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March 22, 2007

Femcon Fe chewable birth control pill

Femcon Fe is a spearmint-flavored birth control pill that can be swallowed or chewed. It combines 2 different hormones – progestin and estrogen. Together, these 2 hormones suppress ovulation and other related changes your body goes through. That means an egg is not released from your ovary and therefore cannot be fertilized by sperm. Birth control pills also thicken your cervical mucus (making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus) and change the lining of your uterus (making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant itself in the uterine wall).

Using Femcon Fe, or other oral contraceptives, is one of the most effective methods of birth control available. If taken correctly on a daily basis, birth control pills are as much as 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, meaning there is still a 1% chance that you could get pregnant.

What are some advantages to using Femcon Fe?

  • Chewability – Femcon Fe is the only oral contraceptive to offer chewability. Perfect for women who have difficulty swallowing even the tiniest pill.
  • Cycle control – There is low incidence of spotting or bleeding between periods.
  • Low-dose – Most available birth control pills contain the same type of estrogen as Femcon Fe but in different amounts. Femcon Fe is considered a low-dose pill because it contains 35 micrograms (mcg) of estrogen.
  • Menstrual relief – Femcon Fe can help reduce menstrual cramps, regulate irregular periods, and lighten menstrual flow.

Does Femcon Fe offer any health benefits?

  • Your menstrual cycles may become more regular.
  • Blood flow during your period may be lighter and less iron may be lost.
  • Pain or other symptoms, like menstrual cramps, may decrease.
  • Lesser chance of ovarian cysts occuring.
  • Ectopic pregnancy may occur less frequently.
  • Noncancerous cysts or lumps in the breast may occur less often.
  • Lesser chance of acute pelvic inflammatory disease occuring.
  • Using birth control pills may provide some protection against developing two forms of cancer: cancer of the ovaries and cancer of the lining of the uterus.

Does Femcon Fe have any side effects?

Birth control pill side effects are generally not serious. The most common side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, and spotting or bleeding between periods. These side effects often go away within the first 3 months. While more serious side effects occur infrequently, some medical conditions have been associated with Pill use, including:

  • Blood clots, blockage of blood vessels
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver tumors (extremely rare)
  • High blood pressure, which returns to normal when you stop taking the Pill

Is there anything else I should know about Femcon Fe?

Cigarette smoking while using the Pill increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels. This risk increases if you are a heavy smoker (15 or more cigarettes a day) and with age (especially if you are over 35). Women who use birth control should not smoke.

You should not take the Pill if you have or have had blood clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, or are pregnant.

Femcon Fe does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases. Always use a nonhormonal backup contraceptive like a condom for extra protection.

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.

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Birth Control Buzz is a service company that provides birth control prices, types of birth control(prescription required), health administrative services, and birth control statistics predominantly to US patients seeking to purchase pharmaceuticals on-line. For more information, call 1-866-868-8850 or visit http://www.birthcontrolbuzz.com/.


  1. I have been on this for a week and a half. OMG I have had a headache the entire time I have been on it. I was initially on the Nuvaring which also gave me horrible headaches. I’m going to try the IUD, I cannot take hormones obviously.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 25, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

  2. I also had a few headaches. The worst was a few nights ago after I started bleeding two weeks into starting the pill. It was the most intense headache I’ve ever had, and I also vomited. Absolutely miserable.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 6, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

  3. Headaches, nausea, vomiting and spotting are quite common side effects when you first start taking the Pill – your body is trying to adapt to all the extra hormones you’re giving it. When I first started taking Yasmin I thought I was going to die! Well not really, but the nausea was so intense I didn’t want to leave my bed…The side effects did disappear after the first couple of months and now it’s fine, except I do still experience some spotting in between periods. But according to my doctor that’s quite normal.If they don’t go away then it would probably be a good idea to talk about other types of birth control with your doctor.

    Comment by Ashlynn — July 7, 2007 @ 7:02 am

  4. Do you take the brown pills only during your period? I started the Sunday after my period began a month and a half ago. So far my period doesn’t coincide with the brown pills. Should I switch over to the brown ones when my period starts, or just leave it alone? I’ve been all over the internet trying to find this out…

    Comment by Anonymous — July 27, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  5. is there a lot of weight gain with this pill? does it make you irritable?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 30, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

  6. I have been on this pill for going on 4 months. I have frequent migraines. My doctor perscribed me some esgic for migraines. I only suppose to take it every 6 hours, but the pain comes back after 2! This pill has given me nausea and migraines that made me unable to function. I am a single mother of 2 and I cant afford to be down like this. This pill had me thinking that I was seriously about to die. I also get a very big migraine during sexual intercourse and my vision is blurred. This pill should be taken off the market. ASAP!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 31, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  7. I have been on Depo Provera since its been on the market [quite a while] It works great for me, and I’ve never experienced any problems with it, which is important to me as an ovarian cancer survivor. All of a sudden my gyn wants to change me to Femcon. I’m reading what everyone has to say about and frankly I don’t want anything to do with it. Headaches? I already get terrible cluster migraines that knock me out for days. Seems to me that there are no positive aspects to Femcon except that you can chew it…woo hoo. I haven’t started it yet, is it wrong to straight up tell your Dr. that you wont take a certain type of BC?She’s made this decision without me.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 3, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

  8. I’ve been on the pill for over 4 months now and it’s been great. I was on Ortho-Tricyclen Lo and I was miserable with mood swings and cramps. I haven’t had any headaches on it but I’ve never experienced headaches on any pill. As for the weight gain, my doctor says it does not make you gain weight so we’ll see!

    Comment by Anonymous — August 3, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

  9. I have been on Femcon for almost 2 weeks. I can’t sleep at night because I am so nausea. I get bad headaches and my stomache hurts. The doctor said this should ago away in about a month, I don’t know if I can wait that long, but I am going to try. Does anyone have any advice for me?

    Comment by Anonymous — August 18, 2007 @ 10:59 am

  10. I was on femcon and am now off of it. It gave me terrible migraines and caused me to miss my period altogether. My cervix closed up, called cervical stenosis and my period backed up into my uterus. I am blaming this pill for this because nothing like this has ever happened to me. This pill should be taken off the market

    Comment by Anonymous — August 21, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  11. I just recently started femcon,because I was getting really bad mood swings and headaches. I hope femcon works as well as 5:36 pm annonymous says it worked for her because that would be great. I was going crazy taking Ortho-tricylene lo. we’ll see.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 27, 2007 @ 7:04 am

  12. First off, you can always tell your OBGYN if you would like to try a different pill. I’m personally friends with a lot of DR’s & even if their patients request a pill that the doctor knows isn’t a good match for them the doctors will comply to avoid a confrentation and to save time so they can move on to the next patient. Also, I’ve done some research on Femcon (My girlfriend just started on it)and there are a lot of benefits. 92% of patients expierence no breakthrough bleeding or spotting on femcon. It’s still possible (thus the other 8%) but is rare and will definetly clear up the 2nd or 3rd month. Also, the progestin in femcon, Norethindrone, is very low in progestional activity which means low incidences of side effects such as mood swings, bloating, etc. Furthermore, is great for acne. All pills typically help acne but because the pill is so low in angrogenicity and due to the amount of estrogen Femcon should have a larger impact on clearing up womens faces. My girlfriend has seen considerable improvement in only 3 weeks. As far as nausea and headaches, this is caused by the estrogen in Femcon (and all other pills). My girlfriends DR has her taking her pill immediately before bed time. That way she is asleep if those side effects occur. If they are so bad you can’t wait until they subside after a month or so then switch to a pill that is a lower dose of estrogen but keep in mind that the amount of estrogen in low dose femcon (35mcg) is also a key reason why femcon has such a low percentage of bleeding problems, why is has a extra impact on acne and why there are such a low incidence of unintended pregnancies on femcon. It seems that no pill is perfect and all have a risk of side effects and will often affect each women differently.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 29, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

  13. I have been taking Ovcon for several years without any problems. Last month my doctor gave me a sample of Femcon for which I have now taken for about 3 weeks. I do not expect my period for another week and a half, but am currently experiencing break through bleeding and cramping. It is my understanding that Ovcon and Femcon are exactly the same… Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 9, 2007 @ 2:09 am

  14. I started taking Femcon Fe 2 months ago and seemed to be tolerating well. However, in August, I started having some numbness/tingling in my hands and feet, difficulty walking, spastic “jerky” movements, etc. The docs have ran multiple tests (MRIs, vascular studies, lab work) and are “baffled” as to a diagnosis. The only thing that has changed in my normal routine is this pill. I have no idea if this is the cause, but I stopped taking the pill on Tuesday and symptoms are already improving. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 9, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  15. I just started using Femcon last month, and I started using it on a Monday (The day after I got my period.) Anyway about a week before I was expecting my period I started getting breakthrough bleeding. The bleeding lasted all week, stopped for a couple of days and then on the week I was suppose to get my period I started breakthrough bleeding all over again for about 4 more days. Now I am not sure if that was my period or not and the pregnancy test came out negative. Is this normal? Has anybody experienced this before? When they couldn’t tell if they got their period or not? Please some feedback would be GREAT!

    Comment by Anonymous — September 26, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

  16. It sounds like you got your period when you were supposed to (during the “reminder” pill week right?). I often experience spotting the week before I get my period and have talked to my doctor and she said it’s fine and there’s nothing to worry about (she suggested I could start Depo-Provera but I wasn’t interested). Maybe you can talk to your doctor about using a higher dose birth control pill (sometimes the low level of estrogen in the Pill could be the culprit for breakthrough bleeding) or another option?

    Comment by Ashlynn — September 27, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  17. I have been on Femcon for only 3 days, after Loestrin 24 was not controlling my bleeding. I am 50 and starting that wonderful phase of life called menopause. Slight headache, but main complaint is that I have this exhausted feeling!I just took a nap and still feel like a truck has hit me! Anyone else feel like this?

    Comment by JLM — September 27, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

  18. Works good for me…

    Comment by Anonymous — October 8, 2007 @ 11:48 am

  19. My last pill (Yaz) was so horrible that I took a month off from the pill and was extremly happy for that month. I have now been on Femcon for about a week now and already notice a difference. I have been very moody, no sex drive as with every pill I have been on and extremely exhausted. I am starting to get slight headaches (I do take my pill right b4 bed). If they get worse I might stop bc pills all together.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 8, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  20. I just recently started taking Femcon a week ago and I have had nothing but problems with every birth control I have been on. I started taking it the Sunday during my period because that’s what my doctor told me to do and once I finshed that period not 3 days afterwards I started a whole new “cycle” all over again. The pain in not unbearable but not comfortable either. I have been nauseated and have lost my appitite. The last 2 birth controls i were on were luestrin and yasmin. One made my hair fall out at a fast rate and the other made me moody just like this one recently did. Talk about serious probs with these pills. Not one good side effect has come out!

    Comment by Anonymous — October 15, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  21. I have been taking Femcon FE for about 5 months now. It has regulated my periods and has made them much lighter. Usually during my period I have very intense cramps. I have even had to take off of work because of how severe they get. But since I’ve been on Femcon the pain has reduced drastically! I do have a question for anyone who is taking it; my period has been coming around 2-3 days before I am done with week 3′s pills. Is that normal?

