Loestrin Fe Oral Contraceptives

If you are a woman seeking contraception, your healthcare provider may recommend a birth control pill called Loestrin® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). This medication is taken on a daily basis to help prevent pregnancy.
In each pack of Loestrin Fe, the last seven tablets contain iron. This makes Loestrin Fe different from many other birth control pills. The iron may help prevent anemia during your menstrual period.
Before taking this oral contraceptive, review Loestrin Fe's safety information with your healthcare provider. This product is not suitable for every woman, so tell your healthcare provider about all your current medications and any medical conditions you have, such as a history of a heart attack, blood clots, or stroke. This will help ensure your safety and reduce your risk of complications.
(For more information on this oral contraceptive, click Loestrin Fe. This article provides details on how it works, an outline of possible side effects, and some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD