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Microlite is a three-week contraceptive medication that is meant to help you prevent pregnancy while maintaining a regular menstrual flow. Unlike many birth control pills, where you take 21 active pills and seven days of placebo pills, women who take Microlite only take the 21 active tablets. Then, they take a seven-day break from the medication and resume treatment on the eighth day off of the pill.
Our team at Nurx does not prescribe Microlite but can offer the generic equivalent Lutera for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance. To learn more about getting birth control from Nurx, click here.
- How Does Microlite Work?
Microlite uses synthetic versions of two hormones that are naturally found in your body to prevent pregnancy. When used correctly, Microlite can be up to 99% effective. Microlite works to prevent ovulation, create a thick cervical mucus to block sperm, and create a thin uterine wall to expel any fertilized eggs. With these three elements in play, the chance of unintended pregnancy is significantly lowered.
Microlite is most effective if it is taken at the same time every day unless you are taking a seven-day break at the end of a pill packet. Make sure that you store your pills in a cool, dry location where you can access them easily every day. This will prevent damage or contamination that will decrease the effectiveness of the pills.
- How Can I Get Microlite?
Microlite is available through a prescription from your doctor, and most pharmacies carry it. Many healthcare providers cover Microlite and only require a small copay or none at all. If Microlite is not available near you, consider searching our Nurx database for similar prescriptions that offer the same hormones and contraceptive goals.
- What Are the Precautions Associated With Microlite?
Talk to your doctor about any allergies that you have or other medications that you are on before you start Microlite. This will help them identify any risks associated with the hormones you will be taking so they can prevent or reduce negative reactions.
Microlite is a pregnancy prevention pill, not an abortion pill. Stop taking Microlite if you become pregnant.
- What Are the Side Effects of Microlite?
Most forms of birth control come with side effects, and Microlite is no different. You will likely experience a few mild side effects while taking Microlite, many of which can pass over time. These include mood swings, headaches, nausea, breast pain, changes in weight, and spotting during your period.
Stop taking Microlite and seek medical treatment immediately if you experience severe but uncommon side effects like chest pain, dizziness, blood clots, pain in your abdomen, and severe depression. These symptoms could be signs of a significant problem.
- Does Microlite Cause Bloating?
Some women may notice bloating and water retention when they start Microlite. However, these symptoms are likely to pass after a while. If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor.
- Does Microlite Affect Breast Milk?
Some birth control pills can decrease milk supply. If you are still breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about when to start using birth control. Each form of birth control is different and may or may not affect your breast milk.
- What Else Should I Know About Microlite?
Switch to back-up birth control if you throw up within three hours of taking Microlite or forget to take the pill more than 12 hours after you should. If you are regularly nauseous or forgetful while on Microlite and then miss a period, you may be pregnant.
While you can consume alcohol while taking Microlite, make sure you drink it in responsible amounts so you don't get sick.
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