    Comment by Anonymous — October 19, 2007 @ 8:51 am

  22. ok, first of all, not every type of birth control is right for every one. i’ve been on femcon for two months, and not only have i not gotten pregnant, but i feel fine. my period is starting to get regulated and i’m actually getting FEWER headaches. so everyone out there who says that “this pill should be taken off the market ASAP”, shut up. no offense but that’s really immature. just talk to your gyno about another form of an oral contraceptive. [and no, its not bad to tell your gyno that you don't want to take a certain medication. it's your body, your choice. if they're making decisions on their own about you and, what should be, your choice, in my oppinion, its time to find a different doctor]

    Comment by Anonymous — November 5, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

  23. I’m not on Femcon I am on Alesse but I am shocked that your doctors have not told you all that you should take a vitamin B complex and magnesium while on the pill. These two vitamins help counteract most side effects. Trust me I have been on almost every birth control and had every issue known to man especially headaches and breast tenderness thats so bad at times I couldn’t move my arms. So when I switched doctors (thank God) She let me in on this little tid bit and just so you know ladies Caffienne makes all symptoms worse, I rather have the side effects than not have my morning latte but these vitamins have helped me so I thought I would pass on the great info!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 13, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

  24. With the pill being so tiny why would they think that a chewable pill would be helpful? And to have to drink 8 oz of water after taking it? To me that would be more of a hassle then taking a tiny tiny little pill with a sip of water. Is it just me?

    Comment by Anonymous — November 20, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

  25. I just started the pill about 3 days ago and so far so good. One of the reasons I want on the pill was to help my acne, so has anyone seen any improvement with their acne? Also how long after starting this pill should i wait till i have sex without any other form of birth control?

    Comment by Nicole — November 20, 2007 @ 11:55 pm

  26. My doctor suggested that I use a condom (or another barrier method) for the first 7-10 days of being on birth control pills. I agreed with her – better safe than sorry!I have a friend who is using birth control pills for her acne and she’s noticed a huge improvement.

    Comment by Ashlynn — November 21, 2007 @ 8:26 am

  27. I started Femcon about three weeks ago. At the beginning It made me exhausted and gave me headaches. And even before bed I felt sick… but it seems to be getting better except my boobs being sore. Anyone else getting that effect? Gotta remember that no matter what these side effects are, it means its helping us!! even though it sucks. I was iffy at first but I think it will get better. Although I don’t drink a whole glass of water with it, is that bad?

    Comment by Michelle — November 22, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

  28. well ive just started my second pack of femcon..and i have had my period for over a month now..i called the docter over a week ago and it they said it was normal. i’ve also had really horrible sharp pains in my breasts.the first week on the pill i had random cold sore in my mouth, headaches, my face broke out, and fatigue. i ve also had nausea, but i’ve had that with every oral contaceptive ive taken. i think im going to request a new pill..i was wondering if there is a safe bc patch to take?

    Comment by Anonymous — November 28, 2007 @ 1:24 am

  29. There’s a birth control patch available. It’s called Ortho Evra. Once it’s applied to your arm you can do anything – swimming, showering, exercising, etc. Your doctor should have some more information on it.

    Comment by Ashlynn — November 28, 2007 @ 8:39 am

  30. ive been on femcon FE for about 3 1/2 weeks so far. about a week into taking the pills i started getting bloated & what seemed like my period, it actually wasnt? To my surprise, there was cloudy/brownish discharge? comming out of me.which scares me.because i dont know if its normal or not.answer back ASAP please!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — November 28, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  31. It sounds like you may be spotting which, as far as I know, is quite normal. However, it’s probably best that you speak with your doctor and get more insight.

    Comment by Ashlynn — November 29, 2007 @ 8:13 am

  32. I’m at the end of my 2nd week with FemCon. So far, my symptoms are INCREASED Acne and bloating, gas cramps etc. Should I stick with it? I can’t afford the acne, I’m getting married in two months!

    Comment by Andrea — November 30, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  33. My thought is what if you start taking another type of pill and experience the same symptoms? It takes your body a little while to adjust to the extra hormones you’re giving it; that may explain the acne, bloating, gas, etc. I would wait it out and see if the symptoms go away on their own. But you can always talk to your doctor and see about other options :)

    Comment by Ashlynn — December 1, 2007 @ 7:28 am

  34. I just finished my 3rd week on Femcon Fe. In the beginning I did experience slight headaches for a couple minutes right after I would take the pill, but it wasn’t anything too painful where it stopped me from what I was doing. One of the reasons why I am taking this pill is because I wanted my acne to improve. So far, it’s actually worsened. I’m giving it another month to get my body adjusted. I havent experienced weight gain or decrease. Also my breasts are more tender. I know it’s only my first month, so I’m waiting it out a little bit. But so far, I’m not complaining.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 1, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

  35. It gets better! I had bad headaches a few weeks after startin femcon and i’m not startin my second pack and doing much better. I felt sick and tired all the time, i feel like i’m still moody though. does anyone know when the pill becomes effective? I hear 1-3 months and then 7 days…?! ANYONE???

    Comment by Michelle — December 4, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

  36. I have been on femcon for almost two weeks and I started the day I got my period, which was also a Sunday. Since I have been off my period I have had a really bad yeast infection. Has this happened to anyone else and if so, what did you do?

    Comment by Anonymous — December 6, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  37. Over the past 20+ years I have tried many birth control options. My husband is a OBGYN and he has showed me most of the studies that his reps bring him. Yaz & Yasmin are basically a diuretic and you have to be very careful with taking other medicines if you are on it. Loestrin has very high bleeding & spotting but also can cause women to not have a period. That would scare me to death and make me sprint to my CVS for a pregnancy test. Femcon is just a chewable Ovcon. My husband said it is OK, but it is more estrogen than most of today’s pills. He likes Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo because it is the best when it comes to the bleeding issues. That is what I take now and it has been awesome with getting rid of the side effects I had on some old pills. No cramps, acne or headaches for me. I just wanted to pass this along.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 23, 2007 @ 6:04 am

  38. I have been on this pill for almost three weeks now and have not had any major issues other than my breasts are a little sore. I was on Ortho-Lo but started having spotting so my OBGYN switced me to Femcon Fe and so far I haven’t had any spotting. I have never really experienced any problems with birth control so maybe that is why it is not bothering me. I just thought I would write a positive comment since many of these comments might have a tendency to scare someone.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 4, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  39. I am going into my fourth week(brown pills) of taking FEMCON so far I have not had any major issues…I took it on a sunday during my last period..I was already going on my 5th day of having a period and the pill basically stopped it the next day…I am going to let my body adapt to the pill…nothing scary as of yet…from what I have read about it light bleeding is normal…I will give an update once I finish the brown pills

    Comment by Anonymous — January 6, 2008 @ 12:14 am

  40. i am takin femcon fe for 2 weeks now n its my 1st BC ever. i got the biggest headache n a yeast infection yesterday. im gonna use monistat for it since it helped me with my yeast infection when i was pregnant. why is a sunday so significant??

    Comment by Anonymous — January 6, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  41. I am now in my second week of Femcon. I had to swtich from Triphasil due to chronic break through bleeding. I have had horrible pains across my abdomen today. I also have that feeling as if I am getting my period. Is this normal? Do people normally feel like this? Its been about 8 years since I have switched my pill so I do not remember the beginning effects of the pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 7, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  42. I just started taking Femcon. I had to switch my pills due to chronic break through bleeding. Today I have had horrible stomach pains and feel as if I am getting my period. Is this normal? I have not switched my pill in 8 years so I do not remember the effects of beginning a pill.Any help???

    Comment by aims831 — January 7, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  43. I have been on femcon for 2 weeks now. I have had horrible abdominal cramping today along with the feeling of having my period. Is this normal? I have not switched my pill in 8 years so I am not familiar with the effects. Can anyone help???

    Comment by Amy — January 7, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  44. Sorry I can’t give you an explanation, but with your symptoms persisting for the last couple of days your best bet would be to talk to your doctor.

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 8, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  45. Anonymous from Jan. 06/08 — The only signifigance I could find to a Sunday Start is that periods are least likely to occur over a weekend. Please check with your healthcare professional for more information.:)

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 8, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  46. Thanks for the help from everyone! I actually had some break through bleeding so I am thinking it is the switching of the pill. I am going to the doctor on the 21st and will check with him!Thanks for the help!Did anyone else happen to have breakthrough bleeding when they first started Femcon?

    Comment by Amy — January 8, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  47. i’m into my second week with femcon and i started spotting like three days ago but now i’m bleeding worse than when i get my period. i also feel lethargic and depressed. i’m like 97 pounds, i don’t eat a lot and now i’ve lost apetite. are all these things normal and will they go away? especially the bleeding! that one is icky and way uncomfortable.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 8, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  48. Spotting is normal and usually subsides, but I’m not sure about bleeding more than what you normally get with your period. I think you should see your doctor, especially about the loss of appetite, and see what he or she can do for you.

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 9, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  49. Last month, my doctor recommended that I skip the placebos in my pack and go right into a new pack to lighten up and shorten my very heavy periods. So, I did, and it backfired…causing the heaviest, worst period of my life for 8 days. So, I had 4 straight weeks of active pills….thenthe next month, the 4th month on Femcon, my boyfriend and I had a condom accident. We lost it. Inside of me. We eventually found it. This all happened during the end of week 2 on the pill. During my 3rd week, I started spotting a teenie bit. That’s normal. I have been spotting during week 3.By Saturday, I started what seemed to be my period (which is weird -normally starts on Sunday, first day of the iron pills) But very light. Sunday – it’s there, but light. More like spotting then a period. Tuesday – barely there. Wednesday – barely there. This is unusual for me – even on the Femcon, my periods were much heavier.Should I be concerned that I may be pregnant due to the, well, uh, condom accident? Or should I wait until I am done with my next pack to see if I get my period to be concerned? I always take my pills everyday, at the same time – none missed. Or am I just overreacting. lol

    Comment by Anonymous — January 9, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

  50. i have been on this pill for 3 weeks. im suppose to start my period this sunday. i have light abdominal cramps and oh my god my breats hurt like hell!!!!!is this normal???Brooke

    Comment by brooke — January 9, 2008 @ 6:13 pm

  51. i have been on femcon fe for about 3 and a half weeks now, and i have no idea when it starts working against pregnancy! i’ve been using condoms the first two weeks now my bf is pulling out just in case, but i want to go back to condoms. when is it effective? it says a week but i hear from other bc takes a month or two to work. HELP

    Comment by beanie — January 9, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  52. I’ve been on Femcon for two weeks. I’ve already noticed a decrease in my sex drive, and I’m pretty sure I have a yeast infection. I’m going to stick with it until I finish this 1-month pack. Maybe my body is simply adjusting to the new dosage of hormones since I was on Lo Estrin before (which caused heavy off-cyle bleeding).

    Comment by Anonymous — January 10, 2008 @ 7:04 am

  53. Anonymous from Jan 09/08 – You’ve been on Femcon for four months now? If you’ve been taking it consistently and correctly (same time every day without missing a day) then you should have 99.9% protection from pregnancy. From what I can tell (and I’m not a doctor) your periods appear to be getting lighter which can happen with birth control pills. I’ve been taking Yasmin for four years and my periods are pretty much non-exsitent now (they were terrible before I started taking the pill).If you are concerned about being pregnant take a pregnancy test. Being on birth control pills will not affect the results of the test.

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 10, 2008 @ 8:28 am

  54. Brooke – Yes tender breasts and slight abdominal cramps are normal. As written in the Femcon Fe post: “The most common side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, and spotting or bleeding between periods. “You’re getting your period soon, right? So PMS could be the culprit for your cramps. Cramps are most likely caused by prostaglandins, chemicals your body produces that make the muscles of the uterus contract. Exercise or an over-the-counter pain med like ibuprofen may help with them.If the cramping persists or worsen I would contact your doctor.:-)

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 10, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  55. beanie – You know what? I’ve heard both as well. Some doctors say one week and others say one month. The doctor I work for recommends using another contraceptive for the first month. So if you want to continue using a condom go right ahead – better to be safe than sorry!

