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Alesse is a daily birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy, but it can also help regulate your periods and give you a shorter, lighter, flow — making it a top choice for women on the go! Like all birth control, Alesse does have potential side effects, such as increasing your contact lens sensitivity.  When you take Alesse, you receive 28 tablets to take each month.

Our team at Nurx can prescribe Alesse at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Lutera for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance.

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Additional Details

  • Prevents acne
  • Lighter periods
  • Shorter periods
  • Better menstrual regularity
  • 21 active + 7 inactive
Active Ingredients
  • Levonorgestrel-Ethinyl estradiol 0.1 mg -0.02 mg
  • Stop taking if severe nausea persists.
  • Not for women who are already pregnant or currently breastfeeding.
  • Not for women who smoke.
  • Increased risk for blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.





  • Does Alesse Help With Acne?

    Alesse has been clinically proven to help with acne, and you may notice clearer skin when you take the pill. However, side effects of this form of birth control vary from woman to woman. You may find that your acne actually worsens because of Alesse.

  • Does Alesse Cause Weight Gain?

    Birth control as a whole has been known to cause weight gain in many women. However, the severity of the weight gain varies from person to person. Many women will gain around 5 pounds over the first year when taking Alesse due to the progesterone in the pill.  However, if you find that your weight gain is excessive, talk to your doctor about other birth control options.

  • What Are Some Common Side Effects of Alesse?

    Many women notice a few uncomfortable side effects when they start birth control. These can be minimal and fade over time as your body gets used to the hormones, or, while unlikely, they can be severe. A few side effects to look out for include:

    • Vomiting or nausea
    • Breast tenderness or swelling
    • Changes in weight or appetite
    • Problems with your contact lenses
    • Vaginal irritation or decreases in your sex drive
    If you experience severe symptoms, stop taking Alesse and talk to your doctor. These may include problems like allergic reactions (hives, swelling, difficulty breathing), pain in your jaw or shoulder, vision problems, migraines, or significant depression and mood swings.  

  • Precautions When Taking Alesse

    If you want Alesse to be effective, you need to take it every day at the same time. Some women prefer to take Alesse before they go to bed, while others take it at noon or other times when they know they will be awake and able to take the pill. If you miss a dose of Alesse, you increase your chances of becoming pregnant. The pill is not as effective when taken erratically. If you have to stop taking Alesse for a period of time, switch to back up birth control, such as condoms.Do not take two pills within 24 hours if you miss taking one dose. This could lead to side effects like nausea or unusual vaginal bleeding. You may want to switch birth control forms if you keep forgetting to take Alesse every day. There are other options out there that are easier for some women.

  • How Easily Available Is Alesse?

    Your doctor can prescribe Alesse as a daily hormonal contraceptive. Alesse uses a similar chemical makeup as dozens of other birth control pills, including affordable generic alternatives. A few generic names you might consider when looking for birth control include Aviane, Delyla, Falmina, and Larissia.Alesse is a common pill that your doctor and pharmacist will likely recognize. However, if you can't get Alesse or its generic alternatives in your area, we offer a smart, easy, affordable option to get it shipped directly to your home. 

  • How Does Alesse Work?

    Alesse uses low doses of levonorgestrel-ethinyl estradiol to affect your body. These hormones are found in many birth control pills on the current market. Alesse prevents eggs from leaving the ovaries, which gives the sperm nothing to fertilize when you have sex. Then, Alesse changes your uterine lining and cervical mucus. Even if an egg does travel down your fallopian tubes, thick cervical mucus will block the sperm, and a thin uterine lining will prevent any fertilized eggs from latching on and growing. These three steps make Alesse up to 90 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.

  • What Other Important Information Do I Need to Know?

    Make sure your doctor knows which medications you are currently on when discussing birth control. Alesse has been known to interact poorly with other drugs, and you may have severe symptoms when you mix Alesse with your other medications. In some instances, Alesse is less effective because of the medications you take, increasing your risk of pregnancy.

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