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Side Effects of Low-Ogestrel

Breast tenderness and swelling, breakthrough bleeding, and nausea are some of the potential side effects of Low-Ogestrel. These bothersome (but usually not serious) side effects generally improve or go away completely within a couple of months. Certain Low-Ogestrel side effects, however, may be dangerous and should be reported to a healthcare provider right away, including depression, sudden vision changes, or chest pain.

Side Effects of Low-Ogestrel: An Introduction

Low-Ogestrel® (norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Lo/Ovral®. As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Low-Ogestrel; however, not all women who use the 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 can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Often, many of the bothersome side effects of Low-Ogestrel improve (or go away completely) within the first few months of use.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Low-Ogestrel. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Low-Ogestrel side effects with you.)

Clinical Studies on Contraceptives

Before medications are approved for general use, they must undergo clinical studies to ensure that they are both safe and effective. In clinical studies for most medications, one group of people is given the actual medication, while another group is given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). During the study, the people are not usually told if they are taking the real medication or the placebo.
In these studies, the side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. This way, 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 generally unethical to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies.
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