Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin. Discuss use with the doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills (cOCP, regular birth control pills) prevent 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. Sprintec is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods and more.
If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Health Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide. Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you.
Some women worry about weight gain when taking Lutera and other birth control pills. While it might give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat) that’s to blame.
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your Doctor before starting on combined Oral Contraceptive Pill. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something that seems relatively harmless such as St. John’s wort can cause combined Oral Contraceptive Pill to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain medications you should absolutely bring up to your provider. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking combined Oral Contraceptive Pills. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and lighter bleeds are fairly common. The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented. Symptoms include heart disease, blood clotting, shortness of breath, migraines, vision problems, slurred speech, confusion, and fainting. Those who wear contacts or are nearsighted may notice vision problems as well. These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.
Pretty much every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergies. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. If you get more severe symptoms like: trouble breathing, and swollen lips, throat, or tongue, call 911! Depending on your medical history, hormone-based birth control may not be for you. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your physician or one of our helpful Patient Care Advisors before you get started on combined Oral Contraceptive Pills. This is especially the case if you have medical problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills are available at just about any pharmacy. They do require a prescription from a doctor. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about combined Oral Contraceptive Pills, or simply want the privacy, confidentiality, and convenience of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We partner with smart, experienced, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept most forms of insurance at Pandia Health. No insurance? No problem! We offer many payment options to fit your needs.
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills are a combination of two hormones (estrogen and progestin) that make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen. It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking the combined Oral Contraceptive Pills right before bedtime or just after their largest meal of the day (usually dinner) reduces nausea and other side effects. For most cOCPs, after taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 sugar pills (placebo pills, bleeding week pills). These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
If you want to #SkipPeriods, check out our #PeriodsOptional aka Hate your periods? blog post here.
Some women worry that birth control pills can cause long-term infertility issues.
This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.