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Birth Control

Can I switch to the generic version of my birth control?

If your birth control has a generic option, we’d be happy to write that prescription for you. Generics are just as safe and effective as their brand counterparts. Most people don’t notice any difference between brand and generic medications. If you want to switch to a generic, please just message…

I don’t know what birth control to order. Can you help me choose?

If you’re unsure what type of birth control may work best for you, our medical providers will be able to recommend healthy options for you. Just choose Help Me Find What’s Right at https://app.nurx.com/services and our providers will help you decide what birth control is best for you.

Does Alcohol Affect My Birth Control?

No, alcohol does not affect your birth control’s effectiveness. It can have other side effects, however, that can increase your risk of birth control failure. Here are some things to consider when combining alcohol and birth control. How Alcohol Can Affect Your Birth Control While alcohol does not affect how the…

How do I start my birth control?

You can start your pill on the first day of your next period, on the first Sunday after your next period starts, or any day (even immediately) if you’re sure you’re not pregnant. If you start your pill more than 5 days after your last period started, you must also…

Is it normal for discharge to change when starting birth control?

Yes, it is completely normal for your discharge to change when you start taking birth control. One of the ways birth control works is by thickening your natural discharge. However, if you notice any new colors, odors, or itching feeling – please let us know. A member of our medical…

I just started the birth control pill and my face is breaking out, why?

Unfortunately, it is very common for women starting a new birth control to initially get more acne. Though your acne will typically clear by 6 weeks or less, it can sometimes take up to 3 months for your system to get used to the new hormonal changes and your skin…

How many birth control pills can I get?

Out of Pocket Orders If you are not using insurance we will send your first order as a 3 month order. You can message us to switch to a one month after the first order. Orders with Insurance We do our best to send you 3 months at…

I’m Having Heavy Spotting or Breakthrough Bleeding, Is My Birth Control Working?

In most cases, heavy spotting or breakthrough bleeding does not indicate that your birth control isn’t working. There are many reasons you might experience some spotting between periods while using birth control. However, there are some other possible causes of breakthrough bleeding that may be cause for concern, so it’s…

Is birth control going to make my period more regular?

Possibly. It depends on the type of birth control you are using. If you are using a combined hormone birth control, your period should be lighter, less painful, and more regular. If you are using a progestin-only pill, your period may be regular, irregular, or even disappear. It’s especially important…

How can I skip my period on birth control?

We completely understand wanting to skip your period for a special event! If you are able to plan ahead, we recommend taking birth control for at least one full cycle/month prior to trying to skip your period. It is completely safe to skip your period when using combination birth…

How do emergency contraceptives work?

Emergency contraceptives, like Plan B® and Ella®, work by blocking your ovaries from ovulating. If you do not release an egg during ovulation, you cannot get pregnant. Emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill” is not an abortion pill and will not work if you are…

Can you send emergency contraception to my local pharmacy?

Yes. Most of our requests for emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”, are processed the same day that they are ordered. Some pharmacies do not reliably stock ella®, so if you are requesting this pill, we recommend that you call your pharmacy to make sure they…

How effective are emergency contraceptives?

Emergency contraceptives, often referred to as “the morning-after pill” are about 58-94% effective at preventing pregnancy. The range is so large because when taken at the right time, emergency contraception is very effective. However, some women are unable to access the medication until it’s almost too late. Ella® is…

How often can I take emergency contraceptives?

Emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”, should not be used as regular birth control. Though there are no known health risks, regularly taking emergency contraceptives can result in increased side effects (like irregular bleeding). If you find that you need emergency contraception more than 2 or 3…

What are the side effects of emergency contraception?

Most women will not have any side effects with emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”. Sometimes, emergency contraception can cause spotting or irregular bleeding about one week before or after your regularly scheduled period. Other possible side effects are nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, breast soreness, or cramping…

Do I need follow-up care after using emergency contraception?

Typically, you will not need any follow-up care. If your period is more than one week late after taking emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”, you should take a pregnancy test. Remember, common pregnancy tests (using urine samples) are not accurate in the first 10 days of…

Can I take emergency contraception if I am breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding 100% of the time and your period has not yet returned, then you may not need emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”. Plan B® can be used safely during breastfeeding with no changes to your breastfeeding schedule. Ella® can also be used safely…

When do I need to use emergency contraceptives?

You should use emergency contraception for pregnancy protection if: You have sex without a condom or if the condom breaks, slips, or falls off. You have sex and have missed more than 2 days (48 hours) in a row of your combined hormonal contraceptives (pill, patch, or ring). You have…

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