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Ocella is a combination oral contraceptive pill containing 3 mg of drospirenone and 30 mcg of Ethinyl estradiol. It is a birth control medication that prevents unwanted pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation) and by thickening the mucus in the cervix, which makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus. Read More
Ocella is easy to use. Simply take one pill per day. Birth control pills work best if you take them at the same time every day and no more than 24 hours apart. Some women taking Ocella have found that taking their medication with a large meal or right before bedtime reduces mild side effects like nausea.
For 21 days, you’ll take one active pill per day. Then, you’ll take one inactive pill per day for 7 days. You’ll get your period during the inactive week, usually within about two to three days. Frustrated by periods? Check out our #PeriodsOptional blog post here!
Ocella birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Drospirenone 3 mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 30 mcg (estrogen).
Possible yet generally mild Ocella birth control side effects may include: nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, decreased sex drive, and fatigue. Many women notice desirable side effects like lighter periods, fewer mood swings, and improved acne!
Serious side effects such as blood clots have been reported in women taking Ocella, but these are rare (1/1000). Blood clots can happen in different parts of the body, including the stomach (causing abdominal pain), the legs (causing swelling, redness, and pain), the lungs or heart (causing shortness of breath and chest pain), and the brain (causing double vision or severe headache).
We know this sounds scary. Just remember the likelihood of experiencing blood clots or other serious side effects while taking Ocella is extremely low. Doctors agree that the benefit of avoiding unwanted pregnancy far outweigh the potential risks of birth control medications.
DOES OCELLA CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OCELLA?
Always talk to your doctor before starting a new medication like Ocella. Let your doctor know what types of medications you’re currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and recreational drugs. Some drugs may interact with Ocella and make it less effective, including drugs used to treat cancer, seizures, HIV, and chronic hepatitis C.
Wondering what type of birth control pill is best for you? Use our doctor consult for confidential and customized prescriptions (just $20 once a year for those with insurance and free for those paying cash for their pills)!
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH OCELLA?
Ocella can make you pee, so you should drink plenty of water while taking it—otherwise, you might experience headaches and dehydration. Going on a long trip? Stay hydrated and take frequent walking breaks to prevent blood clots.
Like any medication, Ocella may contain ingredients that some women are allergic to. Signs of an allergic reaction to Ocella are unlikely and generally mild, such as dizziness, itching, and rashes. Call 911 right away if you experience trouble breathing or swelling in the mouth, lips, and tongue. We know that sounds scary—but don’t worry. Serious side effects or allergic reactions are extremely rare!
Some women shouldn’t take Ocella, such as anyone with a history of poorly controlled diabetes or high blood pressure, heart disease, hyperkalemia, kidney disease, adrenal gland disorders, liver cancer, or severe migraines. Talk to your doctor or use Pandia Health’s expert birth control doctors to determine if Ocella is right for you. Our doctors can help you select an appropriate alternative for your birth control needs.
Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like blood clots. If you take Ocella, don’t smoke.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET OCELLA?
Ocella is available at most pharmacies and should be easy to find near you. You just need a prescription from a doctor. Our medical team at Pandia Health has licensed, birth-control-passionate doctors. We can help you get the birth control you need without sacrificing your privacy.
We accept most forms of private insurance and also offer flexible payment options. Most pills are $15/pack (3 pack minimum). Ocella is a great option for birth control if you are paying out of pocket because it’s a generic brand. That means it contains the SAME active ingredients and dosage as name brands like Yasmin but is much less expensive!
To learn more, check out our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
DOES OCELLA BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?
Ocella birth control does not cause infertility. If you’re ready to start trying for a baby, simply stop taking Ocella (with your doctor’s supervision). Normal fertility usually returns within one to two menstrual cycles.
Check out our video by Pandia Health Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen about birth control and infertility to learn more about this important topic