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Birth Control Pill Type

Progesterone Only Pill (POP)


Prevents Pregnancy
SAFE FOR THOSE: Breastfeeding
With Migrane w/ Aura
With High Blood Pressure
With Hypertension
With High Risk for Heart Disease

Active Ingredients

Norethindrone (Progestin) [0.35mg]


Do NOT use if allergic to Norethindrone.

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First time on pills? Here some tips

Norethindrone is a Progesterone Only Pill (POP) (oral contraceptive pill, OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by thickening the cervical mucus which blocks the sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg and by thinning the uterine lining (endometrium) such that if the egg/sperm hook up, there’s nowhere to stick and grow.

POPs are prescribed to women who: have migraines with aura, are breastfeeding, have high blood pressure, are taking blood pressure medications, can’t take estrogen for high blood pressure or other risks of blood clots.

Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Norethindrone at special request or other generic equivalents: Errin, Lyza, Heather, Sharobel, Deblitane, Camila, Nora-Be, Norlyda, Jolivette, Jencycla for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.


A few women might experience weight gain when taking Norethindrone and other hormone-based birth control pills. While it might cause some 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 Patient Care Advisor before starting on Norethindrone . 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 Norethindrone to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up with your provider. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.

The risks of side effects are very low, but some women have experienced side effects when taking Norethindrone. Minor ones include irregular periods, acne, breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, cysts on your ovaries, and changes in sex drive (up or down). These side effects are most likely during the 1st few months and generally improve over time and should stop within a few months. 

Norethindrone and all POPs require that you take them at the SAME TIME every day. If you are late by 3 hours, you will need Emergency Contraception (if you had heterosexual intercourse[sex] in the past 5 days) and to abstain from sex for the next 48 hrs.

Pretty much every prescription birth control comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Norethindrone. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness, trouble breathing, and swollen lips, throat, or tongue. 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 Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Norethindrone. This is especially the case if you’ve experienced troubles such as cancer, heart disease, blood clotting, diabetes, or high blood pressure.

Norethindrone 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 a doctor/provider about Norethindrone, or simply prefer the privacy, confidentiality, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We partner with birth control specialist & licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept most forms of insurance at Pandia Health. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Norethindrone is quite affordable since it’s a generic brand. You can also save by choosing one of several other generics, such as Lyza, Heather, Sharobel, Deblitane, Camila, Nora-Be, Norlyda, Errin, Jolivette, Jencycla​.

No insurance? No problem. We offer many payment options to suit your needs.

Norethindrone uses progestin to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen. It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. You take a pill every day. There are no sugar/placebo pills with Norethindrone or other POPs (Progesterone Only Pills)

Some women worry that birth control pills like Norethindrone 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.