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Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 is what’s known as a triphasic pill — the hormone doses vary week by week, according to your needs at the different times of your cycle. This results in reduced side effects while remaining highly effective at preventing pregnancy. It’s a good choice for anyone worried about side effects from birth control. However, as with all contraceptive pills, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 does come with potential risks, such as increased risk for stroke and heart attack.
Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 works on three different levels. First, it helps prevent ovulation (the release of an egg). Next, it thickens your vaginal fluid so it’s harder for sperm to get to any eggs. Finally, if an egg does get fertilized, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 keeps it from sticking to the wall of the uterus.
Our team at Nurx can prescribe Ortho-Novem 7/7/7 at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Nortrel 7/7/7 for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $25 without insurance. Feel free to check out more FAQs below, review our list of generic alternatives, and talk to our team to learn how you can get your first pack.
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Can I Still Get Pregnant After Discontinuing Ortho-Novum 7/7/7?
If you change your mind about having a baby, not to worry. Hormone-based birth control only affects your fertility while you're taking it. Most women are fully fertile again within a couple months of stopping.
Will Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 Cause Depression?
Depression is often caused by hormone imbalances. While depression is a possibility, there's also the chance that the hormones in birth control pills can improve your mood. It's all very personal. Just be self-aware about your mood and keep a close eye on any changes, good or bad.
Will Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 Cause Acne?
While hormone-based birth control pills have been known to cause acne, it's actually pretty likely that it will help with existing skin problems you may have. In fact, for years, dermatologists have been prescribing birth control pills just to help with their patients' acne problems.
Can Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 React to Other Drugs?
Always discuss anything you're already taking with your doctor or your Nurx professional before starting a new medication. This includes nonprescription and herbal supplements like St. John's wort — which has been known to reduce Ortho-Novum 7/7/7's ability to prevent pregnancy. Drugs that should especially be considered include those for cancer (especially breast cancer meds and aromatase inhibitors), seizures, HIV, or chronic hepatitis C. If you're nearsighted or wear contacts, vision problems may come up.
What Are Some Side Effects of Ortho-Novum 7/7/7?
Common side effects are always a possibility, though they're quite rare. These include breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, bloating, and weight change (mostly due to water retention, not actual weight gain as many people believe). Your period may change as well. Some women experience irregularity, spotting, or heavier flow. It's more likely, however, that your period will become shorter and lighter. Serious side effects are extremely rare but have been documented. These include heart disease, blood clots, difficulty breathing, dizziness, confusion, mood changes, and stroke-like symptoms, such as numbness or pain on one side of the body. If you experience any of these, stop taking Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 right away.
What Are Some Precautions When Considering Ortho-Novum 7/7/7?
Every hormone-based birth control comes with the risk of allergic reactions, though the odds are very slim you’ll experience any. Those who suffer from allergies may recognize the symptoms, which include itching, hives, rashes, trouble breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Discuss any allergies you have with your doctor or one of our advisors before starting Ortho-Novum 7/7/7. Women who smoke, especially if they're 35 years of age or older, are at a higher risk of serious side effects than others. You may want to consider a different option — our experts can help you decide. Better yet, kick the habit completely!
Is Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 Easy to Get?
Absolutely. It's a safe, effective, and popular option that's available at most pharmacies across the country. It does require a prescription, however. We make things as simple as possible since we partner with real doctors who can get a prescription for you. We then deliver Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 straight to your door. We offer many payment options as well, and we accept many forms of insurance. If you choose to pay out of pocket, consider one of Ortho-Novum 7/7/7's generic forms. It's sold under the names Nortrel, Necon, Alyacen, Pirmella, Dasetta, and Cyclafem.
How Is Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 Used?
As its name indicates, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 uses three sets of seven active pills. Each set is a different color (white, peach, and light peach) and has slightly different levels of hormones. The fourth set, taken when your period arrives, is green and has no active ingredients. The best strategy when taking Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 is to choose a time of day and take your pill at the same time every day. This ensures that it works its best and also helps reduce any side effects. Taking your pill after dinner or before bedtime is a good way to avoid the possibility of nausea or upset stomach.
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