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 10, 2008 @ 8:48 am

  56. I started this pill at 6pm one night and by 10pm i projectile vomited up everything i hate for hours. Id wake up and throw up.Ive had the worst headaches all day and cant keep anything down. Ive been throwing up for days. I refuse to take it anymore, i cant live like this.

    Comment by kissable-x-lies — January 10, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  57. I have been taking Femcon for a couple of months now and I feel that it has really decreased my sex drive. I began to feel this way after the first month but wanted to give it some time so my body could adjust to the new pill. I was first on Ortho Tri Cyclen which I suffered from horrible cramps and then Loestrin 24 which gave me break through bleeding. I have an appointment with my OBGyn in a couple weeks, but I was just curious if anyone else had experienced this same side effect???

    Comment by Anonymous — January 15, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  58. Here’s a link to a previous post that might help explain how the Pill affects sex drive.Read more…

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 15, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  59. I just started Femcon 19 days ago, the first day of my period.. and I have had my period every day since. It’s terrible :( I was wondering if this is normal to have a 19 day period (and counting) when normally before birth control they were about 6 days.

    Comment by veronica — January 16, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

  60. It’s best that you contact your doctors office. Sorry I couldn’t find an answer for you.

    Comment by Ashlynn — January 18, 2008 @ 8:34 am

  61. I just switched to Femcon FE this week after being on both Yasmine nad Yaz for 4 years. The only side effect I had from Yaz and Yasmine was break through bleeding, which I finally had enouugh of.( plus I swear it made me a bit crazy)Although I was not at all excited about switching so far FemCon has been great. I feel more energetic and my sex drive has increased over night. The only thing I am really worried about is weight gain. I exercise daily and eat healthy, but without the diuretic in Yaz I am paranoid about bloating. Has anyone else switched from Yaz to Femcon with positive results?

    Comment by artista — January 25, 2008 @ 11:37 am

  62. I have been on this for about a month now. For the first week or so I experienced a little nausea after i took it but nothing too bad. I have never been on birth control but I think this is a very good one to start out on, Im having no problems now.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 26, 2008 @ 4:02 am

  63. I have been on this pill for around 2 months now. I haven’t had any problems with headaches or break through bleeding. For the last 3 years, doctors have had me on 6 different birth control pills trying to find one that worked with my PCOS condition & still regulated my periods. For the 1st time in 3 years, I can leave my house without a tampon and worry of break through bleeding. Also, I now have a normal period & less pain with my cyst condition. I am thankful that a random doctor suggested putting me on this pill.This pill has helped my moodswings & hormone imbalance and has brought my estrogen levels back into their normal range. I have also noticed waking up in better moods. With my PCOS condition, testerone was taking over my entire life as well as my woman hood. My breasts were getting so small, I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror or in a bikini for that matter. However, my breasts have came back to normal size. They are a little bit tender, however I am thankful to have them back.Who ever derived this Femcon Fe pill, thank you for bringing me back to normal!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — January 31, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  64. I’ve been taking Femcon for about 5 months now. It HAS decreased my periods and made them lighter, but I have horrible nausea and vomiting after meals. The GI doctor put me on Reglan because my meals aren’t getting properly digested. I am so gassy and bloated and I feel horrible! This has gotten worse in the past month and it seems that it started right around the time I started Femcon. Has anyone else experienced this severe cramping/vomiting after meals? So tired of being tired and cranky!!

    Comment by Anonymous — February 8, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  65. Hi– I wanted to post in response to someone’s question about bloating..I switched to Femcon about a month and a half ago from Yaz. I am reqd to take BC since I have ovarian cysts. Yaz was awesome bc I lost a few pounds BUT had AWFUL AWFUL mood swings. My dr suggested Femcon and I have consistently been nauseas, have headaches, my breasts GREW and are really sore, and feel extremely bloated all the time. I definitely want off of this soon bc I don’t feel like myself. I wouldn’t suggest this pill to others.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 12, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  66. I have been on Femco for 4 months now. Never had any side effects that is until about a month ago. I’ve been feeling nauseated, headaches, as per my husband he says I’ve been having some mood swings and my sex drive has taken a negative plunge. I’m thinking about stopping this pill. The doctor put me on this pill in order to regulate my period, but the side effects I’ve been feeling as of late are starting to become too much. I figured I would feel some side effects at the beginning, not months into the medication.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 18, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  67. I think what everyone can learn from all these comments is simply that bc has different effects on everyone. I started femcon 3 months ago (about to finish 3rd pack) and it is the first birth control i’ve ever taken. I dont chew it, i dont see the point, but my dr. was very enthusiastic about putting me on it anyways.In the begining i did have a few headaches, however those went away about 2 weeks into it. I also have had spotting for all three months, normally in the third week of the active cycle. i’m going to give my body a month more to see if the spotting stops, but if it doesnt i think i will switch pills. The only reason i would hesitate to switch is because since i’ve been on it my breast have grown a whole cup size! (i always wanted bigger boobs) I also used to have a few pimples here and there but i never have pimples anymore. No weight gain either and i have pratically stopped excersing and eating healthy like i used to…

    Comment by Anonymous — February 22, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

  68. somehow I knew I shouldn’t have looked in to reviews of this pill… some of this is frightening. I feel more prepared now and I hope I see the positive effects. I’d like clear skin & bigger boobs too! :) FYI… You only have to drink 8oz of water if you chew your tab. You don’t have to if you just swallow it.So far I’ve felt mild nausea & a little tired but I was expecting that with the added hormones!For those of you who have horrible luck with all BC try Progesterone Cream. It’s not BC but it helps regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, clear skin, prevent osteoperosis, even “cure” endometriosis. Arbonne sells a bioidentical progesterone cream and it is awesome!

    Comment by Heather — March 5, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  69. Hi, so I just got on this pill this week and I actually read all of these comments before I got on it. They really freaked me out but I know that it would affect people differently and since I can’t swallow even the tiniest pill, I thought this was the pill for me. I tried to take it at night so I could sleep through any side effects-a tip I got on here- but I wake up and I immediately vomit. And then I lose sleep over it. Are the positive side effects going to be worth it?? And how long do you think I will continue to vomit until my body gets used to the hormones??? Because I do not want to throw up every morning for months…

    Comment by Anonymous — March 7, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

  70. mmmm That’s a tough question. Side effects are different for everyone. When I first started taking Yasmin they lasted about a month (vomiting, weight gain, tender breasts etc.) But my friend (who was taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen) only had tender breasts. Her side effects were peanuts compared to what I was going through.I would say the positive effects of the pill (e.g. preventing pregnancy) are worth toughing it out for a bit longer. Give yourself a month (or two) to become adjusted to the new hormonal cycle of the pill. If the side effects are still happening see your doctor about trying another type of pill or method of birth control.

    Comment by Ashlynn — March 8, 2008 @ 7:28 am

  71. Long time Femcon user comments…After 5+ years on ortho tricyclen I started having breakthrough bleeding, so my doctor put me on Femcon. I have been on Femcon for 9months and still have some spotting at various times during my cycle, but not nearly as bad as with Ortho Tricyclen. I’ve had no increase in the number of headaches. However, I have recently (last week) developed breast tenderness unrelated to PMS and the tenderness related to PMS has gotten worse…no lumps/bumps, but I do believe it might be the pill. I have never had any issue with breast tenderness at any time during my cycle in the past. Has anyone started taking Femcon with no side effects and then months later developed them?

    Comment by c — March 10, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

  72. I just started femcon the sunday after my period. coming off of low ogestral because i was statining. After 4 days of my period it stopped. Now the sixth day and fourth day on the pill I see spotting. (less heavy than a period) and I am itchy. Is this normal? help will this stop

    Comment by annonymous — March 12, 2008 @ 5:45 am

  73. There have been so many things coming to the surface these days about the FDA and what they’re failing to report about many different drugs. My question is, how long has Femcon Fe been on the market? I’m into my second month of taking it after having issues of not getting my period after having my second C-section baby. Like a lot of other comments I’ve read on here, I also suffer from headaches, body aches, and low to no sex drive. It really doesn’t just affect me, but my husband and children as well. When I’m miserable, they’re miserable. Most importantly though, I want to know that this drug is safe and well tested. Any ideas?

    Comment by Sandra Krause-Smith — March 12, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  74. C – My breasts are tender sporadically. One month they’re tender right before my period (or a couple of weeks before), the next the tenderness isn’t there. I went to my doctor and she did a quick breast exam and found nothing wrong. If you are a little alarmed there is no harm in visiting your doctor to speak with him or her about your problem.anonymous – Spotting is normal, especially with low-dose pills like Femcon Fe. It’s only if the spotting persists or worsens that you need to start looking into other causes. As for the itchiness..? I’m not sure what that is. Sorry!Sandra – You can try http://www.wcrx.com. This is the website for the manufacturer of Femcon Fe, Warner Chilcott. Hopefully this helps get you some more information. :-)

    Comment by Ashlynn — March 12, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  75. so what are the brown pills for and when do i start them?

    Comment by Shaina — March 13, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  76. Femcon Fe is available in a 28-day cycle. You take three weeks of white pills, followed by one week of brown pills. The brown pills, or “reminder” pills, are taken during the week you are supposed to get your period.

    Comment by Ashlynn — March 13, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  77. I have been using this for almost a week now and haven’t been having problems. In fact I forget that I am even on it. The first couple of days I did have some stomach pains (which I have a touchy stomach so it’s not anything new) but they turned out to be gas pains. They have since gone away and I don’t know if they were caused by the pill or by something I ate those couple of days. I have gotten a few minor headaches but nothing horrible and I expect them to go away once my body gets used to the hormones. I’m really only using this pill to help with my minor acne and so far no difference, but then again it’s only been 6 days.

    Comment by Jen — March 14, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

  78. I have been on Femcon for over a year and I cannot believe the difference in my body. Loss of sex drive, weight gain of 25 lbs, feel tired all the time, moody, stomach pains and I always spot before hand. It has been a rough year and I know this has happened because of this pill

    Comment by Anonymous — March 15, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  79. I just started my Femcon pills the last sunday of my period. It only lasted 5 days. On the 6th day me and my boyfriend didn’t use protection and he forgot to pull out. Now i am on my brown inactive pills and my period is extremely light.Any Answers ? This is my 1st time on birthcontrol

    Comment by VCarolina — March 17, 2008 @ 11:49 am

  80. I just started my Femcon pills the last sunday of my period. It only lasted 5 days. On the 6th day me and my boyfriend didn’t use protection and he forgot to pull out. Now i am on my brown inactive pills and my period is extremely light.Any Answers ? This is my 1st time on birthcontrol

    Comment by Anonymous — March 17, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  81. Lighter periods on the Pill are normal – in fact that’s one of the benefits of taking birth control pills. I’m not sure what your question is but I think it may be that you’re wondering what your chances are of being pregnant. It sounds like you’re not pregnant (and here I stress, I’m not a doctor) because you’re having your period….Is this correct? If for any reason you think you may be pregnant there is nothing wrong with taking a pregnancy test. You can buy them at your local drugstore.

