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Heather is an oral contraceptive that is available only by prescription. It is a progestin-only pill that is most commonly used by breastfeeding women and women who should not take estrogen. Because this pill is not very effective at stopping ovulation, it also works to prevent pregnancy by altering the endometrium and cervical mucus. Potential side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, and headaches.

What Is Heather?

Heather® (norethindrone) is a prescription oral contraceptive, also known as a birth control pill. It is a generic version of Nor-QD®. Heather is a progestin-only contraceptive (also known as a "mini-pill"), named because it contains just a progestin hormone. It is an ideal choice for breastfeeding mothers and other women who should not take estrogens.
(Click What Is Heather Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, Heather may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of Heather include but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Breast tenderness
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Nausea.
(Click Side Effects of Heather to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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