emergency contraceptive pill

New Day Emergency Contraception Birth Control Pills

New Day is an emergency contraceptive pill, or ‘morning after pill’ that works to prevent pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg. It may also work by affecting sperm.

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Birth Control Pills

Simpesse Birth Control Pills

Simpesse is a combined oral contraceptive pill (cOCP, birth control medication, birth control pills) that 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. Simpesse 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.

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Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol

Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol Birth Control Pills (3mg/0.03mg)

Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol (3 mg/0.03 mg) 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. Drospirenone 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.

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Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol Birth Control Pills

Nortrel 0.5/35 Birth Control Pills

Nortrel 0.5/35 is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills) that 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. Nortrel 0.5/35 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.

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Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol Birth Control Pills

Vylibra Birth Control Pills

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.

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Drospirenone Ethinyl Estradiol Birth Control Pills

Volnea Birth Control Pills

Volnea 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. Volnea 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.

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Guide for providers: birth control pill side effects

Managing birth control pill side effects. A guide for providers.

A guide for providers The following are a few charts that are helpful for managing birth control pill side effects. These are intended for providers (e.g. doctors, NPs, PAs, Pharmacists) that write birth control prescriptions. But the information can also be useful to anyone who is having side effects with birth control and they can […]

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Birth Control and Mood Swings

does birth control make you moody

Many women already experience mood swings before and/or during their period, but do these persist even when you skip your period while taking birth control? In an effort to answer this question and satisfy our curiosity, Pandia Health’s wonderful CEO & co-founder, Dr. Sophia Yen has provided some expert insight on the topic.  Q: How […]

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How to Prepare if Roe v Wade is Overturned by the Supreme Court

What is Roe v Wade? Roe v Wade is a decision of the supreme court justices that protects the right of a woman to end her pregnancy through legal abortion. The 1973 result was seen as revolutionary because, for the first time nationally, federal courts supported a woman’s liberty to choose a safe, legal abortion […]

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What are Acne Oral Antibiotics?

Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Mary Francis Garcia   Acne is something that many individuals experience at some point throughout their life. Nonetheless, it’s unpleasant to have. Sometimes, washing your face just doesn’t cut it- you still have severe acne. What’s up with that? So you go to your dermatologist and […]

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how to treat fungal acne

how to treat fungal acne on your face

Noticing more facial blemishes than usual? Or little bumps on your face and body that just won’t go away? You might have fallen prey to a particular type of skin condition – fungal acne. While this may sound intimidating, it is both normal and treatable.  What is fungal acne? Fungal acne is not really acne […]

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Will my acne go away

how long does it take for acne to go away?

Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Pandia Health Editorial Team TLDR: depends but usually for a new acne lesion to be gone it could be 1-2 weeks. What is acne?  Acne is a skin condition that occurs when follicles in the skin become clogged with oil (sebum), dead skin cells, and sometimes bacteria. […]

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Acne brands

Tretinoin Cream

Tretinoin Cream

Tretinoin is a topical cream used to treat acne. It decreases the severity and number of acne lesions and speeds up the time to heal pimples. It works by making skin less oily, making the pores smaller, and making the cells less sticky, and thus less likely to block the pore.

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Azelaic Acid Gel

Azelaic Acid gel

Azelaic acid gel treats mild to moderate acne.

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Adapalene gel

Adapalene gel

Adapalene is a topical retinoid used to treat mild to moderate acne.

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Tretinoin gel

Tretinoin Gel

Tretinoin is a topical gel used to treat acne. It decreases the severity and number of acne lesions and speeds up the time to heal pimples. Tretinoin works by making skin less oily, making the pores smaller, and making the cells less sticky, and thus less likely to block the pore.

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erythromycin gel

Erythromycin gel

Erythromycin is a topical antibiotic that helps reduce the number of pimples by stopping the growth of bacteria.

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doxycline monohydrate

Doxycycline hyclate 100 mg

Doxycycline is an oral antibiotic used to treat pimples and acne when topical antibiotics aren’t strong enough.

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Hormonal birth control can definitely help you make #PeriodsOptional.With the implant or hormonal IUD, about 30% of women will have no monthly bleeds and the other 70% will have lighter bleeds. On the shot, 70% of women will have no bleeds by the 3rd shot. If you use the pill and skip the bleeding week (aka the placebo pills), 80% have no bleeding by 13 months.
I like the pill because there are 40 different types, so if one doesn’t work for you, know that there are others to try. We should be able to find one that works for you so that you have no bleeds, or at least, fewer bleeds, and no side effects, or at least fewer side effects. At Pandia Health , we have come up with an algorithm that results in fewer side effects, if any, based on your age, BMI, race as a proxy for genetics, and your past medical history/family history.

Yes, you can ask your provider to give you something for the pain or anxiety. However, 600 mg of ibuprofen with food, 30-60 minutes before the procedure should be enough. You should also ask for a paracervical block, which will numb your cervix. I also suggest scheduling your appointment on the last day of your period, if possible, because then your cervix is already open.

Unfortunately all birth control pills have a tiny amount of lactose. If you want vegan, we have the twirla patch. Or you can ask your doctor for other patches, the ring, or see a doctor in person for the IUD, implant, shot. Another option are vegan condoms + spermicide.

Twirla is a birth control patch that has estrogen and levonorgestrel. You change it once a week. We have a special deal with them if you do NOT have insurance such that it’s only $50/3 patches vs. usually $150+. If you have insurance, it should be covered with NO copay, no deductible. Learn more about it here.

Twirla works the same way all combined hormonal birth control pills work. Twirla (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol birth control patch) lowers the risk of becoming pregnant by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation)and it also thickens the cervical mucus, helping to block the sperm from getting into the uterus and connecting with the egg. 

Both are birth control patches. Twirla is a 28 cm2 circular patch with levonorgestrel and Xulane, a generic brand of Ortho Evra, is a 14 cm2 square-like patch with norelgestromin. Zafemy is another generic of Ortho Evra and is a 12.5 cm2 square-like patch. Also, Xulane and Zafemy have a higher delivered estrogen dose (50mcg) than Twirla (30mcg). The higher dose puts you at higher risk of blood clots, stroke, death. However, the higher dose might be appropriate for those on medications that “eat up the estrogen.” Check with your doctor on what’s best for you.

If over-the-counter or non-RX products are not working for you, it’s time to see a doctor. Pandia Health is here for you with board certified doctors that provide prescription treatment for acne.

Yes, do not use benzoyl peroxide and salicylci acid at the SAME time as your tretinoin. Ideally, use 1 in the morning and tretinoin at night. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are strong medications that will kill the effect of the tretinoin.

Tretinoin can cause skin irritation. Some users may get dry, red, or peeling skin that requires them to use less medication, use it less frequently, or stop using it temporarily or altogether.

If you’ve suffered from acne, you’ve most likely tried many different products to get rid ugly acne. With so many skin care products that claim to prevent breakouts, clear blemishes, and unclog pores, knowing which ingredients to look for can be confusing and overwhelming. 

Over the Counter:

Salicylic acid is an ingredient commonly found in many anti-acne treatments, so how does it work?

Salicylic acid reduces acne by minimizing swelling and redness and clearing blocked skin pores. The anti-inflammatory properties of salicylic acid aren’t surprising, because salicylic acid comes from one of the most well-known anti-inflammatory drugs available—aspirin! Salicylic acid comes in several different forms and strengths and can be included in different acne-fighting products, including cleansers, toners, and lotions.             

If you use salicylic acid to control your acne, make sure you use it regularly to maintain acne-free skin and prevent your pores from clogging. Also, for maximum effect, pair your salicylic acid-containing product with another key acne-fighting treatment: benzoyl peroxide. While salicylic acid unclogs pores and decreases inflammation, benzoyl peroxide kills P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne.

From the doctor’s point of view or Prescription Grade Acne treatment:

The first line treatment a doctor will give you for acne is tretinoin. Tretinoin works by decreasing pore size, decreasing sebum production, and making your skin cells less sticky, so they don’t block up your pores. Tretinoin is also the only comedolytic treatment. It lyses or causes acne lesions to break open. 

No. It might not be acne. It might be rosacea.

During adolescence, hormones are heightened. When these acne making male hormone levels increase, sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum, an oily/waxy substance that can clog pores, leading to acne.

Menopause is a red flag. Many menopausal women tend to think they have adult acne when they see red bumps and pimples. However, it could be rosacea. In fact, hot flashes might cause the first appearance of rosacea, so visit a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis if you have “new acne” that came with menopause.

Remember the devastation of discovering a blemish minutes before photo day or a big dance in high school? Just because we aren’t teenagers anymore doesn’t mean that our days suffering from acne and pimple problems are gone. Unfortunately, the blemish before the big dance has been replaced with the acne before the big meeting. For many, acne is lifelong.

  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old, 
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

Also, certain medications like corticosteroids, androgens, and  lithium have been linked to acne. Despite popular belief, stress does not cause acne, but it can worsen an existing case. 

Studies have also shown that a diet rich in foods that increase blood sugar, such as dairy products and carbohydrate-rich bread, may also trigger acne. 

Although you can change your diet, unfortunately, you cannot alter your genetics. A family history of adult acne may indicate you’re more likely to develop this skin condition. So if your mom/dad had acne and it lasted throughout their adult years, this may happen to you too.

TLDR: eating greasy foods does NOT cause acne. Certainly, if every time you eat pizza, you get zits, then don’t eat pizza as much if you don’t want zits. But the research shows that what you eat is not related to acne.

