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Pirmella is one of the many birth control pills available. It is taken once a day, at the same time each day. While most women tolerate this contraceptive well, side effects are possible and include headaches, nausea, and breast tenderness. This generic version of Ortho-Novum works by preventing ovulation, changing the cervical mucus, and altering the uterine lining.


What Is Pirmella?

Pirmella™ (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. Two different types of Pirmella birth control pills are available, including:
  • Pirmella 1/35 (generic for Ortho-Novum® 1/35)
  • Pirmella 7/7/7 (generic for Ortho-Novum® 7/7/7).
(Click What Is Pirmella Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, Pirmella can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of birth control pills include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Acne
  • Headaches.
(Click Pirmella Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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