Desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol



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Desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol


Apri is a combined hormonal birth control pill that prevents unexpected pregnancy and helps with acne.

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Apri is a birth control pill that combines two hormones, which is why it’s called a “combined oral contraceptive pill” or “COCP.” When used right, Apri is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It’s also helpful for treating acne.

With an EveAdam subscription, you can buy Apri online and have it delivered as often as you need. It’s easy to get started — after a quick consultation with a licensed doctor, you’ll select the pill you want and how often you want it. We’ll tell our preferred pharmacy, and they’ll pop your prescription in the mail. It’ll arrive in discreet packaging 2-5 days later and keep coming for as long as you’re subscribed, no doctor’s visits or long pharmacy lines necessary. (Though we will check in with you online after 12 months, just to make sure you’re still happy with Apri. And if you want to try another pill, well, we make that easy too.)

What is Apri?

Apri is primarily prescribed to prevent pregnancy but it’s also used to help with acne and to regulate periods.

Apri birth control pills are manufactured by Teva. They contain an estrogen and a progestin, the two hormones needed to make a combined pill (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol, in this case). You need to take Apri every day at the same time for it to work as best as it should.

Each pack of Apri comes with 28 pills. 21 of these are active pills, meaning they contain the ingredients you need to protect against pregnancy. The other week is made up of spacer pills, which don’t have any active ingredients. Taking them keeps you in the habit of remembering your pill every day and when you’re done, it’s onto the next pack.

Apri is also known as…

Dosegen, Isibloom, Cyred, Emoquette, Enskyce, Juleber, Ortho-Cept, Reclipsen or Solia.

These pills come in different packaging and are sometimes made by other companies. They’re all “bioequivalent” to Apri, which is a fancy way of saying the active ingredients and concentrations are the same. That means there shouldn’t be any differences in how they work. Apri protects against pregnancy just as well, and the way it helps with menstrual side effects like acne is the same, too.

Can Apri be used as Plan B?

No. Plan B One-Step is a type of emergency contraception, sometimes also called the “morning-after pill.” Think of birth control pills like Apri as your Plan A. When taken as directed every day, without missing any pills, Apri is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

If you do miss one or more pills, or if you are worried about being fully protected, we recommend using a back-up method of birth control when you have sex, like condoms or a diaphragm. If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test and get in touch with your doctor.

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Last updated November 1, 2021


How does Apri work?

In order to protect you from becoming pregnant, Apri works in three ways.

The birth control pill affects ovulation. Ovulation is when an egg is released from the ovary. The pill might stop ovulation completely but it’s not a guarantee.

Apri has an effect on the mucus in your cervix too. When you’re using the pill, it thickens the mucus so it’s harder for sperm to get through, and then reach an egg.

The hormones in Apri also impact the uterine lining. This lining, when you aren’t using hormonal birth control, builds up naturally over the month. When the lining comes away, this is when you have your period. But when you’re using Apri birth control pills, this lining doesn’t build up as normal. As a result, your lining is much thinner and your bleed tends to be a lot lighter than it normally would be.

How effective is Apri?

Can I take Apri for acne?

Do you need a prescription for Apri?

How to buy Apri online

How to take Apri

Apri needs to be taken at the same time each day to make it as effective as possible. You can take it with food if you like, but it isn’t necessary.

You might want to set a reminder or alarm to remember to take Apri at the same time each day. Some women find it easy to slot into their routines when they take it first thing in the morning, for example — but that might not be the best option for you.

When you first start taking Apri, you should use a back-up birth control method (like condoms or a diaphragm) for the first 7 days, until your body becomes used to Apri and it becomes effective.

When can I start taking Apri?

What happens if I miss a pill?

What if I’m sick when taking Apri?

Which pills are active and inactive?

How long does it take Apri to become effective?

Can you take Apri when you’re breastfeeding?

What Apri generics are there?

Apri is known by several other names, including Desogen, Ortho-Cept, Isibloom, Enskyce, Solia, Cyred, Juleber, Emoquette and Reclipsen.

The way each of these pills work in the body is the same, because they contain the same hormones, in the same amounts. The only differences are the way the pills look, and the packaging they come in.

What if I’m not happy with Apri?

What other pills can I switch to from Apri?

What should I do if I want to switch from Apri?

What are the most common side effects of Apri?

Side effects are a potential outcome of using any kind of medication. So whether you use Apri or another form of birth control, there is a chance that you’ll experience some kind of side effect as a result.

Some side effects are quite low-key, and normally go away after you’ve been using Apri for a few weeks or months. These side effects should not impact your day-to-day life, although they can be annoying.

The most common side effects women have found when using Apri are: nausea (this might happen when you first start using Apri as your body adjusts to the birth control), vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps, bloating, dizziness, vaginal itching or increased discharge, tender or swollen breasts, nipple discharge, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, changes to your appetite or your weight, changes to your sex drive, increased acne (it could also improve), spotting in between periods, missed periods.[2]

What should I do if I get side effects when taking Apri?

Are there serious side effects of using Apri?


Always read the package insert before taking this pill. If you develop any side effects that concern you or cause you discomfort, speak to your doctor. If you get any serious side effects, go straight to hospital to get urgent medical help. You can find more information about this treatment at the link below.

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Can Apri interfere with other medications?

Yes, it’s a possibility, which is why it is important to tell the licensed doctor if you’re currently taking other medication. Let the doctor know if you’re taking:

  • Antibiotics
  • Medication for Hepatitis C
  • St John’s Wort treatment
  • Medicines for seizures
  • HIV medicines
  • Barbiturates
  • Phenylbutazone

Apri birth control can also react with acetaminophen (a non-aspirin pain reliever) and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

Can any woman take Apri?


[1] Cooper, D.B. and Mahdy, H. 2020. Oral Contraceptive Pills. Stat Pearls. U.S.A. NCBI.

[Accessed 12th July 2021]

[2] Lindh, I, Et al. 2011. The long-term influence of combined oral contraceptives on body weight. Human Reproduction. U.K. Oxford Academic.

[Accessed 7th July 2021]