Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Drosperinone (progesterone) [3 mg]
Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg]
Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.
Discuss use with a doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Gianvi is a “low dose” combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). Our CEO & Co-Founder Dr. Sophia Yen does not recommend “low dose” pills for those aged 30 and under because it is not good for your bone density. It is better to be on a birth control pill with a minimum of 30 mcg of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) until you are 30 years old. Watch this video if you want more information. Instead, Dr. Yen recommends you use the slightly higher dose version of this medication = Yasmin and its generics.
Gianvi 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.
If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Health Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.
Gianvi is super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Gianvi 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: Drosperinone 3mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 20 mcg (estrogen).
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Gianvi. 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.
Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Gianvi has been discontinued but Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe another generic equivalent: Syeda, Zumandimine, Ocella, Drospirenone /Ethinyl estradiol, for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $16/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
Gianvi is as effective as any other birth control pill. Because of the fewer days on placebo (4 vs 7), it has a lower risk of breakthrough ovulation. Birth control pills are 99.7% effective if PERFECTLY used (in a research study) and 93% effective in “regular use” (when real people use it and mess up every now and then).
Yes, both medication has the same active ingredients (Drosperinone 3 mg and Ethinyl Estradiol 20 mcg).
No. In fact, Gianvi 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 Gianvi reduces sebum production and thus acne.
Very few women experience weight gain when taking Gianvi. Gianvi has a theoretical diuretic effect, meaning it helps shed water from the body.
Gianvi has been discontinued. Equivalent generics have an affordable cash price, as low as $16/pack (minimum 3 packs).