Some studies show that people who adhere to a diet with a low glycemic load can help lessen skin issues such as acne.

Stay hydrated! Drinking eight or more glasses of water a day helps rid the body and skin of toxins.

Direct skin contact with greasy or oily substances directly to the skin can cause an acne breakout. e.g. french fries on greasy fingers that touch your face.

TLDR: No. If you have acne, it’s NOT because you are NOT washing your face enough. 

If you wash your face too much, then your face is stripped of its natural oil and will make MORE oil to compensate for the oil you washed off!  So only wash your face, twice a day. A gentle soap with water is good enough. You do not need any fancy cleansers.

If you wear makeup, make sure to remove all makeup each night, completely. 

However, if you have acne, you might want to use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser/soap once a day.

If over-the-counter treatments, with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, along with gentle cleansing, don’t work for you (give them a chance — it can take 4-12 weeks to improve acne), a doctor can prescribe stronger treatment. 

Our co-founder/CEO Dr. Sophia Yen spoke to the founders of Pro-Activ who were dermatology residents at the time. They said, if you have access to prescription grade acne treatment, that is almost always better than anything you can get over the counter.

Severe acne requires aggressive treatment to prevent scarring.

The main trigger of acne is extra hormones — specifically, testosterone, often referred to as the “male hormone,” (However, Women have testosterone too.) When teenagers hit puberty, their hormones start surging — and then, the acne acts up. However, acne is not just in teenagers. 

  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old, 
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

No. In fact, scrubbing too hard at your face or washing too much can make your acne worse. The more you wash, the more oil your body makes to replenish what you washed off! Alcohol-based astringents can dry out the skin. Hormones trigger acne. With mild acne, gentle and regular cleansing with soap and warm water can sometimes be enough. For more severe acne, you need stronger stuff.

No. You just need to make sure you wash it ALL off each day. 

Make up can block your pores and cause acne. So, if you think that your makeup may be making your acne worse, spend a few weeks makeup-free and see what happens. 

When choosing makeup choose something that is “non-comedogenic.”  Comedo = acne, zits. So non-comedogenic means it does not cause acne or it’s less likely. If you use too much makeup or don’t take it off each night completely, you can get acne even if the makeup was non-comedogenic.

Although the hormonal fluctuations that cause acne are most common during the teen years, they can also happen to adults. Those with uteri experience hormonal swings during their menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause that result in acne breakouts.

Certain medications, such as anticonvulsants and steroid drugs (not the inhalers used for asthma) can cause acne. In some people, genetics contributes to their acne. One study found that 50% of those with acne if you have a parent, brother/sister, or child with acne.

  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old, 
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

Most acne will go away on its own at the end of puberty, but some people still struggle with acne in adulthood. Almost all acne can be successfully treated, however. It’s a matter of finding the right treatment for you.


  • 51% of women 20 -29 years old, 
  • 35% of women 30-39 years old, 
  • 26% of women 40-49 y/o 

have acne per a study in 2008

That depends on many factors: how severe your acne is, and what type of acne you have: is it whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, does it leave hyperpigmentation, do you have scars? Our doctors can provide several options that work much better than anything you can get over the counter.

For mild to moderate acne, most doctors will start with a  topical cream or gel containing a retinoid and add benzoyl peroxide. If there is inflammation (redness) then they will add a topical antibiotic (clindamycin, usually). For more severe (back/chest) and inflammatory acne, an oral antibiotic (usually doxycycline) may be added. For acne associated with your periods or time of month, women may choose birth control pills or vaginal ring to keep their hormone levels smooth and to decrease the circulating testosterone. The birth control pill or vaginal ring has a hormone which results in another hormone going up (SHBG = Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) which causes the Testosterone level that’s circulating around to go down, which results in less acne).  If the hormonal component is really severe, then the doctor might consider prescribing drug spironolactone, a “water pill” a.k.a a diuretic (which makes some people pee a lot) which also blocks male hormones. 

The most severe cases of acne may be treated with the drug isotretinoin, which is very effective. However, side effects and blood abnormalities must be monitored monthly and requires registration with the FDA to obtain a prescription. There are also various types of light, laser, or photodynamic therapies available for those with scars.

Pandia Health offers ALL brands of birth control. We have generic and name brand birth control pill, patch, and rings.

Once you complete a profile with Pandia Health we can ship your birth control to you on a 1month, 3month, 6month, or 12 month basis (this process depends on your insurance or amount of birth control refills you have left). We always have a tracking number with your birth control shipment. Pandia Health also always has FREE delivery for all shipments.

Yes, Pandia Health accepts most insurances for birth control.

We accept insurances including but not limited to Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, FamilyPact, LA Care, United Healthcare & more!

Insurances we do not accept at this time include Cal Optima, Care, Humana, Kaiser, Sunshine Health, StayWell or Tricare

We also offer affordable cash prices start at $15 per pill pack.

Why Pandia Health?

  • Online consultations are now available in more states than ever before
  • Say goodbye to pill anxiety with set it and forget it birth control subscriptions
  • Free, discreet birth control delivery, right to your door
  • Wide range of birth control brands available
  • Extended list of accepted insurance plans
  • Whew! All that AND fun seasonal freebies in each mailer (hello, fancy soap and skincare!)

Birth Control pills cost $0 with most insurance companies and as low as $15 per pill pack for those without insurance.

Sign up with Pandia Health to get your birth control online and sent it straight to your mailbox. If you have an active prescription we can handle your FREE delivery. If you need a new prescription (or you’re new to birth control) one of our expert doctors can write you one! After they write you a prescription, we can ship your medication to your house.

Yes, here in the United States you need an active birth control prescription in order to get birth control medication.

Pandia Health allows you to buy birth control online, at the comfort of your own home. If you already have a prescription, we can provide you FREE delivery. If you don’t have a prescription, our expert doctors can write you a birth control prescription online (in select states)! Birth control medication costs $0 with most insurances and as low as $15 without insurance.

Before you can buy birth control, you need an active birth control prescription from your doctor. Once your doctor writes your prescription you can get birth control using your insurance (or with cash) at a local pharmacy or online through our services at Pandia Health. In select states, Pandia Health’s expert doctors can write your birth control prescription online and deliver your birth control to you straight to your doorstep.

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The FDA says: “Based on information available to the Agency, we are aware of no oral drug products currently marketed in the United States that contain wheat gluten or wheat flour intentionally added as an inactive ingredient.”

Some drugs may contain Starch. Often it is corn starch or potato starch, not wheat starch.

Gluten-free or processed so gluten remaining is unlikely:

  • Pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate: derived from corn, potato, rice, or wheat but chemically processed so gluten remaining is unlikely
  • Starch alcohols (xylitol, maltitol, and mannitol): some are derived from wheat but they are purified to no longer contain gluten
  • Dextrans, dextrose: derived from corn and potato starch = NO gluten.

to check:

  • Dextrates, dextrins: derived from any starch source so call the manufacturer to confirm if gluten is included or not.

The FDA stated they do not collect data about gluten contamination. “The amount of gluten would be well below the levels we have estimated an inactive ingredient, such as wheat starch, could potentially contribute to an oral drug product”. If wheat happens to be an impurity in a drug listed as gluten-free, the FDA estimates that it could contain no more than 0.5 mg of gluten per pill (for reference, a slice of bread labeled ‘gluten-free’ may contain up to 0.57 mg of gluten and still meet FDA criteria for being considered gluten-free).

The FDA also says: “If the list of ingredients does not mention wheat gluten or wheat flour, then the product should not contain gluten in an amount that would harm a typical (non-refractory) individual with celiac disease”


Other birth control options that do not include gluten:

birth control patch, birth control ring, birth control shot, IUD with hormone, copper IUD, birth control implant, condoms, spermicide.

Any birth control pill is good for acne. However, some may be better than others. At Pandia Health, ‪the ONLY #WomenFounded #WomenLed #DoctorLed birth control delivery company‬, we suggest desogestrel, drosperinone (if you can drink 8 glasses of water a day), or norgestimate are best for acne. We’ve found that levonorgestrel and norethindrone are not as good for acne.

Progesterone ONLY  methods such as the IUD with hormone, implant, shot, and Progesterone Only Pills are safe. copper IUD and condoms are safe.

For combined contraceptives such as the combined oral contraceptive pill cOCPs or the birth control patch (Xulane), the birth control ring (NuvaRing elyrng) if it is MILD pulmonary Stenosis, it is safe per this paper https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3076183/

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Yes. we can get you dienogest via the birth control pill Natazia in the US.

Dienogest is the progestin in Qlaira (NOT available in the US) and Natazia (yes, we have this in the US).

Unfortunately, Qlaira is NOT available in the US. However, there is Natazia which is the same.
It is VERY expensive though. $245-$285 if you don’t have insurance. And unlikely that most insurance will cover it.
Also, it has so many phases and our team prefers monophasic. Watch this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVUQOzoMSjg

  • 2 dark yellow tablets each containing 3 mg estradiol valerate
  • 5 medium red tablets each containing 2 mg estradiol valerate and 2 mg dienogest
  • 17 light yellow tablets each containing 2 mg estradiol valerate and 3 mg dienogest
  • 2 dark red tablets each containing 1 mg estradiol valerate
  • 2 white tablets





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It depends on your risk of getting pregnant if you are not on the pill. If you can use a condom or abstain from vaginal intercourse for 4 to 6 weeks before the surgery, then please do STOP the birth control pill, birth control patch, birth control ring 4 to 6 weeks before a surgery.

