Microgestin is a birth control pill containing two different types of hormones: estrogen and progestin. The drug prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus. Microgestin comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth at the same time each day. Potential side effects include nausea, headache, and spotting.
Microgestin® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive (commonly known as a birth control pill). The drug is a generic version of the birth control pill Loestrin®. Junel™ (made by Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) is the other generic version of Loestrin.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Microgestin. However, not everyone who uses 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. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of birth control pills include, but are not limited to:
- Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Breast tenderness
(Click Side Effects of Microgestin to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)