Ortho Micronor is a 28-day contraceptive pill. Ortho Micronor is different from most 28-day pills because it doesn’t contain estrogen. Instead, this pill uses only progestin to prevent pregnancy. Many doctors and patients refer to Ortho Micronor as the “mini-pill” because it doesn’t contain estrogen. Remember to speak with your doctor prior to starting this pill to review possible risk.
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- Does Ortho Micronor Cause Weight Gain?
Weight gain is a common side effect of Ortho Micronor. In clinical trials, 44 percent of women gained weight while on this pill. However, 55 percent of women who gained weight put on less than five pounds. You may experience weight gain while on Ortho Micronor, but the extra weight should be minimal.
- Does Ortho Micronor Stop Periods?
Many women report changes in their periods as a result of taking this pill. At first, you may experience irregular bleeding and then lighter periods to the point where they stop. If your periods stop immediately after beginning to take this pill, talk to your doctor or consider taking a pregnancy test.
- What Else Should I Know About Ortho Micronor?
Like all mediation, talk to your doctor about any allergies, sensitivities, and other medications that you're taking before starting Ortho Micronor. This can prevent severe reactions and other health problems as a result of taking the pill. Ortho Micronor is not effective at protecting you from sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV or syphilis. Continue to use barrier protection (such as condoms) to prevent the spread of disease.
- What Are the Side Effects of Taking Ortho Micronor?
Changes in menstruation and spotting between periods are two of the most common side effects of Ortho Micronor. However, many women experience other symptoms such as headaches, breast tenderness, weight gain, dizziness, or changes in hair growth. These are common with most forms of birth control. Furthermore, Ortho Micronor may increase your risk for certain cancers and diseases. These include breast cancer and cervical cancer, as well as ovarian cysts, liver tumors, or ectopic pregnancy. You should stop taking Ortho Micronor immediately if you experience dizziness, trouble speaking, numbness on one side of the body, slurred speech, or pain in your chest, shoulder, or jaw.
- Precautions When Taking Ortho Micronor
Unlike other 28-day pills, every pill in Ortho Micronor prevents pregnancy. There are no placebo pills or pills that contain only inactive ingredients. This means you can't skip a day or the last week in a pack. If you happen to take a pill three (or more) hours later than intended, use backup birth control for the next day or two until you are back on your normal schedule. Ortho Micronor is a safe option for breastfeeding mothers who want to prevent future pregnancy without interfering with lactation. When taken correctly, this pill can be 99 percent effective; however, it is closer to 92 percent effective when accounting for typical use. As long as you take the pill every day at the same time, you can significantly reduce your chances of pregnancy.
- How Can You Get Ortho Micronor?
Your doctor will prescribe Ortho Micronor if they think that it is a good choice for your health and your contraceptive needs. This pill is found in many pharmacies, and you shouldn't have trouble picking it up with your prescription. Ortho Micronor costs between $9 and $25, depending on where you buy it. It may be covered partially or entirely by your health insurance. There are also several generic options to choose from. All of these contain Norethindrone exclusively. Look for Camila, Deblitane, Errin, Heather, and Jencycla, just to name a few. If you don't have health insurance but want to take Ortho Micronor, look for the pill on our website. It's a great source for reliable, affordable birth control.
- How Does Ortho Micronor Work?
Ortho Micronor uses two main methods to prevent pregnancy: It thickens vaginal mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the cervix, and it thins the uterine lining so fertilized eggs can't attach to it. Unlike other forms of birth control, Ortho Micronor does not prevent ovulation. Though some women will stop ovulating while taking this pill, many women will continue to pass an egg every month. Ortho Micronor is an effective form of birth control, and it is considered more effective than condoms. However, it is generally less effective than a pill that also contains estrogen.