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If you’re looking for an oral contraceptive that doesn’t contain estrogen, the mini-pill known as norethindrone may be perfect for you.  Norethindrone is a type of progesterone that prevents ovulation. This hormone also changes your cervical mucus so that it’s more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus and alters the cervical lining so that it is more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine wall.

Learn how you can get your first pack for FREE  or read more about this drug in the FAQs below.

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  • Does Norethindrone Protect Against STDs?

    Norethindrone doesn't protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

  • Is Norethindrone as Effective as Barrier Methods of Birth Control?

    Though norethindrone isn't as effective as other oral birth control methods, it's still more effective than barrier methods such as condoms. If you forget a pill, a barrier method is an effective form of backup birth control. You should also use a backup birth control method for the first seven days after you start taking norethindrone.

  • Is Norethindrone as Effective as Combination Pills?

    Progestin-only pills like norethindrone are slightly less effective than combination birth control pills. However, these pills are an excellent alternative for women who can't tolerate estrogen.

  • Can I Take Norethindrone With Other Medications?

    Talk to your doctor about any other medications that you're taking. Certain drugs make norethindrone less effective. These include:

    • Griseofulvin
    • St. John's wort
    • Rifampin
    • Barbiturates
    • Ketoconazole
    • HIV medications
    If you take these medications, norethindrone may not be an effective form of birth control for you. Speak with your physician about the best way to prevent pregnancy while you're taking these types of medications.

  • What Are the Side Effects of Norethindrone?

    As with all birth control pills, while unlikely, you may have an allergic reaction. Stop taking norethindrone and call your doctor immediately if you experience allergic reactions, sudden headaches, migraines, swelling of the hands and feet, pelvic pain, chest pain, jaundice, depression, or pain or swelling in the legs. Mild side effects include nausea, dizziness, headaches, darkening of facial skin and freckles, breast pain, itching skin, and weight changes. Other common side effects include increased hair growth and pimples. You may also experience vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, or changes in your menstrual period.

  • What Precautions Should I Take With Norethindrone?

    You should talk with your health care provider before you begin taking norethindrone. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, particularly diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, depression, epilepsy, migraines, kidney disease, or any type of heart problems. You should also monitor your caffeine consumption while taking norethindrone. Your doctor can advise you about the proper precautions.

  • Is Norethindrone Easy to Get?

    Yes, it's easy to get norethindrone with the right prescription. We at Nurx have developed partnerships with doctors in many states. After you visit your gynecologist, your physician can submit your prescription online. Then, we'll ship your norethindrone prescription to directly to you, saving you the time and hassle of going to the pharmacy. We work with many insurance providers as well. You can usually get coverage for this medication. Norethindrone is available under several brand names, including Aygestin, Camila, Errin, Jolivette, Lyza, Nora-BE, Nor-QD, and Ortho Micronor. There are also generic versions on the market.

  • How Does Norethindrone Work?

    Norethindrone is a small daily pill that prevents pregnancy. This medication may also be used to treat menstrual disorders, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, secondary amenorrhea, or endometriosis. You should take this pill at the same time every day. Norethindrone is most effective when taken on the first day of your menstrual period.

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