Min – Ovral Contraceptive
Min-ovral is a combination of progestin (levonorgestrel) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol), used as a contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy. It is used to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). It also causes changes in the mucus of the cervix, which can make it difficult for sperm to penetrate and fertilize the egg.
Min – ovral is also prescribed to treat acne and to regulate the menstrual cycle.
The pill does not suit all women. If any of the following apply to you, you may not be able to use hormonal methods of birth control.
- You are, or suspect that you are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding and / or are less than 6 weeks postpartum
- Are over the age of 35
- Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Have active liver disease or a history of liver tumors
- Have a history of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or some other condition that puts you at risk of a heart attack
- Have diabetes
- Have breast cancer, history of breast cancer or an abnormal growth in the breast
- Have a history of blood clotting problems
- Have cancer or history of cancer of the reproductive organs
- Have migraines or focal neurologic symptoms
Min-Ovral Side Effects
Common: Abdominal cramping or bloating, acne, breast pain, tenderness, or swelling, dizziness, nausea, swelling of the ankles and feet unusual tiredness or weakness, vomiting, spotting.
Less common: Brown, blotchy spots on exposed skin, gain or loss of body or facial hair, increased or decreased interest in sexual activity, increased sensitivity of skin to sunlight, weight gain or loss, headaches or migraines, increased blood pressure, vaginal infection with vaginal itching or irritation, women with diabetes, mild increase of blood sugar.
Rare: Depression, swelling, pain, or tenderness in upper abdominal area for women who smoke tobacco, pains in stomach, side, or abdomen yellow eyes or skin, lumps in breast abdominal or stomach pain, coughing up blood, headache, loss of coordination, loss of vision or change in vision, pains in the chest, groin, or leg, shortness of breath, slurring of speech, weakness, numbness, or pain in the arm or leg.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Min-Ovral, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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