    Comment by Ashlynn — March 18, 2008 @ 9:03 am

  82. I was on Loestrin24FE for the past three months until I had breakthrough bleeding. So, my dr. started me on Femcon Fe and I have been on it now for 3 weeks and have noticed a major increase in my weight. I have been working out 5-7 times per week and lowered my food intake and I’m still gaining weight. Has anyone else noticed this? I have never been prone to weight gain and I’m getting very upset about this. I was put on the pill because I have had 2 surgeries within the past two years to remove uterine polyps-my doctor thought this would solve the problem-any thoughts?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 31, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  83. I am on femcon for a month now, this would be my first period on it. I was staining on low ogestral which i started six month after having my baby. since after i had the baby I havent had a regular period. My periods are light the first couple of hours than heavy for two days, sounds good right, but than the last two days they just get less and less blood, but the color never turns brown so it looks like it will never stop eventhoug there is no more flow. Is this normal. I think its not because I am used to the last two days being a brown color (old blood) from before I had my son. Any ideas? i didnt have any of these issues after I had my daughter. Is it different with a boy? is it normal for the ending of a period not to be brown?thanks

    Comment by annonymous — April 4, 2008 @ 6:03 am

  84. My dr gave me a free sample pack of femcon and i will never recommend it. I take my first pill of a new pack tonight and thank god it is not femcon, its my usual pill. I never even got my period this month and i have never missed a period in my life. i also never got headaches until i started this pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 6, 2008 @ 5:54 pm

  85. I have been taking Femcon for a while now and its treating me quite fine! I have an important question! I MISSED A PILL AND DIDNT NOTICE! I WAS STILL TAKING THEM BUT I NOTICE I WAS A DAY BEHIND, AND I HAD UNPROTECTED SEX W/ MY BOYFRIEND SEVERAL TIMES AND I JUST NOTICE, CAN I BE PREGNANT?

    Comment by Anonymous — April 9, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  86. “I have been taking Femcon for a while now and its treating me quite fine! I have an important question! I MISSED A PILL AND DIDNT NOTICE! I WAS STILL TAKING THEM BUT I NOTICE I WAS A DAY BEHIND, AND I HAD UNPROTECTED SEX W/ MY BOYFRIEND SEVERAL TIMES AND I JUST NOTICE, CAN I BE PREGNANT?”I am not a doctor (and nothing should replace actually speaking with your own doctor) but I think if you have only missed one day – and you have been taking Femcon for awhile – your chances of being pregnant are pretty slim. But, and there’s always a but, the Pill is 99% effective if taken correctly and consistently. There is still that 1% chance. This isn’t meant to scare you! Maybe you should look into taking a pregnancy test just to be sure?

    Comment by Ashlynn — April 9, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  87. Aw come on. No one should be leaving negative comments, or telling people to avoid this pill. Every TYPE of pill is different, and so is every person. If you get serious side effects, don’t be on the pill then. Some people adjust to the hormones really well, and other people just aren’t meant to be on them. I don’t very much like taking pills (because of the risks) but I’m taking Femcon Fe now to help regulate my period. Haven’t had any problems so far with it, or with Seasonique (4 periods a year), which I was on last year. If you have issues, either talk to your doctor and switch, or consider another method of birth control. There are always plenty of options.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 11, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  88. Regarding what a few of you have said, when you’re just starting the pill, and you have sex within the first 7-10 days after starting, use protection. It clearly says that on the birth control pill information packet. (Doesn’t anyone read?) Don’t mean to sound cliché, but better safe than sorry. Some people actually take longer than just the first week to adjust to the pill and actually be protected. So it’s important to keep that in mind. Also, especially starting out, it’s normal to get your period a few days BEFORE you start the “reminder” pills. It’s normal. Don’t stop taking the active pills. Just keep going in order. Your cycle should adjust within a couple months of use. And if not, talk to your GYNO, that’s what they’re there for.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 11, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

  89. After three months on this pill I am going back to YAZ. I have severe headaches as well as migraine headaches, which I have never had prior to taking Femcon. I also think that Femcon messes with my vision a bit and makes me dizzy. No good side effects honestly, it causes bloating, fatigue, awful cramps. I think at this point I would rather have the break through bleeding YAZ caused then to deal with all the trouble that comes with Femcon. I have no idea why my doctor recommended this!

    Comment by artista — April 14, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  90. Wow. I began reading these comments to see what people had to say about weight gain, but now I’m worried about the unprotected sex I had yesterday. MY Femcon pack says that if I start my first active pill on the first day of my period, that I don’t need to use a backup method. So I didn’t. I’m nearing the end of my period (if it’s not already over), so I would have to wait a whole month before finding out if I could have gotten pregnant. Any thoughts on likelihood of pregnancy?

    Comment by Anonymous — April 15, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  91. I was put on Femcon FE after the birth of my second child via c-section. This pill is making me crazy. I have had horrible mood swings, headaches and have become incredibly depressed. After the birth of my child, I was about 3lbs. from my pre-pregnancy weight. Six weeks of being on Femcon and I have gained over 12lbs!!! My caloric intake is around 1500-1600 calories a day and I am attending a “boot camp” style workout 4 days a week. How is it possible that I am gaining weight? Has anyone else experienced this?

    Comment by Anonymous — April 24, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  92. I have been taking this pill for 4 days now and oh my word.. i feel awful. My worst problem is that I feel like I have to burp all of the time, but can’t and I feel constipated. I have some of the other side effects too like nausea and breast tenderness, but has anyone else been constipated on this???

    Comment by Anonymous — May 15, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  93. I’ve been on Femcon FE for a year now without any major side effects besides slight headaches and occasional breast tenderness. However, I just recently started to experience breast tenderness and it goes thru my right arm and tingles in my right hand. I use condoms each time and I take femcon everyday. What could this breast soreness/tinglely feeling mean? Is this normal? Is it normal to feel different side effects sporadically while taking femcon?

    Comment by Anonymous — May 20, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

  94. “Anonymous said… I have been taking this pill for 4 days now and oh my word.. i feel awful. My worst problem is that I feel like I have to burp all of the time, but can’t and I feel constipated. I have some of the other side effects too like nausea and breast tenderness, but has anyone else been constipated on this???15 May, 2008 13:52″I have been on Femcon FE for 1&1/2 weeks. I know exactly how you feel about the burp in your throat that just won’t come out! It’s driving me nuts! I have also been constipated and have noticed a change in mood. I know the mood swings have to be the effect of the birth control because I’m usually a very cheerful person, but these pills have made me moody and depressed.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 22, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  95. I have been on Femcon FE for 1 year now. For me, it has provided more positive results than negative ones. My biggest complaint is feeling nautious from time to time; however, it is not so terrible that I cannot continue on with my daily activities. I have noticed a huge improvement with my acne. My face is clear and I only notice a zit or two around my menstation time. It has improved my PMS dramatically! I used to get PMS so bad that I would not feel like myself. I literally could not deal with it, it was so bad. Now, my moods are so managable durring my PMS and I feel like myself again. My cramps are tolerable and before they would keep me in bed or druged up for the day on IBP 800 (perscription)every 3 hrs if I had to go to school or work. And finally, it has done what it is ment to do which is act as a birth control. Have not been pregnant yet on this pill and it’s been a year. I initally was put on Femcon to control my ovarian cysts. It took about 3 months for my body to get used to this pill and help with the cysts but overall I have had much less pain then before I was on Femcon due to ovarian cysts. I have experienced severe pain from my cysts about 4 times within this year while on Femcon but I’m sure that number would have been double or triple if I were not on this pill. It works great for me. If you have any questions about this pill you can e-mail me @ ccndrla@hotmail.com

    Comment by Ashley — May 23, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

  96. Hi,Anyone here 40 or older and on the pill. I need to go back on after years being off due to cyst on ovary. Wondering how I will feel being older now. I have reservations about this. I used to like ovcon in my 30′s. Now it’s Femcon fe?

    Comment by Anonymous — May 24, 2008 @ 4:35 am

  97. After being on Yasmin for 3 months, I couldn’t handle my side affects anymore. My doctor switched me to Femcon FE and when I looked it up online I almost didn’t start taking it because of all the negative things I’ve heard. It’s only been 3 weeks so I my opinion might not hold much weight, but I feel like myself so far on this pill. With Yasmin, I was constantly moody, and my sex drive went from extremely high before to practically nothing. Once I switched to Femcon FE I have lost the mood swings completely- I actually feel better than my normal self. Also, I didn’t think I’d like/need the option to chew the tablets but now I’d actually rather. The mint flavor tastes really good. Just don’t try chewing the inactive pills! They are gross! I do notice my body is a little sore sometimes and I have some uncomfortable cramps– but it is only my 3rd week on the pill. No breakthrough bleeding.. and the best thing is— my sex drive is back, and moods are gone— all of which my boyfriend really appreciates!

    Comment by Jessica Gonzales — May 26, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  98. I just started taking Femcon and have not had any side effects. You need to pay attention to how you treat your body. Eat right, take vitamins, exercise etc. Also remember that a change in hormones can activiate symptoms to a pre-existing condition that you may not know you have. I would not ignore cold sores, yeast infections, chest pains and abdomenal cramping etc. Sundays are significant because doctors think people can’t remember if they took the pill that day, which is true, so you look at your pack and realize either you did or you didn’t. I think the minty chewable is just so you can have fresh breath when you role over in the morning and take advantage of your Femcon.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 3, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

  99. I have been on Femcon fe for about 8 months now. My doctor insists its best for me but I STILL after 8 months experience breakthrough bleeding at least twice a month. I have also been experiencing increased weight gain over the past 3 months. I have had no change in diet or exercise- if anything I am more active now than when I started on the pill! I can’t take the weight gain so I am off as of my next period. I also get debilitating headaches about 2 or 3 days before my period starts. I have never had side effects like this on any other pill before.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 4, 2008 @ 6:04 pm

  100. I have been on Femcon for 6 months now and the first 4 months were great. The fifth month I BARELY had a period, which was ok but a little nerve racking and now its been 2 weeks since my period and I have had break through bleeding. I am not due for my period for another week. Is there a reason why the breakthrough bleeding would start 6 months after I started the pill? I was put on this because TriPhasil was causing breakthrough bleeding. Any one have any words of wisdom for me?

    Comment by Anonymous — June 5, 2008 @ 8:08 am

  101. I’m eighteen and this is the first time I’ve ever taken a birth control pill. My doctor gave me three starter packs of Femcon FE, telling me that it would allow shorter, lighter, more regular periods because mine are generally clotted, last for many days and skip months randomly.The only thing is I’ve been bleeding since I started taking Femcon FE and it’s been a month. I’ve been meaning to give my doctor a call, but I haven’t had the chance to get around to it.Aside from the unfortunately extensive bleeding, I’ve experienced light nausea, loss in appetite, slight weight loss and mild depression.I’m thinking this pill isn’t for me.

