Camila is a mini-pill that prevents pregnancy using a form of progestin known as norethindrone. This hormone thickens the vaginal fluid so that it’s more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg. It also changes the lining of the uterus so that an egg, if fertilized, would have trouble attaching to the uterus. In roughly half of the patients taking Camila, this medication will prevent eggs from being released.See Camila Website for full product details
Camila is primarily used as an oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. However, it may also be used to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding or endometriosis.
Camila is slightly less effective than combination birth control pills because it contains only progesterone hormones. However, it is more effective than barrier methods of birth control, such as condoms.
Always tell your doctor about other medications that you’re taking with your birth control. There are several medications that can make Camila less effective. You should not take Camila with:
- St. John’s Wort
- HIV drugs
- Medications used to treat seizures
If you use any of these drugs, you may need to find an alternative form of birth control to effectively prevent pregnancy.
Common side effects of Camila include nausea, vomiting, bloating, weight gain, and breast tenderness. These are rarely a cause for serious concern, though you can explore other types of birth control if these side effects trouble you. More dangerous side effects include vision problems, confusion, shortness of breath, fainting, depression, severe pelvic pain, and sudden heavy bleeding. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects.
Before you begin taking Camila, talk to your doctor about your allergies. You should not take this birth control if you’re allergic to progestins. Speak with your doctor if you’ve recently had or will soon have surgery. You should also be mindful of anything that requires you to sit or lay down for a long period of time, such as a long international flight. Birth control pills such as Camila increase your risk for blood clots, so you will need to take special precautions.
Avoid tanning beds and use protective clothing when you’re in the sun; Camila can increase your sensitivity to the sun and may cause your skin to darken. While taking this and other types of hormonal birth control, you should avoid smoking. This could increase your risk of blood clots even more.
Yes! Camila is readily available with a doctor’s prescription. Your physician can send your prescription to Nurx and we’ll ship your birth control pills to you.
Camila is a generic alternative to Ortho Micronor. Other generics include Deblitane, Errin, Heather, Jencycla, Jolivette, Lyza, Nore-BE, Nor-QD, Norethindrone, Norlyda, Norlyroc, and Sharobel. If you have trouble getting your insurance to cover Camila, you may want to explore one of these other options. Nurx can help with getting a number of prescription birth control medications.
Camila is an oral birth control method that you must take once a day. The medication is most effective when you take it at the same time every day. At Nurx, we love Camila because it is an effective alternative for women who are sensitive to pills that contain estrogen. With this progestin-only alternative, many patients can avoid the side effects that trouble them when they take other pills. Unlike some other pills, which have active and inactive pills, Camila has 28 active pills. After finishing one pack, you should immediately begin the next one.