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Contraceptives

Written by C. Fookes, BPharm on July 5, 2018.

Other names: Birth control

What are Contraceptives?

Contraceptives are the name given to medicines and other devices that are used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Contraceptives may also be referred to as birth control.

Hormonal contraceptives consist of one or more synthetic female sex hormones.

  • Hormonal contraceptives that contain both an estrogen and progestin are called combined oral contraceptives (COCs).
  • Those that contain just progestin are called progestin-only contraceptives (POPs).

COCs prevent pregnancy by inhibiting the normal process of ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and by altering the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) so that it is unable to support a fertilized egg. They also change the viscosity (stickiness) of mucus within the cervix to make it hard for sperm to travel to the uterus.

POPs mainly just change the viscosity of mucus and thin the endometrium; however, in some women, they may also prevent ovulation, although this is usually inconsistent.

Hormonal contraceptives are available as pills (oral contraceptives), injections, implants, intrauterine devices, patches, and vaginal rings.

Nonhormonal contraceptives include condoms, diaphragms, sponges, spermicides, and cervical caps.

What are contraceptives used for?

Contraceptives are mostly used to help prevent women from becoming pregnant. Some hormonal contraceptives may also be prescribed to:

Emergency contraceptives are contraceptives that are taken (or inserted if a copper IUD) within a few days after unprotected sex to help prevent implantation of a fertilized egg and a possible resulting pregnancy.

Condoms are contraceptives that offer the most protection against sexually transmitted infections, although protection is not 100%.

What are the differences between contraceptives?

There are several differences between contraceptives. The main difference is that some contain hormones whereas others do not. Hormone-containing contraceptives have more side effects than nonhormonal contraceptives.

Some combined hormonal contraceptives also contain supplements such as iron or folic acid.

Oral hormonal contraceptives: Combined hormonal contraceptives

Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) contain an estrogen and a progestin to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary), thin the uterine lining, and thicken cervical mucus making it impenetrable to sperm.

Generic name Brand name examples
estradiol + dienogestrel Natazia
ethinyl estradiol + desogestrel Azurette, Cyclessa, Desogen, Isibloom, Kariva, Mircette, Reclipsen
ethinyl estradiol + drospirenone Gianvi, Loryna, Nikki, Ocella, Syeda, Vestura, Yaz, Zarah
ethinyl estradiol + drospirenone + levomefolate Beyaz, Safyral, Rajani, Tydemy
ethinyl estradiol + ethynodiol diacetate Demulen 1/35, Kelnor, Zovia 1/35
ethinyl estradiol + levonorgestrel Amethyst, Aviane, Falmina, Levlen, Orsythia, Vienva
ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate Estarylla, Femynor, Mono-Linyah, Mononessa, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Previfem, Sprintec, Tri-Lo-Marzia, TriNessa
ethinyl estradiol + norgestrel Cryselle 28, Low-Ogestrel, Ogestrel-28

Oral hormonal contraceptives: Progestin-only contraceptives

Progestin-only contraceptives (POPs) contain just one hormone, progestin. Most work by thickening cervical mucus, preventing sperm from entering the uterus.  POPs must be taken within the same three hours every day.

Generic name Brand name examples
norethindrone Aygestin, Camila, Errin, Jolivette, Nor-QD, Nora-Be, Ortho Micronor

Emergency hormonal contraception

The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’ may be taken to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, contraceptive failure, or after a sexual assault. Levonorgestrel ECPs work best if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex; however, they are still moderately effective if used within five days of unprotected sex. The ulipristal ECP can be used within five days of unprotected sex.

Generic name Brand name examples
levonorgestrel EContra EZ, Fallback Solo, My Way, Next Choice, Opcicon One-Step, Plan B One-Step
ulipristal ella

Other contraceptives

Type Explanation
Diaphragm with spermicide
  • Silicone (Caya)
Flexible dome-shaped cup that is inserted before sex.
Hormonal contraceptive patch One patch is applied each week for every three weeks, then usually followed by a patch-free week
Hormonal contraceptive rings One ring is inserted into the vagina and remains in place continuously for three weeks, then removed for a one week break before a new ring is inserted.
Intrauterine devices (IUD) Small, T-shaped device that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. Lasts 3 to 10 years depending on the type,
Implantable rods Small rod the size of a matchstick that is implanted under the skin of the upper arm. Lasts up to 3 years.
Female condom
  • Synthetic latex (FC2)
Must be used every time that sex occurs. Provide some protection against STIs.
Male condom
  • Latex
  • Polyurethane
  • Polyisoprene
Must be used every time that sex occurs. Provide some protection against STIs.
Shot/injection Given by injection under the skin once every 3 months (12 to 14 weeks).
Cervical cap with spermicide
  • Silicone (FemCap)
Soft silicone Cup that covers the cervix and is inserted before sex. May cause irritation, and allergic reactions, and increase the risk of an abnormal Pap test.
Sponge with spermicide
  • Today sponge
Soft polyurethane sponge that is inserted before sex and kept in place for six hours after sex.
Spermicide alone Must be used every time that sex occurs. Not very reliable. May cause irritation, and allergic reactions, and increase the risk of STIs and UTIs.