    Comment by yourWONDOasian — June 12, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  102. I was switched to Femcon after being on Yaz because of breakthrough bleeding. I have been on BC for 16 years. I have NEVER blammed weight gain on BC but after being switched I did have the weight gain. Did not know at the time about the dieuretic. I made some adjustments to my diet, started taking a supplement, lost the gained weight, and have leveled out. My advise, drink lots of water and try green tea. I have been of Femcon for 6 months. I did have breakthrough bleeding at first but all that has leveled out. However, I am in my second week of my packet and am having breast tenderness. Honestly, my breasts are so tender, I feel like I could breast feed. I missed a pill during my first week (which I rarely do) and had to double up. The night I missed my pill well…(you can fill in the blank). So my worry now is do I run to CVS for a test or wait it out. After two children, you become very intune to your body and I am concerned about being pregnant. I’ve been screaming vasectomy for three years…think this might spur my husband.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 14, 2008 @ 6:24 am

  103. After 2 days of taking this pill I started vomiting excessively. I was unable to function for a whole day and night and could not even keep fluids down. Needless to say, I did not take another of the pills. Reading some of the other comments, I will instantly stop taking Femcon. I was put on it because I had breakthrough bleeding with every other kind of pill I tried but the vomiting that this pill caused me would put me in the hospital after a couple of days. For me, definitely no more Femcon.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 20, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

  104. I’ve been on the pill for two weeks now. Last year I began it and took it for two months. At the time, i was going through a bad mood swing, always down…this time, no mood swings yet but i am tired this week. It might be because i’ve began to work out and over did it last week. Also, last year on Femcon I had no breakthrough bleeding but i am currently experiencing that now…hmmm

    Comment by Anonymous — June 24, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  105. Ive been on Femcon for about a week or 2 and I’m completely fine. It all depends on the person using the pill. I think it’s ridiculous to suggest that a pill should be taken off of the market because a handful of people have experienced problems. Its the same with the cervical cancer vacination, Gardasil. It is such a break though.. we could virtually eliminate and entire form of cancer. Yes, there have been side effects but it happens… that is no reason to yank a product. A better alternative would be… Stop Taking It!

    Comment by Melanie — July 1, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  106. I understand what all of you ladies are going through. I myself started taking Femcon a week and a half ago, starting the packet the first day of my period. I haven’t been on birth control pills before and I am 26 years old. My breast are extremely swollen and tender and have grown a size in a week, I am having violent mood swings, I have felt suicidal at times, but not enough to actually go through with it (and I certaintly wouldnt, I understand that its just the hormones), I am severly constipated, I have only had one headache experience since taking the pills but it wasn’t good. I had an extremely sharp pain go through one side of my head and last a while, I had to take three days off from work this week because I was too nauseous, as well as too tired and depressed to get out of bed. I am back at work today barely able to keep my eyes open. I am about to take a nap during my one hour lunch break. This has been a horrible experience for me. I have read the instructions and know that these horrible things will pass. I can’t take much more. I am an extemely patient person but these side effects are absolutlely ridiculous!!! Good luck to all of you, I feel your pain.

    Comment by Tura — July 11, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  107. i have been dating my boyfriend for about a year now…and i decided to get on birth control when i realized i was ready for sex…i have been on femcon for about 2 months and i hate it!…i have never gotton cramps before and now i do during my period and it hurts horrible…i bleed trhrough a super tampon within 1-2 hours…it sucks…when i go to the doctors next i am getting a new pill…i cant stand this…and it seems i even get more acne then i already had…I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PILL

    Comment by Anonymous — July 15, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  108. I have been using Femcon for over 6 months now. And, yes I did have headaches and cramping. I also had one episode of break though bleeding. But if you stick though it the headaches and the cramps; it will go away. Although, it might take up to two months before you feel relief.However, now I love my pills. I know exactly when my period is going to start and stop. Three days of very, very light bleeding was so worth those two month of uncomfortably.So I say to all of the newbies, give it a couple of months and you’ll be happy

    Comment by Anonymous — July 17, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  109. I had been having irregular periods/spotting for a while. The GYNO I saw came up with the bright idea to put me on Ortho Cyclen Lo. After 4 days of taking it, I had a breakthough bleeding which nearly destroyed my life. The bleeding was so heavy, I had to tell lies to get out of meetings early at work…because if I didn’t I would surely have an embarrassing accident, I had to sit on towels driving home and there was still no ending to it 2 weeks later. I also had terrible headaches, I was so moody, no sex drive…IT WAS HORRIBLE! The GYNO decided to give me Provera to stop the bleeding and told me I would receive a breakthough bleeding in about 5 days, then I should start taking Femcon. The breakthough bleeding never came so I didn’t start it.I didn’t think she knew what she was doing, so I went to another GYNO…supposedly the best in my area. He gave me Provera again…this time to start my period since I hadn’t seen one in months. A week after completing the Provera my period started. He told me to start the Femcom the Sunday after…which is today. I am so nervous because he told me I would get very heavy periods for the next 2 months. If it is anything like what I experienced before…I AM SO SCARED. Has anyone experienced this as well?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2008 @ 5:33 am

  110. My dr. just switched me to Femcon Fe from the generic of Loestrin Fe (microgestin) because I had unbelievable night sweats on that pill and terrible mood swings during PMS… I’ve been reading a lot of the comments about Femcon… I am scared to death about gaining weight from the higher level of estrogen in this pill, has anyone had goo results from this pill?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 21, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

  111. i’ve been taking femcon for about a month now and i’ve had pretty good results. i had a headache for a few days but that was it. and i had no change in my weight but i am very active.. i do yoga almost everyday so that may be a reason why but otherwise i love it!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 29, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  112. Femcon is the first birth contol I’ve ever been on and I don’t think I’ll ever need to switch. I love it. I’m not saying that everyone who has posted here has not experienced these side effects but I wouldn’t let these posts discourage anyone who is considering taking it. I just don’t think they are representative of everyone who is on it. The only side effect I’ve experienced is SLIGHTLY larger breasts but that seems to just go along with my cycle and for most of the month they are normal sized. They are tender but I’ve always experienced that right before my period. I do cramp a bit but that is NOTHING compared to what I used to go through. Before I was on Femcon my cramps were completely debilitating and I actually threw up a few times. They are completely manageable and do not last nearly as long. I’ve spotted only once, and that was only a day or two before my period and it was literally just one spot. That said, I take mine religiously every day at the same time. I’m sure that definitely helps. If Femcon doesn’t work for you then it doesn’t work for you, everyone is different, but I think it’s definitely worth a shot!One more thing…I’m not sure if body size has anything to do with birth control but I don’t weight much, a little over 100, and I have a very sensitive symstem. I usually experience many side effects from other medications. And I can’t even tell I’m on birth control with Femcon (except for when I’m not cramping on my period!)

    Comment by Anonymous — July 29, 2008 @ 11:40 am

  113. I went to the obgyn on the july23 for the first time. Im 18 years old and this is also the first time i will be on any pill. I had my period before seeing my doctor for the first time. It was july 2nd through the 9th. My doctor told me to start taking the pill the first day of my next perod. I need some help though because i dont really understand which ones to take the first day of when my period begins because the brown ones are the “inactive” pills and aren’t those the ones that your next period is supposed to fall on? I would really appreciate some guidance. =]

    Comment by gretel — July 29, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  114. You need to take the active white pills on the first day of your next period. The inactive brown pills are the ones you take the week of your period. Hopefully this clears things up for you. :-)

    Comment by Ashlynn — July 29, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  115. Thank you. =] that helped alot. I was abit confused when the doctor was telling me everything but you def. cleared it up for me. So that means that when i get to the brown pill i will be getting my period again?

    Comment by gretel — July 29, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  116. That’s right.:-)

    Comment by Ashlynn — July 30, 2008 @ 9:18 am

  117. thanks you cleared things up for me alot. =]

    Comment by gretel — July 31, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

  118. I have been using femcon for about five years and i recently had to stop using it due to getting horrible joint and abdominal pains these pains are very very serious to the point you will wish you were no longer alive, before the pills were ok i just would cry easily and got larger brests also in the begining i had nausea for about two weeks now i have bad headaches also pelvic, hip pain im not sure if femcons the cause but i stopped it just in case no more femcon at all!

    Comment by Anonymous — August 3, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  119. Femcon has caused me nothing but PAIN since I started. Its the end of week two and Ive already given up the pill: From the first day Ive had constant nausea esp.bad after drinking and eating, cramping and lower back aches, gained already three pounds, and me a normal sexual dynamo had an almost entire lack of drive. Plus the moodiness and horrible depression werent helped by the non-stop headache for the first four-five days.Sure my breasts are bigger and I dont have to trouble myself with condoms, but none the side effects are worth it

    Comment by Anonymous — August 5, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  120. I have just finished my 3rd month of FemCon. I am really displeased with my weight gain though. I am like the other person who is doing “boot camp” style workouts 4 days a week…and I too have gained about 20lbs! I can’t think of anything else this could be besides the birth control. Honestly I am thinking of getting off of FemCon and all other birthcontrols all together. I work out and do at least 1 hour of cardio 3-4 days a week and I take a 1 hour yoga class a week and still it seems my belly is just getting bigger and bigger! What’s the deal? Anyone know?

    Comment by Anonymous — August 6, 2008 @ 5:34 am

  121. I have been on birth control before and I was getting ovarian cysts with extremly bad pains that the last time sent me to the ER. So the doctors recommended I take birth control. So here I am the 1st week I had every side effect listed. Now I am on my 3rd week and I can honestly say its not that bad it does take your body a while to adjust, AND not everybody reacts the same to the same pills.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 25, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  122. Im 18, this was is my first time on birth control. Femcon has been pretty good to me. My periods are lighter and shorter. My acne has cleared up alot. However when i first started the pill for the first month i had smpotted bleeding, i was very scared and concerned for my health, i wasnt sure if that was supposed to happen. My doctor explained it was perfectly normal; my body has to adjest to the noew horomones being put into my body and there may be some reactions but nothing to bad.ive been on it for four months, and its pretty awesome, ive never been on any other pill, but femcon has been very good to me.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 1, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  123. I have been on this pill for 2-3 months now and its not working. I have major breakthru bleeding and large blood clots. I am nauseaus every day!!! My doctor tells me this is normal, I have been on BC for 6 years now and have never had a problem before!

    Comment by Anonymous — September 30, 2008 @ 6:30 am

  124. I have been taking Femcon for about 4 months. When i first started taking it i had no idea for the first 2 months what was my period and what was breakthrough bleeding, or if i should be worried. I allowed my body time to adjust. the second half of my time on the pill has just made me moody, either really tired or not tired at all, and completely killed my sex drive. i’m going to be taken off of it ASAP. hopefully it works for others.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 3, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  125. I was on Femcon for 6 weeks and suffered from cramping and bleeding almost the entire 6 weeks. I’ve successfully been on a few birth control pills over the years and this is the first one i ever had problems with. Calling the doc to discuss other options.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 6, 2008 @ 7:41 am

  126. I have had the WORST bleeding and blood clotting issues since I have started taking this.Doctor says its normal, and to continue use. I am going through 10-15 Super Plus tampons per day, and I have to wear a pad along with it. How embarassing and unnatural.I also have been a little dizzy or lightheaded (doc says it may be associated to the blood loss and not the pill itself) I am sick to my stomach all the time. I have no appetite, and feel like I am going to be sick about twice per day.Headaches—let me tell you! I have had a constant headache since I began taking this product. Aspirin and Ibuprofen don’t seem to be a good idea since they are blood thinners. Aleve (naproxen) worked great.My doctor says this is still one of the best out there. Believe it or not, I started taking it for regulation and to stop random out-of-cycle bleeding.I am 1 1/2 weeks into taking it, and I’m told to continue. I guess I will, but I’m sure not happy about it.

    Comment by Melissa — October 8, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

  127. I switched to Femcon Fe after being on Nortrel for over 5 months because of problems with cysts. I have only been on it for 4 days and I have been a total bitch. I also was crying at the drop of a hat and my BF could not joke with me about anything because I took everything seriously and totally overreacted. We were trying to figure it out and thats when we realized it was my body adjusting to the hormones. I tried to call my doctor and find out some info but they were about to close for the day so I called Walgreens and asked the Pharmacist. He said it is completely normal and my body will adjust. I have not experienced any other side effects. No headaches, no spotting, no nausea, so I guess Im lucky. Oh and FYI to those of you taking this pill and saying “it isnt working”… IF YOU ARENT PREGNANT IT IS WORKING!!!! I will stick with it for now :) oh and THANK GOD it doesnt have to be chewed. it doesnt taste too good. You CAN swallow it. whoohooo.

