dear Melanie,

    You are probably spotting because your body expected to have your period when you are supposed to during the last couple of months, but because you skipped the color pills, you started breakthrough bleeding. The bleeding might stop once you start taking the pills normally without skipping any colored pills. Your body is also trying to get used to the pills as well so usually after 3 months of being on the pill the breakthrough bleeding may also just be an initial side effect from the pill that may go away after 3 months of being on the pill.

    Comment by Janine — May 24, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  168. I was on Levora for 9 months (though a total of 13 packs because I skipped some periods) and although I didn’t realize it, it was *amazing*. I only had breakthrough bleeding if I skipped my period the week before, and the bleeding was pretty much just my period coming a couple days earlier, while I was still on the hormones. However, I felt guilty because I had gotten it for free from planned parenthood, and I could afford to pay for it.

    I went to the doctor and was put on Kariva, the generic for Mircette, because I had had two bad migraines (without aura) on Levora. I hate it. Hate it to the point that I’m having my father call in a prescription for Levora for me (the whole “father is a doctor” thing is why I felt guilty getting it for free from Planned Parenthood). Basically, I am a perfect pill user, except twice: once, on Levora, when I was in Italy and honestly had no idea what time it was, and once, nine days ago, on Kariva. Both times I took the pill 18 hours late–not enough to take two at once, but pretty substantially late. On Levora, literally nothing happened. On Kariva, all hell broke loose. I’ve been bleeding for 8 days–more than twice as long as my period was on Levora. Not to be gross, but the blood is also different. It’s less bloody and more just…liquidy. And worse, while I once had sex and later realized I’d had some breakthrough bleeding during it, that isn’t the case with Kariva–my boyfriend pulled out with blood on the tip.

    In addition, on Levora I had *no* nausea, very little weight gain (which correlated to spring sports being over as well, and college beginning), no acne, no mood swings…pretty much nothing. The only difference was a distinctly felt like I was on a birth control pill. I feel as if I can feel the lower hormones on Kariva.

    Basically, you don’t miss anything until it’s gone, and I * definitely* miss my old Levora pills. Stick with them, guys, they are freaking awesome.

    Comment by Rachel — June 11, 2011 @ 1:15 am

  169. I have been taking Levora as directed for years and have never had any side effects at all. I had gone through many other pills before this one and had always had problems with migraines, irregular cycles, severe cramping, and the list goes on. I have had zero problems in the 4 years since I switched to Levora. I stand by it.

    Comment by Jill — June 23, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  170. Do those of you that had bad side effects to Microgestin feel that you did better on Levora or vice versa? I felt that the side effects (anxiety, weight gain, being bloated and spotty and no sex drive) of Microgestin were very apparent and unbearable while trying to handle various stresses in life … but I also feel that how you react to a pill may not only be internal but also be affected by external circumstances as well (things going on in ur life or what ur eating and how many calories u are burning with an old job vs new one or old boyfriend vs new boyfriend heehee). I am hoping Levora will be different … I just started it today and signed up for a personal trainer at the gym. *fingers crossed*

    Comment by summer — June 28, 2011 @ 12:21 am

  171. My physician told me their isn’t any proof that birth control makes you gain weight. I didn’t believe him. So I ate normally and didn’t change anything about my diet and I’ve tried several different birth control pills and have not gained weight on any of them. If anything at all I’ve lost weight on a few. I believe my physician now. He said if women do gain weight it’s most likely due to an unhealthy lifestyle.

    Comment by Pharma — July 1, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  172. I have been on levora for a month-first birth control-and had no side effects for the first 2 weeks. by the third week I started getting vaginal dryness but my sex drive had not decreased. I don’t know if I should switch or wait another few months for this to go away?

    Comment by juls — July 30, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

  173. Dear Juls,

    Definitely wait another few months before discussing with your doctor about switching birth control pills.

    Comment by Janine — August 4, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  174. I was actually hoping this would still be an active forum for Levora. I just started got my pack of levora recently, and this will be my first b/c. I’m 17, and I’m extremely worried about the side effects. But I will keep you guys posted after about a month or so!

    Comment by Christine — September 2, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  175. Dear Christine,

    Thanks for keeping us posted! Make sure you give it 3 months before you decide to switch birth control pills if you are not liking the side effects.

