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Birth Control - Medication Overview
Birth control medications are sometimes prescribed to women who wish to use this method of contraception to help prevent pregnancy. Push Health connects women who desire birth control medication with licensed medical providers who can prescribe birth control medications when appropriate to do so.
Birth Control Prescription Options
Some birth control medications are available in a tablet, or pill, form while others are available in the form of a birth control ring that releases hormones when inserted into the vagina. Frequently, the choice of the form of the birth control medication is related to one's personal preference in consultation with one's medical provider. Common birth control medications in use are Errin, Lo Loestrin Fe, Ortho-Tri Cyclen Lo, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Slynd, and Yasmin. Lo Loestrin Fe and Ortho-Tri Cyclen Lo as well as Junel Fe are available in tablet forms. The NuvaRing is, as the name suggests, a birth control ring.
Birth Control Pills - Combination Medications
Yasmin and Yaz are combination oral contraceptives that consist of tablets containing two hormones - drospirenone, a progestin, and ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen. Ortho-Tri Cyclen and Estarylla are combination oral contraceptives that consist of tablets containing norgestimate, a progesterone, and ethinyl estradiol. Other brand versions of combination medications include Seasonique and Taytulla. Other birth control medications include Apri, Balcoltra, Enskyce, Gianvi, Lessina, Pirmella and Sronyx. And so, the estrogen used in the birth control medication is sometimes the same while the form of progestin and progesterone is different between brands.
Birth Control Pills - Sprintec vs Errin
Sprintec is also a combination oral contraceptive containing a progestin and an estrogen. Errin contains norethindrone, a progestin medication, which is also individually marketed under the brands Camila, Deblitane, Errin, Heather, Jencycla, Jolivette, Lyza, Nora-BE, Norlyda, Ortho Micronor, and Sharobel. In considering Errin vs. Sprintec, Errin contains only a single progestin hormone.
Other Birth Control Medications
Other types of medications are also prescribed to help with birth control. Annovera and the NuvaRing differs from many other medications in that they are rings inserted into the vagina as opposed to a birth control tablet. The birth control patch is a transdermal patch that delivers hormones over a period of time and is marketed under brands such as Ortho Evra and Xulane. The female condom is a condom that a woman can insert prior to sexual activity that reduces the likelihood of an unwanted pregnancy. More recently, Phexxi gel was approved as an applicator gel to help reduce the rate of pregnancy.
Birth Control - Pills & Ring Effectiveness
When used properly, most birth control medications are quite effective. However, while birth control medications can help women prevent pregnancy, they do not work in every person. Additionally, the effects of any birth control ring or pills will usually reverse if one stops using the medication.
Birth Control Prescriptions - Online
Because they require a prescription, one cannot simply buy birth control medications online. Birth control meds need to be dispensed by a licensed pharmacy online or at a retail pharmacy location after a birth control prescription is written by a licensed medical provider. Push Health can connect people with medical providers who can provide birth control prescriptions when appropriate to do so.
Birth Control Medications - Side Effects
All birth control medications can cause side effects. Side effects of birth control pills and medications include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, weight gain, breast tenderness and abnormal bleeding. Some birth control medications like the ring can increase the risk of clots, particularly in smokers, and lead to a fatal heart attack, blood clot or stroke.
While well tolerated by many people, all birth control medications can also cause an allergic reaction. Many side effects will go away once the birth control medication is discontinued. Any questions about birth control medications and potential side effects should be discussed with one's medical provider and a licensed pharmacist.
Last updated August 9, 2022. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.