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What is Apri Birth Control?

Apri is an oral combination hormone medication that women use to prevent pregnancy. It contains two active hormones: ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel, a progestin and estrogen. It works by preventing ovulation (releasing eggs) during your menstrual cycle.

Apri birth control helps keep sperm from reaching an egg by making your vaginal fluid thicker. This process causes the prevention of an egg attaching itself to the lining of the uterus. This medication is sometimes prescribed by a doctor to treat other medical conditions.

Risk Factors for Apri Birth Control

Apri birth control pills are not recommended to use if you have recently given birth or are currently pregnant. Taking birth control pills and smoking cigarettes may increase your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. Birth control pills such as Apri do not protect against getting a sexually transmitted disease such as HIV or gonorrhea.

Talk to your doctor about using Apri if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Over 35 years old
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease or cancer
  • Circulation problems or blood clots
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Migraines

What if You Miss a Dose of Apri Birth Control?

If you miss a dose of Apri birth control, you may increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Generally, you can make up the missing dose by taking two pills on the day that you remember, depending on where you are in the pack:

  • If you miss an “active” pill, take two pills the day that you remember. Then follow up with one pill per day for the remainder of the pack.
  • If you miss two “active” pills in a row in week one or week two, take two pills when you remember and then two more pills the next day. Then follow up with one pill per day for the remainder of the pack.
  • If you miss three or more “active pills, throw out the birth control pack and start over with a new pack. Consider using an alternative method of birth control for at least seven days.

What Are Apri Birth Control Side Effects?

Your doctor will prescribe you this birth control pill if he or she thinks that the benefits outweigh the risk of side effects. Many women on who use this medication do not have any serious side effects. However, consult with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following occur:

  • Lumps in your breast
  • Mood changes such as depression
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Sudden dizziness or fainting
  • Pain in the chest, jaw, or left arm
  • Slurred speech

Are There Health Benefits to Apri Birth Control?

Although primarily used as a form of birth control, Apri is sometimes prescribed to help treat certain health conditions. It may help make your periods more regular and decrease the discomfort of painful periods with heavy blood flow.

Apri birth control may be benificial to treat acne an may reduce your chances of developing ovarian cysts.

Nowadays, you can get birth control prescriptions written by speaking with an online doctor. PlushCare appointments are available every 15 minutes and since birth control visits are considered "preventative" they are free with insurance.

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