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Consider Junel Fe for birth control

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Optum Perks Author

By Optum Perks Author

With so many Hollywood stars and public personalities proudly displaying their baby bumps in the news-media, from Kerry Washington to Blake Lively, Jayma Mays, Ellie Kemper and Chelsea Clinton, it might seem as though nearly every woman on the planet is pregnant! For whatever reason, if you aren't ready to bring a new life into the world, birth control options such as Junel Fe might be the perfect answer for you!

How Junel Fe works to prevent pregnancy

Junel Fe is a birth control pill that contains two hormones, a synthetic estrogen in the form of ethinyl estradiol, and the progestin norethindrone.

This medication works to prevent pregnancy in three ways:

  • Preventing the release of eggs from your ovaries during your menstrual cycle.
  • Increasing the density of vaginal fluids to make it more difficult for the male sperm to reach an egg.
  • Changing the lining of your womb to make it more difficult for attachment to take place in the unlikely event that an egg was released and fertilized.

Other benefits of Junel Fe


In addition to preventing pregnancy, regular use of this birth control pill may have the following benefits:

  • May make your periods more regular.
  • May reduce bleeding and cramping.
  • May decrease breakouts of acne.
  • May reduce or prevent the occurrence of ovarian cysts.

How to take Junel Fe


It's fairly easy to stay on track and take Junel Fe as prescribed. This is because it comes in a pill pack with numbered days, to help you take the right pills on the right days. It's important to take the right pills on the right days since some pills contain both hormones, one hormone or no hormones at all, depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. Pills that do not contain hormones instead contain a small dose of iron.

If this is your first time taking this brand of birth control pill, it's best if you begin taking it the first Sunday that your period starts, even if you start on Sunday. This brand of birth control works best if you take it each day, and at the same time each day.

When you first begin taking this medication, you will want to also use another form of birth control, such as a condom, during your first cycle to prevent pregnancy. This is because it does take some time for the medication to build up in your system and reach full effectiveness.

Like other birth control pills, this prescription is effective in preventing 99% of pregnancies when used as prescribed. However, this type of birth control will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, herpes, genital warts or infection with the HIV virus.

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Potential side effects of Junel Fe

While there are some potential side effects, a few of which are serious, the majority of women tolerate this birth control pill very well.

A few users have reported some side effects when taking this oral contraceptive, most of which are not serious. Some users have reported stomach upset or feeling an increased sense of nervousness or other moodiness when they first start taking it. Some that experience these side effects report that it does go away after they have taken it regularly for a few cycles.

Bleeding that occurs during the middle of your cycle can also happen when you first start taking it. Like other oral contraceptives, this birth control pill may cause ankle swelling, weight gain and an increase in your blood pressure. These side effects may or may not decrease over time.

Other potential side effects are more serious and include an increased risk for developing blood clots that could lead to other complications such as heart attack and stroke. If you are a smoker, you are more likely to experience these types of side effects, so this might not be the best choice in birth control for you if you smoke.

Junel Fe can also interact with other medications, so always make certain to consult your healthcare professional before taking it with other prescriptions, or any over-the-counter medications or other supplements.

As with any other medicine, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to this birth control pill. Some reactions can be sudden and severe, such as swelling of the face or airways, and can be life threatening, so seek medical help right away if this occurs.

Like other brands of birth control pills, Junel Fe should not be taken if you are already pregnant. If you suspect that you have become pregnant while taking it, consult your healthcare professional right away.

As with any other medication, discuss the benefits and your potential risk for experiencing a side effect with your healthcare professional before you decide on the perfect form of birth control for you.

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