    Comment by Jenny in FL — October 23, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  128. My doctor switched me to Femcon last year. I was on Ortho Tricylen Lo and it was giving me horrible mood swings and breast tenderness! Since being on Femcon, I’ve not had one problem! I was hesitant at first because I’d never heard of Femcon or even a chewable birth control, but it’s been great! No headaches, nausea, and my periods are regular and definitely a lot lighter. I’m very happy with Femcon.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 29, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  129. I have been on this pill for a couple of weeks. I went on it because I have a history of ovarian cysts and my doctor wanted me to go on the pill to prevent ovulation. I had been on a couple others in the past (yaz, yasmin and another I don’t recall the name) and so far, I have been tolerating this pretty well. The only two side effects I have are constipation (pretty acute) and a bad taste in the mouth after taking the pill if I don’t take it with food or I chew it. Just keep in mind it takes a few months for your body to regulate to a foreign substance in it. If you can, stick it out for a while and give it a chance to do it’s job. *Also, for the record: birth control pills do not cause weight gain. It’s a misconception. So typically women will be eating more, working out less, and blaming the pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 2, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  130. I’ve been on this pill for three months now. no headaches cramps or anything… BUT. i gained 15 pounds in those last three months…..

    Comment by Anonymous — November 9, 2008 @ 2:01 pm

  131. I have been taking femcon for about 3 months now and I love it, I had a mild case of Acne not no more :). I dont experience any cramping that i cant tolerate and it dose not give no mood swings, i love the pill and i feel great.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 24, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  132. Was put on Femcon to help control heavy bleeding and have been on for 1 year. No problems with nausea or loss of sex drive just breast tenderness and really bad headaches along with major fatigue. It has really helped with the heavy periods and I have had no problems with breakthrough bleeding. Ive had pretty good results being an older female and this being my first time on birth control. Anyone else suffering from fatigue.

    Comment by Anonymous — November 24, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  133. I got switched over to Femcon about two months ago from Yaz…. other than occassional nausea (which was constant for about the first two weeks but rapidly began to fade)…. I’ve had no problems…. if anything it’s increased my sex drive (I feel like I need it two or three times a day!) I can only really sing praises about how well this pill controls my period! I have found it to be sensitive, I forgot a pill one day and started the next, but after two more days of taking the pills regularly it cleared up. So don’t forget to take them!

    Comment by Anonymous — December 6, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  134. I’ve just switched from YAZ to Femcon Fe and this is my 3rd month on it now. The first month transitioning from YAZ, my spotting had stopped completely and my period is still pretty heavy sadly :[[But this past month in November, I thought I was spotting and I had terrible cramps (which I usually get before my period). This was the week before the brown pills.Now I'm going into my third month and my period had lasted longer than usual and it's only been about a week and a half and now I'm starting to spot AGAIN.I already told my ob/gyn and they said for me to keep taking it. I'm just concerned because I have a heavy period already and I'm getting sick of spotting :[[[[[I just hope it's nothing real bad and that I just need to keep waiting it out.ANY advice would help and be appreciated TREMENDOUSLY.Please and Thank You :]]

    Comment by Anonymous — December 11, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

  135. Never wanted to get on birth control because I always gain weight and although I have gained a few pounds it seems to all be in my chest (which isn’t a bad place to gain weight ;) I had nausea, headaches at first. Since then (I’m on my 3rd pack) these symptoms have gone away. Stick with it if you can!!! Things can change! I personally was miserable on the low estrogen pills when I was younger, so this higher estrogen pill seems to really work with my body chemistry. Good luck!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — December 18, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  136. Remember, Femcon is only 99% effective, not 99.9% as some people say. If you read the fine print that comes with the pills you will realize that each year, 1 out of every 100 women who take this pill correctly will become pregnant. My wife’s Dr put her on this pill (I suspect he was getting paid by Warner Chilcott to prescribe this pill b/c he had a lot of free samples in his office and he didn’t present her with any other options) and now she is pregnant even though she took it at the same time every day and was not on any other medications. My warning is that if you really don’t want to be pregnant then use double protection. Also, don’t automatically assume your Dr. has your best interest at heart. He may be profiting off your misfortune .

    Comment by Anonymous — December 19, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

  137. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! For all of the positive feedback. My biggest problem about birth control is that I read too many horror stories about it on online posts. And I’m already a hypochondriac, my boyfriend was about to kill me for reading those things. I was on Loestrin 24 for about 3 months, about to get a prescription for it, except I went to my GYN and told her I wanted to be switched to Femcon Fe (I was getting mild acne on my skin from the Loestrin). Then I decided after I got the samples of Femcon, that I didn’t want to switch, because I didn’t want my body to have to get used to a larger dosage of hormones. Since I couldn’t get my prescription for Loestrin I decided to just take the Femcon, because it’s basically the same hormones as Loestrin, only in a higher dose. Loestrin worked fine for me, I didn’t have any problems on it, I’m on my first week of Femcon and so far, my sex drive has increased dramatically! It’s so crazy. I’ve had a little bit of nausea, but it was only before I went to bed, and it was only for about two days (I had a lot of nausea on Loestrin for the first few weeks). As for weight gain, I haven’t had any, but I’m only 18 and I work out almost everyday. Haven’t had any bleeding either. I would say this pill is great, but I don’t want to jinx myself, so right now I’m just going to say this pill is doing its job, and not negatively affecting my life.

    Comment by Maria — January 4, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  138. I have been on Femcon for a year now. I am going to the gyno soon to ask about switching to something else. I did experience some migranes ( didn’t relate this to the BC ), and spotty bleeding once ( forgot to take it), i never got pregnant so I guess thats a plus BUT i have experienced weight gain :(!!!! at least 20 lbs +. I’m pretty sure this is b/c of the birth control so I’m thinking of trying something w/ a lower dose. Any recommendations?e-mail me at Lchap05@hotmail.com

    Comment by Anonymous — January 4, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

  139. I have been on this pill for 8 months and I love it! I take my pill at the same time every night and my boyfriend and I have sex regularly all the time with out condoms and I am child free. I had some light spotting the 4th month into it but i went to my doctor and he said that is normal with any pill. I love this pill it doesn’t make give me any side effects at all. no weight gain, headaches or any sickness. It is by far the best pill I have taken. And my periods are always on the exact day I expect them and always very light! This is a great pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 5, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  140. I have been taking femcon fe for about 6 weeks. I feel like I am constantly in a fog, extremely tired, and have an upset stomach nearly every day. I’m trying to let my body adjust to it but its been really hard. Im anxious and worry about everything way more than usual as well. Anyone else feel this way??

    Comment by Anonymous — January 6, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  141. i want to start taking Femcon because i want to have more regularly periods and less cramping…..but i am unsure if it is right because i have glanced at a few of these posts and i have noticed that some of y’all have said that your period has lasted up to a month and i do not want that to happen….what is the chances of that happening??

    Comment by Ray — January 6, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

  142. Hello Everyone My name is Sasha Munoz. I have been taking FEMCON FE for about close to a month now. And I really have not had any problems with it at all. Maybe us women are taking FEMCON a little too personal. I mean it does say when you start taking it, the side effects are spotted bleeding, headaches, nausea, vomiting. Your body is trying to get used to something new. I have never taking birth control pills until now. My doctor recommended that FEMCON is the best choice. The thing is that we ladies, do not weigh it out, we need to try it first. Of course we will experience the side effects irregular periods but that means FEMCON is working. Trust me, it works for me. I mean having my period since i was 11 (now 19) it has been heavy, and it required me to sleep with 2 pads because the bleeding was so strong. But now that I have been taking FEMCON I am so happy to say that it has actually regulated my period and lessened the blood. I am so relieved. I do not have to waste money on pads or wear doubles at night..All I have to say is:Thank you FEMCONAlso, women who complain please just give it a chance. The side effects will clear up in the next 2-3 months or so. Just give FEMCON a chance, to do some good to your body. HAVE A GOOD DAY!!Sasha Munoz, Red Oak, Tx

    Comment by Sasha Munoz — January 7, 2009 @ 8:21 am

  143. I started the pill about 3 weeks ago and so far, so good! The only difference I have noticed is an increase in my appetite but nothing that a little self control can’t take care of

    Comment by Anonymous — January 25, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

  144. I’ve been on Femcon for two months now, and I abhor it. I have been on various other birth control pills (I changed to femcon only from advice from my doctor. I plan on returning to loestrin).The depression I have felt for two months is amazing. I have cried almost every day. I have gained ten pounds on top of this, when even on the other pills I have maintained the same weight for five years. I plan to go back to Loestrin IMMEDIATELY. I think my boyfriend and I both are tired of me crying

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

  145. I’ve been on Femcon Fe for almost 9months now and I gain weight, headaches, and tummy aches. A week ago I found out that there is a convention on which I really want to go so bad and I try losing weight but I did lost 5 Lbs in 1 week but I gain it right back in the end of the week and I know that before I took this if I lost weight I’ll stay like that til I eat but I didn’t eat alot to gain it back so I know it’s the pills hands down. I have to take them cause I had a blood transfusion cause of my period and I am a virgin I’m into sex or anything so I don’t want people have a wrong idea of me like that. Question, should I change for another type of pills or not? Please answer cause I have 4 months to lose weight and it’s important to me.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 1, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  146. I have been on Femcon FE for the past week and so far, it’s been horrible! I used to be a fairly happy person but ever since I started taking this pill I can’t stop crying, I’ve been more depressed in the past week then I’ve been in my whole life! I’ve also experienced nausea and muscle aches. I started my period 2 days after I started taking it( I hadn’t had it in a month) and it’s been very heavy with severe cramping. I’m extremely tired as well and have experienced awful mood swings. I haven’t had any headaches though. I have another doctors app. in 2 weeks. I figure I’ll give it another 2 weeks and if the symptoms do not improve, then I will have to try a different pill.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 5, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

  147. i stopped taking femcon fe. and now im breaking out. i hate it, it’s miserable. the doctor said its because my hormones are adjusting. ive never had acne or even pimple problems before and now it’s rediculous.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 6, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  148. I have been on Femcon Fe for almost 3 weeks. And I have felt wonderful. I went on it cause I am gettin married at the beginning of April and I have always had unpredictable periods. I have had some bleeding like I am on my period but nothing serious and no headaches or cramping. I love this pill. Here is hoping it will work perfectly by my honeymoon.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 9, 2009 @ 4:03 am

  149. I have been on Femcon Fe for over a year now and have never had any problems. I also was on another type of bc which did not adjust to my body well, so my doc perscribed femcon and I have never been more satisfied. Yes, the first month is a little odd, but nothing you can’t live through. My skin has never been so clear, no weight gain, mood swings or headaches. You have to remember, everyones body is different and we all react in different ways.

