FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments: JUNEL 1/20

User Comments:

For Birth Control “I always find myself coming back to this pill. I went off of it because I wanted to try the Kyleena IUD and all my hair fell out. I got back on June 1/20 and my hair grew like weeds. Got off of it, hair shed. Got back on, hair grew like weeds. 8/10 because this pill does make me pretty emotional before my period but it only lasts 2-3 days and is pretty light. Also noticed bleeding during intercourse after being on this pill (was checked by doctor no STDs) probably from a thinning of the uterine wall. Cramps are mild and acne flares up only during my period. I’ve only noticed a 5 pound flunctuation on the pill that I accredit to poor diet and exercise… overall this has been my favorite birth control!”

Hi February 27, 2018

For Birth Control “I was on Junel Fe for 6 months. From the very beginning it made my acne horrible. I normally never have acne except for the week of my period, and then it will only be like one or two Whitehead’s. But the entire time I was on this pill, terrible terrible acne all over my face. After being off Junel for a month my face is totally clear and back to normal. I stopped this pill because of the breakthrough bleeding I was having. It felt like I had to wear a light pad all the time because I never knew when I was going to bleed and sometimes the spotting was heavier than just spotting. Super annoying. My MD said it was normal, wait 3 more months. Welp, after 6 months no change so I switched pills. Didn’t really decrease cramping either.”

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 7, 2017

For Birth Control “Oh, Junel, you sneaky, awful pill…..Let me preface this by saying Junel did what it was supposed to do, which is prevent pregnancies. With that said, I got the WORST melasma (darkening of the skin) from this pill. My pharmacy changed to this from Gildess and that’s when the problems started. Over the next year, I noticed that I had dark patches (which seemed to be getting larger and darker by the month). I am so upset about my skin and wish I never came across these pills. I used to have beautiful, flawless olive skin. Now it’s looks like someone took a paint brush and flung paint all over my face. Do not take this pill…..there are better ones on the market that won’t ruin your skin.”

DesertRose33 (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 1, 2017

For Birth Control “This is my fourth month in Junel 1/20. I used to be on Gildess & was switched to this after it was discontinued. I have to take a low hormone birth control because all other birth controls have given me extreme sickness. This birth control has worked very well for me. Light periods which are regular and predictable. I don’t think this birth control has made me gain weight and if anything my skin looks good. I just feel normal which is a good thing. I do have anxiety problems so it’s hard to tell if the birth control has been effecting that. I do have to say I’ve had some constipation but don’t know if it is related to the pill and also slightly lowered sex drive but again not 100% sure if that’s related to the pill.”

AnonymousSUomynona May 15, 2017

For Birth Control “This birth control over all is great (for me). I have not had any problems on it besides weight gain. I deff notice an increase in appetite and always gain 5-7 lbs when on it. I don’t have an appetite when off of it. My periods are 2-3 days and are barely even there. I do have cramping & headaches a couple hours before getting it but nothing crazy that I cannot tolerate. No acne either!”

ChessB (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 19, 2016

For Birth Control “I was very hesitant to start birth control, but needed to as my relationship got more serious and I needed to be protected. The first 3 days of taking the 21 day pack Junel, I did experience some nausea (mild, but didn’t have an appetite.) It did subside, but now looking back I have realized that slowly, but surely I have become super emotionless/apathetic a bit more month by month. I hit my threshold of not “feeling” this month and am most likely getting an IUD next month. I am a very emotional person, which I love that about myself. On Junel, I am numb and just blah. It’s different from depression. Other side effects were very minor, but included my breasts growing half a cup, probably 1-2lbs weight gain in my mid section. Skin Is good.”

COGIRL March 8, 2016

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