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Azurette 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. Azurette 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
Azurette it’s super easy to use. Just take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Azurette before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, then comes 2 inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day, then there are 5 pills with 10 mcg of estrogen. Pandia Health doctors recommend starting the medication on days 3-5 of your menstrual period d because you will most likely have less spotting on your 1st pack.
Azurette uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol 20 mcg) and progestin (Desogestrel 0.15 mg).
Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7 day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Azurette. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, swollen feet or ankles, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and other perks are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented such as 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.
WILL AZURETTE CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Some women may experience weight gain when taking Azurette and other birth control pills. While there’s a chance that the hormones can give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat).
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH AZURETTE?
Every prescription comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including with Azurette. The symptoms are usually mild and include: rashes, itching, dizziness. A severe allergic reaction would be: trouble breathing, and swollen lips, throat, or tongue. If this happens, 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 Azurette, especially if you’ve health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET AZURETTE?
Azurette 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 Azurette or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have licensed, birth control passionate doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept most forms of private insurance at Pandia Health.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WHILE TAKING AZURETTE?
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your doctor or Pandia Health Care Advisor before starting on Azurette. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something that seems relatively harmless such as St. John’s wort can cause Azurette to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
HOW MUCH IS AZURETTE WITHOUT INSURANCE?
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Azurette is $43 per pack or $114 for 3 packs. You can save money as well by choosing any other Azurette generics, such as Volnea, Bekyree, Viorele, Kimidess, Simliya, Pimtrea for as low as $25/pack. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
DOES AZURETTE STOP YOUR PERIOD?