What is Alesse?
I've only heard that it has something to do with periods and birth control? I know it's a pill, but WHAT IS IT??
Asked by Thersa Svenson 4 months ago.
What is Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel)? Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucous and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel are used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide. How should I take Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel)? Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. You will take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins (follow your doctor's instructions). You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions. The 28-day birth control pack contains seven "reminder" pills to keep you on your regular cycle. Your period will usually begin while you are using these reminder pills. You may have breakthrough bleeding, especially during the first 3 months. Tell your doctor if this bleeding continues or is very heavy. Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills run out, start a new pack the following day. You may get pregnant if you do not use this medication regularly. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of pills completely. If you need to have any type of medical tests or surgery, or if you will be on bed rest, you may need to stop using this medication for a short time. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are using birth control pills. Your doctor will need to see you on a regular basis while you are using this medication. Do not miss any appointments. Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat What are the possible side effects of Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel)? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; or symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes) Continue using the medication and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects: mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps breast pain, tenderness, or swelling freckles or darkening of facial skin increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair changes in weight or appetite problems with contact lenses vaginal itching or discharge changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; or headache, nervousness, dizziness, tired feeling What is the most important information I should know about Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel)? Do not use ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby. Do not use this medication if you have any of the following conditions: a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes), a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills. You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions. Taking hormones can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you smoke and are older than 35. Some drugs can make birth control pills less effective, which may result in pregnancy. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use, including vitamins, minerals and herbal products. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel)? This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, or if you miss two menstrual periods in a row. If you have recently had a baby, wait at least 4 weeks before taking birth control pills (6 weeks if you are breast-feeding). Do not use this medication if you have: a history of a stroke or blood clot circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes) a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer abnormal vaginal bleeding liver disease or liver cancer severe high blood pressure severe migraine headaches a heart valve disorder; or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions. You may not be able to use birth control pills, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment. high blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina (chest pain), or a history of heart attack high cholesterol or if you are overweight a history of depression gallbladder disease diabetes seizures or epilepsy a history of irregular menstrual cycles a history of fibrocystic breast disease, lumps, nodules, or an abnormal mammogram uterine fibroid tumors varicose veins; or tuberculosis The hormones in birth control pills can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use if you are breast-feeding a baby. What warnings do you have for Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel)? The following warnings are available for this medication: Do not take if pregnant. Other drugs may decrease this drug's effect. What does Alesse (Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel) look like? Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel is available with a prescription under several brand names and may also be available as a generic. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you. Answered by Madeleine Labrie 4 months ago.
Birth Control Answered by Brenton Rodinson 4 months ago.
It's a birth control pill. Answered by Shelia Madden 4 months ago.
birth control Answered by Violet Ramie 4 months ago.
it's like a newer brand of birth control. that's its main purpose but like any birth control, some people take them (including alesse) as a way of regulating their periods. Answered by Sharell Diamond 4 months ago.
IT's just a type of birth control pill, a specific brand with a particular type and concentration of hormones unique from other brands. Answered by Latosha Meierotto 4 months ago.
It's the brand name of a low-dose estrogen birth control pill. I used to take it to regulate my periods. Answered by Cortney Decoteau 4 months ago.
Question about the Alesse Birth Control Pill?
How long do I have to be on it to be fully protected, and what are the most common side effects?
Asked by Alexander Parrill 4 months ago.
Alesse has more or less the same side effects as most. They include: mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps; breast pain, tenderness, or swelling; freckles or darkening of facial skin; increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair; changes in weight or appetite; problems with contact lenses; vaginal itching or discharge; changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; or headache, nervousness, dizziness, tired feeling. The serious ones include: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches; nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; or symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes). In regards to how long until you are fully protected. The current research is showing that after 1 cycle you are fully protected. Please note that previous thinking used to say that 3 months was the golden rule. Technically 1 week of active (hormonal) pills protects you. However, if you miss pills you will not be nearly as well protected. So really the decision is up to you how long you and your parter want to wait but there is no harm in waiting longer but a definite harm in not waiting long enough. Many people prefer to use another form of birth control such as condoms until they feel the pills has got them fully regulated and protected. Please also remember that Alesse does not protect against STI's. I have included a link below for you to read more about Alesse. It is a very common birth control among teens as it is the lowest dose birth control on the market. If you require more information you can always also speak to a health care professional and your local sexual health clinic. Answered by Velia Wisener 4 months ago.
Im on lutera...the generic allese. This was the 4th pill i tried that i could actually tolerate.... As with any birth control, you are not protected until the 2nd week in. If you skip a pill you also have to use condoms for a week after that too. Side effects I personally get: Nausea the first week WEBMD has a nice list. Answered by Anibal Belvins 4 months ago.
