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Leonore is a daily birth control pill taken orally. It uses two hormones, an estrogen and a progestogen, to prevent pregnancy. Some women may experience additional benefits from taking Leonore, including lighter periods, lessened cramps, and fewer period symptoms. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Leonore at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Lutera for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance.
Leonore is known as a “low-dose pill” because it is taken daily. Rather than some birth control pills that are taken weekly, Leonore regulates hormones and can be stopped immediately if you experience any negative side effects. Within a few days, the hormones should be out of your body.
- How Does Leonore Work?
Daily birth control pills like Leonore work in three main ways. They prevent ovulation, so there is no egg to fertilize. The pills also create a thin uterine wall so any fertilized eggs pass through, and they produce a thick cervical mucus to block sperm from reaching the egg. Together, these three elements make birth control pills like Leonore highly effective when taken correctly. Experts estimate that birth control pills can be more than 90% effective when used appropriately.
To take Leonore correctly, make sure that you administer the dosage at the same time every day — ideally around lunch or dinner when you know you will be awake. Keep your birth control pills in a cool, dry place so they aren't damaged are affected by heat and humidity.
- How Can I Get Leonore?
Leonore is available through a prescription from your doctor and is readily available in most pharmacies. If your local pharmacy does not carry Leonore, you may be able to find it (or a similar birth control pill) through Nurx and have your pills shipped to you. While your healthcare will likely cover Leonore, you may have to pay a co-pay or pay out of pocket under some plans.
- What Are the Precautions Associated With Leonore?
Always consult your doctor before starting Leonore, and let them know about any other medications that you are on. The active ingredients in Leonore may counter the ingredients of other medication, rendering both ineffective and increasing your risk of pregnancy.
Also alert your doctor to any allergies you may have before starting Leonore. This can prevent a severe, or even mild, reaction to the pills that can negatively impact your health.
- What Are the Side Effects of Leonore?
Everyone experiences medication differently, and birth control is no different. Some women may experience a few side effects like tender breasts, headaches, nausea, weight changes, mood swings, or changes in sexual desire. These symptoms tend to be mild and will likely go away. However, stop taking Leonore and consult your doctor if your experience severe symptoms like chest pains, jaundice, severe allergic reactions, and blood clots. You should also stop taking Leonore if you experience symptoms of severe depression.
- What Happens If I Miss a Pill?
Leonore is most effective if you do not miss any days and if you take your birth control pill at the same time each day. If you are unable to take your pill one day, or if you experience vomiting or diarrhea shortly after taking the pill, switch to backup birth control (like condoms) until you can take the pill again.
- Does Leonore Cause Weight Gain?
Some forms of birth control may cause weight gain, but there is no direct correlation between weight increases and Leonore. Women on Leonore may gain a nominal amount of weight, around 10 pounds.
- Does Leonore Help With Acne?
Many forms of birth control reduce acne symptoms because they regulate hormones. You may notice lighter acne symptoms while taking Leonore.
- How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.
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