Portia is a combined oral contraceptive pill with 0.15mg of levonorgestrel and 30 mcg of ethinyl estradiol. It prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation, thinning the uterine lining, thickening the cervical mucus (blocking the sperm from getting to the egg). Read More
Portia is super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Portia before bedtime or just after their largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones. The inactive/placebo/bleeding week pills are there to help you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Portia birth control pills have two main active ingredients: Levonogestrel 1.5 mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 30 mcg (estrogen).
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Portia. 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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Some women worry about weight gain when taking Portia and other birth control pills. While it might give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat) that’s to blame.
No, although depends on your definition of low dose. In the old days, pills had 110mcg of estrogen and then 50 mcg. So when research says low dose, they mean anything under 50 mcg of estrogen.
When we say low dose at Pandia Health we mean anything less than 30 mcg of estrogen which is NOT good for your bones if you are under the age of 30 years old. We recommend that you use at least 30mcg if you are under 30 years old. We recommend that you use at least 30mcg if you are under 30 years old.
Yes, Portia can help with acne by reducing circulating androgen (testosterone) levels. Androgens promote sebum production, an oil made by your skin. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, which create breeding grounds for acne.
TLDR Portia reduces sebum production and thus acne.
Portia 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 Portia or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have experienced, birth control passionate, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept almost all forms of major private insurance at Pandia Health.
No insurance? No problem. We offer many payment options to fit your needs.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Portia is pretty affordable because it’s a generic brand. You can also save money by choosing one of several other Portia generics, such as Chateal, Marlissa, Altavera, Levora, Lillow, Kurvelo or Ayuna. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
Portia uses a combination of two hormones, estrogen, and progestin, to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen.
If you want to #SkipPeriods, check out our #PeriodsOptional aka Hate your periods? blog post here.