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Desogen is a daily birth control pill that uses low doses of hormones to prevent pregnancy. While this is a daily pill, there are additional benefits to taking Desogen! Along with preventing pregnancy, Desogen can make your periods lighter, reduce the severity of cramps, and decrease the risk of ovarian cysts. This is one of the reasons why many women — even if they are not sexually active — consider Desogen and other birth control options.

Our team at Nurx can prescribe Desogen at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Apri for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance.

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Additional Details

  • Hormone control
  • Lighter periods
  • Shorter periods
  • Acne reduction
  • 21 active plus 7 inactive
Active Ingredients
  • Desogestrel-Ethinyl estradiol 0.15 mg - 0.03 mg
  • Less effective for women over the age of 35 who smoke.
  • May be less effective for women who are overweight.
  • Increases chances of blood clots.
  • Increases chances of a stroke.
  • Increases chances of a heart attack.
  • May worsen anxiety and depression or cause mood swings.
  • Should not be mixed with other medications.





  • Does Desogen Reduce Acne?

    Desogen is high in estrogen, which means it often helps women who suffer from acne, so you may notice a decrease in acne symptoms by taking this pill.

  • Does Desogen Cause Weight Gain?

    Some women report minor weight gain when they start Desogen, along with other birth control pills, but there is no direct correlation between the pill and dramatic changes in weight. However, the estrogen in the pills may affect your metabolism and change what you want to eat and how quickly you digest it.  

  • What Should You Avoid When Taking Desogen?

    Your doctor may be uncertain about prescribing Desogen if you smoke, especially if you are older than 35. This is because smoking increases your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. Desogen may also affect how your body reacts to certain medications, so tell your doctor about any medications that you are on so he or she can determine if this form of birth control is ideal for your needs.

  • What Are the Side Effects of Taking Desogen?

    Many women experience at least a few side effects of birth control pills. You may experience a few of these with varying levels of severity. A few common side effects include:

    • Mild nausea when you start the medication
    • Breast tenderness or swelling
    • Changes in weight or appetite
    • Problems with contact lenses
    • Decreased sex drive
    Along with these mild symptoms, there are some severe warning signs that you should be aware of. Stop taking Desogen and talk to your doctor if you notice a few of these symptoms:
    • Sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body
    • Severe headache, confusion, and problems with your speech or balance
    • Problems breathing or wheezing
    • Pain throughout your chest and spreading down your arms
    • Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and moodiness
    Many of these problems are life-threatening, and your health and safety are most important when choosing medication.

  • Talk to Your Doctor Before Starting Desogen

    Like all birth control pills, let your doctor know if you have any allergies before you start taking Desogen. They may not recommend starting this pill because of the side effects or may want to check in with you regularly to make sure you're not experiencing any painful side effects. You may also want to avoid taking Desogen if you are unable to take a pill every day at the same time each day. Desogen is less effective if you skip pills or take them at different times, increasing your chance of pregnancy. Desogen doesn't protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV or chlamydia. You and your partner should get tested for these diseases regularly and use barrier protection (like a condom) if you're unsure.  

  • Where Can You Find Desogen?

    The active ingredients in Desogen are desogestrel-ethinyl estradiol 0.15 mg - 0.03 mg. This is a common mixture used in birth control and there are multiple generic options that patients can choose from. Many doctors and pharmacies should be familiar with Desogen and can tell you more about it.  If your health insurance doesn't cover Desogen specifically, ask about some of its generic alternatives, including Apri, Emoquette, Juleber, or Solia. Many of these alternatives will be free or cheaper to get you the care you need. If you don't have health insurance or your health insurance won't cover Desogen, consider using us instead. We offer a safe, reliable, and affordable alternative to a traditional pharmacy and can help you get the contraception you need.

  • How Does Desogen Work?

    Desogen uses a combination of female hormones to prevent pregnancy from starting in the first place. By preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, there is nothing for the sperm to fertilize. Desogen also increases the lining of the cervical mucus while decreasing the uterine lining. This prevents sperm from reaching the egg and then prevents any accidentally fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterine wall. The lack of ovulation and thin uterine lining account for the thin periods that come with taking Desogen. There's less to shed each month, which means fewer cramps and a lighter flow.

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