General Information

Norgestrel is indicated to prevent pregnancy. This stops the release of an egg in about half of a woman’s menstrual cycles. Norgestrel may also make your periods more regular and lessen blood loss. Birth control pills lessen ovarian cysts and also treat acne.

How does Norgestrel work?

Norgestrel affects the natural mucus at the neck of the womb. This drug increases the thickness of this mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb. Successful fertilization of an egg, leading to pregnancy, and by preventing sperm entering the womb, is less likely. Norgestrel also changes the quality of the womb lining. The changes prevent any eggs that have been fertilized from successfully implanting onto the wall of the womb.

Why use Norgestrel?

Norgestrel is a type of hormonal contraceptive commonly known as ‘mini-pill’. This medication is a hormone that prevents pregnancy by making vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg. Norgestrel as well as changes the lining of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. This medication is supplied as a tablet that contains 0.0075 mg of a single active steroid ingredient Norgestrel. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this prescription.

How to use Norgestrel?

The recommended dosage is based on your condition and response to Norgestrel. This is to be taken exactly as it is prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions of your doctor very carefully for the best benefit.

Norgestrel is to be taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. You may take each dose with or without a meal usually once a day. Take it at the same time each day for this medication to be effective.

What are the side effects of Norgestrel?

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Backache
  • Nervousness
  • Acne
  • Breast discomfort
  • Vaginal discharge

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before using, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or you have any allergies.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications.
  • If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
  • Let your doctor know if you have a medical history of liver problems, asthma, heart disease, or migraine headaches.
  • Call your doctor and stop taking this medication if you get any of symptoms such as jaundice, severe abdominal pain, or if you get pregnant.
  • This pill will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections. You may still need to use condoms as well.