Ashlyna is a “low dose” combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). Ashlyna 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. Ashlyna 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. Read More
Ashlyna it’s super easy to use.
Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking this medication before bedtime or just after their largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects.
After taking 84 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 pills containing only estrogen.
Ashlyna birth control pills blend two main active ingredients in the first 84 tablets: Levonorgestrel 0.15 mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 0.03 mg (estrogen), followed by 7 tablets containing 0.01 mg of Ethinyl Estradiol.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced side effects when taking Ashlyna.
Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.
There is no direct link between Ashlyna and weight gain. Some women experience changes in their appetite that may lead to weight gain while taking Ashlyna. Others may find that their bodies retain more fluid while taking Ashlyna, even though they actually don’t gain any body fat.
One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Ashlyna. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Ashlyna and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Ashlyna include HIV drugs, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics, and even herbal supplements like St. John’s wort.
Women who have high blood pressure or take medications to control blood pressure should not take Ashlyna. Our Pandia Health medical team recommends other options including progestin-only pill (POPs), IUDs with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), copper IUDs, implants (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Ashlyna is a bit pricey since it is a brand name, being $81 per pack (91 tablets).
You shouldn’t smoke anyway, but especially not if you take estrogen containing birth control pills like Ashlyna. Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like blood clots, especially in women who are older than 35.
Don’t take Ashlyna if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Ashlyna are rare and usually very mild and may include itching, hives, or dizziness. Serious allergic reactions to Ashlyna can occur in very rare cases. Stop taking Ashlyna and call 911 immediately if you experience swelling in the lips, mouth, or tongue, or if you have a hard time breathing.
Ashlyna isn’t for everyone. Women with a history of certain medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver cancer, or severe migraines should not take Ashlyna. Our Pandia Health Care Advisors are standing by to help you figure out the best birth control method given your health history.
It’s easy to get Ashlyna at just about any pharmacy near you with a doctor’s prescription. Concerned about your privacy? Our doctor-founded, doctor-led team at Pandia Health is happy to help you get Ashlyna or any other birth control you need, discreetly and conveniently.
If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry! Pandia Health has a range of payment options.
It’s not true that Ashlyna causes infertility. If you’re taking Ashlyna and want to have a baby, talk to your doctor and then stop taking the medication. Normal fertility should return within one or two menstrual cycles after your last pill. Dr. Yen explains more about birth control and infertility in this video. Watch to learn more!