I messed up with my birthcontrol (ALESSE) HELP!!?
BTW I finished my period this monday.... And the question is.. should i still taking it or i should stop it and wait until my next period to retake it? cus i know i really mess this up!! >.<
Asked by Keiko Cordaro 4 months ago.
Aight basically, instead of taking Alesse the sunday... The doc told me to take it the monday, since i skipped a period b4 i restart retaking it... Then after i finished my 21st days birth control, i got my period! BUT THE PROBLEM IS... Since now im on vacation, I somehow forgot that i brought another package of alesse with me... UNTIL today (friday) i found out i have another package SO i decide to start taking it... I wonder if that will cause me problems.. and if i still can have sexual relation... OR shuld i just not take it at all...? Answered by Shila Sarmiento 4 months ago.
How should I take Alesse? Take Alesse exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. You will take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins (follow your doctor's instructions). You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using Alesse. Follow your doctor's instructions. Some 28-day birth control packs contain seven "reminder" pills to keep you on your regular cycle. Your period will usually begin while you are using these reminder pills. Breakthrough bleeding may occur, especially during the first 3 months. Tell your doctor if this bleeding continues or is very heavy. Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills run out, start a new pack the next day. You may get pregnant if you do not use Alesse regularly. If you need to have any type of medical tests or surgery, or if you will be on bed rest, you may need to stop using Alesse for a short time. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are using Alesse. Store Alesse at room temperature away from moisture and heat. What happens if I miss a dose? Missing a pill increases your risk of becoming pregnant. If you miss one "active" pill, take two pills on the day that you remember. Then take one pill per day for the rest of the pack. If you miss two "active" pills in a row in week one or two, take two pills per day for two days in a row. Then take one pill per day for the rest of the pack. Use back-up birth control for at least 7 days following the missed pills. If you miss two "active" pills in a row in week three, or if you miss three pills in a row during any of the first 3 weeks, throw out the rest of the pack and start a new one the same day if you are a Day 1 starter. If you are a Sunday starter, keep taking a pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, throw out the rest of the pack and start a new one that day. If you miss three "active" pills in a row during any of the first 3 weeks, throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack on the same day if you are a Day 1 starter. If you are a Sunday starter, keep taking a pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, throw out the rest of the pack and start a new one that day. If you miss two or more pills, you may not have a period during the month. If you miss a period for two months in a row, call your doctor because you might be pregnant. If you miss any reminder pills, throw them away and keep taking one pill per day until the pack is empty. You do not need back-up birth control if you miss a reminder pill. Answered by Royal Neaves 4 months ago.
I am not a dr, but if you are on your period now.. I would not take it now. I would wait until your period is over.. then take it the Monday after it's over. (that's odd though that you start on a monday.. I start on Sunday as do all my friends.. but whatever). But.. you are really going to mess with your cycle if you are just taking it whenever you want. When you skip pills, the doc always says to wait until your period ends to start up again and that's what I would do. And.. you should use another method of contraceptive other than the pill anyways...but, at the moment, I would say.. NO.. NO sexual relations now. The risk is pretty high. Answered by Louisa Metier 4 months ago.
You should use another form of birth control for three months along with your birth control pills. It is important that you take the pills when you are supposed to. . If you miss two in a row you need to also use another method of birth control as missing days and taking it later than you should interrupts the cycle. Answered by Ashly Kanelos 4 months ago.
i would call a gyno and use back up when having sex Answered by Socorro Yo 4 months ago.
Alesse Birth Control????
I have taken birth control for almost 3 years. I was taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen. It recently started to make my face breakout, I had longer, heavier periods and it completely diminished my sex life. I stopped taking it and have been horrible, but my sex drive is back! I went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me...
Asked by Alejandro Brosco 4 months ago.
I have taken birth control for almost 3 years. I was taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen. It recently started to make my face breakout, I had longer, heavier periods and it completely diminished my sex life. I stopped taking it and have been horrible, but my sex drive is back! I went to the doctor yesterday and he gave me Alesse. I don't know much about it and really haven't heard of it. I won't start taking it till my period which is about 2 1/2 weeks away. I want to know what some side affects you experienced when you used it. I have read the pamphlet so I know possible side effects but i want to know from real people. I would like to know as much about it as possible. Thank you so much! Answered by Sona Boshears 4 months ago.
