kariva birth controlBrand Names: Apri, Cesia, Cyclessa, Desogen, Kariva, Mircette, Ortho-Cept, Reclipsen, Solia, Velivet

Generic Name: ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel (EH thih nill ess tra DYE ole and des oh JESS trel)

Average Consumer Rating: 2.3 out of 5

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Kariva, or the generic equivalent Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol, is a combination hormone drug that is used for the prevention of pregnancy. It contains a combination of 2 hormones: progestin and estrogen. These hormones prevent pregnancy in several ways. The first way is by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation).

The second way is by altering the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for an egg to become fertilized. And finally, by changing the womb lining, Kariva (Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) makes it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the lining of the womb. A fertilized egg must attach to the womb in order to grow into a baby; otherwise it is passed through menstruation

In addition to preventing pregnancy, birth control pills are used to help make your periods more regular, decrease blood loss and painful periods, and decrease your risk of ovarian cysts

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