Brand Name: Examples include Desogen and Ortho-Cept
Generic Name: Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol (des-oh-JES-trel/ETH-in-il ess-trah-DYE-ole)
Average Consumer Rating: 2.2 out of 5
Two different synthetic hormones, ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel come together in Ortho-Cept Birth Control to form a very effective method of avoiding pregnancy. This medication not only stops you from ovulating, but it also keeps sperm from entering into the uterus and reaching the egg, if one should happen to be present. If fertilization does occur, which is highly unlikely, it will not attach to the lining of the uterus because of changes that these hormones will make.
Breastfeeding women should avoid using Ortho-Cept Birth Control (Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) as it can be transferred through breast milk.
Avoid using Ortho-Cept is you have a history of diabetes, stroke or blood clots, hormone-related cancers, migraines, heart valve disorder, jaundice or high blood pressure.
Taking any kind of hormones including the ones included in Ortho-Cept Birth Control (Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) can cause a higher risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack especially in smokers.
Some medications can make Ortho-Cept Birth Control (Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) less effective in preventing pregnancy. This is one reason that all vitamins, prescriptions and over the counter drugs should be disclosed to a doctor prior to taking Ortho-Cept Birth Control. Medications such as anti-protease inhibitors used in HIV treatment are among the many medications that will cause adverse reactions and lesser response from Ortho-Cept Birth Control.
Before taking Ortho-Cept Birth Control, talk to a doctor if you are pregnant, have had a baby in the last 4 weeks, have circulation problems, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or cancer, high blood pressure or migraines, heart valve disorders or jaundice.
Take Ortho-Cept Birth Control once daily, at the same time if possible. The hormones in the Ortho-Cept Birth Control are stepped so that the dose taken is specific on each week. This medication can be taken with or without food but must be taken about the same time every day. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you miss more than 2 doses, contact your physician.
Ortho-Cept Side Effects
Side effects associated with Ortho-Cept Birth Control (Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) include headaches, vomiting, nausea and breast changes as well as spotting between periods. Lighter or shorter periods can be a side effect but are seen as a health advantage by most.
Ortho-Cept Birth Control (Desogestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) users should use a backup method if a dose is missed, for at least a week afterward for the drug to be back into the system properly. Those with questions about Ortho-Cept Birth Control effectiveness after missing a dose should contact their doctor immediately after missing the dose.
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I have been on it for a few weeks now. I am not liking it.. I cry all the time, im moody and it's not like me. Iv'e never been this emotional and it sucks. I'm thinking about switching, but i'm going to give it a few months to adjust. I'm just sick of feeling tired and sad all the time.. I'm hoping I don't loose my sex drive though, like most people are having problems with lmao. The pill sucks so far though..
AGGHH!!! HATE IT WITH A PASSION!!!!!! SUCKSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Havn't had any problems with Ortho-Cept. I've been on it for 3 months and havn't noticed a difference in anything. This pill prevents pregnancy without any side effects. I'd strongly recommend it.
Uh, ortho-cept did not give me that side effect at all. Quite the opposite, no sex drive, hormonal mess I was.
Side effect not mentioned: EXTREME HORNYNESS!!!! May cause you to prey on hot super market employee!!!