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Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer is a contributing health writer who has been researching and writing health content with PlushCare for 3 years. She is passionate about bringing accessible healthcare and mental health services to people everywhere.

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November 24, 2020 Read Time - 5 minutes

Is Mircette Right For Me?

Have you been thinking about starting Mircette birth control? Not all birth control pills are the same, so it’s important to learn about your options and read real user reviews to decide which one might be best for you.

While only a doctor can decide if Mircette is right for you, we’re going to tell you a bit about Mircette and its side effects, then give you some real user reviews.

Keep in mind that Mircette does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or other infections that may have no symptoms.

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What Is Mircette Birth Control?

Mircette is a combination birth control pill. It combines ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel to both prevent ovulation and cause changes in your uterine lining and cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to reach your uterus and for fertilized eggs to attach to the uterine wall.

Mircette Side Efffects

Like any medication, Mircette may cause side effects, some of which may be severe. Mircette side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating
  • Weight changes
  • Swelling of the feet or ankles
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods
  • Acne
  • Darkening of facial skin
  • Depression
  • Liver problems
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Liver problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack

Related: Get Birth Control Prescribed Online

Who Should NOT Take Mircette Birth Control?

While it’s generally considered safe, Mircette isn’t right for everybody. Don’t take Mircette if you:

  • Smoke, especially if you are over 35 years old
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have circulation problems
  • Have an increased risk of blood clots
  • Have heart disease
  • Have liver disease or liver cancer
  • Take any hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (Technivie)
  • Have severe migraines, especially if you’re over 35
  • Have unusual, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • Have a history of hormone-related cancer
  • Are pregnant or recently had a baby
  • Are nursing

Before taking Mircette, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • Depression
  • Varicose veins
  • High triglycerides or are overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Fibrocystic breast disease, nodules, lumps, or an abnormal mammogram

Mircette may interact with certain medications. Talk to your doctor if you take any of the following:

  • Aromatase inhibitors (like anastrozole, exemestane)
  • Tamoxifen
  • Ospemifene
  • Tizanidine
  • Tranexamic acid
  • Certain combination products used to treat chronic hepatitis C
  • Modafinil
  • Griseofulvin
  • Rifamycins (like rifampin, rifabutin)
  • HIV drugs (like nevirapine, nelfinavir, ritonavir)
  • Drugs used to treat seizures
  • St. John’s wort

How to Take Mircette Birth Control

Unless otherwise directed, start taking Mircette the first Sunday after your period starts. Take the pill at the same time every day, and use a backup form of birth control (like condoms) for the first 7 days after you start taking it or after you miss a dose.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mircette Generic?

Mircette is a name brand. The generic name is desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol.

Is Mircette Discounted?

Mircette is reasonably priced and there are coupons available online or through your pharmacy’s savings club. The generic form might be cheaper.

Is Mircette a Good Birth Control?

Mircette is 99% effective when taken at the same time every day, without missing a dose. Like with any medication, you may experience undesirable side effects.

Is Mircette a Low Estrogen Pill?

Yes, Mircette is considered an “ultra-low-dose” birth control pill.

Does Mircette Stop Periods?

Generally, no, Mircette does not stop periods. It usually comes with 21 active pills and 7 placebo pills, so you will still have a period every month. If you’re interested in skipping periods, talk to your doctor about which birth control might be best for you.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.


Get Mircette Birth Control Online

Did you know you can safely get Mircette online? Just schedule an appointment with one of the trusted doctors at PlushCare. After a video or phone appointment, if the doctor thinks you would be a good candidate for Mircette, they will electronically send a prescription to your pharmacy. 

The doctor can also talk through your other birth control options and prescribe you a different pill if Mircette isn’t right for you.

Click here to make an appointment to get Mircette birth control online.

Mircette Reviews

8/1/2020 – “I switched to this by accident from Valette — on Valette I had a very stable mood, clear skin, no weight gain, etc. This pill, on the other hand, is horrible. I had nausea for the first week and a half, cramps for two weeks, and I’ve just come to the realization that my insane mood swings are from this pill. It’s making me very depressed and I cry often.”

5/23/2020 – “I have been on Mircette the majority of my life (about 20- 30 years I believe?) with no side effects. It has really helped with severe cramps.”

4/21/2020 – “I’ve been taking this for PCOS, and have been satisfied with the drug so far. My periods are finally regular, it helps me maintain my weight, and my acne has gone down to minimal. Would recommend.”

11/25/2019 – “So I was on a regular birth control ortho and gained weight and was super moody and crying all the time. I got switched to Mircette, doctor thought less hormones would be good, she was right. I lost weight, I wasn’t crying nonstop, and when I was ready to have my son was pregnant within a month of stopping the pill. I ended up getting an IUD after and it was the biggest mistake of my life. It threw my body’s immune system into a panic and my health got worse and worse. Acne, weight gain like being pregnant, etc Doctor removed and I am going back to Mircette. Best birth control I have ever used.”

5/13/2019 – “The Mircette pill was fantastic! I could lose weight on it and had no side effects.”

4/16/2019 – “Switched from Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo to Mircette for the lower estrogen dosage but Mircette made me have ZERO libido. Even the thought of anything sexual made me go UGH. Whereas other BCPs gave me anxiety and depression this made me feel absolutely nothing. It’s like I was on antidepressants. Made me feel robotic with no emotions whatsoever so I just decided to get off hormones altogether and got ParaGard, the copper hormone-free IUD. It’s good for 10 years. I’ve had the IUD for 5 years now and love not having to take a pill or keep switching after your body acclimates to the drug and then you have to switch. Beware of the hormonal mood swings if you get off hormones though! It’s a double edge sword!”

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RxList. MIrcette. Accessed on November 22, 2020 at

Dailymed. Label: MIRCETTE- desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol kit. Accessed on November 22, 2020 at User Reviews for Mircette. Accessed on November 22, 2020 at

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