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Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol (3 mg/0.02 mg) 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. Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol 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
It’s super easy to use! Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol before bedtime or with their 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.
Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol uses a combination of two hormones progestin (Drospirenone 3 mg) and estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol, 0.02 mg) to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol.
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. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.
DOES DROSPIRENONE ETHINYL ESTRADIOL CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Very few women experience weight gain when taking Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol. Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol has a diuretic effect, meaning it helps shed water from the body.
ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT DROSPIRENONE ETHINYL ESTRADIOL?
Because of Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol’s progesterone, you should not use Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol if you have: hyperkalemia, kidney disease, liver disease, or adrenal insufficiency.
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 Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol. 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 Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up with your provider. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, chronic hepatitis C medications.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH DROSPIRENONE ETHINYL ESTRADIOL?
Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol has a diuretic effect which means it can make you pee. If you have: chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or Addison’s disease, you should not use Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol or its generic equivalents.
Pretty much every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol. 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 Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol, especially if you’ve have health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET DROSPIRENONE ETHINYL ESTRADIOL?
Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol 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 Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol (3mg/0.02mg), 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.
Several other Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol (3mg/0.02mg) generics, such as Syeda or Lo-Zumandimine. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
DOES BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?
Some women worry that birth control pills like Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol 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.