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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 Reviews Avg. Ratings
Afirmelle
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Alyacen 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Aurovela 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Aurovela 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Ayuna
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Bekyree (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
BionaFem
Generic name: levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Cesia (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Charlotte 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Cyonanz
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Demulen 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Demulen 1 / 50
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Dolishale
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Enpresse (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Fayosim
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Fyavolv (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Gemmily
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Gildagia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Hailey 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Hailey Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Hailey Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Iclevia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Incassia
Generic name: norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Jaimiess
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Jevantique (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Jevantique Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Kalliga (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Kelnor 1 / 50 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Kimidess (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Leena
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Levlite
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Levonest
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lo-Zumandimine (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lo Minastrin Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 reviewAdd rating
Lo Simpesse
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lunelle
Generic name: estradiol / medroxyprogesterone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lyleq
Generic name: norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Merzee
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Microgestin 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviewsAdd rating
Myzilra
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Nexesta Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Norinyl 1+50
Generic name: mestranol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Nylia 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Nylia 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Nymyo
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Ovral
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Preven EC
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Quartette (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
React
Generic name: levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Rivelsa
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Simliya (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Tilia Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Tri-Mili (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Tri-Norinyl (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Tri-Nymyo
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Tri-VyLibra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Tri-Vylibra Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Twirla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviewsAdd rating
Volnea (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Wymzya Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Zenchent Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviewsAdd rating
Zumandimine (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
0 reviewsAdd rating
Jasmiel (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
2 reviews
1.0
Jinteli (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviews
1.0
Norlyroc (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
1 review
1.0
Philith
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
1.0
Solia (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
1 review
1.0
Layolis Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
1.5
Larin 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3 reviews
1.7
EluRyng (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel
57 reviews
2.0
Larin 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
2.0
Briellyn
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3 reviews
2.3
Lillow (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
32 reviews
2.4
Aurovela Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
19 reviews
2.5
Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
19 reviews
2.9
VyLibra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
17 reviews
2.9
Aurovela 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
3.0
Dasetta 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
3.0
Loestrin 21 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
3.0
Chateal EQ
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
23 reviews
3.1
Enskyce (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
56 reviews
3.2
Aurovela Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
17 reviews
3.3
Balcoltra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
31 reviews
3.3
Blisovi 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
296 reviews
3.3
Estarylla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
400 reviews
3.4
Tri Femynor (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
5 reviews
3.4
Daysee (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
9 reviews
3.6
Vienva (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
185 reviews
3.9
Deblitane (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
5 reviews
4.0
Elinest (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
8 reviews
4.0
Gildess 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
4.0
Larin 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
4.0
Larin Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
90 reviews
4.0
Mibelas 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
32 reviews
4.0
Nor-QD (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
1 review
4.0
Pirmella 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
23 reviews
4.0
Previfem (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
53 reviews
4.0
Setlakin
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4 reviews
4.0
Syeda (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
14 reviews
4.0
Tri-Lo-Marzia (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