    Comment by Janine — September 6, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  176. I CANNOT stress it enough that if you have high blood pressure of any sort DO NOT TAKE LEVORA!!! it is extremly bad! I was put on it by my doctor who is a moron and did not look into my history to see I have high blood pressure and Ive been on it for almost a year.for a year now Ive been on extreme blood pressure meds,very sick feeling heart pains…etc I am only 22! Come to find out with a little reasearch u sould not take levora with this problem .I was told by a NEW doctor to stop taking it immediatly and my blood pressure is back to normal im getting off my bp meds! it is very important to read all the warnings included with this pill.

    Comment by sam — October 22, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  177. I’ve been on this pill going on three months and so far I’m not happy. In the beginning I had really bad cramping but that was it. Now I’m breaking out and gaining weight. But the worst part is I’ve had a period every month. Pretty sure this isn’t suppose to happen. I continue to take my pills but it doesn’t stop. Right now I have been bleeding for two weeks, started off spotting then a full on period now spotting. It’s making me very unhappy since my pills are done in a week and I have to wait a week before my next set. I don’t want to be bleeding three outta the four weeks or the whole month. What should I do?

    Comment by missmarie — November 13, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  178. Dear missmarie,

    Levora is a 28 pill pack where you take 21 active pills and then 7 reminder pills where you are supposed to have your period during this 7 day period. Your problem is that you are bleeding past the 7 days where you are supposed to have your period? I see you have been on the pill for 3 months, I would advise you to stay on the pill for a couple more months to see if things improve with the spotting, acne, weight gain, cramping. If all goes away on the 4th month, then you should definitely stay on the pill. If it doesn’t, make an appointment with your doctor to try another pill.

    I am a little confused as to why you have to wait a week before you start your next set. If you have been waiting a week before you start your next set these past 3 months, that is probably why you hare spotting longer than 7 days. You are not supposed to come off the pill if you want to be protected from pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — November 14, 2011 @ 11:18 am

  179. I had a stroke on Levora in 2009. I was 31, a non-smoker, vegetarian, runner & in excellent health. I literally had no other extenuating health or lifestyle issues. It was ischemic cerebral & since I was so young & healthy, & also because I didn’t have a “typical” stroke I didn’t seek medical attention for 4 days. I am 2 and a half years out & have just been able to start working again & I still experience extreme fatigue. I had been on the pill for 15 years but switched to Levora 6 months prior to the stroke because planned parenthood stopped carrying Lo Ovral. My doctors have confirmed that it was Levora that caused the stroke & that it was likely due to the switch. I am a huge advocate of women having access to the pill and all other forms of birth control. I simply wanted to put the info out there about what this pill experience was like for me. I saw that another woman posted that she also stroked on this pill & I guess I just want others to know they’re not alone if this happens to them.

    Comment by Jessi — November 20, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

  180. I just read Jessi’s post and has anyone else experienced a stroke while on this pill? I am a non-smoker, 34 year old (soon to be 35), relatively healthy. I eat meat, am not noticeably overweight. I just began Levora the other day because Nuvaring was contributing to a problem with bacterial vaginosis. I primarily need birth control because my periods for 2 days out of the month are always very heavy, it’s just normal for my body but very inconvenient when you are working and have a social life. I wish there was something out there that would help me with the hormones I need, but maybe lessened the birth control factor because I am not even having sex these days (too busy to have a boyfriend).

    Comment by Lyla — December 2, 2011 @ 12:56 am

  181. I have been on Levora for almost a week now and it has been terrible. I have had EXTREME breast tenderness & nausea since the first day I started it. In addition, I have been more irritable (which I didn’t think was possible since I already am wrapped tighter then an airplane sandwich!). I had been off of BC for a few years and just recently went back on it. I started with Ortho-Tri Cyclen, which I took when I was in my early twenties, and it worked just fine, but this time I had spotting and SEVERE depression. Now I have these problems with Levora. I am not sure what BC would be best for me. I am going to my doctor today to discuss what would work. In reality, I’d rather not have sex then be miserable like I have been.

    Comment by Lexi — December 2, 2011 @ 7:27 am

  182. Dear Lexi,

    It is recommended you stay on the pill for 3 months because these side effects you are experiencing may be temporary and it’s a matter of waiting it out. Definitely talk about it with your doctor to find out what your options are.

    Comment by Janine — December 5, 2011 @ 9:52 am

  183. I’ve been on Levora going on three months and so far, the only side effect I’ve encountered is weight gain.

    Comment by jacqui — December 14, 2011 @ 3:08 am

  184. im taking levora for 6 yrs. never had a problem i love it. anyways just a quick question what if i took the pill 1 day early to my regular schedule. my 1st pill falls on wednesday for some reason i took it tuesday.

