Mini-pills such as Nora-BE are good for women who have trouble tolerating estrogen. This pill is a progestin-only medication, containing only one hormone instead of the two hormones that are found in combination pills. The medication thickens the vaginal fluid so that it’s more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. It also changes the uterine lining so that it’s more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to it. In about half of users, Nora-BE stops ovulation.
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- Does Nora-BE protect against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
No, Nora-BE does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, sexually transmitted infections, or HIV. It is effective only for helping prevent pregnancy.
- Is Nora-BE as Effective as a Combination Pill?
Since Nora-BE contains only progestin, it is less effective at stopping ovulation than a combination pill. Mini-pills are less effective than contraceptives with two types of hormones, but they are still more effective than barrier methods such as condoms.
- Can I Take Nora-BE With Other Medications?
Tell your doctor about other medications that you're on before you start taking Nora-BE. Some drugs will make this contraceptive less effective, and other medications become less effective when combined with a progestin-only pill such as Nora-BE. Some drugs that interact with Nora-BE include:
- St. John's Wort
- HIV medications
- What Are the Side Effects of Nora-BE?
Common side effects of Nora-BE include headaches, weight gain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, dizziness, darkened freckles or facial skin, and changes in your menstrual period. These usually aren't a cause for alarm, but you should talk to your doctor if any of these effects make you uncomfortable. Serious side effects include migraine headaches, numbness or weakness on one side of the body, chest pain, severe pelvic pain, jaundice, depression, and swelling in the hands and feet. If you have any of these side effects, you should speak with your doctor immediately.
- What Precautions Should I Take With Nora-BE?
As with all birth control pills, while unlikely, Nora-BE can worsen some conditions. You should talk to your doctor if you have migraines, kidney disease, seizures, asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a history of depression. If you have any of these, you may need to adjust your dosage or choose a different contraceptive. If you notice symptoms associated with any of these conditions while you're taking Nora-BE, contact your doctor immediately. Like most oral contraceptives, Nora-BE increases your risk of blood clots. This is especially true if you smoke, and this risk increases with age. You should avoid using tobacco products while taking Nora-BE. If you're expecting to be sitting or laying down for an extended period of time, such as on a long flight, talk to your doctor about taking appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Is Nora-BE Easy to Get?
Yes, Nora-BE is easy to get with a doctor's prescription. Nurx has partnerships with doctors in every state that we work in. Simply schedule a visit with your physician, have him or her send your prescription to us, and we'll take care of the rest. We can even refill and ship your prescription automatically so that you never miss a dose. Nora-BE is the generic form of the pill Ortho Micronor. If your insurance doesn't cover Nora-BE, or if you're looking for a similar alternative, you can look at other generics for Ortho Micronor such as Camila, Deblitane, Errin, Heather, Jencycla, Jolivette, Lyza, Nor-QD, Norlyda, Norlyroc, and Sharobel.
- How Does Nora-BE Work?
Nora-BE is a daily oral contraceptive. You must take this pill at the same time every day. If you forget a pill, you should use a backup contraception as directed by your doctor to help prevent pregnancy. Unlike combination pills, which have a week of inactive pills, all of the pills in your Nora-BE pack are active. You should move immediately from one pack to the next.