129 reviews
4.0
Larissia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
115 reviews
4.1
Blisovi Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
301 reviews
4.2
Femynor (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
107 reviews
4.2
Mili (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
59 reviews
4.2
Tri-Lo-Sprintec (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
215 reviews
4.2
Camila (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
109 reviews
4.3
Gildess 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3 reviews
4.3
Levlen
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
74 reviews
4.3
Portia
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
171 reviews
4.3
Alesse-28
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
41 reviews
4.4
Ashlyna
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
120 reviews
4.4
Depo-Provera (Pro)
Generic name: medroxyprogesterone
1,774 reviews
4.4
depo-subQ provera 104 (Pro)
Generic name: medroxyprogesterone
19 reviews
4.4
Junel Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
771 reviews
4.4
Larin Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
11 reviews
4.4
Loestrin Fe 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
22 reviews
4.4
Mono-Linyah (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
68 reviews
4.4
Nikki (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
189 reviews
4.4
Tri-Estarylla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
39 reviews
4.4
Amethyst (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
22 reviews
4.5
Cyred EQ (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
4 reviews
4.5
Lessina (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
108 reviews
4.5
Pirmella 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
4.5
Taytulla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
390 reviews
4.5
Alyacen 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
21 reviews
4.6
Dasetta 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3 reviews
4.7
Gildess Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
236 reviews
4.7
Heather (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
47 reviews
4.7
Jencycla (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
36 reviews
4.7
Loryna (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
134 reviews
4.7
Nora-Be (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
137 reviews
4.7
Blisovi Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
86 reviews
4.8
EContra EZ
Generic name: levonorgestrel
17 reviews
4.8
Junel Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
119 reviews
4.8
Junel Fe 24 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
67 reviews
4.8
Marlissa
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
33 reviews
4.8
Tri-Lo-Estarylla (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
18 reviews
4.8
Falmina (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
73 reviews
4.9
Nortrel 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
76 reviews
4.9
TriNessa Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
47 reviews
4.9
Annovera (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / segesterone
22 reviews
5.0
Emoquette (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
2 reviews
5.0
Minastrin 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
219 reviews
5.0
Tri-Previfem (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
200 reviews
5.0
Altavera (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
21 reviews
5.1
Cryselle (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
202 reviews
5.1
Errin (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
145 reviews
5.1
Jolivette (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
109 reviews
5.1
Tarina Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
91 reviews
5.1
Viorele (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
91 reviews
5.1
Alesse (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
216 reviews
5.2
Cyclafem 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
19 reviews
5.2
Cyclessa (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
6 reviews
5.2
Gildess Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
34 reviews
5.2
Hailey 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6 reviews
5.2
Junel 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
8 reviews
5.2
Nexplanon (Pro)
Generic name: etonogestrel
4,482 reviews
5.2
Seasonique (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
390 reviews
5.2
Tri-Lo-Mili (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
6 reviews
5.2
Aubra
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
218 reviews
5.3
Balziva
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
14 reviews
5.3
Melodetta 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
3 reviews
5.3
Necon 1 / 50 (Pro)
Generic name: mestranol / norethindrone
7 reviews
5.3
Orsythia (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
234 reviews
5.3
Amethia (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
37 reviews
5.4
Apri (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
419 reviews
5.4
Camrese (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
111 reviews
5.4
Cyred (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
67 reviews
5.4
Jolessa (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
138 reviews
5.4
LoSeasonique (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
116 reviews
5.4
Ogestrel 0.5 / 50 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
8 reviews
5.4
Sronyx
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
202 reviews
5.4
Velivet (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
39 reviews
5.4
Gildess 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
5.5
Junel 1 / 20
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
82 reviews
5.5
My Choice
Generic name: levonorgestrel
4 reviews
5.5
Quasense (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
54 reviews
5.5
Tri-Sprintec (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
785 reviews
5.5
Lyza (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
92 reviews
5.6
Microgestin Fe 1.5 / 30 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
124 reviews
5.6
Sharobel (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
40 reviews
5.6
Sprintec (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
1,190 reviews
5.6
Yasmin (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
470 reviews
5.6
Amethia Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
7 reviews
5.7
Chateal
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
213 reviews
5.7
Desogen (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
31 reviews
5.7
Kariva (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
112 reviews
5.7
Liletta (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
548 reviews
5.7
Lo Loestrin Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1,410 reviews
5.7
Reclipsen (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
148 reviews
5.7
