If you suffer from PMDD, periods that are unusually severe, or both, Amethia may be the perfect pill for you. This generic brand of Seasonique is specially formulated so your period occurs seasonally instead of every month. That’s right — no period at all for three months in a row! Here at Nurx, we believe it’s a great choice for most women, but if you’re over 35 and you smoke, you should not take Amethia. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Amethia for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $45 without insurance.
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- Does Amethia Cause Weight Gain?
Sort of. While your food intake might change due to subtle mood shifts from the hormones, water retention is usually the culprit — not actual weight gain.
- If I Don’t Get My Period, How Will I Know if I Get Pregnant?
Typical birth control pills are crafted so you still get a monthly period, though it’s actually something called withdrawal bleeding. It’s mostly for the reassurance that the pill did its job. With Amethia, there’s no period. Fortunately, there are lots of other ways to know if you’re pregnant! Just watch for those instead.
- Is There Anything Else I Should Know?
Since Amethia can react with other drugs, it’s important to discuss anything you’re taking (including over-the-counter meds, supplements, and recreational drugs) with your physician or one of our knowledgeable Nurx consultants. This is especially the case if you’re taking cancer meds, aromatase inhibitors, chronic hepatitis C, seizure drugs, or HIV medications. Some substances, like St. John’s wort, can cause Amethia to become less effective.
- What Side Effects Have Been Connected to Amethia?
The odds of side effects are very rare, with only one in four women experiencing even the mildest of them. Some of the issues that have been documented include headaches, nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, and swollen ankles or feet. You may also experience slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels.
Serious side effects are extremely rare. These include blood clots, heart disease, fainting, confusion, shortness of breath, severe headaches, slurred speech, and vision problems. If you’re nearsighted or use contact lenses, your risk of vision issues will be a bit higher.
- Are There Precautions to Consider?
As with all hormone-based birth control, Amethia poses a very minor risk of allergies. Some of the symptoms include rashes, itching, dizziness, breathing issues, and swelling of the lips, face, tongue, or throat. If you experience any of these, stop taking Amethia and reach out to your doctor or one of our Nurx professionals.
Certain things in your medical history may be a concern. When connecting with your Nurx advisor, you should especially mention any history of blood clotting problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart-related concerns, or cancer. Regardless of your medical history, there’s probably a form of birth control out there for you. We can help you decide.
- Is Amethia Easy to Obtain?
Absolutely! Since it’s a very popular selection that’s proven safe, most pharmacies carry Amethia. It does require a prescription, though. If you’re concerned about privacy and discretion, give us a try. We use real doctors in every state we operate in. They can answer your questions, give advice, and provide a prescription right over the internet.
If cost is a concern, not to worry — we accept many insurance providers and our list is expanding all the time. You can also choose to pay out-of-pocket and since Amethia is a generic brand, it’s quite affordable. You may be able to save even more by selecting a similar generic brand such as Daysee, extended-cycle Ashlyna, or Camrese.
- How Does Amethia Work?
Amethia is a combination-style pill that uses two hormones (estrogen and progestin) to trick your body into thinking it’s already pregnant. You’ll take 84 pills once a day. They should be taken at the same time each day to help prevent side effects. Before bedtime is a popular choice.
Once your 84 pills are over, you’ll finish up your pack with seven estrogen-only pills. Your seasonal period will start at this time. Since you’re still getting a small dose of hormones all week, this brief period should be light and short-lived. You’ll then begin a new pack.