A paper from 1988 shows: that research from the 1970s (when women were on HIGHER doses of estrogen) that 0.19% of women on the pill versus 0.035% NOT on the pill got a deep vein thrombosis after surgery. Other studies showed: 4.6% of patients who underwent gynecological operations for benign disease, 0 of 99 patients who underwent various abdominal operations, and 20% in 33 patients who had emergency appendectomies had a thrombosis.

From the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2018: “No trials exist to demonstrate a reduction in postsurgical VTE with preoperative discontinuation of hormone therapy, and this practice should not be routinely recommended. In women using combined oral contraception, prothrombotic clotting factor changes persist 4–6 weeks after discontinuation, and risks associated with stopping oral contraception a month or more before major surgery should be balanced with the very real risk of unintended pregnancy. It is not considered necessary to discontinue combination oral contraceptives before laparoscopic tubal sterilization or other brief surgical procedures. In current users of oral contraceptives who have additional risk factors for VTE having major surgical procedures, heparin prophylaxis should be considered.”

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Short answer: No.

long answer: anything is possible and some people have long periods. But 14 days would be unusually long.

If it happens again, then time to see your doctor for a work up, you might have Von Willebrand’s disease which is “the most common bleeding disorder” found in 1/100 people according to the CDC. Learn more here https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vwd/facts.html


There are 40 different formulations out there of the birth control pill. There are usually 3 different levels of estrogen (10 mcg, 20mcg, 30mcg, we do NOT recommend less than 30mcg for anyone under 30 years old. Too low of estrogen is NOT good for your bone health/density. See our youtube video ) and 8 different progesterones. So NOTE which progesterone and what level estrogen and find a doctor willing to try different ones and work with you.

Pandia Health has birth control expert doctors. If you are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Wyoming, or Washington (and soon other US states), we’d be happy to help.

Otherwise, many people do well on norgestimate, desogestrel, drosperinone as the progestin. So perhaps cycle through those with your doctor.


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Seasonale, Seasonique, Loseasonique all contain the SAME active ingredients = levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol. Seasonale and Seasonique each have 84 days of 0.15 mg/30 mcg levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol. However, Seasonique then goes into 7 days with 10 mcg of ethinyl estradiol vs. Seasonale which has 7 days of sugar/placebo/bleeding pills.

Loseasonique is the same as Seasonique except that it only has lower hormones = levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol 0.1 mg/20 mcg for 84 pills.

Loseasonique, Amethia Lo, Camreselo, Lojaimiess are all the SAME active ingredients, SAME dosage.
Seasonique, Amethia, Camrese, Daysee, Simpesse, Ashlyna, Jaimiess are all the SAME active ingredients, SAME dosage.
Seasonale, Introvale, Jolessa, Quasense are all the SAME active ingredients, SAME dosage.


So birth control pills are in different colors because they want you to choose their “brand” – the brand can be generic or name brand. Name brand is more expensive because they are the original.

Also, some packs have 4 different colors, some have 2, some have more. If there are 2 color pills. usually the 3 weeks of 1 color are the active pills and the 1 week of the other are the sugar/placebo/bleeding week pills.


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The best birth control if you don’t want to have children are in order from best/most to least effective:

The birth control implant (Nexplanon ®) works better than tubal ligation! Some women do GREAT on it. Some women have a lot of random breakthrough bleeding (BTB).

The IUD with hormone (Mirena ®, Liletta ®, Kyleena ®, Skyla ®) are very well tolerated because it is low dose and progesterone only. 30% of women who go on Mirena and Liletta have no periods. yay! 70% get lighter periods. Kyleena and Skyla are more likely to continue to have periods.

Then comes, Tubal ligation and then copper IUD in terms of efficacy at preventing pregnancy.

If you like the birth control ring (Nuvaring ® or its generics), now there is a 1 year ring. You could just put it in and leave it in for a year!!

Know that there are 40 different birth control pills with estrogen and progesterone. so if you didn’t like 1 then there are 39 other formulations of the birth control pill you could try.

If you are in a long term heterosexual relationship that never wants children, it’s better for the one with the testicles to get a vasectomy than the one with the uterus to have that person’s tubes tied. Vasectomy is more effective and less invasive than tubal ligation. Tubal ligation is invasive! they have to poke 3 holes in your abdomen, blow it up with gas. and it’s NOT as effective as the implant/IUD with hormone! and NOT as effective as vasectomy.

If your doctor is an ob/gyn or even if they are not, you can cite the ACOG committee opinion https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Ethics/Sterilization-of-Women-Ethical-Issues-and-Considerations it says:

“It is ethically permissible to perform a requested sterilization in nulliparous women and young women who do not wish to have children. A request for sterilization in a young woman without children should not automatically trigger a mental health consultation. Although physicians understandably wish to avoid precipitating sterilization regret in women, they should avoid paternalism as well.”

The 5-7 yr IUD with hormone fails 1/1000.

The implant fails 1/1000.

Vasectomy fails 1.5/1000.

Tubal ligation/women’s sterilization fails 5/1000

Copper IUD fails 8/1000

The birth control ring, the birth control patch, and the birth control pill fail 7/100, though the ring and patch, should have a theoretical lower failure rate because you have fewer chances of forgetting/messing up. The ring has 13 chances a year of messing up, the patch 52 times and the pill 365 times.

You can read more about birth control effectiveness or what’s the best birth control for you in our resources.

updated 11.5.20 sy


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You can stop the pill or another form of hormonal birth control at any time, just know that your “period” will come and that you will no longer be protected against pregnancy. To find more information click here and if you are stopping birth control because you are planning family check out this link too.


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You may start the combination birth control pill at any time. If you start within five days after the first day of your period, you are protected against pregnancy right away. For example, if your period starts on Monday afternoon, you can start the pill up to Friday afternoon to be protected from pregnancy right away. If you are later than 5 days after the FIRST day of your period, you will be protected from pregnancy after seven days of taking the pill every day. Use a back-up method of birth control like a condomfemale condomdiaphragm, or sponge — if you have vaginal intercourse during the first week of starting the pill. Also, the pill does NOT protect against STDs, so always use a condom WITH your birth control if you want to avoid getting STDs. To know more about the pill check out this post.


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You do NOT need to wait until you are done with your period. You can start taking the birth control pills any time.

However, we recommend starting at the end of your period because you will most likely have less spotting on your 1st pack. Also, theoretically, it’s effective immediately (if you start on your period) vs. other times, you need to use backup for 7 days.

To be absolutely safe we recommend backup or abstain for the first month. For more information, click here.


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Great questions! Yes, you are protected against unplanned pregnancy on the placebo pills as long as you took 3 weeks of active pills before the placebo. Just remember that you will only be protected for birth control and we always encourage the use of condoms for being a sexually healthy person and avoid STIs. You can read more about the pill here. We highly recommend skipping to placebo week to skip your period, and start a new pack! Check out our Period Optional page.


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When you use the birth control pill, patch, ring or shot, implant or IUD with hormone, it keeps the lining of your uterus from growing to the full thickness that it would require to support a pregnancy. This is one of the main mechanisms by which birth control works to prevent pregnancy. If the lining is thin, then there is nothing for the embryo to stick to.

If you usually bleed, 7 days, you can expect it to go down to about 5 days. If you usually use 5 pads, then it might go down to 3 pads, etc. Hormonal birth control pills also give you an option to completely skip your period! Check out our periods optional page for more information.

It is expected and normal for the bleeding to get lighter on the birth control pill, patch, ring, implant, injection, IUD with hormone.


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Medically reviewed by Sophia Yen, MD, MPH – Written by Pandia Health Editorial Team. Updated on January 4th, 2021

You just stopped taking birth control, and you noticed some blood, either in your underwear or when you wipe after urinating. If this blood is not accompanied by additional symptoms, it is likely just a harmless withdrawal bleed. That being said, noticing a sudden change in your body can be scary!

Thankfully, we have some tips to help ease your nerves. The following FAQ will include everything you need to know about withdrawal bleeding that occurs after stopping birth control.

What is withdrawal bleeding? 

Withdrawal bleeding occurs when there is a change in hormones. This entails a release of painless blood that is lighter and shorter than a normal period. 

How long does withdrawal bleeding last?

While the duration of a withdrawal bleed may vary by individual, withdrawal bleeding typically only lasts for a few days. If you notice blood for more than one week, consult a doctor. 

Why does withdrawal bleeding occur?

When an individual takes a break from hormonal birth control, such as taking the week of placebo pills in a pill packet, they will bleed due to the drop in hormones. This hormonal change triggers the release of blood and mucus from the lining of the uterus out through the vagina. 

How does withdrawal bleeding differ from a period?

Both periods and withdrawal bleeding lead to shedding of the uterine lining. However, withdrawal bleeding tends to be less heavy because the synthetic hormones in birth control prevent the lining from building up as much. Additionally, an egg is only released during a regular period, not during a withdrawal bleed. 

Does withdrawal bleeding count as a period?

Withdrawal bleeding does not count as a period because an egg is not released. It may take a while for your cycle to normalize after you stop taking birth control as your hormone levels stabilize. 

What types of birth control lead to withdrawal bleeding?

The only types of birth control that may cause withdrawal bleeding are the pill, the patch, and the ring. These methods include fixed breaks, which ultimately leads to a drop in hormones and, thus, a withdrawal bleed.

When does withdrawal bleeding occur?