Tri-Linyah (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
52 reviews
5.7
Gianvi (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
282 reviews
5.8
Isibloom (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
223 reviews
5.8
Loestrin 21 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
36 reviews
5.8
Microgestin Fe 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
636 reviews
5.8
Norlyda
Generic name: norethindrone
15 reviews
5.8
Ortho Tri-Cyclen (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
260 reviews
5.8
Take Action
Generic name: levonorgestrel
192 reviews
5.8
Vestura (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
15 reviews
5.8
Zovia 1 / 35E (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
57 reviews
5.8
Aygestin (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
9 reviews
5.9
Levora
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
219 reviews
5.9
Lo / Ovral (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
12 reviews
5.9
Loestrin 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
737 reviews
5.9
Ortho Micronor (Pro)
Generic name: norethindrone
118 reviews
5.9
Provera (Pro)
Generic name: medroxyprogesterone
217 reviews
5.9
Tulana
Generic name: norethindrone
10 reviews
5.9
Aubra EQ
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
30 reviews
6.0
Kelnor 1 / 35 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
3 reviews
6.0
My Way (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
71 reviews
6.0
Safyral (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium
67 reviews
6.0
Seasonale (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
47 reviews
6.0
Vyfemla
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
6.0
Yaz (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
804 reviews
6.0
Implanon (Pro)
Generic name: etonogestrel
1,664 reviews
6.1
NuvaRing (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel
1,136 reviews
6.1
TriNessa (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
474 reviews
6.1
Lutera
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
371 reviews
6.2
Mirena (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
2,345 reviews
6.2
Option 2
Generic name: levonorgestrel
12 reviews
6.2
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
349 reviews
6.2
Trivora
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
21 reviews
6.2
Aviane (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
503 reviews
6.3
Juleber (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
11 reviews
6.3
Microgestin 1 / 20 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
84 reviews
6.3
Mircette (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
20 reviews
6.3
Mononessa (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
245 reviews
6.3
Zarah (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
83 reviews
6.3
CamreseLo (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
11 reviews
6.5
femhrt (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6 reviews
6.5
Lo / Ovral-28 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
8 reviews
6.5
Necon 0.5 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
6.5
Necon 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
46 reviews
6.5
Lomedia 24 Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
4 reviews
6.6
Low-Ogestrel-28 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel
66 reviews
6.6
Natazia (Pro)
Generic name: dienogest / estradiol
59 reviews
6.6
Ocella (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol
175 reviews
6.6
Pimtrea (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
8 reviews
6.6
Necon 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
6 reviews
6.7
Introvale (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4 reviews
6.8
Kyleena (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
1,372 reviews
6.8
Ortho-Cept (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
16 reviews
6.8
Aftera
Generic name: levonorgestrel
193 reviews
6.9
Beyaz (Pro)
Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium
159 reviews
6.9
Generess Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
137 reviews
6.9
Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
16 reviews
6.9
Ortho Cyclen
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate
74 reviews
6.9
Azurette (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
26 reviews
7.0
Cyclafem 7 / 7 / 7
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
7.0
Kaitlib Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
7.0
Morning After
Generic name: levonorgestrel
3 reviews
7.0
Skyla (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
1,486 reviews
7.0
Tarina 24 Fe
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
7.0
Tri-Legest
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
7.0
Wera
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
7.0
Ortho Evra (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin
353 reviews
7.2
Femcon Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
12 reviews
7.4
Microgestin 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7 reviews
7.4
Ortho-Novum 1 / 35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
12 reviews
7.4
Brevicon
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
7.5
Kurvelo
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
4 reviews
7.5
Opcicon One-Step
Generic name: levonorgestrel
4 reviews
7.7
Lybrel (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
16 reviews
7.8
Next Choice One Dose (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
89 reviews
7.8
Aranelle
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviews
8.0
Fallback Solo
Generic name: levonorgestrel
1 review
8.0
Loestrin Fe 1.5 / 30
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
1 review
8.0
Tri-Legest Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviews
8.0
Zenchent (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
8.0
Caziant (Pro)
Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol
3 reviews
8.3
EContra One-Step
Generic name: levonorgestrel
4 reviews
8.5
Ovcon 35 (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
7 reviews
8.5
Plan B One-Step (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
809 reviews
8.5
Plan B (Pro)
Generic name: levonorgestrel
1,510 reviews
8.6
Zovia 1 / 50E (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol
2 reviews
9.0
Triphasil (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviews
9.5
Delyla
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
1 review
10
Estrostep Fe (Pro)
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviews
10
New Day
Generic name: levonorgestrel
1 review
10
Nordette
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviews
10
Norinyl 1+35
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
2 reviews
10
Simpesse
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel
0 reviews
10
Zeosa
Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone
0 reviews
10
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