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Medications must undergo clinical studies before they are approved in the United States. With the clinical studies for most medications, one group of people is given the actual medication, while another group is given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). The people are not told if they were given the real medication or the placebo.
The side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and whether they are actual side effects of the medication. However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies.
It is difficult to obtain much information about side effects from studies that do not use a placebo, as there is no way of knowing if any particular problem is actually a side effect of the medication. Because of this, only vague information is available about possible Kurvelo side effects.
In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information for Kurvelo are actually the potential side effects of all birth control pills in general, not necessarily of Kurvelo in particular. Some of the common bothersome, but not usually dangerous, side effects of birth control pills include but are not limited to:
  • Breast tenderness and swelling
  • Headaches (although birth control pills can improve headaches in some women)
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods (especially for the first few cycles)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Bloating
  • Acne (although birth control pills can also improve acne)
  • Changes in sex drive (typically a decrease in sex drive).
Many women take birth control pills without experiencing any negative side effects whatsoever. However, some women react so strongly and have such undesired side effects that they choose to avoid hormonal contraceptives altogether. There is no way to predict who will respond well and who will not.
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