Withdrawal bleeding should occur about three days after you stop taking birth control, for example, after you’ve missed three pills. While it may take a few days to show up, you should consult a doctor if you do not experience a bleed within three weeks of when it is expected. If you are sexually active, a lack of withdrawal bleeding could be a sign of pregnancy. 

Can you prevent withdrawal bleeding?

The only way to prevent withdrawal bleeding is by taking your birth control continuously. This can be done safely with the pill. Simply skip the week of placebo pills or request a prescription that only contains active pills. 

Is withdrawal bleeding necessary?

Withdrawal bleeding does not provide any significant health benefits, so skipping it does not pose a significant risk. However, some women prefer to experience a monthly bleed while taking birth control, as it can serve as reassurance that they are not pregnant. 

Does withdrawal bleeding mean you are not pregnant?

A withdrawal bleed can serve as a sign that you are not pregnant. If you do not bleed when you typically do, you should take a pregnancy test. 

Can you have sex while experiencing a withdrawal bleed?

You can have sex during a withdrawal bleed if you and your partner feel comfortable doing so. If you take your birth control as prescribed (i.e. taking your combined pill at around the same time every day), you should still be protected from pregnancy when withdrawal bleeding occurs. However, no form of contraception is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, so using an additional method will provide extra security. Barrier methods in particular (i.e. condoms) will also protect both partners from the spread of STIs

What if I want to change my bleed schedule?

You and your doctor have the freedom to choose which method of birth control is right for you and your schedule. There are loads of options available, and the right one for you will depend on many factors, including your age, ethnicity, BMI and personal medical history. At Pandia Health, we use the ‘Pandia Health algorithm’ to determine what method is best for you.

To explore your options or to skip the trip to the pharmacy with birth control delivered directly in your mailbox, get started with Pandia Health today!

Yes, you still need a pap smear every 3 years for birth control pill and if you’re using any other type of birth control (ring, patch, hormonal IUD, IUD copper, condoms). If you are not monogamous, then also STD testing every year.


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Yes, you can get an HPV vaccine as long as you are under 26 years old. If you are 26 or older, then you have to pay and it is expensive. And it is likely that you are already infected with HPV (Human Papillomavirus) by 26 years old and there is some cross-immunity, so they have deemed it not cost-effective after age 26.


You don’t need a pap smear to see what birth control you need. Actually, the pap smear has nothing to do with birth control pills. The Pap smear is to check for cervical cancer. In fact, most doctors have 1 pill they prescribe to most patients, if that has bad side effects, then that’s where they change it up. Read more about pap smear and what it consist on here


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How long are your periods? on the birth control pill, they should only be like 3–5 days. If your periods are extra long, you should get a blood test for von willebrand’s disease (a bleeding disorder). If Reclipsen is not good for your acne, you can try a birth control pill with norgestimate. However, the one you are on is pretty good.

It may be smart to check your thyroid to make sure there is nothing going on there. Do you take your pill at the same time every day? that is important!

You can skip your periods altogether if you like. Just skip the sugar pills. Usually, you can get to 3 months with no periods and then you get some spotting. Read more about how to skip your period here


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Yes. you still need a pap smear every 3 years and if you are not monogamous, then STD testing every year.


