Heather is a progestin-only, once a day mini-pill. Heather does not contain estrogen, which makes it the ideal choice for women who are breastfeeding or have adverse reactions to estrogen birth control products. At this time, Nurx™ does not carry the Heather mini-pill.
There are no reminder tablets with Heather; you finish one pack and start the next. Heather does not prevent STDs.
- How Does Heather Work?
Heather works by preventing the egg from being fertilized and thickening vaginal mucus, which prevents sperm from traveling to the egg. Heather also changes the lining of the uterus to make it more difficult for an egg to attach to the cervical wall.
- Is Heather Easy to Get?
Heather birth control is available by prescription and may be covered under some insurance plans; contact your insurance provider for details.
- Are There Any Precautions?
Heather birth control should be stored at room temperature and away from sunlight. Users are advised to take Heather at the same time every day in order for the product to be fully effective. If you miss a dose or are more than three hours late taking your pill, consider using backup birth control for the next 48 hours.
Women with arterial disease, breast cancer, or ovarian cysts are cautioned against using Heather. As with any medication, it's wise to consult with your healthcare provider to discuss your risks or any possible conflicts with other medications.
Women should not smoke while using Heather, as smoking raises your risk of heart attack, blood clots, and high blood pressure.
Allergic reactions are rare, but if you experience rash, swelling, or trouble breathing, stop taking Heather and get help as soon as possible.
- Are There Any Side Effects?
Some potential side effects from taking Heather include:
- Hair loss
Side effects tend to be mild and are commonly experienced when using birth control products. Rare side effects from Heather include blood clots or stroke. Seek medical attention if you experience any dizziness or fainting, warmth in the groin, or vision problems, as these can indicate a serious reaction.
- Does Heather Birth Control Cause Acne?
Increased levels of androgens (hormones that regulate organs and systems) can encourage the production of sebum and therefore might worsen acne. Consider speaking to your doctor about a combination birth control pill that can help treat acne.
- Does Heather Birth Control Cause Hair Loss?
Progestin-only birth control can increase the level of androgens, which can trigger hair loss in some users.
- Is Heather Birth Control Efective?
Heather is effective as long as it is taken consistently. Ideally, you'll begin taking Heather on the first day of your period. If you begin taking Heather later, consider using a backup birth control method (barrier method, spermicide) for the next 48 hours.
- What Else Should You Know About Heather?
Because Heather is a progestin-only mini-pill, it can increase the production of androgens, increasing the chance for the development or worsening of acne.
If you experience stomach upset, consider taking the medication at night or after a meal, but make sure you take it the same time each day.
Talk to your doctor about medications you are taking, as Heather can interfere with certain medications.
Although rare, Heather may increase the chances of ectopic pregnancy.
- 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.