    Comment by rienne — January 3, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  185. Dear rienne,

    It’s okay if you took the pill 1 day early, you will probably just get your period a day earlier than you normally do.

    Comment by Janine — January 4, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  186. I have been on Levora for over 3 years now. I was diagnosed with a rare case of ovarian cysts which can only be controlled with birth control until I am ready to have kids and have surgery. So far I have loved it! It has completely gotten rid of all my back and lower stomach pains I would get due to the cysts. I haven’t had any side effects other than weight gain. My appetite has increased greatly but nothing that exercise and fighting temptation can’t stop.=)

    Question: For those of you who use levora as seasonal do you take the active white pills for three months then take the peach inactive pills that last week of the 3rd month? or is it every 4 months?

    Comment by Janet — January 12, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  187. I have taken my first pill today I have not felt sick today and I hope I won’t tomorrow… I have acne and I hope it takes it away, I also wouldn’t mind the weight gain and no period thing I just don’t want to have serious complications this is my first time taking B/C but I started my pill today and I’m not due for my cycle until the 8th of each month… Do you all think I will get it or will it be late?? I’m a little nervous from all the negative things I’ve read but I’m a soldier so I’m gonna ride it out….

    Comment by Ivory — January 25, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  188. Dear Ivory,

    Taking the pill for the first time can be scary. During the first 3 months of being on the pill your body is adjusting to the hormones from the pill , you may notice some side effects (ie. breakthrough bleeding, weight gain, nausea, etc) but it should clear up by the 4th month. Some girls don’t experience any side effects at all. At the end of this first pack, you should get your period. If you don’t it’s okay because that is a sign that you body is still adjusting to the pill. As long as you ride out the first 3 months, the rest of the time should be a breeze.

    Comment by Janine — January 26, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  189. I started taking Levora about four months ago and I’ve never had worse acne in my life. My face was almost completely clear before I started taking it, and a few weeks in, my face had little breakouts around my mouth, on the sides of my face and even under my chin. There is also acne on my back and chest. Also, my periods are heavier than ever. I would not recommend Levora. However, I’m about to start Reclipsen, and I’m hoping this clears up my acne.

    Comment by Becky Allen — February 3, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  190. I’ve been on birth control for 10 years and I started taking Levora 7 months ago. I have never had worse acne then I have now. I had extremely clear skin before I started taking this now my skin is terrible. I get every type of acne. It’s horrible! I would not recommend this pill for acne control.

    Comment by Sarah — February 13, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

  191. Before going on Levora, I had short periods with a moderate flow and did so even four months into taking the pill. This month, however, my period got much lighter than I’m used to, and I’m nervous about being pregnant after finding out about implantation bleeding, etc. (It came on time and not necessarily consistent with implantation bleeding, although I’m sure there aren’t hard-and-fast rules about this sort of thing.) Albeit, this month has been extremely stressful for me, and I know that birth control can alter one’s periods as it is… I’ve never missed a day (though there were two days or so where I took it within a couple of hours of my scheduled time). I know the best way to find out is to take a pregnancy test, but I was mostly wondering if these sudden changes in periods are to be expected or if there should be some sort of consistency. As much as I’ve always hated getting my period, I’m finding it to be reassuring and I get very anxious when it gets tampered with :P

    Comment by Sarah — February 15, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

  192. Dear Sarah,

    Stress definitely can be one of the causes for the change of flow. You can take a pregnancy test to confirm you are not pregnant which should help relieve some of the stress. Your flow may have changed also because it took your body longer than the initial 3 months to get used to the pill and so from here on out, lighter periods is the norm.

    Comment by Janine — February 16, 2012 @ 9:59 am

  193. Just started taking Levora a week ago and first time on birth control and I am 29. Have had some sickness that last throughout the day and try to eat and snack so I don’t get too sick. Is there anyway to ease feeling sick so I can get through however long it might take? Also, is this one of the lowest dosages?

    Comment by Jay — February 28, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

  194. Dear Jay,

    Levora is a low dose birth control pill. It is the generic alternative to Nordette. To get through your sickness, maybe take some gravol or anything that your doctor recommends for you to take to relieve some of the sickness you are experiencing.

