Loestrin 20

Combined pill

Ethinyloestradiol 20mcg / Norethisterone 1mg

Loestrin 20 packet

Take one tablet per day, for 21 days, then have a 7 day break allowing for a withdrawal bleed. There are 21 pills per pack.


  • usually makes periods regular, lighter and less painful

  • may help with premenstrual symptoms

  • reduces the risk of cancer of the ovary, uterus and colon

  • improves acne in some women

  • you are protected from pregnancy straight away if you start taking the combined pill in the first five days of your period

  • when you stop using the pill your fertility will return to normal

  • there are safe ways to take the pill where you take packs back to back and bleed less often, read about these methods here

  • this is a type of combined pill that you may want to take if you have experienced side effects with another brand - you may respond better to a slightly different dose of hormone..

What users say

Best combined pill I’ve tried - I’ve used it for over 5 years. Had headaches on other combined pills with higher oestrogen levels, but no side effects with Loestrin 20 and keeps my skin clear too!

Nikki, Oxford

I used to have heavy and painful periods and now they are GONE I would 100% recommend this pill - I usually only have 3 days of light, pain- free bleeding every month :)

Sumi, Kingston

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