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Loestrin 20

Loestrin 20 is a prescription medication known as an oral contraceptive, of which there are dozens of variations. Also known as “The Pill”, oral contraceptives belong to the family of contraceptives known as hormonal contraceptives, as they manipulate the body’s hormones to prevent pregnancy. Loestrin 20 is called a combined pill as it contains both an oestrogen and a progestogen hormone. The Pill is one of the most reliable forms of reversible protection, and doesn’t interrupt sex, making it one of the most popular types of contraception. As it alters your hormones to have its effect, there may be some side effects in the form of mood swings. However, it has the advantage that it can be stopped immediately if the side effects are too much.

If you know Loestrin 20 is right for you, you can buy it online safely from a UK doctor such as Doctor-4-U by completing our simple medical questionnaire and getting a certified prescription.

Prices start from £19.99 for 3 one month supply

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 11/03/2019

See Loestrin 20 Patient Information Leaflet

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  • You should take ONE tablet at the same time each day for 21 days, followed by 7 days of not taking any tablets before repeating the cycle. However, if you take a hormonal contraceptive that is designed to be taken every day (also known as an "ED" pill), you should not take a 7 day break after day 21.
  • Always take your tablet at the same time each day
  • If you miss a dose or take your tablet later than you should, read the patient information leaflet or speak to a GP or pharmacist for advice, as you may not be protected against pregnancy.
  • If you experience vomiting or severe diarrhoea, this medication may not work effectively. Because of this, it's recommended that you use condoms or other barrier methods for 7 days after you've experienced illnesses like these.
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  • You have an allergy to norethisterone or ethinylestradiol
  • You've used this treatment in the past and suffered with serious side effects
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Buy Loestrin 20 online

Loestrin 20 is a type of oral contraceptive which contains two hormones - an oestrogen hormone and a progestogen hormone which work together to stop you getting pregnant. When taken correctly, Loestrin 20 is a highly effective form of contraception for women looking to avoid pregnancy. Loestrin 20 is a type of 21-day pill, meaning you take one pill a day for 21 days then have a 7-day break before starting the next pack. Alongside Loestrin 20 there is also Loestrin 30 which can be prescribed and bought. The main difference between the two is the amount of oestrogen these medicines contain.

You need a prescription from a GMC/EU certified doctor in order to buy this medication online. To buy Loestrin 20 from Doctor-4-U, simply complete our online consultation and if you are deemed suitable, we will dispatch your medication usually within 24 hours.

What’s the difference between Loestrin 30 and Loestrin 20?

Both of these types of medication are very similar, both in chemical makeup and type of pill as they contain the same hormones and are both taken for 21 days. However, Loestrin 20 is slightly weaker than Loestrin 30 (20mcg/1mg as opposed to 30mcg/1.5mg), which may reduce some of the side effects.

How does Loestrin 20 work?

Loestrin 20 contains two active ingredients. The first of these is ethinylestradiol, a synthetic version of a naturally occurring oestrogen hormone, and the second is norethisterone, a type of progestogen hormone. These work in together to stop an egg being released into the ovaries and then fertilised.

As Loestrin 20 does not help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), you should also use a condom for to ensure safer sex, and you should take an STI test every time you have a new sexual partner.

Who is Loestrin 20 suitable for?

Loestrin 20 is designed for women over the age of puberty and before the age of menopause who want to prevent pregnancy. But even if you fit this description, your medical history may mean it isn’t right for you. You should not take Loestrin 20 if:

  • You are allergic to ethinylestradiol, norethisterone, or any of the other ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet
  • You are pregnant
  • You or your family have a history of blood clots
  • You have had angina, a heart attack or a stroke
  • You have had breast cancer, or cancer of the genital organs
  • You have bad migraines
  • You have severe chronic liver disease
  • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding

Loestrin 20 side effects

Like all medications, Loestrin 20 may have side effects, but not everyone gets them. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes to your period
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Painful breasts
  • Headaches

Taking Loestrin 20 increases your chance of getting a blood clot, which can be very dangerous. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you may have developed a blood clot. Blood clots are more likely:

  • With increasing age
  • If you smoke
  • If you are overweight
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If a close relative has had a heart attack or stroke at a young age
  • If you have a high level of fat in your blood
  • If you get migraines
  • If you have a problem with your heart
  • If you have diabetes

There is a possible small link between Loestrin 20 and breast cancer, which you can read about in the patient information leaflet.

How do I take Loestrin 20?

Loestrin 20 is known as a 21-day pill, which means you take one pill per day for 21 days until the blister pack is finished, then have 7 pill-free days before starting the next pack. When you begin taking Loestrin 20, take the first pill on the first day of your period. Make sure you take Loestrin 20 at a similar time of day each day.

If you miss a pill or start a new pack one day late, you will still have contraceptive cover. You should take the missed pill as soon as you remember it, even if that means taking two tablets in one day. Then continue taking the rest of the pack as usual.

If you miss more than two tablets or you’re more than a day late starting a new pack, then your contraceptive cover could be affected. Take the last tablet you missed as soon as you realised you’ve fallen behind, but leave any earlier missed tablets. Continue taking the rest of the pack as usual but additional contraception barriers (such as condoms) if you sex within the next 7 days. If you’ve had unprotected sex around the same period you missed more than one tablet, then you may need to take an emergency contraception pill (known as a morning after pill).

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Advice on Addiction and Medication Restrictions

If you are at all worried or concerned about an addiction to any type of medication, we urge you to speak to a professional for help and advice. Below are links to organisations that can help.

Dosage Instructions
1 tablet a day at around the same time for the first 21 days. No tablet for the last 7 days.
Active ingredients: Ethinylestradiol, Norethisterone Acetate
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Loestrin 20 Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Loestrin 20/1mcg 3 x One Month Pack £19.99

Delivery Charges

The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Tracked 48 Service

standard UK delivery within 3-5 working days

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using the Express delivery service* (deliveries are made Monday - Saturday)

If you order after 12pm, your order will be dispatched the next working day and will be with you within 48 hours once dispatched. This excludes weekends and bank holidays

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Anytime, £4.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Special Delivery Service, which includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 1pm, £7.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered before 1pm next day using Royal Mail Special Delivery service, this also includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 9am, £14.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered before 9am next day using Royal Mail Special Delivery service, this also includes Saturday deliveries.

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12 noon the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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US and outside the UK

Unfortunately, we can't process orders from outside the UK at this time.


Terms and Conditions

Delivery options exclude Bank Holidays, public holidays and Sundays.All deliveries are subject to Doctor-4-u successfully receiving payment and prescription being approved by the doctor.

All purchases require additional approval, which will involve completion of an online questionnaire and any subsequent approval.

Active ingredients: Ethinylestradiol, Norethisterone Acetate
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