Are contraceptives safe?

Hormonal contraceptives may not be suitable for some women especially those with certain types of cancer, at higher risk of clotting or strokes, liver disease, severe headaches, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease. Nonhormonal methods of contraception are more suitable for these women. Women who are pregnant who still wish to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections should use barrier methods of contraception (such as condoms).

Serious side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain and an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • A severe headache
  • Severe stomach pain.

Smoking increases the risk of serious heart side effects with COCs, including the ring or the patch. COCs should NOT be used in women aged over 35 years who smoke because they are at higher risk of serious side effects such as heart attack, blood clots, or stroke.

Certain medications and some supplements can make hormonal contraceptives less effective. Hormonal contraceptives do not offer any protection against STIs such as HIV or hepatitis. Male or female condoms should be used in combination with hormonal contraceptives if protection against STIs is needed.

For a complete list of severe side effects, please refer to the individual drug monographs.

What are the side effects of contraceptives?

Hormonal contraceptives have been associated with several different side effects such as:

  • Acne
  • Appetite changes
  • Breast tenderness, enlargement or discharge
  • Changes to menstrual flow, bleeding or spotting between periods, painful or missed periods
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
  • Hair growth in unusual places
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Skin color changes (brown or black patches)
  • Stomach cramps or bloating
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Vaginal burning, discharge, irritation, itching, redness, or swelling
  • Vomiting.

Nonhormonal contraceptives may be associated with irritation, itching, redness, or discomfort during sex.

For a complete list of side effects, please refer to the individual drug monographs.

List of Contraceptives:

View by  Brand | Generic
Drug Name Avg. Rating Reviews
Nexplanon (Pro)
Generic name: etonogestrel
5.1
4,711 reviews
Mirena (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
6.1
2,493 reviews
Depo-Provera (Pro)
Generic name: medroxyprogesterone
4.3
1,919 reviews
Plan B (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
8.6
1,825 reviews
Implanon (Pro)
Generic name: etonogestrel
6.1
1,674 reviews
Kyleena (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
6.6
1,538 reviews
Skyla (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
6.9
1,515 reviews
Lo Loestrin Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.7
1,502 reviews
Sprintec (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.6
1,254 reviews
NuvaRing (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel
6.1
1,171 reviews
Yaz (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
6.0
898 reviews
Junel Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.4
867 reviews
Plan B One-Step (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
8.5
839 reviews
Tri-Sprintec (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.4
821 reviews
Loestrin 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.9
744 reviews
Microgestin Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.7
646 reviews
Liletta (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
5.6
602 reviews
Yasmin (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
5.3
550 reviews
Aviane (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.3
531 reviews
TriNessa (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
6.1
475 reviews
Estarylla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
3.6
472 reviews
Xulane (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin
5.8
460 reviews
Apri (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.4
448 reviews
Taytulla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.5
403 reviews
Seasonique (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.2
401 reviews
Lutera
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.2
384 reviews
Ortho Evra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin
7.2
367 reviews
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
6.2
356 reviews
Blisovi Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.3
345 reviews
Blisovi 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.4
321 reviews
Gianvi (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
5.8
298 reviews
Vienva (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.3
282 reviews
Provera (Pro)
Generic name: medroxyprogesterone
5.9
271 reviews
Ortho Tri-Cyclen (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.8
262 reviews
Isibloom (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.6
261 reviews
Take Action
Generic name: levonorgestrel
6.0
258 reviews
Mononessa (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
6.2
247 reviews
Gildess Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.7
237 reviews
Orsythia (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.4
236 reviews
Tri-Lo-Sprintec (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.3
233 reviews
Aubra
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.3
228 reviews
Aftera
Generic name: levonorgestrel
7.0
226 reviews
Minastrin 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.1
224 reviews
Levora
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.0
224 reviews
Nikki (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
4.4
223 reviews
Alesse (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.2
223 reviews
Cryselle (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
5.0
218 reviews
Chateal
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.7
217 reviews
Sronyx
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.2
216 reviews
Tri-Previfem (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.9
202 reviews
Mili (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
3.5
198 reviews
Portia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.2
191 reviews
Ocella (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
6.4
183 reviews
Loryna (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
4.9
168 reviews
Errin (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
5.1
168 reviews
Beyaz (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium
6.8
165 reviews
Tri-Lo-Marzia (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.1
157 reviews
Larissia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.5
152 reviews
Reclipsen (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.7
150 reviews
Nora-Be (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
4.4
150 reviews
Jolessa (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.3
141 reviews
Generess Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.8
137 reviews
Ashlyna
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.5
136 reviews
Junel Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.8
135 reviews
Microgestin Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.6
125 reviews
Ortho Micronor (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
6.0
124 reviews
Lessina (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.7
121 reviews
Kariva (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.5
120 reviews
Femynor (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.3
120 reviews
LoSeasonique (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.4
117 reviews
Larin Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.1
114 reviews
Camrese (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.4
114 reviews
Camila (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
4.3
113 reviews
Jolivette (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
5.1
111 reviews
Viorele (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.1
108 reviews
Tarina Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.0
107 reviews
Mono-Linyah (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.7
105 reviews
Junel 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.5
101 reviews
EluRyng (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel
2.1
99 reviews
Blisovi Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.6
95 reviews
Lyza (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
5.5
93 reviews
Levlen
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.0
93 reviews
Next Choice One Dose (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
7.8
89 reviews
Microgestin 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.2
89 reviews
Zarah (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
6.3
83 reviews
Nortrel 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.8
80 reviews
Falmina (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.3
80 reviews
Aurovela Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.0
80 reviews
Ortho Cyclen
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
6.8
78 reviews
Junel Fe 24 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.9
78 reviews
My Way (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
6.0
75 reviews
Enskyce (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
3.6
73 reviews
Cyred (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.3
72 reviews
Safyral (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium
6.0
67 reviews
Low-Ogestrel-28 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
6.6
66 reviews
Natazia (Pro)
Generic name: dienogest / estradiol
6.6
64 reviews
Annovera (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / segesterone
5.8
62 reviews
Heather (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
4.3
61 reviews
Zovia 1 / 35E (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
5.8
58 reviews
Tri-Estarylla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
3.7
58 reviews
Tri-Linyah (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.5
56 reviews
Previfem (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.1
55 reviews
Quasense (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.5
54 reviews
Seasonale (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.1
49 reviews
Jencycla (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
4.5
49 reviews
Aurovela Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.0
49 reviews
Alesse-28
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.5
48 reviews
TriNessa Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
4.9
47 reviews
Necon 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.5
46 reviews
Balcoltra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
3.7
44 reviews
Aubra EQ
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.7
44 reviews
Amethia (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.6
43 reviews
Sharobel (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
5.8
42 reviews
Velivet (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.4
39 reviews
Marlissa
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.2
39 reviews
Loestrin 21 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.7
37 reviews
Lillow (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
2.2
36 reviews
Gildess Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.2
34 reviews
Mibelas 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.9
33 reviews
Syeda (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
3.5
32 reviews
Desogen (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.8
32 reviews
Chateal EQ
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
3.3
32 reviews
Azurette (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
6.8
31 reviews
VyLibra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
3.1
29 reviews
Hailey 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.9
29 reviews
Alyacen 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.8
29 reviews
Altavera (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.6
29 reviews
Loestrin Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.2
28 reviews
Amethyst (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.3
28 reviews
Pirmella 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.5
26 reviews
Norlyda
Generic name: norethindrone
5.7
25 reviews
Tri-Lo-Estarylla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.1
24 reviews
Trivora
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.0
23 reviews
Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.1
22 reviews
EContra EZ
Generic name: levonorgestrel
5.5
22 reviews
Option 2
Generic name: levonorgestrel
5.6
21 reviews
Mircette (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
6.4
21 reviews
depo-subQ provera 104 (Pro)