    Comment by Janine — February 29, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  195. I also had one more question. Nighttime is when I feel sick the most and I take the pill in the afternoon. If I decide to switch and take it before bed do I need to wait a length of time to have unprotected sex since I’m taking it at a different time?

    Comment by Jay — February 29, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  196. Dear Jay,

    For the week you start taking the pill in a different time, use back up contraception (ie. condoms or spermicide) just to be careful.

    Comment by Janine — March 1, 2012 @ 9:38 am

  197. I obtained BLOOD CLOTS in my left leg after taking this pill. Im not sure how many others have had to deal with blood clots but i wouldnt wish it on anyone. I was stuck in the hospital for 12 days because of it. Make sure you really are able to take these by taking blood tests before you even swallow one pill of Levora.

    Comment by Haley — April 11, 2012 @ 10:17 am

  198. Had tried various birth control pills, but levora seemed to have the least amount of side affects, no breakthrough bleeding, less migraines, less rstomach irritations and mood swings. Predictable, lighter periods, no weight gain and regular appetite. After 4 years on this, I noticed significant mood swings and stomach aches and worst of all, went from moderate to severe migraines from the withdrawal of the pills during my sugar pill phase, Unbearable. It started to get worse and worse. Maybe I built up a tolerance? Went off the pill for a trail and viola, no more migraines! 16 years of pain Gone, just headaches w/periods now. Going off of the pill, I have had slight appetite increase, a couple of zits, longer lasting MUCH heavier periods but it’s a good trade off, considering everyone around me notices that I’m happier and less moody and NO more migraines, or possibly a slight one from time to time, but not every single month and not for several days around my period.

    Comment by BA — April 28, 2012 @ 8:29 am

  199. Dear BA,

    I’m glad you found out what the root of the migraine problem is. If you do still want to stay on birth control, talk to your doctor about other birth control options other than the pill. There are other options including the shot, patch, ring, implant, and IUD.

    Comment by Janine — April 30, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  200. I have been on lavora for about 3 months and its not the worst but is deffinatley not the best.I have gained a little weight,noticed hair loss,headaches and sadness and normally barily ever sad.just remember dont be afraid to switch pills until you find the right one.Im still on the hunt.

    Comment by hanna — May 15, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  201. Dear hanna,

    Also, wait and see if any of those side effects will go away after being on the pill for more than 3 months. Usually those side effects are temporary and will only stick around during the first 3 months of being on the pill.

    Comment by Janine — May 16, 2012 @ 2:31 am

  202. My wife started taking Levora on 4/6/2012 and died on 4/25/2012 of Pulmonary Thromboemboli and Uterine Vein Thrombosis. An awful trade-off. The side effects aren’t to be taken lightly. Its almost like deciding whether or not to have kids and if you want to risk this same fate. I can’t say stop taking it but now I feel some kind of way. I have a lot of neices and sisters. Be very careful when taking this pill. The hardest thing in the world was watching her go in the emergency room and not being able to do a thing about it.

    Comment by Derrick — May 29, 2012 @ 2:17 am

  203. I’ve been on Levora for almost 2 years and aside from mild cramps and a little PMS I have not had any serious side effects.

    I was on Necon for 6 months and had to see a psychiatrist because it put me in a terrible mental state that led to anxious attacks and depression. Levora was definitely a better choice!

    Comment by AZ — May 31, 2012 @ 2:47 am

  204. I used Levora for one month and had to stop it. It started out great, my sex drive had increased and I didn’t experience acne or any negative side effects initially. Around week 2 I began getting nausea, which one time resulted in vomiting. I then began to feel depressed, started sleeping 10+ hours a night and by the time I was on the inactive week I literally wanted to kill myself. Thank god my husband was responsive and supportive. I’ve never experienced such extreme depression in my life and it was a terrifying experience. This was not a good pill for me. I’ll likely go back to the nuvaring and deal with the irritability it gives me around my period.

    Comment by J — June 23, 2012 @ 2:18 am

  205. Dear J,

    I would advise you to stay on the pill for 3 months. These side effects may be temporary. During the first 3 months of going on the pill, your body is adjusting to the hormone levels. It takes up to 3 months for your body to adjust to the hormones. Once you get past the initial 3 months you should experience very little to no side effects.