As a minor (if you are under 18 years old) in Massachusetts, you can get confidential birth control. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has Family Planning Programs which can help to get birth control for free or a low cost. Check out more information here about what these programs offer and where to find the closest clinic to you. There are also other clinics that can help you to get confidential birth control in your state, check out more info, your rights and locations here.

~~~~FAMILY PACT IS ONLY FOR CA RESIDENTS. I would delete this paragraph~~~>If you don’t have insurance, you might qualify for FamilyPACT – which provides birth control for free! You just need to go into a clinic and sign up. We take FamilyPACT insurance and then can bill that insurance and send you your medications. Check out FamilyPACT here. Enter your zip code in the top R and they will show you the clinics nearest you to sign up for Family PACT. I hope that’s helpful. Please feel to ask more questions if needed.**

In CA, if you want to keep birth control prescriptions and care confidential from your parents and you are on your parent’s insurance, you can have the right to do it! You will need to read and fill up this form , call your parents insurance and tell them you want to submit Confidential Communications Request Form. You will need to send it by fax or email and wait 7 business days before you do anything that you want kept confidential. Your medical records should always be confidential regarding birth control, sex etc even without doing this form. But for insurance/billing/medications, you need to fill out this form and speak with the insurance in order to submit it.

To find the contact info for your health plan, you can select “find your health plan” on this page or we can help you.

In general, “the holder of the insurance” doesn’t find out about prescriptions filled on the insurance. Our telemedicine visit is out of pocket (you pay by PayPal or credit card), NOT billed to insurance – so “the holder of the insurance”  would never find out about that.


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Yes, your birth control should be covered under your insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, all FDA approved birth control must be covered by insurance. If you have any problems getting it covered, contact the National Women’s Law Center 1-866-745-5487 or email coverer@nwlc.org or go to coverher.org

Unfortunately, with pharmacist prescribed birth control, they still require that you have to go into the pharmacy. With Pandia Health, you can enjoy the privacy, confidentiality, and convenience of an only Doctor consultation. Pandia’s Health Doctor group can prescribe you birth control within 24 hours and get your meds FREE delivered to your door – all done from the comfort of your home or wherever you and your phone currently are.

If you don’t have insurance or your insurance does not want to cover your medication, check out this post to find out how you can get free birth control.


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Yes, in the state of California, you can get birth control without your parents knowing. Minors have the right to get treatment for the prevention of pregnancy without requiring their parent’s permission. However, you will have to pay for the treatment or have to sign up for special insurance to cover it or they have to contact the insurance and tell the insurance company that they want “privacy.”

To pay for the treatment, you just need a credit card. (We don’t accept Venmo or other payment yet)

To sign up for special insurance, go to http://www.familypact.org/Get%20Covered/what-does-family-pact-cover and go to the top R and fill in your zip code, and it will give you a list of clinics you can go to sign up for Family PACT insurance which covers birth control confidentially.

You can also tell your insurance company that you want your birth control treatment confidential. Find out how here.

We encourage minors to talk to their parents, but if they can’t then we want to help young people prevent unplanned pregnancies. It is also important to prevent sexually transmitted infections by using condoms in order to have a healthy sexual life.


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No, skipping your period won’t cause imbalances or lead to diseases. Skipping your period is safe, and science proves it. Regarding PCOS, birth control is actually a treatment for it and it does not give way for PCOS to develop. Read our article on what PCOS is and how it is treated. When on birth control, you have the option to skip your period. You can decide if you want to bleed every month or not.


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Skipping your period will not cause you medical problems but you will need to consult your doctor if you have blood clots in your family history or you had them at all. Regarding the weight gain, actually the research shows that women on birth control pills lose weight, about 1 pound on average. Women NOT on the birth control pill bloat up and down. Those on the pill don’t bloat as much. Those skipping the sugar pills, bloat even less. Learn more about why you should skip your period in this video.

Lots of doctors have skipped the sugar pills for 10+ years with no problems at all. If you like bleeding each month, go ahead and take those sugar pills, but there is no need to bleed each month, periods optional!


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The length you can prevent your period using a monophasic birth control pill or ring will depend on the person. From my experience, the first time you try monophonic birth control, about 3 months. Then each time it goes farther. But everybody is different. Indefinitely e.g. years! It will NOT affect your future fertility.

A good read is John Rock’s Error by Malcolm Gladwell on how it’s not necessary to have a period while on the pill. The withdrawal bleed was just put there because one of the creators of the pill was a devout Catholic and wanted to use the pill with the rhythm method.

Read more facts and learn how to skip your period here.


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No, the lining of your uterus is NOT building up, higher and higher when you don’t have a period on birth control.  It’s just at a steady level which is usually smaller than your “regular period.” When you have a period off your birth control pill, it’s because you were building the lining of your uterus to accept an embryo – so you need lots of blood and nutrients.

When you are on the birth control pill, you aren’t trying to accept an embryo, so you don’t need to and you don’t build as much of a lining. and thus there is less lining to shed, when you do shed it.


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We always recommend using condoms with the use of another contraceptive such as the hormonal birth control, pill, patch, or ring. However, if you were on the active pills for 3 weeks in a row before the bleeding, you do not need to use back up, we actually strongly recommend skipping your period. Check out our periods optional page to learn how to safely skip your period.


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Skip your sugar pills and go right into the next pack. you should be able to make it out to 3 months without a period the 1st time, and then 6 months, then 9months. some people are able to go straight into no periods.

Check out this video of CEO Dr. Sophia Yen discussing  how to safely skip your period while on the pill. 

Read also our FAQ: Are periods optional?



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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.




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It depends what method of birth control you are talking about.

  • Depot medroxyprogesterone (the shot) can take 6–9 months to go back to normal.
  • The pill/patch/ring – in 3 days you go back to normal.
  • The IUD – you can go back to normal within 1 week of removal, possibly sooner.
  • The implant – same as the pill/patch/ring.


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You can skip indefinitely. My ob/gyn professor said, “The Natural State of a woman is pregnant. How many periods does a pregnant woman have? None.” For more information, check out our #PeriodsOptional page.


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Warm pack. Warm bath/shower. But we suggest skipping your periods, that’s the best way to avoid that badness. Or at least going on the birth control pill, patch, ring, shot, implant, or IUD with hormone – all of which will make your periods lighter and hopefully less painful.


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Yes. the treatment options for PCOS are: birth control pill/patch or ring or Metformin. Additionally, weight loss (if you are overweight) can help. You can read more here.


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1/10 women have or will develop PCOS, when they come OFF the pill, they will have difficulty getting pregnant (though ironically the first month off the pill is the most fertile for them) but it will NOT be due to the pill but their underlying PCOS.

Also, the pill, patch, vag ring, etc do NOT protect against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) so if you get Chlamydia and don’t know it, then that would affect your future fertility and again it wouldn’t be the pill causing the issue. So always use a condom.


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Often when people start birth control, it synchronizes when the hair falls out and it seems like you are losing more than usual because it all comes out at once versus slowly over the month, However, your hair will be the same over the entire month. The main factor affecting hair loss is the progesterone and the progesterone.


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It does NOT decrease cervical cancer. It DOES decrease endometrial and ovarian cancer though for the latter not as much as ring/patch/pill. Endometrial cancer by stopping the monthly ebb and flow of the endometrial lining. Less growth/shedding, less risk of cancer. Ovarian cancer b/c it does block ovulation but not as 100% as the ring/patch/pill. again, less frequent damage to the ovary (ovulation) less risk of CA.

b/c people don’t use them correctly (re-use! or old condom, or put it on the wrong side, flip it [but the wrong side already has pre-ejaculate which can have s14% rate of failure with condoms, why?perm] and possibly breakage.


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Some pills may be better than others. Very-low-estrogen pills that contain drospirenone, desogestrol or norgestimate seem to have the greatest negative impact on libido and vaginal dryness, so if you’re taking one of these, talk to your doctor about whether it’s contributing to any symptoms you might have. Use a silicone lubricant, and ask your doctor for a prescription for hormonal creams to apply to the opening of the vagina. And know that you are not crazy.

Dr. Goldstein discovered that about 5% of women have a genetic variant that results in a defective or inefficient testosterone receptor. These women require much more testosterone to keep the vulvar and vaginal tissue healthy and for their glands to function normally. The effects are not obvious until testosterone levels become lower than normal, but that happens to every woman who takes the pill.

So, in women with this genetic variant, the problem is threefold:

  1. The pill causes the ovaries to produce less total testosterone and less is in a usable form.
  2. The synthetic progesterone found in newer birth control pills poisons the testosterone receptor at high doses.
  3. The testosterone receptor doesn’t work well, making it extra dependent on high amounts of testosterone being present.


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Researchers looked at 33 years of studies that included more than 8,400 women taking birth control pills. Of those women, 22% reported a rise in their libido, 15% said they felt less desire, and 63% reported no change at all.

So maybe birth control makes sex better. Less stress from worrying about getting pregnant may = more drive?

Well if it’s not the pill, then what is it?

Could be your health, age, feelings about your relationship, are you physically active, do you drink too much, and how much stress is in your life.

“Regular” birth control pills, and the patch, and ring have 2 types of hormones in them: estrogen and progesterone. The amount of each hormone and type of progesterone varies by the pill. Each woman responds differently to the hormones.

One way the pill, patch, ring works is by blocking ovulation and many women notice a slight increase in libido with ovulation.

If you notice a change, talk to your provider. S/he can check to see if medical conditions or another medication might be causing your mojo to go down. S/he can help you decide whether to change medications. S/he might recommend you see a therapist or other medical experts if something turns up on the tests.

Do a check in with yourself: how is the relationship going? What stressors are going on? Are you eating too little/too much? These are all things that can put you out of the mood.


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The natural state of a female animal is pregnant and birth control pills, patch, ring mimic pregnancy. But it’s also about risk/benefits. The benefits are – decreased ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, decreased anemia, better quality of life with less blood or no blood, The risks – are blood clots but we screen for that but it’s a higher risk if you are 35 or older and smoke.


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The Birth control pills actually DECREASE your chance of endometrial and ovarian cancer. and are the only way to decrease you chance of ovarian cancer (that we know of) other than taking out your ovaries.

If you personally have breast cancer or liver cancer, the pills can make it worse.

There is an association of birth control pills and breast cancer – but that is not certain if that is causation. i.e. Women who delay having kids until they are older increase their chance of breast cancer. Women who are the pill delay having kids. We do know that delaying having kids causes breast cancer, so we think that is most likely what is going with birth control pills and breast cancer.


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Absolutely not, birth control pill, patches, ring, implant, IUD with hormone, do NOT cause infertility in the future. I think the confusion arises in that 1 out of 10 women will have PCOS. PCOS causes irregular periods and those women will have difficulty getting pregnant later. The treatment for PCOS is birth control pills. So we put these women on birth control pills and when they come off, they don’t remember they had PCOS or they weren’t diagnosed with it BEFORE they were put on the birth control pills, so when then try to get pregnant, they blame the pill. When really it was the PCOS that caused the difficulty getting pregnant.

Also, ironically enough, women with PCOS are MOST fertile the moment they get off the pill because that is when their hormones are most normal. Their hormones get more abnormal (more PCOS-y) the more days they are off the pill.

