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Your healthcare provider may prescribe Heather® (norethindrone) to prevent pregnancy. Because this contraceptive is a progestin-only birth control pill (rather than a combined oral contraceptive that contains a progestin and an estrogen), Heather is mainly used in women who are:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Unable to take estrogens.
This birth control pill is taken every day. It is important to take the pill at the same time every day, as taking it even a few hours late can increase your risk of pregnancy. Although most women tolerate it well, side effects are possible and can include nausea, headaches, and irregular menstrual periods.
Before using this form of birth control, it's important to review Heather's safety information. This pill may not be suitable for all women, so make sure your healthcare provider is aware if you have any other medical conditions (such as diabetes or migraines) or are taking any other type of medicine (including nonprescription medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins).
(For more information on this birth control pill, click Heather. This article gives a more in-depth discussion, explaining how Heather works, what to expect while taking it, and what to tell your healthcare provider before using it.)
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