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Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day works as a contraceptive by utilizing a combination of Levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol.
These hormone combinations work by preventing the release of an egg from the ovaries, thinning the lining of the uterus, and thickening the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. This three-pronged approach helps to reduce the likelihood of fertilization and pregnancy.
Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and individuals should use additional methods of contraception (such as condoms) to prevent the spread of STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
Use and Dosage
Ovral Lo Birth Control comes as tablet to take it orally usually once a day. It is meant to be swallowed whole with water. Chewing the tablet may affect its effectiveness and can also cause side effects such as nausea or stomach upset.
The usual dosage of Ovral LO is one tablet daily for 28 consecutive days, starting on the fifth day of the menstrual cycle. Take an inactive pill once daily for 7 days in a row after you have taken the last active pill unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should take the tablets at about the same time every day, with or without food. You should not skip doses, and you should not take more than one pill per day. When you finish a pack, start a new pack the following day, even if you are still experiencing menstrual bleeding.
Before taking Ovral Lo, you should inform your healthcare provider if you have a history of blood clots, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, liver disease, gallbladder disease, or ovarian cancer. You should also inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you are taking any other medications, including antibiotics and anticonvulsants.
If you miss a dose of Ovral Lo, you should follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. If you miss one active pill, take two pills the next day. If you miss two active pills in a row, take two pills for the next two days and use a backup method of contraception for the next 7 days.
Common Side Effects of Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day (Levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol):
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
- Breast tenderness, enlargement, or discharge
- Brown or black skin patches
- Changes in menstrual flow
- Gingivitis (swelling of the gum tissue)
- Hair growth in unusual places
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Painful or missed periods
- Stomach cramps or bloating
- Swelling, redness, irritation, burning, or itching of the vagina
- Weight gain or weight loss
- White vaginal discharge
Serious Side Effects of Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day (Levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol):
- Bulging eyes
- Coughing up blood
- Crushing chest pain or chest heaviness
- Dark-colored urine
- Depression, especially if you also have trouble sleeping, tiredness, loss of energy, or other mood changes
- Dizziness or faintness
- Double vision
- Extreme tiredness, weakness, or lack of energy
- Leg pain
- Light-colored stool
- Loss of appetite
- Partial or complete loss of vision
- Severe headache
- Severe stomach pain
- Severe vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Speech problems
- Swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Unusual bleeding
- Weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Forms and Strength
Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day (Levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is available in the following forms and strength:
Levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol: Tablet
- Birth control pills, including Ovral Lo, may increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack, especially in women who smoke or have other risk factors for heart disease. Patients should inform their healthcare provider if they have a history of blood clots, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol before starting Ovral Lo or other hormonal contraceptives.
- Hormonal contraceptives, including Ovral Lo, may increase the risk of certain types of cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer.
- Ovral Lo does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so patients should use a barrier method of contraception, such as condoms, to reduce their risk of STIs.
- Ovral Lo may cause side effects such as nausea, headache, breast tenderness, mood changes, and changes in menstrual bleeding.
- Ovral Lo may increase the risk of certain health conditions, including liver disease, gallbladder disease, and ovarian cancer. Patients should inform their healthcare provider if they have a history of any of these conditions before starting Ovral Lo.
- Ovral Lo may interact with other medications, including antibiotics and anticonvulsants, and decrease the effectiveness of the contraceptive. Patients should inform their healthcare provider if they are taking any other medications before starting Ovral Lo.
- Patients who experience unexpected vaginal bleeding while taking Ovral Lo may need to undergo further evaluation to rule out serious underlying medical conditions.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take Ovral Lo or other hormonal contraceptives.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day affect my periods?
Yes, Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day can affect your menstrual periods. It may make your periods lighter and less painful, or it may make them irregular or even stop them altogether.
Can I take Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day if I have a history of migraines?
Women with a history of migraines may be advised to avoid using hormonal contraceptives, as they may increase the risk of blood clots and stroke. However, each woman's medical history is unique, and you should discuss your options with your healthcare provider to determine the best method of contraception for you.
Is Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day available over the counter?
No, Ovral LO Birth Control 28 Day is only available with a prescription from a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Ovral Lo Birth Control 28 day from verified Canadian pharmacy.