Read more about PCOS here https://www.pandiahealth.com/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-what-is-it-and-how-do-you-treat-pcos/


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The dose is soooo small that she should be ok. Dr Yen is lactose intolerant and has no problems. A quick internet search shows no one has had problems. If she has problems she can try taking the pill intravaginally because lactose intolerance is not an allergy but a lack of enzyme to digest it. Without the enzyme then the lactose in the gut causes side effects bc bacteria then digest it causing gas diarrhea etc. If she has milk allergy, she should be fine with medical grade lactose bc the allergy is to a protein and not the lactose.

No. In research where they put 50 women on the pill and 50 women not on the pill. The women on the pill LOST on average 1 pound. NOT a pound a week, NOT a pound a month, just 1 pound. I think this is b/c the women NOT on the pill have menses and they bloat up and bloat down and weigh 1 pound more b/c of bloat.

Some women experience the munchies with the pill and others do not. Each individual is different. If you think your pill is making you gain weight, then try a different formulation. There are like 7 different progesterones you can try and it might be the dose of estrogen, which can be lowered.


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The best way to avoid nausea is to take it right before you go to bed. or with DINNER. try that. and if that doesn’t work, then you might need to go to lower dose estrogen pill.


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Most people do fine. Some people have nausea but that is only if they take it first thing in the AM on an empty stomach. Some people have irregular periods – but that’s b/c they don’t take it at the same time everyday. Some women notice an enlargement of their breasts like a cup size. most side effects get better/go away by  3 months on the pill.


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It doesn’t matter WHAT time you take the pill with relations to SEX. It just has to be taken at the SAME time every day. And if you are LATE by 3 hrs, then you need Emergency Contraception and/or abstain/condoms.


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Yes. the 1 week placebo was originally established with much higher dose pills specifically 100mcg of estrogen component and now we are at 35 mcg and 20mcg. So, we have seen escape ovulation at day 6 or 7 of placebo in some patients. Thus, to be safer, you could consider decreasing the placebo week to just 4 days or 5 days.

In fact, I suggest skipping the placebo week altogether. There is no need for that week. Read John Rock’s Error


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Theoretically, you are covered if you start within 5 days of the 1st day of your period. But to be safe, we recommend using a back up for 1 month. People engaging in sex should always consider using a condom to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. And for women, it’s cleaner to use a condom because no leaking of fluid for the next 24 hrs after sex.


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Yes. Here are the typical use effectiveness rates vs. perfect use. All are with men ejaculating in the women:

  • Low dose estrogen pills:
    • Of the three COC trials, one had a BMD decrease for the group with gestodene plus EE 15 μg. Another indicated less bone resorption in the group with gestodene plus EE 30 μg versus EE 20 μg.


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It depends which type of birth control pill, and how soon after the beginning of your period you began the medication.

If you are on the “regular” combination pill, and you start the pills on your period (within 5 days of the start of your period), you are protected theoretically within 24 hrs. If you are on the “regular” combination pill, and you start the pills NOT on your period, you are protected after 7 days on the pill.

If you are on the progesterone only pills, you are protected 48 hrs after starting that pill. However, if you are 3 hrs late taking the progesterone only pill, then you need to use emergency contraception!

To be absolutely safe, waiting a month, would be best. And Dr. Sophia Yen (Pandia Health’s CEO & Co-Founder) always recommends using a condom to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections and to avoid leaking sperm for the next 24 hrs. Ew!


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ECP is for emergencies. It does NOT work as well as regular birth control – pill, patch, ring, shot, implant, IUD. That’s why it is “Plan B” and not Plan A. It is very jarring to the woman’s body and messes up her periods.


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For Plan B and its generics – it is a progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone of pregnancy. So it tells the body that you are pregnant and thus prevents the body from releasing an egg if it is about to release an egg. And some studies have shown that it blocks the sperm capacitation (getting into the egg). For Ella or ulipristal acetate, it mainly works by blocking the body from releasing an egg. because all of these are one time doses, there are no long term effects. We don’t recommend using these methods as your primary method of birth control because it is a “strong jolt” or “reset” to the normal flow but better this than pregnant. Also, you can use emergency contraception multiple times. We also don’t recommend using these methods b/c they don’t work if you have released your egg or there is lower efficacy. So better to prevent the egg from being released in the first place and that is done with the IUD with hormone, the implant, the shot, the ring, the patch, the pill.


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“The morning after pill” is usually levonorgestrel. The way it works is that is “scares your body” with high hormones so it won’t release an egg.

Often with emergency contraception (EC) aka “the morning after pill” it will mess up your period, causing it to come earlier or later. Seems like this is the case here.

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Ulipristal acetate most likely will change when your next period comes. If your period is late for more than 1 week, check a pregnancy test.

Always have some emergency contraception (EC) around in case condoms break. It happens to everyone – even doctors, even people who educate other people on how to use condoms… Better safe than sorry.

Key information for AFTER you take ella® (ulipristal acetate)

  1. If you are planning to use or currently use hormonal birth control,  wait 5 days after you take ella before you re-start your hormonal birth control. Otherwise, the hormonal birth control will BLOCK ella from working and you may get pregnant. If you choose to have sex during those 5 days, use condoms as your birth control.
  2. ella may change when your next period comes. If your period is late more than 1 week, check a pregnancy test.
  3. Do not use ella if you are breastfeeding.
  4. ella® does not protect against sexually transmitted infection(s) e.g. HIV. Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Herpes, etc. Make sure you get checked for STIs if the condom popped.

Some side effects include: headache (18%), stomach pain (12%), nausea (12%), menstrual pain (9%), tiredness (6%), and dizziness (5%).

ella® should not be used if you know or suspected you are pregnant, and ella® should not replace a regular method of birth control.


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The 72 hour over the counter emergency contraception pills (ECPs) can actually be used out to 120 hrs per the WHO (World Health Organization). However, they work better if you take them ASAP.

The over the counter ECPs are levonorgestrel which is a progestin. They basically tell the body that you are pregnant so why would you want to ovulate (pop out an egg). Thus, if the woman has already popped out an egg (ovulated), then it won’t work and it’s too late to prevent pregnancy. If a woman is going to ovulate in 5 days, then you have 5 days to throw this high dose progestin to prevent the body from releasing egg.

If you are already pregnant, the progestin will do NOTHING to the existing pregnancy. That is it will not cause the embryo to die nor mutate. It will not cause an abortion.


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Plan B is not bad for you. It is safe to take every time you have unprotected sex, the birth control method failed, or you forgot to take birth control. It’s better to use long term birth control (such as the pill, patch, ring, IUD, implant) if you find yourself using Plan B and its generics (Levonorgestrel) more than twice.

There are no dangers (as in death, and the side effects have been covered by the other answers) to taking the morning-after pill too often. EXCEPT that it might not work and you end up getting pregnant. It’s efficacy depends on where a woman is in her cycle.

So it is NOT recommended to take too often, simply because we hope you would use a more efficacious form of birth control if you really want to avoid pregnancy.

Side effects of the morning after pill include: nausea, vomiting, menstrual irregularities, dizziness, diarrhea, and/or breast tenderness.

If you have had an allergic reaction to levonorgestrel or “the morning after pill” before, do NOT take it.

Yes. As part of our high-quality, evidence-based medicine care, we offer all of our patients the option of a prescription for Emergency Contraception in addition to their regular birth control, so you can have it in case of an emergency (like a fire extinguisher). We can also call in or fax the prescription if you need emergency contraception within 1 business day.

We write prescriptions for Ulipristal Acetate (Ella) because it is more effective than Levonorgestrel Emergency Contraception, especially on days 3-5 after a contraceptive accident/failure, and for women who weigh more than 176 pounds or have a BMI>26.

When you take Ulipristal Acetate, make sure you STOP your regular birth control pill for 5 days (use a backup method for those days or don’t have sex) and then restart your regular birth control pill on day 6.


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It depends where a woman is in her cycle. If she has ovulated, then most likely it won’t work.

It also depends WHICH emergency contraceptive pill. If you take the over the counter one which is levonorgestrel 1.5 mg vs the by prescription only ulipristal acetate – the latter is MORE effective on days 3-5 after an accident and more effective in women who are 177 lbs or more.

Regardless of efficacy, if you have a contraceptive failure or are sexually-assaulted and want to avoid pregnancy and are within 5 days of the event, it doesn’t hurt to try to prevent pregnancy by using Emergency Contraception.

All Emergency Contraception(EC)  is not 100% effective.

Levonorgestrel EC has a variable efficacy from 75–95% effective depending where you are in your cycle and also if you weigh 75 -79 kg, Levonorgestrel Emergency Contraceptive  has lower efficacy than if you weigh <75kg. If you weigh 80kg or more, we recommend you use ulipristal acetate or copper IUD and NOT the Levonorgestrel EC.


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There are several options:

  1. The Copper IUD. The most effective Emergency Contraceptive – it can be 99.999% effective even if you have it inserted after the event, within 5 days from the event. Works in women of all weights.
  2. Ulipristal Acetate, known by its brand Ella. Works better in women 176 pounds or greater, BMI of 26 or greater. If you are over 195 pounds, try the copper IUD.
  3. Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg also known as Plan B and has many generic equivalents. This is the typical “morning after pill” available without a prescription, but it may not be as effective as the other 2 options listed above, especially for women with a BMI of 26 or greater.
  4. Yuzpe Method – Take lots of Birth Control Pills. If you don’t have access to the top 3 options, but you have birth control pills on hand, then take roughly 4 birth control pills now and again in 12 hrs. The goal is to reach 100mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 1mg of norgestrel now and again in 12 hrs. Side effects might be: vomiting, irregular periods.

Pandia Health can help you with Options 2 & 3, but you will need to see a practitioner in person for Option 1.


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Cold medicines rarely affect birth control. Unless you are on Pseudoephedrine, which revs up your system and chews up the birth control pills’ hormones faster. If you notice spotting when taking your cold meds, then the birth control might not be working. Use a back up method to be safe.


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Actually, high Vitamin C does the opposite. It might increase the effect of the estrogen and increase the risk of blood clots. So watch out for headaches, chest pain, leg pain. If you get any of those, go to the emergency room and tell them you are on the birth control pill.


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Multivitamins won’t affect birth control pills. Only if you are on a supplement with high dose magnesium, such as a specific antiacid not just a multivitamin.


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It’s safe to take it with birth control pills. However, the topamax may make the birth control NOT work. so best to consider the shot, the implant or the IUD with hormone. she can check out bedsider.org for options and for those options she has to go in and see a provider. For providers she can go to familypact.org (if you are in CA).


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If this is the first time that you started birth control pills, then sometimes it takes 3 months for your body to get used to it. Once you start the birth control pills, then you should take a pill everyday. For the spotting, you can try ibuprofen 600 mg up to 3 times a day for up to 5 days WITH FOOD to see if that helps. It would have been better if you started on the LAST day of your bleeding but it’s ok to start when you started.


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When you get spotting, that means your body wants to come off the medication. Come off for 5 days, have a bleed during that time and on day 6 re-start ACTIVE pills whether or not you are still bleeding. Hopefully next time you can get out a longer period before the spotting happens. For many women, they get to 3 months, then 6 months, then “home free.” However, other women just always breakthrough at 3 months.


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Yes. It is safe to use. It can be stored at 77 degrees fahrenheit for up to 4 months. It can be stored up to 86 degrees. AVOID >86 degrees and in direct sunlight.


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If you are LESS than 48 hrs. late with inserting a new ring and you are sexually active:

  • Insert the ring as soon as possible ASAP
  • Keep the ring in until your regular scheduled ring removal day.
  • Emergency contraception (EC) is not usually needed but can be considered depending on day of your cycle.Talk to your health care provider HCP to find out if you should have a pregnancy test or if EC is needed.

