Ortho-Novum 10/11

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Take control of your periods! With this daily pill, you can prevent pregnancy while lightening your period symptoms. Ortho-Novum 10/11 is a daily birth control pill with a 28-day cycle. The first 21 days include active medication, while the remaining seven have inactive compounds. You still take pills for the full 28-day cycle to reinforce the habit and minimize the risk of getting pregnant.

At this time Nurx only offers Ortho-Novum 10/11 for pickup at your local pharmacy, but we carry similar birth control options available for delivery. Just answer a few quick questions and one of our licensed providers will help find the birth control that’s right for you. Click here to get started.

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Additional Details

  • Controls flow
  • Widely found
  • Helps acne
  • Generic options
  • Lightens cramps
  • 21 active + 7 inactive pills
Active Ingredients
  • Norethindrone-Ethinyl estradiol 0.5/1 mg - 0.035 mg
  • Increases risk of heart attack, stroke, and blood clots.
  • May increase symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Not for women over the age of 35 who smoke.
  • May be less effective in women who are overweight.





  • Does Ortho-Novum 10/11 Cause Depression?

    You may experience moodiness and anxiety while taking Ortho-Novum 10/11, but these symptoms should be mild and should fade within a month or two. However, if you experience severe and prolonged depression, let your doctor know that you are taking Ortho-Novum 10/11. They may want you to stop taking the pill to see if the symptoms disappear.

  • Does Ortho-Novum 10/11 Cause Weight Gain?

    Some women might notice changes in their weight as a result of taking Ortho-Novum 10/11; however, this weight change tends to be minimal. Most women report weight gain of only 5 to 10 pounds over the course of a year.

  • What Else Should I Know Before Taking Ortho-Novum 10/11

    Tell your doctor about any allergies or medications that you're taking before you start Ortho-Novum 10/11 or any other pill. This can help them catch any potential side effects before they happen. Ortho-Novum 10/11 can adversely react to some chemicals, and mixing medications can be life-threatening. Ortho-Novum 10/11 is not recommended for women older than 35 who smoke. Taking this pill can increase the chance of blood clots and other heart problems.

  • What are the Common Side Affects of Taking Ortho-Novum 10/11?

    Every woman is different, but there are a few side effects that you may experience while taking Ortho-Novum 10/11 and other forms of birth control. These include moodiness, breast tenderness, changes in your period, weight changes, headaches, or bloating. These will vary in severity and may pass over time. However, there are also some uncommon, but serious, side effects. Seek medical help immediately if you feel numbness on one side of your body, yellowing of the skin or eyes, difficulty breathing, blurred vision, or pain in your jaw, shoulder, or chest. Let your medical professionals know that you are taking Ortho-Novum 10/11.

  • What Precautions Should I Have When Taking Ortho-Novum 10/11?

    Ortho-Novum 10/11 works best when you take it at the same time every day. If you skip days, you increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you experience vomiting or diarrhea within four hours after taking the pill, it might not be effective that day. Switch to a backup birth control until your system returns to normal. While some women experience lighter periods when taking Ortho-Novum 10/11, it's not common for periods to stop unexpectedly. If you miss two consecutive periods, or if your period is seven days late after skipping a pill, you may be pregnant.  

  • How Easily Available is Ortho-Novum 10/11?

    Your doctor will have to prescribe Ortho-Novum 10/11 as your main form of birth control before you can start taking this pill. However, once you have the prescription, you can easily find Ortho-Novum 10/11 in most pharmacies. You can pick up your packet of 28 pills monthly or, in some cases, pick up three packets at a time. Ortho-Novum 10/11 has one generic option that uses the same chemical compounds: Necon 10/11 (biphasic). Opting for the generic choice can help you save money if your insurance doesn't cover the name-brand pill. A packet of Ortho-Novum 10/11 typically costs $18-$30, though your insurance might cover a portion of this cost.  Look for Ortho-Novum 10/11 on our website! We offer safe and affordable options for getting your birth control.  

  • How Does Ortho-Novum 10/11 Work?

    Ortho-Novum 10/11 regulates your menstrual cycle to minimize your chances of getting pregnant. How does it do this? The medication changes your cycle in three ways:

    • It prevents ovulation, so there is no egg to expel each month.
    • It thickens your vaginal fluid to prevent sperm from traveling to the cervix.
    • It thins your uterine wall, creating a hostile environment for any fertilized egg.
    Many women notice lighter, less painful periods while taking Ortho-Novum 10/11 because of these bodily changes. With no egg to expel and a thin uterine lining, you might have fewer cramps and a lighter flow.

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