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Seasonale is a combination-style birth control pill that uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to simulate pregnancy in your body so that actual pregnancy won’t happen. This tried-and-true strategy is used by most forms of birth control pills and is proven effective. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Seasonale won’t be right for you.
Our team at Nurx can prescribe Seasonale at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Setlakin for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $45 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 birth control delivered.
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If Seasonale Removes My Period, How Will I Know if I Get Pregnant?
Even when taken properly, any birth control poses a tiny risk that you'll get pregnant anyway. Without a period, it may be harder to tell if this happens. Fortunately, there are plenty of other early signs of pregnancy you can keep in mind.
Is It Safe to Eliminate My Period?
Research has shown that there’s no medical reason why a woman should have to endure a monthly period. Birth control that’s designed with a week of placebo pills provides you monthly reassurance that you’re not pregnant, but from a medical point of view, it’s strictly optional.
What About Taking Seasonale Along With Other Meds?
There's a chance that Seasonale can interact with other drugs, especially ones that contain hormones. This can result in a bad reaction or maybe cause Seasonale to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. Always discuss anything you take, including recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, or herbal supplements, with your doctor or one of our professional consultants. This is especially true for medicines used for certain things. If you take drugs for seizures, HIV, cancer, chronic hepatitis C, narcolepsy, or fungal infections, make sure to bring them up.
Does Seasonale Cause Side Effects?
As with any hormone-based birth control pill, Seasonale has a very small risk of side effects. Some of the more common ones include headaches, nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, swollen feet or ankles, and water retention. Your period will most likely disappear, but some women will experience spotting or irregularity that usually goes away after taking Seasonale for a while. Serious side effects, while extremely rare, have been documented. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, blood clotting, lumps in the breast, extreme mood changes, confusion, stomach pain, yellowing eyes or skin, vision changes, unusual sweating, weakness or numbness on one side of the body, dizziness, fainting, and shortness of breath.
What Are Some Precautions Before Starting Seasonale?
As with any prescription medication, it's important that you speak with your doctor or one of our friendly Nurx professionals about drugs you're already taking, your existing health condition, allergies, and other concerns. You may be allergic to the hormones in Seasonale, for example, though this is quite rare. Reactions that may result include itching, rashes, hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of the lips, throat, or tongue. Those who are nearsighted or wear contacts may experience difficulties while on Seasonale. Talk to your eye doctor if this is the case for you. Diabetics should be aware that Seasonale may affect your blood sugar. If you notice increased thirst, frequent urination, or other signs of high blood sugar, reach out to your doctor or Nurx professional right away.
Is Seasonale Easy to Get?
Yes! Pharmacies across the country usually carry Seasonale. It does require a prescription, though. If privacy and security are a concern for you, check out what we here at Nurx can do for you! We partner with real doctors in every state we work in. They can provide a valid prescription right over the internet. Seasonale is covered by many insurance companies, and we currently accept many of them. If you choose to pay out of pocket (or you're not covered for Seasonale), there are money-saving generic options available like Introvale, Jolessa, Setlakin, and Quasense.
How Is Seasonale Used?
Seasonale is a daily pill that should be taken at the same time each day. If you take your pill at inconsistent times, it may lower its effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. Many women choose to take Seasonale after dinner or before bed to prevent nausea or stomach upset. Seasonale is what's known as a continuous-cycle pill. While many birth control pills have a set of placebo pills, Seasonale has at least a small amount of hormones in every single dose. This is designed to eliminate your period completely! After 84 days, you'll take a set of seven placebo pills. Your period should arrive during this time. Seasonale effectively makes your period a seasonal occurrence, not a monthly one. Women who suffer from painful and annoying periods can find great relief thanks to Seasonale. You’ll also still get to enjoy the reassurance that you’re not pregnant, though it will be just four times a year instead of 12.
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