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Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill


Treats Acne
Regulates Periods
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Prevents Pregnancy
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Anemia
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Active Ingredients

Desogestrel (progesterone) [0.15mg] Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [30 mcg]


Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin. Discuss use with a doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.

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New Questions

Periods are optional! The only reason that we build the lining of our uterus every month and pop out an egg (ovulation) is to make a baby. On average in the US, periods start at 12 years old and women have their first baby at 26 y/o. If we aren’t going to make a baby, then why bother with that? Every time we shed our lining and pop out an egg unnecessarily, that adds to the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer. That’s 14 years of monthly periods for no good reason. So you can turn those off with the ring or pill or IUD with hormones. It prevents endometrial and ovarian cancer and anemia. Women and physicians have done it since 1960s. And the natural state of a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding and she has no periods during that time. Refer her to the wings of inspired business podcast for more info.  


Yes. Generics, by law, have the same active ingredients as their name-brand versions. Generics may differ on the inactive ingredients.  



What is Larissia?

Larissia birth control (ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel) is a low-dose prescription medication, also known as an oral contraceptive pill. It’s taken to prevent pregnancy.

Larissia works by preventing ovulation, which is what happens when an egg is released from the ovary. Larissia also makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus by thickening the mucus in the cervix. Plus, Larissia makes it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

Some women may also be prescribed Larissia to treat acne, alleviate heavy painful periods, reduce ovarian cysts (seen in conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), and more.

Did you know? Women under the age of 30 need at least 30 mcg of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) for good bone health. For this reason, Pandia Health CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Sophia Yen does NOT recommend low dose birth control pills for women under 30. Instead, she and our team suggest stronger versions of Larissia, including Levora, Lillow, Marlissa, Kurvelo, Ayuna, Chateal, or Portia.

There are other reasons why Larissia may not be the best choice for you, for example, if you have high blood pressure or take medications to control your blood pressure. Other options for birth control are available, including progestin-only pills, IUDs with hormones (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implants (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), condoms, and/or spermicide.

Larissia Birth Control Side Effects

Minor side effects may occur while taking Larissia birth control, including headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, and small increases in blood pressure and/or blood sugar levels. Of course, many women notice beneficial side effects including less acne, lighter periods, and fewer mood swings!

It’s extremely unlikely, but serious side effects have been reported while taking Larissia, including blood clots. Blood clots can travel in the bloodstream and block the flow of blood in different parts of the body, including the legs, lungs, heart, or brain. This can lead to life-threatening issues in some cases. Fortunately, these issues are extremely rare.

Get Larissia Birth Control Online + Free Delivery

As the first and only birth control delivery company run 100% by women and female physicians, Pandia Health proudly offers free delivery and easy online ordering! It’s our mission to make choosing the right birth control easy and affordable. Our licensed medical providers can prescribe Larissia, which runs around $20 per pack without insurance. We can also prescribe Larissia or other generic equivalents for as little as $0 with insurance.


Does Larissia cause weight gain?

Some women worry about taking Larissia birth control because they’re afraid of gaining weight. While minor fluctuations in weight are possible, what you’re more likely to see is fluid retention rather than actual gains in body fat.

Any other important information about Larissia?

Never start, stop, or change a medication without speaking to your doctor. Some medications may interact with Larissia and reduce its ability to prevent pregnancy or cause other unwanted effects. For example, Larissia may interact with drugs used to treat psoriasis, epilepsy, and high blood pressure. Our advisors at Pandia Health are happy to help you find safe and effective alternatives, depending on your medications and medical history.

What precautions should I be aware of with Larissia?

Some women may be allergic or hypersensitive to ingredients in Larissia. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Larissia are rare and usually mild and may include itchy skin and rashes. Signs of a serious allergic reaction, including trouble breathing and swelling of the tongue or lips, are extremely rare but should be treated as a medical emergency. Call 911 if you notice any of these issues.

Larissia shouldn’t be used in women with certain medical conditions, including a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), breast cancer, or uncontrolled diabetes.

Even though the risk of Larissia side effects is low, cigarette smoking can increase the likelihood of serious side effects. So, anyone taking birth control pills like Larissia should not smoke.

How easy is it to get Larissia?

Larissia is easy to get at most pharmacies! You’ll just need a doctor’s prescription. Our medical team at Pandia Health is happy to provide you with a Larissia birth control prescription while fully maintaining your privacy and confidentiality.

Don’t have insurance? Don’t worry about it! While we accept most forms of private insurance, Pandia Health also offers flexible payment options to ensure you have access to the best birth control for your needs.

How does Larissia work?

Larissia prevents pregnancy in three primary ways:

  • It prevents the release of an egg from the ovary.
  • It makes changes to the mucus in the cervix, which makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus.
  • It makes changes to the lining of the uterus, which makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine wall.

Birth control pills like Larissia are easy to use and work the best if you take your pill at the same time every day. Simply consume one white pill per day for 21 days in a row, then take one yellow pill per day for 7 days in a row. The white pills are “active” and contain compounds that help prevent pregnancy. The yellow pills are “inactive.” Your period should start by about the third day of taking your yellow inactive pills.

Our Pandia Health team recommends using a back-up form of birth control during your first week of taking Larissia. You should also remember that birth control pills like Larissia don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Does Larissia birth control cause fertility?

Larissia birth control does not cause long-term infertility issues. Normal fertility returns within about one or two menstrual cycles after you stop taking Larissia. Interested in learning more? This video by Pandia Health Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen has great information about birth control and infertility.