Emoquette 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. Emoquette 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
Emoquette hormonal contraceptives are easy to use. Simply take one birth control pill every day, at the same time each day. Many individuals find that taking Emoquette before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other common side effects.
After taking one active pill per day for 21 days, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones before beginning a new pack. These inactive/placebo pills are there to help you keep the habit of taking birth control pills 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.
Remember that Emoquette cannot be used to prevent HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. In order to prevent STDs, always use condoms when having sexual intercourse.
Emoquette birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Desogestrel 0.15 mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 30 mcg (estrogen).
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Emoquette. 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.
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There is no direct link between Emoquette and weight gain. Some women experience changes in their appetite that may lead to weight gain while taking Emoquette. Others may find that their bodies retain more fluid while taking Emoquette, 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 Emoquette. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Emoquette and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Emoquette 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 Emoquette. 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.
Taking birth control pills is already associated with a slightly increased risk of blood clots, and smoking only increases this risk, especially in women who are older than 35. We strongly suggest quitting smoking or smoking much less frequently when using birth control pills.
Don’t take Emoquette if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Emoquette are rare and usually very mild and may include itching, hives, or dizziness. Serious allergic reactions to Emoquette can occur in very rare cases. Stop taking Emoquette and call 911 immediately if you experience swelling in the lips, mouth, or tongue, or if you have a hard time breathing.
Emoquette isn’t for everyone. Women with a history of certain medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver cancer, or severe headache (migraines) should not take Emoquette. 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 Emoquette or related drugs 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 connect you with a licensed physician who can help you get Emoquette or any other birth control you need, discreetly and conveniently.
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It’s not true that Emoquette causes infertility. If you’re taking Emoquette 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, enabling you to become pregnant again. Dr. Yen explains more about birth control and infertility in this video. Watch to learn more!
One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Emoquette. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Emoquette and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Medications that may interact with Emoquette include HIV drugs, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics, and even herbal supplements like St. John’s wort.
Women who have high blood pressure or take other drugs to control blood pressure should not take Emoquette. 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.