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Levonest is a triphasic 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. Read More
Levonest is super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Levonest before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Levonest uses a blend of two hormones, Norgestimate (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) in different doses along the 28 days tablet cycle: 6 yellow tablets (levonorgestrel 0.05mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.03mg), 5 green tablets (levonorgestrel 0.075mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.04mg), 10 light brown tablets (levonorgestrel 0.125mg, ethinyl estradiol 0.03mg), 7 peach white tablets.
Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7-day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
Reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS])
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Levonest. 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. 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.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH LEVONEST?
Every prescription comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including with Levonest. 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 Levonest, 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 LEVONEST?
Levonest 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 Levonest 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 LEVONEST WORK?
Levonest 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. Levonest 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.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WHILE TAKING LEVONEST 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 Levonest. 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 Levonest 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 LEVONEST WITHOUT INSURANCE?
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Levonest is pretty affordable since it is a generic brand, being $25 per pack. You can also choose any other Levonest generic equivalent such as Trivora, Myzilra, Enpresse, Triphasil for $0 with insurance or as little as $25 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 LEVONEST STOP YOUR PERIOD?
No, Levonest 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 Levonest for that. But you might be more successful with a monophasic pill (learn about monophasic vs. triphasic here). Learn more about #PeriodsOptional and how to skip your period here.