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Norethindrone is an oral birth control medication that prevents pregnancy by changing vaginal fluids to prevent sperm from reaching an egg. In some women, Norethindrone also prevents the release of an egg. If you are prone to the side effects that come with estrogen-based birth control medications, then you should give Norethindrone a try!

This mini-pill does not contain any estrogen which is the hormone often responsible for birth control side effects. This may also make it a safer choice for women over the age of 35 or women who are breastfeeding. Norethindrone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of endometriosis. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Norethindrone for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance.


  • How Does Norethindrone Work?

    Norethindrone is a daily medication meaning you will take one pill each day, at the same time every day. With Norethindrone, there are no reminder pills and you take the same pill every day of the month. Once you finish a packet, you will immediately begin another the following day.

  • Is Norethindrone Easy to Get?

    Yes, Norethindrone is a safe and popular birth control medication. Because it has less risk of side effects than estrogen-based pills, we often recommend it here at Nurx ™.  You will need a prescription to get Norethindrone though. Fortunately, we make this an easy and confidential process. We can connect you with a healthcare provider in your home state who will evaluate your health history. Then, we will ship your birth control medication right to your mailbox in a discreet package.

    At Nurx ™, we also accept most insurance plans. If you don't have insurance, then our healthcare specialists can recommend a few great generic options.

  • What Precautions Should I be Aware of With Norethindrone?

    It is always a good idea to speak with your doctor or a Nurx ™ healthcare professional before beginning any birth control medication. Although rare, allergic reactions are a possibility. Your healthcare professional can help you determine your risk for an allergic reaction including itching, facial swelling, difficulty breathing, dizziness, and rashes.

    Norethindrone can also increase your blood pressure. If you have had previous high blood pressure readings, you may need to have it checked often when taking Norethindrone.

  • Does Norethindrone Have Any Side Effects?

    Side effects are always a possibility when taking hormone-based birth control. Fortunately, these side effects are unlikely and the lack of estrogen in Norethindrone may decrease your risk of any side effects. Potential side effects include nausea, headache, breast tenderness, irregular bleeding, and missed periods. Additionally, many women who do have side effects will notice that they go away as the body adjusts to the medication.

    Serious side effects are very rare but might include blood clots, severe migraines, vision changes, and stroke. No one likes to hear about the possibility of side effects but keep in mind, most women will notice positive side effects instead including lighter periods, more regular of periods, and relief from endometriosis symptoms.

  • Can I Take Norethindrone With Other Medications?

    Generally, yes. Norethindrone is safe with most medications. However, you should always discuss your current medications with your healthcare provider who can notify you of any possible interactions. Some medications can also reduce the effectiveness of Norethindrone in its ability to prevent pregnancy. Specific medications that could interfere with Norethindrone include some antifungal, antibacterial, HIV, and seizure medications.

  • Can Norethindrone Cause Acne?

    The hormonal changes that birth control causes to your body can temporarily increase acne. Most women will notice that the acne clears up as the body adjusts to the medication. Some women may even notice an improvement to their previous acne.

  • Does Norethindrone Cause Irregular Bleeding?

    Some women may notice irregular or missed cycles while their body adjusts to birth control medications. Over time, however, Norethindrone can actually help with not only regulating periods, but also reducing pain associated with them.

  • How Does Nurx™ Work?

    Nurx™ is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.

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