alesse was the first birth control pill that I was prescribed...and I only lasted one packet on it. I experienced: -severe beyond belief depression (felt worthless, hopeless, NOTHING was funny anymore) -cried almost constantly while I was on it -very moody...mainly between anger and sadness though (I once got angry at my pen not working so I threw it across the room and cried lol - funny now, not so much then) -headaches galore/constantly - they never went away (gave me my first ever migraine although it wasn't anything compared to what Yasmin gave me!) -constant tiredness/fatigue...didn't matter if I got 2 hrs of sleep, 5 hrs of sleep, 10 hrs of sleep or 15 hrs of sleep -bled the ENTIRE time I was on the active pills...bled a bit heavier but without any cramps until my 2nd day of the inactive pills -I'm pretty sure that I completely lost interest in anything sexual but I'm not completely sure...I know that when I was on it, I was hardly interested in anything with my bf though! You might not have any problems with Alesse....I've had many other problems on 3 other pills and now have been off of birth control completely for about 3 weeks now. Everyone reacts differently and I hope that this works well for you! Answered by Brenton Barnet 4 months ago.
My major side effect: I got pregnant!! I was on it for 4 years only missing a pill here and there (last missed pill, was in like, August 07'), and got pregnant three months ago. I misscarried, I'll never use it again. It doesn't have as many hormones in it as any 'Tri' series pill, so side effects are generally mild. I didn't really have any...until I found out it failed. Answered by Jan Borbridge 4 months ago.
Anyone taking alesse birth control pills?
and how long does it take for them to become affective??
Asked by Garnet Valcin 4 months ago.
Well that is the crazy thing about birth control, it reacts differently with everyone. I felt the emotions almost immediately when I first started taking Alesse but it got better every month. I've been taking it for about a year now and I don't have the mood swings anymore :). It's very possible you won't experience any moodiness. If there are any side effects that are extreme or don't improve after a month, go back to the doctor and think about switching to a different pill. Answered by Willene Djuric 4 months ago.
Your hormone levels change the first day you start taking birth control pills. Theoretically, you could notice mood changes immediately. The response to birth control pills varies a lot from one person to the next. It's hard for doctors and scientists to study and identify the mood changes that they cause because everyone has different things going on in their lives. It's hard to tell what's causing what... how much of your mood is caused by birth control and how much is cause by your family driving you crazy. But if you do experience a lot more mood changes than you normally do over the course of your cycle, make sure you tell your doctor so you can try a new pill. Some pills work significantly better for some people than others. Answered by Nereida Goodlett 4 months ago.
I took alesse for only about 4 months, they made me gain a little weight the first few weeks but it leveled out. No emotional rollercoaster for me, or if i did it was due to pms. I was switched becuase they did make me really nauseated the entire time of taking them. I wouldn't expect being really emotional though. Answered by Denice Fogelman 4 months ago.
I was on them for seven years. I didn't experience anything emotionally when I adjusted to them. Everything I experienced was physical. Generally, the effects start within two days (for me). If you do experience anything emotional or moody, call your doctor as that is not normal. Answered by Honey Nickens 4 months ago.
Typically three to four months after the start of a pack Answered by Cassy Brininger 4 months ago.
so is it possible that it is not effective enough in preventing pregnancy for me because of this?
Asked by Sheilah Husmann 4 months ago.
I was wondering if anyone else who takes these birth control pills experienced a lot of break through bleeding? I've been taking it for about 5 weeks, and half the time, i've had a flow that is heavy enough to have to use a tampon...only a couple a day though. I take it at the same time everyday, and havent missed any. Is this pretty normal when starting bcp's? Answered by Kristopher Passon 4 months ago.
I have been taking Alesse for seven years now and I have never experienced a lot of breakthrough bleeding that heavy. I never experienced breakthrough bleeding when I first started it. I have only experienced light bleeding if I take it late (when I am sick). It's not normal. It usually means you need a pill with high-dose estrogen. Alesse is a low-dose estrogen pill. Talk to your Gyn about what you are experiencing and he/she may change your pills or discuss other options. Answered by Sumiko Mccloud 4 months ago.
It is totally normal to have bleeding when you first start BC, since it is a hormone, it will disrupt your normal cycle until your body gets used to it. It usually takes a couple of weeks or so. Answered by Georgene Langsdale 4 months ago.
Pregnant on alesse ???
I've been on alesse for about three months, and I was super religious with taking them for the first two months but recently I've been slipping. I don't forget a pill normally, I just forget to take it at the same time. see I'm supposed to take it at 12pm, but there are days I take it at 2, or 3,...
Asked by Garret Ralon 4 months ago.
