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Natazia is a combination oral contraceptive pill (cOCP, 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. Natazia 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
Natazia is super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Natazia before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. Natazia comes in a 28 tablet format that needs to be taken in this order:
2 dark yellow tablets each containing 3 mg estradiol valerate
5 medium red tablets each containing 2 mg estradiol valerate and 2 mg dienogest
17 light yellow tablets each containing 2 mg estradiol valerate and 3 mg dienogest
2 dark red tablets each containing 1 mg estradiol valerate
2 white tablets with no hormone (aka placebo pill)
Natazia uses a blend of two hormones, Estradiol Varelate (estrogen) and Dienogestel (progesterone). Since the medication delivers the hormones in different phases the dosage varies in each tablet. The composition is Estradiol Varelate 3mg/mg tablet, Estradiol Varelate/Dienogest 2mg/2mg, 2mg/3mg 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.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Natazia . 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.
DOES NATAZIA CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
There is no direct link between Natazia and weight gain. Some women experience changes in their appetite that may lead to weight gain while taking Natazia. Others may find that their bodies retain more fluid while taking Natazia, even though they actually don’t gain any body fat.
ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NATAZIA?
One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Natazia. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Natazia and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Natazia 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 Natazia. 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.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH NATAZIA?
You shouldn’t smoke anyway, but especially not if you take estrogen containing birth control pills like Natazia. Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like blood clots, especially in women who are older than 35.
Don’t take Natazia if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Natazia are rare and usually very mild and may include itching, hives, or dizziness. Serious allergic reactions to Natazia can occur in very rare cases. Stop taking Natazia and call 911 immediately if you experience swelling in the lips, mouth, or tongue, or if you have a hard time breathing.
Natazia 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 Natazia. Our Pandia Health Care Advisors are standing by to help you figure out the best birth control method given your health history.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET NATAZIA?
It’s easy to get Natazia 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 Natazia 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.
DOES NATAZIA BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?
It’s not true that Natazia causes infertility. If you’re taking Natazia 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!