If you are MORE than 48 hrs. late with inserting a new ring and you are sexually active:

  • Insert the new ring as soon as possible
  • Keep the ring in until the scheduled ring removal day.
  • Use back-up birth control (condoms) or avoid sexual intercourse until a ring has been worn for 7 straight days.
  • Talk to your health care provider (HCP)  about whether you should take Emergency Contraception (EC) . Let your HCP know the week of your menstrual cycle.


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It should be free under the Affordable Care Act – both the device and the MD visit to insert it. Insurance should cover IUD insertion without co-pay. If people are being charged, they should go to coverher.org


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Hormonal birth control is actually great for women. You can choose to have NO periods and it helps decrease acne. IUDs with hormones also can cause lighter or no periods. IUDs with copper have more blood and more pain but some women like them because they consider them “natural” because there are no hormones.

So, your intuition to go with the IUD is correct. It is the most effective method. The IUD with hormone (Liletta or Mirena) are actually MORE effective than tubal ligation! and they are easily reversible. They last for 5 years.

Prep for IUD:

  • Make sure you pre-medicate for pain with 800 mg ibuprofen 30–60 minutes before the procedure with food (to protect your stomach from the high dose).
  • Ask for a cervical block (blocks the pain)
  • Consider having it put in on the last days of your period when your cervical os (the opening to your cervix) will already be open.
  • Some women have had a warm pack to their abdomen during the procedure (to relax) and some music or video to distract themselves
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Yes, they do but I would recommend the ring. More information, here. But the patch works as well – the only negative on the patch is that it delivers higher estrogen than other pills and that puts you at risk of blood clots. BUT it is better than nothing. also, if you are NOT good at taking pills by mouth, you can take them intravaginally or you can also stick them in ice cream, yogurt, food, etc. they are really small.  You could also consider the implant but 30% of women will continue to ovulate on the implant, so that might not fix all of the dysmenorrhea. But most of the dysmenorrhea comes from amount of blood, and the implant, IUD, patch, shot, ring, pill ALL decrease the amount of blood you lose and thus, less cramping because less blood to get out.


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Depends where you are on your cycle when you start the patch, if you are on your period and start the patch, then AFTER 24 hrs you should be protected. If you are more than 5 days from the FIRST day of your period, then 1 week.


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If you’re not happy with the birth control pill that you are taking and the effects they have on you, talk to your health care provider. Don’t just give up and stop taking them. Your provider can give you a prescription for a different type of pill. There are many types, and they affect people differently. Some you’ll like, and some you won’t. You may have to try a few different types before you find the one that works best for you. There are also lots of other methods to prevent pregnancy, so you can talk to your doctor about other options.


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What you should do:

  • Take a pill as soon as you remember – only take one, even if you’ve missed more than one pill
  • Take the next pill at the usual time – this may mean taking two pills on the same day (one when you remember and one at the usual time), this is not harmful
  • Carry on taking your remaining pills each day at the usual time
  • Use extra contraception such as condoms for the next two days (48 hours) after you remember to take your missed pill, or don’t have sex

If you have unprotected sex during the two days after you miss your pill, you may need emergency contraception – get advice from your GP or contraception clinic.


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Drosperinone is the progesterone in Loryna. Loryna has BOTH drosperinone (progesterone) and ethinyl estradiol (estrogen). Birth control pills usually contain BOTH estrogen and a progesterone. And there are lots of different generic birth control with the same active ingredients at the same doses – for example Loryna = Yaz (lower dose estrogen though), Yasmin, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda, Vestura, Zarah.


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We don’t recommend it. It increases your risk of cancer and blood clots. But if you are under 35 and you only smoke 1-2 cig a day. It’s ok. But better to cut down/quit!


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We prefer Yasmin to Yaz because Yaz only has 20 mcg of estrogen which is not optimal for women’s bone health. Also, we don’t prescribe Yasmin or Yaz unless the woman can commit to drinking at least 8 full glasses of water a day because it has a diuretic component and we don’t want the woman to be dehydrated and have headaches. Also, if there is any history of kidney disease, Yasmin is not a good option.


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Acne should get better on any of the birth control pills but Sprintec and Yasmin are best for clearing up acne. However, we don’t recommend Yasmin unless you have really bad acne and you can drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Otherwise, you might end up with headaches.


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If you are having the withdrawal bleed/placebo week, just switch to the new pill and try to maintain the same week off pills.

For example if you are on the 1st pill & the week before the sugar pills on your old medicine, start on the 2nd pill & the week before the sugar pills. Make sure to wait until you get to the withdrawal week, have the bleed, and start the NEW medications on the last day of the bleed

Essentially, finish your current pack and start the NEW pack after the placebo week on the current pack. If you are skipping the bleed/placebo pills, just switch to the new pill.


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Yes. Norgestrel = racemic mixture (L and R version). R version does not do anything and may add side effects you don’t need or want. Levonorgestrel = pure L enantomer = fewer side effects. It is the better version.


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There is no reason to be on triphasic pill. Triphasic was made to “mimic” the normal cycling of a woman’s cycle. However, the monophasic makes your life smoother and allows you to skip your periods easier if you want to do that.


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POPs should be taken at the same time each day. Make sure to use condoms or abstain from sex for 2 days if POP is taken ≥3 hours late. Contact a doctor immediately if you experience abdominal pain. Take another pill immediately if you are vomiting within 2 hours of taking your pill because you need to make sure the pill gets into your system.


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If you take the generic of whatever medication you were on previously that is okay. Generic just means that they were not first to market, but the active ingredient inside is the same. Generics are all interchangeable and you can switch between the pills, as long as you are taking a pill every day, you will be covered.


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There are 2 hormones in birth control pills:

  1. Estrogen – higher doses will increase the risk for blood clots but will also help with breakthrough bleeding or lower doses will also.
  2. Progesterone – causes 2 types of side effects Androgenic (acne), and progestin – higher progestin activity = less chance of bleeding.

Norgestimate does not have a higher dose estrogen  and it’s known for breakthrough bleeding.

Zovia/Demulen has a 50mcg estrogen version and it has a higher progestin effect so will most likely stop the breakthrough bleeding

Medications such a Vyvanse and other ADHD meds rev up the liver and eat up the estrogen and other hormones in birth control so people on those meds sometimes need higher estrogen.


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Yes it’s possible for several reasons: If you don’t take it every day, if you need a higher dose of hormones than you are on. and some people are just really fertile and get pregnant on the birth control pill even if they take it every day. If you think you might be pregnant, you should check a pregnancy test.  However, if you take your medicine everyday and there isn’t any unusual spotting, then it’s unlikely that you would get pregnant. The chance of pregnancy on the birth control pill, if you take it right, is like 3/1000 women. And 9/100 in “normal use” meaning with errors.


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We recommend and encourage using condoms to protect yourself and your future children from sexually transmitted infections.


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If you missed 1 pill, take it as soon as you remember it. If you missed 2 days of pills in a row, take 2 today, and 2 tomorrow.

If you missed 3 days of pills, you’ll probably get your period, you’re are at risk of getting pregnant. Consider taking some emergency contraception (Pandia Health can help you get some – we can call in a prescription to your local pharmacy if you are our telemedicine patient) if you had sex during those 3 days. Use a backup birth control method (condoms) for the next month to be absolutely safe.

Re-start your pills after being off for a total of 5 days (so if you missed your pills for 3 days, stay off for another 2 days and then re-start your pills).

Talk to your doctor/provider if you have ANY questions or our pharmacist/telehealth partner doctor if you are our telemedicine patient.


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You can go to a local pharmacy/grocery store. You can go to a fire station – they are supposed to be able to take it and say your doctor told you to ask them if they would help. You can also call the last doctor’s office you went to and ask what your blood pressure was at that visit.


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Mainly it’s because they missed some pills or they took a medicine that ate up the hormones faster than usual like over the counter cold medicines can do that, St. John’s wort, magnesium. Studies have shown that if you have fewer placebo days, you decrease the chance of pregnancy. So if you are OK skipping the placebo, that should decrease the chance of pregnancy.


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We only recommend taking the POP if you have high blood pressure, which requires that you take it at the same time every day, if you are late by 3 hours, then you need emergency contraception and to abstain from sex for the next 5 days.


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The new hot thing for birth control is getting more people to consider the LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives) but until then, there will be a business for the pill, patch and ring birth control methods.


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Always use a condom, unless you both entered this relationship as virgins. Have some emergency contraception around in case the condom breaks. If you really want to prevent pregnancy, the woman should be on some form of hormonal long term birth control or the IUD. Get tested annually for chlamydia and optionally HIV.


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Generics are pretty much the same as name brand and thus you can can save money if they go with the generic. Often times, people think they are on “name brand” but they are really on generic! e.g. Chateal is a generic. Generic has the same active ingredients as the brand name equivalents. The difference is that the “name brand” got the original patent. Check out our blog on the Top 5 Reasons to Chose Generic Over Brand Name BC or watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOG-8GPryfA


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The best birth control is vasectomy, but that is a permanent method. The next most effective pregnancy prevention method the IUD with hormone.


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The patch works the same as the pill and ring. The only difference is it delivers the medicine through your skin rather than through your mouth or other part… and you only have to think about it once a week. For more info https://www.bedsider.org/methods/the_patch. We don’t recommend it as much because it has a high hormone level compared to pill or ring. but if it’s the only method you like, then it is better than nothing.


Additional Information:

  • Normal pills are 35 mcg of estrogen and the patch is considered like giving 50mg of estrogen
  • The patch, you have to change once a week. The pill you have to remember to take every day.
  • The patch is only 1 week but the longest you should be using the patch is 3 weeks in a row (3 different patches). More than that, then the estrogen level gets dangerous. You’ll need to take a break during the 4th week to avoid estrogen building up to dangerous clot levels.


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  • Blood Clots:
    • Blood clots are possible while on birth control, but the risk on birth control of a clot is LESS than the risk of clots when you are pregnant.
    • Information on Blood Clots:
      • Try to cut down on smoking
      • ACHES mnemonic
      • Abdominal Pain
      • Chest Pain
      • Severe headaches,
      • Swelling of 1 leg,
      • These could be blood clots from the birth control. or worsening headaches.
      • It’s unlikely, but I just need to warn you.
      • If you go on long airplane flights more than 5 hours, make sure you drink lots of water, and take a baby aspirin or ibuprofen before the flight and walk around during the flight.
  • Breast Cancer Risk:
    • Studies have shown the risk goes away after 10 years off the pill.
  • Depression:
    • There are different progestins in the different birth control pills you can try. Each woman is different and most do fine.
  • Munchies:
    • Some women get the munchies on the pill, most do not. The research shows that on average, women on the pill weigh one 1 pound less than to women not on the pill.


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Birth Control pills are really good for those that want/need them. They are FAR more effective than abstinence or condoms for preventing unplanned pregnancies. They can be used to treat acne, anemia, bad cramps, PCOS. They can be used to turn off your periods Did you know that you can skip your periods??? As Dr. Berg pointed out – they can decrease your risk of several cancers.


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Thank you for your generosity! Pandia enables donations via the Pandia Health Birth Control Fund (sponsored by the Center for Policy Analysis). We welcome all levels of giving.