I've been on alesse for about three months, and I was super religious with taking them for the first two months but recently I've been slipping. I don't forget a pill normally, I just forget to take it at the same time. see I'm supposed to take it at 12pm, but there are days I take it at 2, or 3, sometimes 8pm. me and my boyfriend do not use back up contraceptives and he never pulls out. recently I've been feeling nauseous and constipated, my breasts are very tender and sore, sometimes I'm just really moody. I happened to be ovulating when we last had sex, alesse is supposed to make you not ovulate but my calendar said I was. I really don't know what to do and I need some help or advice. whatever you guys got, please help me out. Answered by Johanne Hillian 4 months ago.
Birth Control has a 98% to a 99% success rate, however there is always that 1-2% room for error, which means 1 in 100 females will get pregnant if they took the pill religiously. Now, technically taking the pill 2 hours later than normal isnt going to get you pregnant. However, consistently doing so increases your chances. Especially if you are out of the 2 hour window. If you take a pill over the 2 hour window, it is recommenced to refrain from any form of sexual activities for at least 48 hours. All the symptoms you have are possible pregnancy symptoms, they could also all be in your head too because the mind can play some evil games with people at time. If you forget an Alesse BC pill this is what the pamphlet says since you mentioned "I don't forget a pill normally" which the normally indicates that it has happened before. Now I may be wrong, I am just assuming but here is some info from the manufacturer: "You COULD BECOME PREGNANT if you have sex in the 7 days after you restart your pills. You MUST use a nonhormonal birth-control method (such as condoms or spermicide) as a back-up for those 7 days" As far as the ovulating, taking birth control is supposed to make your ovulation cycle "sleep". You are not supposed to ovulate. Your calendar does not mean jack honestly. It is a calendar and that is it. It cannot take into consideration if you are on BC or not. And plus, it is only an estimate on when you ovulate. Ovulation can occur at any point in your cycle however it mostly happens 14-16 days before your expected period. Here is some info regarding when you are safe to engage in sexual intercourse after starting your birth control, after this phase the BC pills should have enough hormones in your system to stop ovulation from occurring: "Use a nonhormonal method of birth control (such as condoms or spermicide) as a backup method if you have sex anytime from the Sunday you start your first pack until the next Sunday (7 days)." _______________________________________... Sorry if that seemed like a lecture! It totally wasn't! I hope that answered your question! Best of luck! Answered by Cindie Bristol 4 months ago.
As long as you take it every day, it doesn't have to be at the exact same time. I took birth control pills thirty years ago and they never told us that then and they still worked just fine. I honestly think that doctors tell women that now just to keep you in the habit of taking it. Answered by Sherril Gordin 4 months ago.
Has anyone been on alesse?Whats your experiance like?
Todays my first day of starting alesse and i'm just looking for some experianced people to share their experiance with alesse!.. thanks.
Asked by Ling Mittman 4 months ago.
Alesse is a really good brand. Myself and most of my friends had good experiences with it. I was totally expecting a screwed up cycle and everything but it actually turned out to fine. Light periods and less cramps and a more regulated cycle. But thats one person. However I have yet to here anything about Alesse thats bad. Answered by Crystal Stray 4 months ago.
My experience with it has been fine. No side effects that I can remember, and it makes your period lighter and shorter. Answered by Kena Darvin 4 months ago.
any updates? im considering aleese Answered by Carmon Raethke 4 months ago.
Have you taken the birth control Alesse?
Right now i am on ortho-tri cyclen lo to regulate my period. but i've had many problems with bloating and moodiness so i called the dr. and they are switching me to alesse...what kind of side effects have you had???
Asked by Thu Floris 4 months ago.
well to be honest a love alesse. pretty simple deal you take the pink pills till your period than you take the green ones when your on your period. period comes almost exactly when the pills say it should. but thats after taken then for a month or two strait. system gets all regulated. no weight gain, not too bad of mood swings. i've been looking online about them and can't seem to find anything bad about them i just wanted to know if there was a reason the docs suplier is gonna stop sending them. personally i would rather stay on the alesse cause i was on the ortho evra patch made by same company as ortho tri cyclen lo and i didn't like all the side effects of the patch also found out it was very dangerous and all the law suits about it too. just concerned me about taken the pill from the same people you know. well if you want to talk more just email me k [email protected] Answered by Nicholas Weagraff 4 months ago.
Well, It varies with each person, but I was on Alesse for about a year and a half, and I experienced alot of nausea, I felt sick after everything, sex, eating, physical activities, so they switched me to ortho tri cyclen, I know alot of people who swear by Alesse, so it could just be me!. Good luck! Answered by Maryjane Serie 4 months ago.
No to old for that. Answered by Rosendo Emuka 4 months ago.
any updates? im considering aleese Answered by Creola Jennifer 4 months ago.