Vylibra 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. Vylibra 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
Vylibra is super easy to use.
Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Vylibra before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects.
After taking 21 days of white active pills, you’ll switch to seven peach-colored ones. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to get you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
The use of Vylibra is the same if you are using the medication either to prevent pregnancy, treat acne, reduce PCOS symptoms, or periods cramps.
Vylibra uses a blend of two hormones, Norgestimate 0.25mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 0.035mg (estrogen).
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Vylibra.
Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.
There is no direct link between Vylibra and weight gain. Some women experience changes in their appetite that may lead to weight gain while taking Volnea. Others may find that their bodies retain more fluid while taking Volnea, 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 Vylibra. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Vylibra and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Vylibra 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 Vylibra. 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.
You shouldn’t smoke anyway, but especially not if you take estrogen containing birth control pills like Vylibra. Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like blood clots, especially in women who are older than 35.
Don’t take Volnea if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to Vylibra are rare and usually very mild and may include itching, hives, or dizziness. Serious allergic reactions to Volnea can occur in very rare cases. Stop taking Vylibra and call 911 immediately if you experience swelling in the lips, mouth, or tongue, or if you have a hard time breathing.
Vylibra 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 Vylibra. 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 Vylibra 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 Vylibra 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.
It’s not true that Vylibra causes infertility. If you’re taking Volnea 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!