    Comment by Janine — June 25, 2012 @ 1:13 am

  206. So I’ve been taking levora for like a year and a half, started out with te regular method then switched to 4-period-a-year system. I switched to the longer cycle at the end of 2011 and I’ve gained like 25 lbs since. Is this because of the pill? If I switched back to one period a month would the weight come off? I’ve been excersizing but I just keep getting bigger and it’s awful. Since starting the pill I’ve also noticed my stomach is much more sensitive. The first few months I was nauseous every day. It’s not bad now, but I feel really sick if I miss a meal.
    Other than that, I haven’t had any problems, my acne cleared up a little and I went up two cup sizes but that could be from the weight gain.
    Basically, I’m wondering if I will lose weight by going off the pill because this has turned my life upside down! If anyone has any experience please help:(

    Comment by Hannah — July 12, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  207. This pill is HORRIBLE I have about 3 periods a month and I never miss a pill my cramping became lighter and that’s about it but this pill gave me headaches and made me very angry not depressed ANGRY I wanted to kill myself with the pain in my stomach it gave me and constant headaches lord knows why they prescribed me with this cheap high risk pill that is over priced where I live.

    Comment by Erika — August 2, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  208. And Of course I forgot to mention it gave me massive blood clots

    Comment by Erika — August 2, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

  209. I took Levora for the first week only and stop completely..which this was 2weeks ago. now im spotting and cramping bad like if i was on my period…is this normal? how long will the spotting last?

    Comment by monse — August 21, 2012 @ 1:45 am

  210. Dear monse,

    Yes this is normal. It should only last until you get your next period.

    Comment by Janine — August 21, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  211. 207. Hannah it sounds like your pregnant.. you should take a test

    Comment by Ali — September 11, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  212. I am 28 and have been on Levora for a month now and could not figure out why I have been so depressed and emotional lately because nothing has changed in my life, but I finally figured out it is because of this pill! I have been bleeding like I was on my period since day one. Also, I gained 5 pounds and I have been the same weight since I was 18. Those side effects alone are not worth it!! It is an awful pill. I can’t imagine sticking through with it for three months like everyone is suggesting.

    Comment by Vanessa — September 13, 2012 @ 11:29 am

  213. Dear Vanessa,

    You can stay on the pill for 2 more months. You should notice the side effects slowly recede during the next two months.

    Comment by Janine — September 14, 2012 @ 2:39 am

  214. So I’ve been taking Levora for 12 days now. I read somewhere that it takes a week to 1 1/2 weeks for the pills to become effective, but I had unprotected the 10th day in. Am I at risk? Should I get a pregnancy test?

    Comment by Claire — September 14, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  215. I’ve been on Levora for 12 days now. Read somewhere that it takes a week for it to start working, and I had unprotected the 10th day in. Am I at risk?

    Comment by Claire — September 14, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  216. I started levora 28 days ago and just finished my first pack today, I LOVE IT! I was a little nervous when I first started taking it because I did get a little nausea and had a pretty significant increase in my appetite. However, I never got sick, and I’ve only put on 5 pounds. No decrease in my libido, no spotting or irregular bleeding, my cramps (normally horrible) were almost eliminated, and my period has been so light that I almost forget that I’m on it, which again, normally my periods are awful. I never really had a problem with acne, just a few zits every now and then, since levora, I barely ever get them, and if I do they’re nothing that noticeable. Only had two pimples that were kinda bad, but I also ate fast food for three nights in a row prior to getting them. Oops. My side effects are pretty much gone, I still have an increased appetite but it’s a good thing for me. My advice is instead of worrying, just give the pill a chance. All the negative comments are from INDIVIDUAL experiences, just as my positive is based off of my INDIVIDUAL experience. You may have some side effects, you may not, it’s about your body and the way your body reacts to the hormones. Remember, you can always stop taking it if you aren’t happy with it, but give it at least a month because most of the time the side effects do go away!

    Comment by Sydney — September 15, 2012 @ 3:42 am

  217. Dear Claire,

    If you have been on Levora the past 12 days and have not missed a single pill, you should be protected.

    Comment by Janine — September 17, 2012 @ 1:25 am

  218. Dear Sydney,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    Comment by Janine — September 17, 2012 @ 1:56 am

  219. hello i’ve being taking levora for 3 months i didn’t miss any of them and my last period was the 21st of september and now i am bleeding since last 6th of October the first week was heavy like a regular period but now i am still bleeding is not too much but still ( it is 10/18) i came to the States for an student exchange and i don’t know what to do my Bf is out of the country for work and coming back in 2 weeks more.
    it is something normal? i stopped taking the pills since last couple of days cuz my friends back home told me that my body rejected the pills.
    should i go to the doctor or just wait till see what happens i am concern cuz it’s being almost 13 days with this , thank you

    Comment by karen — October 18, 2012 @ 5:13 am

  220. Dear Karen,

    Are you taking any other medications along with your birth control pills? If you are, the other medication could be interacting with your birth control pill which will cause bleeding. If you are not taking any other medications, talk to your doctor about other birth control options.

