Balziva is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills) that consists of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol. 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. Balziva is also prescribed to treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), treat painful or heavy periods, and more. Read More
It’s very easy to use!
Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Balziva before bedtime or with your largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects.
After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to seven inactive pills. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to get you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
If you do miss one active pill , take two pills as soon as you remember. Then, continue to take one active pill for the rest of the pill pack. If you miss two active pills in a row take two pills per day for two days. However, if you miss three active pills in a row, do not take the missed pills. Instead you should use a back up birth control method for at least 7 days. Note that you may experience some bleeding or spotting if you miss three pills in a row.
Continuously missing doses could lead to oral contraceptive failure.
Remember that Balziva cannot be used to prevent HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. In order to prevent STDs, always use condoms when having sexual intercourse.
Balziva birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Norethindrone (progesterone) [0.4 mg] and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [0.035 mg].
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Balziva.
Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea. Positive side effects include reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and lighter bleeds.
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. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.
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Balziva is as effective as any other birth control pill. Because of the fewer days on placebo (4 vs 7), it has a lower risk of breakthrough ovulation. Birth control pills are 99.7% effective if PERFECTLY used (in a research study) and 93% effective in “regular use” (when real people use it and mess up every now and then).
Every prescription comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including with Balziva. 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 Balziva, especially if you’ve underlying risk factors such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Balziva should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from practitioners prescribing oral contraceptives, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Balziva 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.
Balziva 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.
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 Balziva. 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 decrease oral contraceptive effectiveness. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Balziva is pretty affordable since it is a generic brand, being $21 per pack. You can save money as well by choosing any other Balziva generic equivalent such asBriellyn, Zenchent, Gildagia, Philith, Vyfemla, or Ovcon 35. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
No, Balziva birth control does not usually stop your periods. There are 28 tablets on each packet and you should have a withdrawal bleed at some point during the last 7 days of each pack (aka placebo/sugar pill week). If you want to skip your period you can try using Balziva for that. Learn more about #PeriodsOptional and how to skip your period here.