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Yes, we have a referral program for patients, organizations, and campus reps. If you are interested in participating, please contact info@pandiahealth.com.


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We currently partner with pro-women, pro-health non-profits in a variety of ways. Donation via referral code tracking is one possibility. For more information, contact info@pandiahealth.com.


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Pandia Health was founded by a doctor who understands firsthand the medical office experience. We endeavor to reduce frantic, last-minute birth control refill requests to keep your admin efforts down while also helping your patients stay compliant with their monthly medications. You can e-prescribe to our partner pharmacy and recommend our service to your patients. We are happy to send you marketing materials for your office. Please email info@pandiahealth.com if you are interested.


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If you would like us to share information, we can send a copy of the prescription and medical records upon request.


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It depends. In California, one option is to submit this form at least 2 weeks prior to having Pandia process your medication in order to maintain privacy. In general, medications are not listed on Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements which are sent to the primary insurance holder after any services are rendered. However, if you are concerned, please contact your insurance company to verify.


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We only share your information with the minimum number of people possible to do our job according to the HIPAA laws.


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All health records are kept private and we employ robust encryption methods to protect your personal information. We adhere to the US government-mandated standards of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).


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No. We recommend that you have a primary care physician for all your health concerns to provide a continuity of care across medical conditions. The doctors on the Pandia team function primarily to provide birth control. We recommend a pap smear every 3 years starting at age 21. If you are sexually active, we recommend getting tested annually for sexually transmitted diseases.


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Our doctors take shifts and work as a team, so you may not always speak with the same doctor. We do our best to accommodate consistency to provide you a streamlined experience.


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You won’t need to speak to one of our doctors to transfer an existing prescription. Our doctors only communicate with patients who use our telemedicine service.


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We currently have six doctors on staff and will increase as we expand services to other states.


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A partner pharmacy is an existing pharmacy with whom we have established a business relationship to fulfill the medication. We have carefully selected pharmacies in the United States who provide high quality service and believe in our mission.


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You will be provided with a USPS tracking number via text or email.


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This depends on what your insurance will allow and what your doctor wrote. Pandia Medical Group’s doctors usually write for 1 year’s supply at a time and California law mandates that insurances allow 1 year’s supply at a time. If you have no insurance, we can ship as many months worth of medication as you are willing to pay (up to a year).


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Our partner pharmacy bills the cost of the medication to your insurance. If you have a copay, we will send you an invoice via email and you can pay online via debit or credit card.


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If you have insurance, birth control medication is likely accessible without your needing to pay a copay and without needing to meet a deductible requirement. If you insist on getting a brand name medication, you may be responsible for the difference in price between what is covered by your insurance and the brand name price. If you don’t have insurance, we have cash rates for birth control starting at $15/pack. Delivery of the medication is free.


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The consult fee is charged to your card after you answer the health questionnaire online. Our doctor will not review your questionnaire until you have paid.


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In short, yes! Pandia Health does accept Medicaid/Medi-Cal. 

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to 72.5 million Americans. To participate in Medicaid, states must cover certain groups of individuals (i.e. low-income family, qualified pregnant women, individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income, etc.). Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid healthcare program, which pays for a variety of medical services for individuals with limited income and resources. 

About one in five women rely on Medicaid to access reproductive health care. Medicaid programs offer free birth control, although they are not required to cover all methods. Individuals can check in with their state’s Medicaid office in order to determine if their birth control will be covered. 

Our expert doctors at Pandia Health can write prescriptions for individuals who live in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, NV, TX, & WY. If you live in one of these states and do not have a current prescription, you can set up an online consultation and meet with one of our providers to determine which type of birth control may be best for you. If you do not live in one of these states, you will need to have a prescription from a doctor in order to access our delivery service. You can transfer your prescription to our pharmacy and get it delivered for free. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medicaid? 

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program in the US that provides health coverage to certain groups of individuals (i.e. those who are classified as low-income). 

What is Medi-Cal?

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid healthcare program. This only applies to residents of California. 

Does Medicaid cover birth control?

Yes! Medicaid covers FDA-approved birth control methods including the pill, patch, ring (Annovera or NuvaRing), shot (Depo-Provera), implant, cervical cap, diaphragm, IUD, tubal ligation, and emergency contraception (Plan B, Ella, or NextChoice). Medicaid is the largest payor of reproductive healthcare coverage.

Does Medicaid cover the IUD?

Medicaid should cover the cost of an IUD, including the initial visit to get it put in and follow-up visits. The IUD is an excellent birth control method, as it provides long-term protection (a.k.a you do not have to worry about replacing it every month). 

Does Medicaid cover NuvaRing?

Medicaid should cover most if not all of the cost of the NuvaRing. You will need a prescription from a doctor or nurse. If you live in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, NV, TX, & WY, you can schedule an online consultation with one of Pandia Health’s providers to get a prescription. If you live in a different state, you can visit a local doctor’s office or health clinic, like Planned Parenthood

Does Medicaid cover Nexplanon?

Medicaid should cover most if not all of the cost of Nexplanon (i.e. the birth control implant). Similar to the IUD, this form of birth control is an excellent choice for long-term protection because it can last for up to five years. 

Can you get birth control for free?

Yes! Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals who get their insurance from an employer, their state’s marketplace, or a private insurer and have a prescription from a doctor can access birth control with no copay or deductible. If you use the pill, patch, or ring, you can get your prescription delivered for free through Pandia Health. This means you can skip the trip to the pharmacy and no longer need to worry about running out of birth control. 

How much does birth control cost without insurance?

At Pandia Health, each pack of birth control costs $15 for individuals who do not have insurance. While we do not offer other types of birth control (i.e. the IUD, shot, implant), these methods can be accessed by individuals who do not have insurance. They may cost anywhere from $15 per month to $1,000 total – the higher cost is typically for longer-term methods like the IUD. If you do not have insurance, you may be able to qualify for Medicaid or other government programs depending on your income and documentation status in the US. These programs can help cover the cost of birth control. 

Disclaimer: The above information is for general informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor/primary care provider before starting or changing treatment.

Written by Sarah Druckman.

For those without insurance, we offer credit & debit card payment options. The cost for generic birth control pills start as low as $15/pack. Prices will vary depending on medication prescribed. If you have any questions in regards to price, our Patient Care Associates are available on Live Chat or via SMS.


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The cost of the online telemedicine consultation with one of our doctors is $25 if Pandia Health delivers your birth control or $49 if you decide to pick it up at your pharmacy. If our doctors determine it is safe for you based on your health questionnaire, you will then receive a new birth control prescription that is valid for 12 months.

The cost of the medication will vary based on your insurance coverage. If you have insurance, there should be no copay unless you insist on a particular brand. If you want a particular brand, we will verify the price with your insurance company beforehand and confer with you before proceeding.

For those without insurance, typical medication costs will start at $15/month for birth control pills.


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


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Based on your answers from the health questionnaire regarding your medical history and previous birth control experience, our doctors will prescribe the safest option with the least side effects.


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We carry all brands of birth control (pills, patch, ring). We will notify you if your product is not in stock and discuss alternatives.
Please note that your insurance may not cover the full price of name-brand medications. You are responsible for charges not covered by your insurance. We will contact you to approve the price if that is the case, and you may choose to pay the extra charge for the name-brand or go with a lower priced alternative. Most birth control pills that are widely available today are generic brands.


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Yes, we welcome all patients. You can choose to get a prescription via telemedicine and/or opt for automated delivery (once you have an active prescription).


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Pandia Medical Group offers all patients the option of a prescription for Emergency Contraception (EC) in addition to regular birth control. We recommend that all women of reproductive age have EC on hand for emergencies.

Using Pandia, you can receive your EC by mail in about a week, or we can also call in or fax the prescription to one of your local pharmacies within 1 business day.
Our doctors write prescriptions for Ulipristal Acetate (Ella) which are typically covered by most insurance plans. When you take Ulipristal Acetate, make sure you STOP your regular birth control pill for 5 days (use a backup method for those days or don’t have sex) and then restart your regular birth control pill on day 6.

We can prescribe birth control pills, patch, and ring as well as Emergency Contraception pills.


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We work with a partner pharmacy who sources from a distributor who obtains medications from manufacturers who abide by FDA regulations.


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Yes. As long as your prescription is still valid at your local pharmacy, we can initiate a transfer and start mailing you your medication from our partner pharmacy so that you can start enjoying free delivery.


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You can get access to birth control at any age in the state of California.


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Yes. Pandia offers prescription evaluation services through Pandia Medical Group, staffed by board certified physicians in California. We are able to help customers who are new to birth control or whose prescription has expired and are not able to get a doctor’s visit right away. Our Doctors can prescribe you if you are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Washington, or Wyoming. Pandia Medical Group (PMG) cannot guarantee prescriptions in all instances; some patients may have conditions that require blood tests or an in-person examination before a prescription can be given safely. In these cases, we refer patients to their primary care provider or help them locate one.


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If you have an active prescription, Pandia Health provides FREE delivery of your birth control to ALL 50 states.

If you need a new prescription, Pandia Health only provides online doctor visits for prescriptions to those physically in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Washington, or Wyoming. We are looking to provide online prescriptions to other states like Hawaii soon (if you are a doctor and have a private practice or want to join our practice, please contact info@pandiahealth.com).


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Pandia Health currently offers birth control prescription and delivery to individuals with and without insurance. Based on your needs, Pandia can help with either or both prescription and delivery.

If you need a prescription, select “I need a prescription” and answer questions about your medical history. The doctor will review your answers and contact you if there are any questions or concerns. A prescription is then written and sent to a pharmacy of your choice or to our pharmacy partner. At your request, the doctor can also prescribe Emergency Contraception.

If you currently have an active prescription, you can choose to have Pandia fill your future medication, up to 12 months at a time (depending on your insurance coverage). Just give us the name of your current pharmacy and we will move the prescription to our partner pharmacy or have your doctor send the prescription directly to Pandia’s partner pharmacy.

Delivery is by USPS, which typically delivers 2-3 days from date of shipment. We schedule your refills to arrive a week before your last packet runs out, so you can have peace of mind and can skip the trip to the pharmacy.


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