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Sprintec is a combined hormonal birth control pill, used to prevent unexpected pregnancy.

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Sprintec is a combined birth control pill, which means it contains two hormones, an estrogen and a progestin. These hormones help protect you against unexpected pregnancy. They’re also great for regulating periods and improving skin concerns like acne.

EveAdam offers Sprintec and other prescriptions by subscription, ordered online and delivered right to your door. Why? Because getting a package in the mail is a nice surprise. Real talk, though? Because we believe you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of birth control.

Signing up with us is simple. After a quick consultation with a licensed doctor, you’ll receive a prescription for Sprintec and choose a shipment plan where you let us know how often you’d like your pills sent to you. We pass that info on to our preferred online pharmacy, and your prescription is in the mail. That’s it.

Is Sprintec the same as Tri-Sprintec?

They might have similar names, but Sprintec is a different type of birth control than Tri-Sprintec. Tri-Sprintec is another combined birth control pill that needs to be taken at the same time every day to make sure it’s as effective as it should be.[1]

The main difference is that Sprintec is a monophasic pill, meaning it has the same amount of hormones in each active pill, whereas Tri-Sprintec is a multiphasic pill, where the active pills have varying levels of estrogen in them, and move through “phases” each cycle.

Is Sprintec generic?

Yes. Sprintec is the generic for the Ortho-Cyclen pill, a FDA-approved combined birth control pill. Generic versions of pills (like birth control pills) are tested in the same ways and are safe to use. If you have any questions about Sprintec and generic versions of medication, you can talk to the doctor about this

Can Sprintec help with acne?

Many women have found that Sprintec has been able to help with their severe acne.[2] Generally, birth control pills can help with acne problems.

But it isn’t a given that Sprintec will help with your acne.

If the problem hasn’t gotten better after a few months of using the birth control pills, it might not be the right option for you when it comes to acne relief.

It’s also worth noting that acne can be a side effect of Sprintec. Keep an eye on your skin as you take the pills and if things are changing (and not in the direction you’d like!) talk to an EveAdam doctor about trying a different birth control pill.

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How does Sprintec work?

Sprintec is used to stop you from becoming unexpectedly pregnant. It works in three ways to make sure you’re protected.

The combined birth control pill alters ovulation and may stop it altogether. Ovulation is when an egg is released from your ovaries, ready for fertilization.

Sprintec also affects your uterine wall. This lining builds up and then comes away when you have your period. But the “period” you have when you’re using hormonal birth control (like Sprintec) isn’t the same as a normal period, because the lining doesn’t build up in the same way. It’s technically a withdrawal bleed. Women who use Sprintec find that their withdrawal bleed is lighter and usually easier to deal with than a true period.

The hormones in the pill also thicken the mucus in your cervix. This makes it harder for a sperm to reach your egg (if you are ovulating) and lowers the chance of a pregnancy.

Do I need a prescription for Sprintec?

Can I buy Sprintec online?

How to take Sprintec

The blister pack of Sprintec contains both active and inactive pills. The active pills are blue; the inactive are white. The blue pills are taken for 21 days, the white pills are taken for 7 days.

Start taking active pills on the first day of your period. Take them at a time that works for you — it might be first thing in the morning, for example. You don’t need to take the pill with food, but if you do have an upset stomach while you’re using hormonal birth control, this might subside when you take it with food.

It’s important to take the pill at the same time every day. This makes sure the pill is as effective as possible.

Is there more than one Sprintec dosage?

Is Sprintec an effective birth control method?

What are the most common side effects of using Sprintec?

Side effects are possible with any kind of hormonal contraception. Common side effects happen for as many as 1 in 100 people. The side effects will most likely go away over time, so you don’t have to worry

You might experience headaches, stomach pain, or vaginal infection and discharge. Some women have found they have tender breasts, their moods have changed, they’ve felt nervous or they have had rashes.

Taking your Sprintec pill as directed will help reduce your chances of side effects.

What should I do if I have side effects on Sprintec?

When do I need to see a doctor?

Sprintec is also known as...

Ortho-Cyclen, Mono-Linyah, MonoNessa, Estarylla, Previfem, Femynor, Mili and VyLibra. These pills all contain (or did contain) the same level of active ingredients as Sprintec. They’re clinically the same treatment, or bio-equivalent. So they’re just as effective at preventing pregnancy as each other, and have the same side-effect profile.

MonoNessa and Ortho-Cyclen are no longer available. But Sprintec does the same job, so if you used to take these pills, Sprintec should work just as well for you.

Sprintec or Tri-Sprintec: What’s the difference?

Estarylla vs Sprintec: Which is better?

Is Femynor the same as Sprintec?

What if I can’t take Sprintec?


Before you start using Sprintec, you should read through the package insert.

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Sprintec side effects

It is possible to experience side effects when you use Sprintec (or any hormonal birth control) . If you have certain health conditions, it might not be a good option for you.

Stop using Sprintec if you experience:

  • Signs of a stroke (sudden serious headache, having trouble speaking, sudden numbness on one side of the body)
  • Signs of a blood clot (sudden pains in your chest, feeling breathless, swelling in your leg or arm)
  • Signs of a heart attack (chest pains, feeling weak, nausea)
  • Liver problems (jaundice, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite)
  • Severe headaches
  • Swelling in your ankles, hands or your feet;
  • Migraines that become more severe or happen more often
  • A lump in your breast
  • Symptoms of depression (feeling low, feeling tired, or losing interest in the things you enjoyed — mood changes are a common side effect of using Sprintec)

Very common:

Breast issues, painful periods, breakthrough or abnormal bleeding, headaches or migraines, nausea, diarrhea.


Tender or painful breasts, vaginal infection, discharge, changes to your period, urinary tract infection, missed periods, PMS symptoms, stomach pain, dizziness, rash, acne, fluctuating weight, fluid retention, back pain, mood changes.


Ovarian cyst, vaginal dryness, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart palpitation, shortness of breath, heavy periods, changes in sexual interest, discoloured patches of skin.

Sprintec warnings


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

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[2] Jaisarmarn, U Et al. 2014. A comparison of multiphasic oral contraceptives containing norgestimate or desogestrel in acne treatment: a randomized trial. National Library of Medicine. USA.

[Accessed 12th July 2021]