While currently not available at Nurx™, Vienva consists of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel, which is a hormone combination also found in similar brands that we do carry. These include Levora, Lutera, Amethia, and Camrese.
Our experts can help you decide whether another contraceptive brand is more suited to your needs.
How Does Vienva Work?
Vienva is a pill taken daily. Take one white tablet daily for 21 consecutive days followed by the peach-colored inactive tablet for seven days. During the first cycle of taking Vienva, you should use a nonhormonal backup method of birth control during the first week of taking the white tablets.
Is Vienva Easy to Get?
Vienva is not as widely available as similar, more popular combination contraceptives like Lutera. Fortunately, Nurx™ makes it easy to get the birth control your doctor prescribed by partnering with physicians in every state we work in. In fact, your doctor can provide us with your prescription online, allowing you to receive your birth control directly in the mail. With Nurx™, you can enjoy the ultimate experience in terms of privacy, safety, affordability, and discretion.
Even though we don't currently carry Vienva, here at Nurx™ we can offer generic options, which are the exact same pills sold under other names.
What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Vienva?
Always consult your doctor before taking any form of birth control pill. Some women have a higher risk for allergic reactions, like difficulty breathing, skin rashes, itching, or swelling of the tongue, lips, and throat. Fortunately, the risk of allergies resulting from oral contraceptives is quite low.
Be sure to make your doctor aware of any medical issues you've experienced in the past, particularly severe headaches, blood clots, high cholesterol, depression, cancer, or kidney or liver problems. As with any birth control pill, Vienva can increase the risks for stroke, blood clots, and heart attacks depending on your medical history.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Every hormone-based oral contraceptive pill comes with a chance of side effects, including Vienva. Fortunately, the side effects are typically mild. For example, you might experience headaches, spotting, breast tenderness, elevated blood pressure, nausea, or swollen ankles. Some women have reported changes in menstrual flow, change in libido, increased acne, pancreatitis, and weight changes.
Serious side effects like stroke are extremely rare but they have been reported, which is why you'll need to discuss your health history with your doctor. Rare side effects include heart disease, blood clots, vision changes, migraines, confusion, breast lumps, yellowed skin or eyes, mood changes, and stomach pain. If you have any stroke-like symptoms, such as fainting, dizziness, slurred speech, or weakness on one side of the body, call your doctor.
Although these side effects sound scary, remember that they're very uncommon. Most women experience positive side effects like more regulated periods, better moods, and clearer skin.
Can I Take Vienva With Other Medications?
For the most part, yes. Hormone-based medications, however, can sometimes interfere with Vienva causing bad reactions or reducing the birth control's effectiveness. You'll need to go over any prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, or recreational drugs you're currently taking with your doctor or Nurx™ professional before starting any oral contraceptive.
Common medications proven to negatively interact with Vienva include alprazolam (Xanax, Niravam, Alprazolam Intensol), lamotrigine (Lamictal, Subvenite), levothyroxine (Synthroid, Eltroxin, Levo-T), and propranolol (InnoPran XL, Hemangeol). These are classified as minor to moderate interactions, however, and you might be able to take Vienva along with these medications under special circumstances.
Does Vienva Have Estrogen?
Yes, Vienva contains a synthetic form of estrogen called ethinyl estradiol. Ethinyl estradiol is a common estrogen mainly used in hormonal contraceptives along with a progestin. Vienva's progestin is levonorgestrel.
Does Vienva Help Acne?
Combination birth control pills like Vienva frequently help reduce acne by decreasing the body's androgens. While most women have reported an improvement in their skin, however, some notice an increase in their acne.
Does Vienva Cause Weight Gain?
Although rare, weight fluctuations are considered a less severe side effect of birth control pills like Vienva. It is possible that Vienva can cause a slight weight gain or weight loss. Some women have reported that taking Vienva has interfered with their weight loss efforts. Fortunately, weight fluctuations aren't something you need to worry about unless they become particularly bothersome, then you should consult your doctor about trying another option.
Does Vienva Cause Hair Loss?
Women who are sensitive to hormone-based birth control may experience hair loss while taking Vienva. Oral contraceptives shorten the hair's growing phase, which can result in large amounts of hair falling out. If male-pattern baldness runs in your family, any birth control pill might speed up the hair-loss process.
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