    Comment by Anonymous — February 9, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  150. I have been on Femcon Fe for almost a full 2 weeks now. I take mine at 10:30 pm before going to bed. The first couple nights I woke up a bit nauseated but nothing that I couldn’t fall back to sleep and forget about. If I ate something before taking it I never even woke up feeling sick anymore. My fiance gets sick of me blaming every ache and pain I get on the birth control But I have been having pains in my thigh, it feels like I pulled a muscle but I’m wondering if this could be a side effect?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 6, 2009 @ 8:34 am

  151. So me & my bf had sex yesterday, with a condom and he came already. he wiped off and all that. SO im not done with my 1st week of starting the pill (day 4) and i have unprotected sex after the 1 protected sex but he didnt cum inside me yet, is there a chance that i could get prego?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 13, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  152. Has anyone experienced insomnia from Femcon?

    Comment by Anonymous — March 16, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  153. Hi i am on my second month of Femcon and the first month was ok no serious problems and now im on my second month and during my 3 week of white pills i experienced this break through bleeding and now im on the 4 week which is an actual period my question to anyone is how long does this breakthrough bleeding last for cause im tired of bleeding i have now been bleeding for 10 days i have no more blood to give lol.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 18, 2009 @ 7:30 am

  154. in regards to the comment from a few days ago i have been experiencing insomnia since starting Femcon. However i am still in my 3rd month of pills and will probably stay on Femcon for at least two more months to get past any side effects that might be temporary. The other thing I have noticed besides having a really hard time sleeping is having moderate mood swings. To anyone who has been on this pill less than 3 months and is experiencing breakthrough bleeding I would recommend you stay on the pill longer to see if your period regulates.This is my 6th birth control in 4 years because I have hard time regulating my period, and upon entering the 3rd month of pills I’ve actually stopped spotting, so Femcon may actually be a good match for me.

    Comment by hales — March 18, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

  155. I was using Femcon for about 5 months last year and it worked perfectly for me.. i had lighter, more regualar periods.. my doctor actually had to switch me over to Femcon because the Loestrin 24 was not working for me.. well i stopped taking the pill for a couple months and after a few months i started back up. i asked my new doctor to prescribe Femcon Fe because i knew that kind worked for me.. i’ve been back on the pill for a few months now but its not having the same effects as it did before. every month i’ve been starting my period on the 13th day of my pill pack, which is like 8 or 9 days early. and its really heavy bleeding.. way worse than usual. why is this happening? its so frustrating.. it worked for me before and now i’m bleeding for two and a half weeks out of each month.. should i ask my doctor to give me a different kind? and just for me to know before my next doctor visit… does this mean that the pill is ineffective for me and i need to be using additional methods of contraception?

    Comment by Courtney — April 1, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  156. Courtney,Why did you stop Femcom if it was doing so well for you? Because you went off the pill for 2 to 3 months your body hormonal levels changes so Femcon may not be a good match for you anymore. Try staying with it one more month, and if you still notice early and heavy periods then go and ask your doctor for a different kind. Having heavier and earlier periods does not mean that the pill is not effective. It just means that you need to try another type of pill that can balance your hormones again. Let us know how your next set of pills go or if you decided to stick with Femcom let us know if your side effects go away.

    Comment by Janine — April 1, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  157. Annonymous,I have been on Femcon Fe for almost a full 2 weeks now. I take mine at 10:30 pm before going to bed. The first couple nights I woke up a bit nauseated but nothing that I couldn’t fall back to sleep and forget about. If I ate something before taking it I never even woke up feeling sick anymore. My fiance gets sick of me blaming every ache and pain I get on the birth control But I have been having pains in my thigh, it feels like I pulled a muscle but I’m wondering if this could be a side effect?Dear Anonymous,The pains in your thigh, you should go report to your doctor right away. Severe leg pain (calf or thigh area) is a severe side effect. Please go see your doctor about this.

    Comment by Janine — April 1, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  158. Anonymous said… So me & my bf had sex yesterday, with a condom and he came already. he wiped off and all that. SO im not done with my 1st week of starting the pill (day 4) and i have unprotected sex after the 1 protected sex but he didnt cum inside me yet, is there a chance that i could get prego?Dear Anonymous,There is a chance that your boyfriend had pre-cum in you. Just in case you should definitely get a pregnancy test, especially if you notice that your period didn't arrive when it's supposed to. It is very important to be diligent in taking the pill every day to prevent pregnancy.

    Comment by Janine — April 1, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

  159. Anonymous said… Hi i am on my second month of Femcon and the first month was ok no serious problems and now im on my second month and during my 3 week of white pills i experienced this break through bleeding and now im on the 4 week which is an actual period my question to anyone is how long does this breakthrough bleeding last for cause im tired of bleeding i have now been bleeding for 10 days i have no more blood to give lol.Dear Anonymous,It is completely normal to experience spotting in the first few months of use. Your body takes 3 months to adjust to the new hormone levels. Spotting does not mean that the pill is not working. Everything should return to normal and your period should be regulated, if it doesn’t, go see your doctor again and ask them to prescribe you to a different oral contraceptive because of the breakthrough bleeding or any other side effect that persists and is bothering you.

    Comment by Janine — April 1, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  160. I was on Femcon Fe for almost 2 months. My first month was fine, and I got my period when I was supposed to. When I started the 2nd month, I started experiencing horrible nausea and some mornings I would wake up vomitting for hours and had to be in bed for the rest of the day. It was HORRIBLE! My stomach would hurt so bad I would be crying and vomitting at the same time :( I thought it would go away but it didn’t. I stopped taking the pill because I couldn’t stand being sick.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 2, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

  161. Anonymous said… I was on Femcon Fe for almost 2 months. My first month was fine, and I got my period when I was supposed to. When I started the 2nd month, I started experiencing horrible nausea and some mornings I would wake up vomitting for hours and had to be in bed for the rest of the day. It was HORRIBLE! My stomach would hurt so bad I would be crying and vomitting at the same time :( I thought it would go away but it didn’t. I stopped taking the pill because I couldn’t stand being sick.Dear Anonymous,I am very glad you decided to come off Femcon. Hopefully you will find another birth control pill that will work for you.

    Comment by Janine — April 2, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  162. I am supposed to start another Femcon Fe pill pack tomorrow.. but i waited til the last minute to go pick it up and now the pharmacy is closed so I obviously can’t pick up my pill pack. Is it ok to just double-up on my pills tomorrow? I was thinking I could take todays pill first thing in the morning when the pharmacy opens up, and then take tomorrows pill at my regular time. As long as I don’t miss any more pills for the rest of the month i’ll be fine right?

    Comment by Courtney — April 12, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

  163. Dear Courtney,Whether you missed one or two, three or even four pills. Once you remember, take two pills as soon as possible and resume your regular dosing schedule. If 2 to 4 pills are missed on the 3rd week of your pack, discard the pack and start a new pack on the same day. In your case, you should be fine if you take two pills on the same day once you get your new pack.Always plan ahead to avoid missing pills. When you notice you are on the sugar pills, try to pick up your next pack before your sugar pills are finished.

    Comment by Janine — April 16, 2009 @ 9:46 am

  164. Taking Femcon now since Wed. Having really bad abdominal cramps and started having leg cramps today. Both legs hurt so freaking bad and I am a little nervous. Also have experienced a little nausea, but not that bad so far, bc I take the Femcon w/ food. I truly hope I am not having clotting issues with these pills. I am very scared!

    Comment by Anonymous — April 26, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  165. Dear Anonymous,The first few months, you will experience side effects such as nausea. If you are worried that the leg cramps and abdominal cramps are related to clotting, you may stop the pill and try another one.

    Comment by Janine — April 27, 2009 @ 9:09 am

  166. I have never taken any type of Birth Control until almost 2 months ago. When I first started taking Femcon Fe I had a period that lasted 12 days. That usually is not normal for me – My periods always last at least 3 days. Well after that I found that taking the pill was pretty normal; No side effects until after the 5th week. My breasts began to become sore. They have been sore now for more than 4 weeks. My gyno took a pg test 2 weeks ago and said it came back negative. It is upsetting because I can not hug my husband without my breasts hurting and I can not have sex without my breasts hurting. I don’t know if this is normal. Any suggestions on why this is happening?

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  169. I love this pill! I finally have regular periods and only one period per month! My menstrual flow is extremely light and I have fewer cramps. Lastly, my skin looks so much better. It’s as though I am experiencing reverse aging. The texture of my skin is much improved–smoother and less breakouts.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 16, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

  170. I just finished my first month of the white pills and was due to start the brown pills, but my period has not started. Should I start a new pack or take the brown reminder pills? I have never missed a period before.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 18, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

  171. Dear Anonymous,If you just started taking oral contraceptives you should be fine. As long as you are diligently taking your pills more or less the same time everyday, you should be fine. You are missing your period because your body is adjusting to the birth control. Unless you have been on birth control for a very long time and you are missing your period, you should go see your doctor and get a pregnancy test.

    Comment by Janine — May 21, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

  172. Dear Mandi,Sounds like your sore breasts are really bothering you. You should go see your doctor and ask him/her to prescribe you to another birth control pill to see if the soreness goes away. If it does and you don’t experience any other side effects, you are good to go. If not, let your doctor know.

    Comment by Janine — May 21, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

  173. I've been taking femcon for 3months and the only symptom I had was bloating, but it's really great I don't even get cramping while i'm on my period plus it shortens it, before I got on the pill it used to last 8 days now it's only 3. I used to take Ortho-Tricyclen Lo before femcon and it was horrible I had nausea,mood swings, spotting, and cramping.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 9, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  174. I've been taking Femcon for 4 months. I believe that this prescription is only successful for those who are over 200 lbs. If you weigh less than this, you will experience headaches. My gyno told me that this pill was specifically formulated for over weight women and would reduce the risk of them developing blood clots while onthe pill. Hope that helps some of you.

    Comment by Ruth — August 1, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

  175. I've been on this pill for about 2 2 weeks now, i've thrown up, headaches everyday, always hungry, so irriatable, seem to argue with my boyfriend everyday, cramps allday everyday, its been miserable for me! I about to stop taking them. So i called my doctor and she said she wouldnt advise me to stop b/c my bleeding will start again(i was put on the b/c i was bleeding for 20 days) well 5 hrs after i got off the phone with her i started bleeding anyway… so i just dont know what to do… some1 help e-mail is luvliesammi89@yahoo.com…. if anyone know i would love to talk!!!

    Comment by Samantha???? — August 5, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

  176. I just went off Femcom Fe after taking it for about 1 year. It's taken me this long to realize that much of my malaise was caused by the pill including numbness in my hands, nausea/vomiting, breakthrough bleeding, dizziness, a heavy feeling in my uterus, bloating, and high blood pressure, and a low grade fever. I was prescribed this pill to lighten my period due to fibroids, and thought the symptoms were due to the fibroids. I finally decided to stop the pill and it's been 1 week and I feel 200% better.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 12, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  177. I have been on this pill for the last 3 months. After being on the depo shot for the last 5 years. I did not gain weight the shot worked great, however I contracted the hpv virus and due to the possiblity of not having a child the doctor has taken me off the depo to move me towards regular cycles. I admit my sex drive has went way down. But I have noticed that the first month I was on this pill towards the end of the 2nd week beginning of the 3rd week, I developed a yeast infection. I have never been pron to these even with antibotics in mass doses. Same thing happened in my 2nd pack of pill or Month 2, same week same time. Now I'm on month 3(pack3) of the pills its the end of the 2nd week moving into the 3rd week and i have yet again a 3rd yeast infection. This one being the most severe, vomitting, nausea, heartburn, headache. I'm being told this is not common for this pill, but that is the only thing that has changed in my rotation in the last 3 months is that i begin the pill. I still have not had a period and have only had 2 spots of blood, and when i say 2 i truely mean 2. Has anybody else had this same problem?????? my doctor told me to treat it with over the counter rememdies and wait a little longer for my body to adjust.

