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Cyclessa is a pill that you take at the same time every day to prevent pregnancy. While pregnancy prevention is the main focus of Cyclessa, it can also help regulate your period, reduce cramps, and lighten the flow of your menstrual cycle. Though like many pills, Cyclessa comes with potential risks, including worsening anxiety and depression symptoms. Many women who aren’t sexually active take this pill for the benefits alone!
At this time Nurx only offers Cyclessa for pickup at your local pharmacy, but we carry similar birth control options available for delivery. Just answer a few quick questions and one of our licensed providers will help find the birth control that’s right for you. Click here to get started.
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Does Cyclessa Cause Weight Gain?
Weight gain is a fairly common side effect for women who take birth control, and Cyclessa is no different. Between one and 10 percent of women say they gained weight when they started Cyclessa. You will likely only gain a few pounds over time with Cyclessa due to the estrogen in the pill. However, if your weight gain is significant, talk to your doctor to see if a different contraceptive would be a better option.
Does Cyclessa Help Acne?
Acne is a concern to many people who start on oral birth control. Cyclessa has helped many people significantly improve their acne with regular use. That being said, every woman's body is different. What works for one person won't for another, so you shouldn't rely on Cyclessa as your exclusive acne treatment plan.
Is There Anything Else to Know About Taking Cyclessa?
Like most prescriptions, Cyclessa has been known to interact negatively with other medications. Make sure your doctor knows what other medical conditions you have and what prescriptions you are on before you start Cyclessa. This information can prevent nasty side effects and could even save your life.
What Are Some Side Effects of Cyclessa?
Side effects vary from person to person, and your symptoms might be more or less severe depending on your body. A few common side effects of Cyclessa include:
- Mild nausea when you first start taking Cyclessa
- Breast tenderness or swelling
- Changes in your hair or skin
- Changes in your weight or appetite
- Problems with contact lenses
- Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Chest pain or a heavy feeling spreading to your arm
- Increased severity of migraines
- Swelling in your legs, arms, or feet
How Should You Take Cyclessa?
Cyclessa is ideal for patients who can take the pill at the same time each day, every day. If you skip days or can't keep on this schedule, Cyclessa may not be right for you. Using Cyclessa does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. Always consult your doctor before taking Cyclessa to learn how it could affect you individually and to identify any allergies you may have with this medication. If you do experience allergy symptoms when taking Cyclessa, like hives, itchiness, swelling, or difficulty breathing, you should stop taking it immediately.
How Hard Is It to Get Cyclessa?
Cyclessa uses desogestrel-ethinyl estradiol in small doses to prevent pregnancy. You can find it under its generic names Caziant, Cesia, and Velivet Triphasic fairly easily. However, you do need a prescription from a doctor to start on Cyclessa, and your medical professional can help determine if this form of birth control is right for you. Cyclessa is a fairly affordable form of birth control, and many health insurance companies will either cover it partially or fully or cover a generic alternative. If you don't have health insurance or your health insurance doesn't cover any of Cyclessa generic alternatives, check us out. We offer reliable and affordable birth control to help women practice safe sex.
How Does Cyclessa Work?
Cyclessa uses two hormones, progestin and estrogen, to lower your risk of pregnancy. First, the pill prevents the egg from leaving the ovary, meaning there is nothing in your body to fertilize. Then, the pill increases your cervical mucus so the sperm can't get through to fertilize an egg that might be there. Finally, Cyclessa works to reduce your uterine lining — the stuff you shed during your period. If a sperm did manage to fertilize an egg, it wouldn't be able to latch on and will pass out of the body. This whole process not only prevents pregnancy, but also leads to lighter, shorter periods because of the lack of ovulation and thin uterine wall.
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