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Larissia birth control (ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel) is an oral contraceptive pill that works by preventing ovulation, which is what happens when an egg is released from the ovary. Larissia also makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus by thickening the mucus in the cervix. Plus, Larissia makes it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Some women may also be prescribed Larissia to treat acne, alleviate heavy painful periods, reduce ovarian cysts (seen in conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), 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 Larissia before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects.
After taking 24 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 4 days of inactive/placebo pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Larissia birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Desogestrel (progesterone) [15 mg] and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [30 mcg].
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Larissia. 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.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS LARISSIA BIRTH CONTROL?
Larissia 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).
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH LARISSIA ?
Every prescription comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including with Larissia. 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 Larissia, 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 LARISSIA?
Larissia 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 Larissia 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.
HOW DOES LARISSIA WORK?
Larissia 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.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WHILE TAKING LARISSIA PILL?
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 Larissia. 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 Larissia 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 LARISSIA WITHOUT INSURANCE?
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Larissia is pretty affordable since it is a generic brand. You can save money as well by choosing any other Larissia generic equivalent such as Aviane, Orsythia, Falmina, Vienva for $15/pack (minimum 3 packs) without insurance. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
DOES LARISSIA STOP YOUR PERIOD?
No, Larissia 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 Larissia for that. Learn more about #PeriodsOptional and how to skip your period here.