    Comment by Janine — October 19, 2012 @ 1:00 am

  221. Hey.. Ok I recently was on the Depo shot for almost 2 years I was post Togo back in septmber but I didn’t cause I been bleeding for three months straight and just wanted to get off of it cause I gained 10 pds!!! So I went October 27 to the health department to see whats wrong and they gave me BC pills (lavora) 15/30 and I am still spotting, sometimes I want b bleeding and then sometimes I am.. What do I need todo someone plz give me some advice I done been through way to many tampons!!!!

    Comment by Summer — November 4, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  222. Dear Summer,

    The bleeding can be from your body getting used to the different hormones from the depot shot to Levora pills. You need to be patient with your body and wait for your body to either go back to it’s normal rhythm or get used to the Levora pills. If you decide to stay off birth control pills, give your body a minimum of 3 months to go back to it’s normal rhythm. Make sure you do use some form of contraception (ie. condoms). If you decide to go on Levora pills, stay on the pill for at least 3 months. The bleeding should stop whichever way you decide to go with, but it may take at least another month.

    Comment by Janine — November 5, 2012 @ 1:54 am

  223. Hi!

    I have a quick question. I have been taking this type of birth control pill for about a month now, and the side effects that I got on my first couple week while taking this is basically tenderness of breast and headache. The only thing I’m concerned about is that, I take my pill in the morning right when i wake up and before i do everything else and it gives me a hard time during the day just to do all the things i have to do which is now i know is a big mistake to do and preffered to take it now at night, I was wondering if I can change my time of intake the next day and then continue on the following days. Do you think it would change the effectiveness of the pill if I do that?

    Comment by Mims — February 21, 2013 @ 5:36 am

  224. Dear Mims,

    The best time to change up the schedule is when you are on the sugar pills. There are no hormones in the sugar pills so you should be protected when you start the next pack of the pills.

    Comment by Janine — February 26, 2013 @ 7:06 am

  225. im 18 and this is the first bcp ive ever been on so i really dont know what to exprect…ive been on Levora for three days now and last night my thrid day i statred experiencing cheast pains and this morning and all day today im still feeling the pain in my cheast….should i be concerened its like a tight hevy feeling…is this normal??????

    Comment by jen — March 5, 2013 @ 3:55 am

  226. Dear jen,

    I would advise you to stop taking Levora right away and see your doctor about the chest pains.

    Comment by Janine — March 7, 2013 @ 1:28 am

  227. I have been taking levora for about 3 weeks now and have not had bad side effects. The first three days i took levora i felt a little nausea but other than that everything is going good so far.

    Comment by kat — April 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  228. Dear kat,

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us!

    Comment by Janine — April 11, 2013 @ 2:06 am

  229. I have been taking Levora for a little over six months and the spotting/cramping does not go away if you miss taking your pill exactly at the same time everyday. I am going back to lo-ogestral, which gave me no side effects. I suppose everybody is different but this one is definitely not for me.

    Comment by Lisa — May 8, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

  230. Dear Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

    Comment by Janine — May 13, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

  231. I have been taking Levora for at least 12-15 years. It has been wonderful! I was bleeding very heavily before taking Levora and now I have one day of spotting. I am still taking it as I am going through Menopause at the age of 51. I never had any side-effects. It has actually gotten rid of my night sweats and hot flashes! I have not worn a tampon in years. Just light day pads (one).

    Comment by Suzie — June 11, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

  232. I just start taking Levora. I finish my first pack and is now on the second one. I just start the second pack and is like a week in to the second pack. But on Wednesday I forgot to take my pill. So when I remember that I had forgotten it was already time for my Thursday pill. So I just took both of them together. And letter that night I has unprotect sex with my boyfriend . And now I’m a little worry. Is my chance of getting pregant high??

    Comment by Susan — July 26, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

  233. Dear Susan,

    Since you took your missed pill, you are still protected.

    Comment by Janine — August 20, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

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