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Type

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)

Uses

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

Active Ingredients

Levonogestrel (progesterone) [1 mg]

Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [20 mcg]

Risks

Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.

Discuss use with a doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.

Equivalent Generic Brands

Aubra
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Falmina
Alesse
Delyla

Name Brand

Alesse

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New Questions

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What is Vienva?

Vienva birth control is a low dose prescription medication with 20 mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 100mcg of levonorgestrel. Vienva prevents pregnancy and is an oral contraceptive pill.

Vienva works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. Vienva also makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Vienva can reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (e.g., for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome), relieve painful heavy periods, and treat hormonal acne.

For women under the age of 30, Dr. Sophia Yen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Pandia Health does NOT recommend low dose birth control pills like Vienva. This is because you need at least 30 mcg of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) for optimal bone health. If you’re younger than 30, Dr. Yen and our doctor team recommend taking slightly stronger versions of Vienva, including:

If Vienva is not the best choice for you, there are plenty of other options to choose from, including:

Vienva Birth Control Side Effects

The risk of experiencing negative side effects with Vienva is very low. It is possible for some women to experience mild side effects like headaches, nausea, spotting, bloating, water retention, and breast tenderness. Some women may also experience slight increases in blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Many women taking Vienva appreciate the beneficial side effects such as: lighter periods, fewer mood swings, and decreased acne.

It’s unlikely for someone to have serious side effects of Vienva birth control. In rare cases, Vienva may increase the risk of blood clots. Blood clots can happen in the lungs (causing chest pain and shortness of breath), in the stomach or legs (causing swelling and pain), or in the brain (causing a sudden and intense headache, double vision, and other symptoms).

Because cigarette smoking can increase the risk of serious birth control side effects, women taking Vienva should not smoke.

Get Vienva Birth Control Online + Free Delivery

Pandia Health is the ONLY birth control delivery service founded and led by women, and with a doctor CEO. Dr. Yen created Pandia Health so those with uteri would have confidential and convenient access to the best birth control methods for their needs.

Our expert birth control doctors can prescribe Vienva or another generic equivalent (Vienva is a generic) for as little as $0 with insurance or $15 for a pack of pills.

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FAQ

DOES VIENVA CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?

It’s possible that taking Vienva and other birth control pills can contribute to small amounts of weight gain, but this is usually due to fluid retention rather than true body fat. Each person is different and most research shows that birth control pills do not cause weight gain.

ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VIENVA?

You should always speak to a doctor before starting, stopping, or changing any medication, including Vienva. Be sure to discuss any other medications or supplements you might be taking with your doctor. This includes over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, vitamins, and recreational drugs.

Certain medications, including antibiotics or drugs used for HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, and high blood pressure, may interact with Vienva and should not be taken together. Pandia Health’s expert birth control doctors can help you find effective alternatives to Vienva.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH VIENVA?

Anyone who is allergic to ingredients in Vienva should seek an alternative birth control option with their provider. Signs and symptoms of Vienva allergy include skin rash, dizziness, or itching. Severe allergic symptoms like swelling of the lips, throat, or tongue are incredibly rare but considered a medical emergency. If you notice any of these symptoms, call 911 right away.

Estrogen containing birth control like Vienva may not be right for you, depending on your medical history. Tell your doctor if you have a history of health problems like epilepsy, cancer, heart disease, blood clots, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or high blood pressure.

HOW EASY IS IT TO GET VIENVA?

Vienva is available at most pharmacies and is easy to get with a doctor’s prescription. Pandia Health has a roster of dedicated, licensed expert birth control doctors who can provide birth control prescriptions confidentially and conveniently.

We accept most forms of private insurance and offer several flexible payment options for those without insurance to make sure you can still access the birth control you need. Most pills are $15/pack (3 pack minimum) or $20/pack for 1 pack to cover shipping, handling, and overhead.

HOW DOES VIENVA WORK?

Vienva is a type of birth control pill that contains two hormones, levonorgestrel (progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (estrogen). These hormones prevent pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from an ovary (ovulation). Vienva also works by making changes in the lining of your uterus and cervical mucus. These changes make it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to implant into the uterus.

Vienva is easy to use. You take one white pill per day for 21 days in a row, then take a peach-colored inactive pill for seven days. Take your birth control pill at the same time every day to increase how well it will work. Also, when starting birth control pills for the first time, Pandia Health’s expert birth control doctors recommend using a backup form of birth control during the first week. 

DOES VIENVA BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?

Vienva does not cause infertility. If you want to have a baby, simply stop taking Vienva. Your normal fertility should return within one or two menstrual cycles. 

Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.

WHAT ARE SOME NON BIRTH CONTROL BENEFITS OF VIENVA?
  1. Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7 day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
  2. You can use it to make #PeriodsOptional. Just skip the last week of pills and go straight into the next pack. See our CEO/Founder’s talk on the bottom of this page 
  3. Improves acne.