Generess Fe is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills) that 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. Generess Fe 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
Generess Fe is super easy to use. Simply take one pill (chewable) every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Generess Fe before bedtime or just after their evening meal reduces nausea and other side effects. After taking 24 days of active pills, you’ll switch to four sugar pills (placebo pills). These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day and, in this medication, have 75 mg ferrous fumarate.
Generess Fe uses a combination of two hormones estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol, 0.025 mg) and progestin (Norethindrone 0.8 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 Generess Fe. 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.
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There is no direct link between Generess Fe and weight gain. Some women experience changes in their appetite that may lead to weight gain while taking Generess FE. Others may find that their bodies retain more fluid while taking Generess Fe, 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 Generess Fe. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Generess Fe and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Generess Fe 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 Generess Fe. 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, Generess Fe is an expensive birth control pill since it is a brand name, being $245 per pack.
You shouldn’t smoke anyway, but especially not if you take estrogen containing birth control pills like Generess Fe. Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like blood clots, especially in women who are older than 35.
Don’t take Generess Fe if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Generess Fe are rare and usually very mild and may include itching, hives, or dizziness. Serious allergic reactions to Generess Fe can occur in very rare cases. Stop taking Generess Fe and call 911 immediately if you experience swelling in the lips, mouth, or tongue, or if you have a hard time breathing.
Generess Fe 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 Generess Fe. 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 Generess Fe 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 Generess Fe 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 Generess Fe causes infertility. If you’re taking Generess Fe 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!