Product details

Ortho-Cept is a daily birth control pill that is taken orally. When used correctly, Ortho-Cept can be more than 90% effective at preventing pregnancy. Some women may experience other benefits of taking Ortho-Cept or similar birth control pills, like lighter periods and lessened cramps. Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Ortho-Cept at special request or can offer the generic equivalent Apri for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance.

Additional Details

  • Lighter periods
  • Oral contraception
  • Daily pill
  • Birth control
  • Lighter cramps
  • Pregnancy prevention
  • 21 active + 7 inactive
Active Ingredients
  • Desogestrel and Ethinyl estradiol
  • Not for women over the age of 35 who smoke.
  • May be less effective for women who are overweight.
  • May increase risk of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots.
  • Not meant for women who are pregnant.
  • Not for women who are breastfeeding.





  • How Does Ortho-Cept Work?

    Ortho-Cept uses two hormones, a progestin and an estrogen, to regulate the menstrual cycle and prevent pregnancy. By creating a thin uterine line and limiting ovulation, this birth control pill makes it hard for an egg to get fertilized or latch on to start growing. Additionally, Ortho-Cept works to create a thick cervical mucus that blocks sperm from ever reaching the egg, further reducing the risk of pregnancy.

    Ortho-Cept is most effective when it is taken at the same time each day. Following these instructions is the best way to reduce your risk of pregnancy.

  • Where Is Ortho-Cept Available?

    Ortho-Cept is available with a doctor's prescription and can easily be found at many local pharmacies. If you do not have a pharmacy near you or they do not carry Ortho-Cept, our team at Nurx may be able to help. We carry hundreds of birth control varieties (including generic alternatives to Ortho-Cept) and ship them across the country.

    Ortho-Cept is usually an affordable form of birth control. It will likely be covered by your health care provider or only cost a little out of pocket.

  • What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Ortho-Cept?

    Before you start taking Ortho-Cept, talk to your doctor and alert them to any allergies you have or medications that you are currently taking. Ortho-Cept can cancel out other medications or worsen your side effects because of them, so your doctor may recommend an alternative to this form of birth control.

    Ortho-Cept is not effective if you are nauseous or experience diarrhea shortly after taking the pill. Switch to backup birth control until you can get back on schedule. If you regularly experience nausea while taking Ortho-Cept, try taking the pill at night or with a large meal.

  • Are There Any Known Side Effects?

    Everyone responds to medication differently. You may experience more or less noticeable side effects while taking Ortho-Cept than other people you know. However, a few common side effects to look for while taking Ortho-Cept include moodiness, spotting between periods, bloating, breast tenderness, and swelling of the feet and ankles. Most of these side effects are mild.

    Stop taking Ortho-Cept and seek medical treatment immediately if you experience symptoms like rapid heart rate, dizziness, a lump in your breast, sudden heavy bleeding, significant abdominal pain, and depression.

  • Does Ortho-Cept Cause Weight Gain?

    Ortho-Cept is not known to directly cause weight gain. However, some women may notice changes in weight shortly after starting the pill. This may be temporary or water weight that passes within a few months.

  • Does Ortho-Cept Cause Hair Loss?

    Some women may experience hair loss when they start taking birth control pills. This is a rare side effect and not limited to Ortho-Cept. Tell your doctor if your hair becomes thinner after starting your birth control medication.

  • What Else Should I Know About Taking Ortho-Cept?

    Ortho-Cept is not meant to terminate a pregnancy. Stop taking Ortho-Cept if you think that you may be pregnant and consult your doctor. Ortho-Cept is also not able to protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and diseases.

    If you skip a pill while taking Ortho-Cept, take two the next day. If you missed multiple pills and then skip a period, you may be pregnant.

  • 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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