Previfem is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills) that 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. Previfem 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
Previfem is super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Previfem before bedtime or just after their evening meal reduces nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to seven sugar pills (placebo pills). These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Previfem uses a combination of two hormones estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol, 0.035 mg) and progestin (Norgestimate 0.25mg) to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Previfem. 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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There is no direct link between Previfem and weight gain. Some women experience changes in their appetite that may lead to weight gain while taking Previfem. Others may find that their bodies retain more fluid while taking Previfem, even though they actually don’t gain any body fat.
One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Previfem. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Previfem and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Previfem 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 Previfem. 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.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Previfem is a pretty affordable birth control pill, being $25 per pack. You can also save money by buying any other Previfem generic equivalent such as Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol, Ortho-Cyclen, Estarylla, Mili, Mono-Linyah, Mononessa, or Femynor for $21 per pack or $0 with insurance. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
You shouldn’t smoke anyway, but especially not if you take estrogen containing birth control pills like previfem Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like blood clots, especially in women who are older than 35.
Don’t take Previfem if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Previfem are rare and usually very mild and may include itching, hives, or dizziness. Serious allergic reactions to previfem can occur in very rare cases. Stop taking Previfem and call 911 immediately if you experience swelling in the lips, mouth, or tongue, or if you have a hard time breathing.
Previfem 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 Previfem. Our Pandia Health Care Advisors are standing by to help you figure out the best birth control method given your health history.
It’s easy to get Previfem 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 help you get Previfem or any other birth control you need, discreetly and conveniently.
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It’s not true that Previfem causes infertility. If you’re taking Previfem 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!