    Comment by Brandi — August 13, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  178. Dear Brandi,Complete month three and wait until month four to see if the same symptoms continue to occur. If so, talk to your doctor about trying another different birth control pill.

    Comment by Janine — August 14, 2009 @ 9:29 am

  179. I have been on the pill for almost three months. I am miserable.Weight gain, breast enlargement, migraines, MAJORRRR mood swings, feet swelling, dizziness, ALWAYS tired, stomach cramps, acne, tingling and numbness in my arms, back pains and my urine is really dark.I know these are all from the pill. They ALL started when I first started the pill. I think it should be TAKEN OFF THE MARKET!!!!

    Comment by Victoria — August 30, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

  180. My email address is victorialoose@gmail.com if someone could email me and let me know the best option for me! Thanks!

    Comment by Victoria — August 30, 2009 @ 11:01 pm

  181. I started this mess of a pill 4 months ago and it is the worst thing ever! I am constantly nauseous and get migraines pretty often. Today was the worst though…my vision pretty much went out on me! It was so scary seeing as I use computers at work all day. This pill is terrible and should be banned!

    Comment by Anonymous — September 15, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  182. I have been on birth control pills for the past 7 years. I started due to having really bad periods and a cyst on my ovary. I first started on Ovcon 35 which is now Femcon. It dramatically decreased my cramping, bleeding, and bloating which were absolutely unbearable before. Also, I always know when my period will start (third day of inactive pill). My sex drive is decreased, but at least I can function during my period. I tried other birth control pills, but nothing is as good as Femcon for me. Yaz decreased my acne, but gave me back pain, and my period would never start until the last day of my inactive pill or first day of my active pill…really weird. Apri increased my sex drive, but made my cramping really bad (have to take advil every 4 hours for first day and a half) and made me really depressed at times especially during my period. Ortho Tricylen Lo made me nauseated…so I couldn't take it. I am now switching back to Femcon from Apri simply because I can't take the depression and increased cramping. I do believe however that everyone responds differently to every different pill. I have never had headaches before or after taking birth control. No crazy moods and no weight gain. I weigh around 110lbs. I only have cramping, breast tenderness, or back pain on the first day of my period…and it is not unbearable at all. I take advil maybe 2 times if at all that day. The rest of the time, I barely remember I'm on my period.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 20, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  183. Has anyone had their period stop from being on Femcon Fe? I missed mine last month (should be getting it again this weekend – it had always been on the second-to-last active pill) and I've become a bit overemotional and fatigued. I'm starting to wonder if I could be pregnant, although I'm not showing any other symptoms, and everything else feels normal. I take my pills at 9pm on the dot everyday, and have never missed one, so I'm almost positive I'm not pregnant. I was just wondering if anyone has had their period become obsolete? If I don't get mine this month, I'm taking a pregnancy test, just to be sure.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 30, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

  184. I have been on femcon for about 3 days now , I know thats not long but so far so good ! I dont have any nausea or headaches ,however , my breast do feel extremely tender and have actually increased . I have a mild case of acne around my jaw bone area and since i have started femcon it looks like my acne is beginning to dry up . I guess i will see in a few weeks how this works out lol . I think every women has different side effects to different birth controls you just have to find the"right" one for yourself . "we are not all the same" if that was the case there would not be so many different birth controls out there .

    Comment by Anonymous — December 15, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  185. I'm so glad to find this site. I started taking FEMCON Fe three weeks ago and while I'm going to give it the three months my doctor recommended, I thought I'd give feedback on my symptoms. I haven't taken BC for over 15 yrs (I'm 41) so I know I probably don't tolerate hormones well anyway but I'm about to go crazy. I figured I'd gain a few lbs like I normally do around the holidays but when stepped on the scale when my clothes felt snug and I'd gained 22 lbs in three weeks I was floored!!! I'm active and watch what I eat so some of this has to be due to the pill. I haven't weighed this much for years! Plus, I've had a headache for almost 6 days straight and I'm finally putting two and two together and attributing that to this pill also. Will say the one positive is I've seemed to have an increased sex drive oh and my boobs are feeling heavier. I am pretty moody and that's frustrating as I've always been fairly "PMS" free.Like I said, I'm going to give it at least another month just to give it a fair shot and see if things even out a bit.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 10, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  186. ive been taking femcon for about a year and i never had any side effects and now i feel nausea and my breasts are tender but ive been using protection every time i had intercourse

    Comment by Anonymous — January 31, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  187. i have been on femcon for 7months now, everything has been fine ..except recently i am noticing that i huge emotional mess..i cry over every little thing, and very easily. i even cry over happy things, sad things, and sometimes i just start tearing up over absolutely nothing! i am far from a cryer and hardly ever ever cry so this is very highly unusual for me to the point where it effecting my life and in the way of my relationship. ive read all blogs and it looks like no one else has experience this..maybe this isnt from the pill? not sure

    Comment by Anonymous — March 9, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  188. Dear Anonymous,It is best to ask your Doctor who prescribed you the pill about these side effects. It may or may not be from the pill depending on your situation.

    Comment by Janine — March 9, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

  189. I've been on Femcon since May 2008 and have had slim to no side effects. I went up a little more than one cup size (no harm in that), and unlike the other women who have commented, I've gained no weight — actually lost 5 pounds — and have had no headaches or nausea. I think that my diet has helped extremely, and that could be why so many of you are being affected adversely. Also, i'm at the gym 4-5 days / week which helps burn the extra calories.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 19, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  190. Im 18 yrs old i just started this is my third day its my first bc pill im kinda freaking out about the side effects but i havent had any yet hopefully everything goes good but i need to know what i do when i get to the brown pills :/ HELP!!!!! anyone :)

    Comment by Anonymous — April 20, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  191. Dear Anonymous,When you get to the brown pills, just take them like your other pills, except you will get your period while on the brown pills. Once the brown pills stop your period should go away.

    Comment by Janine — April 23, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  192. I’m 16, almost 17 and I’ve been on Femcon since I was 14. I love it. It works great. My periods are regular, I didn’t gain any weight at all (except for in my boobs HA) but other then that its going well and I would definitely recommended it. Femcon has also helped with my PMS. It doesn’t make me as irritable when I’m PMSing.

    Comment by Taylor — December 18, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

  193. I could not be more pleased with femconfe, it is the first birth control pill that I have not experienced any spotting with, I have also not had any side affects, my skin is much clearer, and my periods are lighter, I would definitely recommend this pill.

    Comment by Melissa — February 20, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  194. I was on the nuvaring and bled the entire time; not just spotting, but like a full on period that lasted for weeks and weeks, blood, cramps, etc. My OBGYN switched me to FemCon to stop the bleeding from the Nuvaring, and said after two months on FemCon, once my bleeding stopped and my cycle evened out, she would switch me back to the Nuvaring again. ( I don’t even know when my period is anymore, bc I’ve been bleeding for so long.) It is my first day on FemCon and I feel so nauseated I can’t get out of bed. I told my OBGYN I’ve had bad experiences with birth control pills in the past. I’ve tried Loestrin, etc, and she assured me this pill was the lowest dosage of hormones. I am not willing to wait 2 months to see if I will stop feeling sick on FemCon. I waited two months for the Nuvaring to work, and I feel like a depressed lab rat in a birth control experiment. I want to try the Depo-Provera instead, but I am scared if the shot makes me ill, I will be ill for 3 months. At least with pills or the ring, you can stop anytime.

    Comment by Sara — February 27, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  195. Dear Sara,

    When you say you have had bad experiences with birth control pills in the past, did you ever get past the 3 month initial pill try out period?

    If not, then you have never really tried out a pill if you have not gotten past the initial 3 month period because on any pill you go on, you would experience side effects of the pill only on the first 3 month period. If every pill you have tried, you have not been on it for more than 3 months, then of course you would have bad experiences with the pills because you never get past the 3 month trial period where your body tries to get accustomed to the pills you are taking daily.

    If you have gotten past the 3 month trial period and the side effects didn’t go away, then it is understandable you try other pills or other forms of birth control. If this is the case for you, you should get off of the Femcon Fe pill because of your previous experiences with the pill and look into alternative birth control methods such as the Depo-Provera shot, the Implanon, Ortho Evra, and the IUD. Talk to your OBGYN about these other birth control alternatives to find out which one should you try. Of course, stick with it past the 3 month mark again to see how your body reacts to the pill.

    I hope this helps you!

    Comment by Janine — February 28, 2011 @ 11:18 am

  196. I started using femcon about 2-3 years ago when i was 14, to balance my menstrual cycle. It has been very effective in balancing my period, but the first year of taking it i gained a good amount of weight. I was never a really active person before that (im more artsy), but i was able to maintain a steady weight. I believe i gained 20 pounds on the pill. I think having PCOS only added to that. I think if you are not already active, you will gain a slight amount of weight taking the pill, so watch out. I have not been able to get rid of those extra 20 pounds-which has been really hard for me being a teenager.

    Comment by KT — April 27, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

  197. Has anyone taken Femcon to prevent ovarian cysts, and still had issues with them forming? My OBGYN switched me from Loestrin (which I had been on for 15 months) to Femcon, and afterwards I developed a cyst that had to be drained. I’m worried Femcon isn’t going to prevent the cysts and they’ll keep forming over again. Other than that, I haven’t had any of the side effects, and it seems to be doing it’s job as far as pregnancy prevention goes. I wonder if I should ask to be switched back to Loestrin?

    Comment by Christina — June 2, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  198. Dear Christina,

    I am assuming your doctor had switched you from Loestrin to Femcon because Loestrin didn’t help with preventing ovarian cysts, so I don’t think you should switch back. Stay on the Femcon a little longer (minimum 3 months) so your body gets used to the new pill and hopefully the cysts will eventually stop. If not, then talk to your doctor about other options.

    Comment by Janine — June 2, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

  199. A month ago my docter put me on this birth control because my other birth control was going crazy so he put me on this one and told me not to take it till my period comes and my period hasnt come since I got off my other birth control and its been a month I havent had my period. What is wrong?????

    Comment by Summer — December 5, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  200. Dear Summer,

    Your body is adjusting to the change of you going off the last pack of pills. If you don’t get your period next month, take a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. If it is negative, then make an appointment with your doctor to find out if you can just do the quick start method (starting the pack that day instead of waiting for your period).

    Comment by Janine — December 6, 2011 @ 9:32 am

  201. Okay thanks (: & when you say next month do you mean janurary?

    Comment by Summer — December 6, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  202. Dear Summer,

    If you remember when it was you had your last period, start counting from there to find out how many months has it been since your last period. You may get your period later this month or early next month. By the time you realized it’s been 2 months since your last period, check with your doctor if it is okay to start your pills right away.

    Comment by Janine — December 7, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  203. I started the pill about a year ago to help with acne and my irregular periods (they used to last anywhere from 19-35 days straight!!!). I began taking Loestrin24…. my periods were still heavy and unusually long. My gyno switched me over to FemconFE and two months later, my acne was gone and my periods were already shortened down to just 7-9 days, SUCH AN IMPROVEMENT. Best of all, my mother & I noticed that I was a much calmer person and not so moody…. a former character trait that we had just assumed was my personality type. Turns out, my overactive hormones were making me a bitch, too, which Femcon also relieved. Unfortunately, I still get awful cramps a couple days before my periods, but hey…. no acne, my periods are normal length and usually a tampon & thin liner hold me over for hours, plus grumpy mood swings gone…… THIS IS A WONDER PILL. :)

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 13, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

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