Apri Birth Control Pills
TypeCombined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Active IngredientsDesogestrel (progesterone) [0.15mg] Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [30 mcg]
RisksDo NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin. Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Equivalent Generic BrandsDesogestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol
Name BrandDesogen, Ortho-Cept
Popular Birth Control Pill BrandsSprintec
ResourcesPandia Health’s Youtube
First time on pills? Here some tips
Apri is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Apri is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods and more.
If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Heath Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.
Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Apri at special request or another generic equivalent: Desogestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol, Solia, Juleber, Enskyce, Emoquette or Reclipsen for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
Some women worry about weight gain when taking Apri and other birth control pills. While it might give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat) that’s to blame.
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your Doctor before starting on Apri. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something as relatively harmless as St. John’s wort can cause Apri to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer medications, HIV drugs, seizure medicines, and those used for chronic hepatitis C.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Apri. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, swollen feet or ankles, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects: reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and other benefits are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented. Symptoms include heart disease, blood clotting, shortness of breath, migraines, vision problems, slurred speech, confusion, and fainting. Those who wear contacts or are nearsighted may notice vision problems as well. These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.
Pretty much every kind of prescription birth control comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Apri. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. If you experience trouble breathing or swollen lips, throat, or tongue, call 911.
Depending on your medical history, hormone-based birth control may not be for you. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your physician or one of our helpful Pandia Health Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Apri, especially if you’ve have health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Apri should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from a doctor, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Apri or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have experienced, birth control passionate, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept almost all forms of major private insurance at Pandia Health.
No insurance? No problem. We offer many payment options to fit your needs.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Apri is pretty affordable because it’s a generic brand. You can also save money by choosing one of several other Levora generics, such as Desogestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol, Solia, Juleber, Enskyce, Emoquette or Reclipsen. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
Apri uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen. It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Apri before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones These inactive/placebo pills are there to help you keep the habit of taking a pill every day.
If you want to #SkipPeriods, just skip the last week of pills and go straight into the next pack. Check out our #PeriodsOptional because #PeriodProblems blog post here for more information.
Some women worry that birth control pills like Apri can cause long-term fertility issues.
This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.