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General Information on Orsythia

How Does It Work?

Orsythia is a combined oral contraceptive, the most common type of birth control pill. It contains a combination of two different types of hormones: an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). These hormones prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
 
Orsythia also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. It changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. The drug also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 

When and How to Use Orsythia

General considerations for women to keep in mind during treatment with Orsythia include the following:
 
  • Orsythia comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
     
  • Each pack of Orsythia contains 28 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
     
  • You can take this product with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • It is important that you take the medication every day and at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
     
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
     
  • For Orsythia to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     
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