Norgestimate-Ethinyl Estradiol Birth Control Pills
TypeCombined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)
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
Active IngredientsNorgestimate (progesterone) [0.25mg] Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [0.035mg]
RisksDo NOT use if allergeic to estrogen or progestin. Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Equivalent Generic BrandsEstarylla
Name BrandOrtho Cyclen (discontinued)
Popular Birth Control Pill BrandsSprintec
ResourcesPandia Health’s Youtube
First time on pills? Here some tips
Norgestimate-Ethinyl Estradiol is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, 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. Norgestimate-Ethinyl Estradiol 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.
If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Heath 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.
Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Norgestimate-Ethinyl Estradiol at special request or another generic equivalent: Estarylla, Sprintec, MonoNessa for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
A few women may experience weight gain when taking Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol and other birth control pills. While there’s a chance that shifts in mood can cause overeating, it’s often 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 Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something as relatively harmless as St. John’s wort can cause Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer medications, HIV drugs, seizure medicines, and those used for chronic hepatitis C.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Norgestimate-Ethinyl Estradiol. 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.
Pretty much every kind of prescription birth control comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol. 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 Pandia Health Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol. This is especially the case if you’ve experienced troubles such as cancer, heart disease, blood clotting, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol 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 family doctor about Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol, or simply crave the privacy, discretion, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept many forms of insurance here at Pandia Health. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol is quite affordable because it’s a generic brand. You can also save by choosing one of several other Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol generics, such as Estarylla, Femynor, Mono-Linyah, MonoNessa, Previfem, or Sprintec. No insurance? No problem. We have many payment options to fit your needs.
Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen and 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. Many women find that taking Norgestimate Ethinyl Estradiol 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.
Some women worry that birth control pills like Norgestimate-Ethinyl Estradiol 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.