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Seasonale is a combined oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). Seasonale 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. Seasonale 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
It’s super easy to use.
Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Seasonale before bedtime or with your largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects.
After taking 84 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to help you get in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Seasonale uses a combination of two hormones, estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol 30 mcg), and progestin (Levonorgestrel 0.15 mg).
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Seasonale. 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.
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Some women worry about weight gain when taking Seasonale 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.
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 Seasonale. 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 Seasonale to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up with your doctor. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
Pretty much every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Seasonale. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. If you experience trouble breathing or swollen lips, throat, or tongue, 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 Seasonale, especially if you’ve had health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Seasonale 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 Seasonale 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.
No insurance? No problem! We offer many payment options to fit your needs. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Seasonique is an affordable option being $52 for a pack of 84 active pills. Save money by choosing one of several other Seasonale generics, such as Jolessa, Introvale, or Quasense.
Some women worry that birth control pills like Seasonale can cause long-term fertility issues.
This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.
Seasonale AND Seasonique contain the SAME active ingredients, each has 84 days of 0.15 mg/30 mcg Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol.
However, Seasonique then goes into 7 days with 10 mcg of Ethinyl Estradiol vs. Seasonale which has 7 days of sugar/placebo/bleeding pills.