Generic name: medroxyprogesterone
4.4
19 reviews
Cyclafem 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.2
19 reviews
Vestura (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
5.5
17 reviews
Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.9
17 reviews
Ortho-Cept (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
6.8
16 reviews
Lybrel (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
7.8
16 reviews
Balziva
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.0
15 reviews
Tri-Lo-Mili (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.3
13 reviews
Ortho-Novum 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.0
13 reviews
Larin Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.7
13 reviews
Daysee (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.4
13 reviews
Tri Femynor (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5.0
12 reviews
Lo / Ovral (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
5.9
12 reviews
Juleber (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
6.5
12 reviews
Femcon Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.4
12 reviews
CamreseLo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.6
12 reviews
Tulana
Generic name: norethindrone
5.5
11 reviews
Pimtrea (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
7.2
10 reviews
Elinest (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
4.4
10 reviews
Aygestin (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
5.9
10 reviews
Junel 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.0
9 reviews
Ogestrel 0.5 / 50 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
5.4
8 reviews
Lo / Ovral-28 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
6.5
8 reviews
Ovcon 35 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
8.5
7 reviews
Necon 1 / 50 (Pro)
Generic name: mestranol / norethindrone
5.3
7 reviews
Microgestin 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.4
7 reviews
Amethia Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.7
7 reviews
Necon 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.7
6 reviews
My Choice
Generic name: levonorgestrel
6.3
6 reviews
Morning After
Generic name: levonorgestrel
8.6
6 reviews
femhrt (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.5
6 reviews
Cyred EQ (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.5
6 reviews
Cyclessa (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.2
6 reviews
Deblitane (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
4.0
5 reviews
Setlakin
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4.0
4 reviews
Opcicon One-Step
Generic name: levonorgestrel
7.7
4 reviews
Lomedia 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.6
4 reviews
Larin 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1.8
4 reviews
Kurvelo
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
7.5
4 reviews
Introvale (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
6.8
4 reviews
EContra One-Step
Generic name: levonorgestrel
8.5
4 reviews
AfterPill
Generic name: levonorgestrel
5.0
4 reviews
Pirmella 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.7
3 reviews
Necon 0.5 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.3
3 reviews
Melodetta 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.3
3 reviews
Kelnor 1 / 35 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
6.0
3 reviews
Jasmiel (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
1.0
3 reviews
Gildess 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.3
3 reviews
Dasetta 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.7
3 reviews
Caziant (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
8.3
3 reviews
Briellyn
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2.3
3 reviews
Zovia 1 / 50E (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
9.0
2 reviews
Zenchent (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
8.0
2 reviews
Zafemy
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin
2.5
2 reviews
Vyfemla
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.0
2 reviews
Tarina 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.0
2 reviews
Norinyl 1+35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
10
2 reviews
New Day
Generic name: levonorgestrel
9.5
2 reviews
Microgestin 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
Layolis Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1.5
2 reviews
Incassia
Generic name: norethindrone
4.5
2 reviews
Gildess 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.0
2 reviews
Gildess 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.5
2 reviews
Emoquette (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
5.0
2 reviews
Brevicon
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.5
2 reviews
Aurovela 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6.5
2 reviews
Wera
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.0
1 review
Tri-Legest
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.0
1 review
Solia (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
1.0
1 review
Philith
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1.0
1 review
Norlyroc (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
1.0
1 review
Nor-QD (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
4.0
1 review
Nextstellis (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / estetrol
6.0
1 review
Lo Minastrin Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
Loestrin Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
8.0
1 review
Loestrin 21 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.0
1 review
Larin 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.0
1 review
Larin 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2.0
1 review
Kelnor 1 / 50 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
10
1 review
Kaitlib Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.0
1 review
Hailey Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.0
1 review
Hailey Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4.0
1 review
Fallback Solo
Generic name: levonorgestrel
8.0
1 review
Enpresse (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
5.0
1 review
Delyla
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
10
1 review
Dasetta 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3.0
1 review
Cyclafem 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7.0
1 review
Alyacen 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
5.0
1 review
Zumandimine (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Zeosa
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
10
No reviews
Zenchent Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Wymzya Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Volnea (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Twirla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Triphasil (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
9.5
No reviews
Tri-Vylibra Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
No reviews
Tri-VyLibra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
No reviews
Tri-Nymyo
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
No reviews
Tri-Norinyl (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Tri-Mili (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
No reviews
Tri-Legest Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
8.0
No reviews
Tilia Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Simpesse
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
10
No reviews
Simliya (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Rivelsa
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
React
Generic name: levonorgestrel
No reviews
Quartette (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Preven EC
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Ovral
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
No reviews
Nymyo
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
No reviews
Nylia 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Nylia 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Norinyl 1+50
Generic name: mestranol / norethindrone
No reviews
Nordette
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
10
No reviews
Nexesta Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Myzilra
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Merzee
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Lyleq
Generic name: norethindrone
No reviews
Lunelle
Generic name: estradiol / medroxyprogesterone
No reviews
Lo Simpesse
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Lo-Zumandimine (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Levonest
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Levlite
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Leena
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Kimidess (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Kalliga (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Jinteli (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1.0
No reviews
Jevantique Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Jevantique (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Jaimiess
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Iclevia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Hailey 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Gildagia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Gemmily
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Fyavolv (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Fayosim
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Estrostep Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
10
No reviews
Dolishale
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Demulen 1 / 50
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
No reviews
Demulen 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
No reviews
Cyonanz
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Charlotte 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Cesia (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
BionaFem
Generic name: levonorgestrel
No reviews
Bekyree (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
No reviews
Ayuna
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
Aurovela 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Aurovela 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
No reviews
Aranelle
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
8.0
No reviews
Afirmelle
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
No reviews
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