Desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol



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Desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol


Viorele is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill. It’s biphasic and delivers two different doses of hormones throughout the month.

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It all starts with a consultation. EveAdam offers many different options for birth control, from the patch and ring to a combined pill like Viorele. Consult with a licensed doctor through our platform and receive tailored birth control recommendations, based on your medical history and what you’re looking for in your contraception.

Once you’ve selected your birth control from the doctor’s recommendations, we’ll send the prescription to our preferred pharmacy to be filled and shipped to you. Your refills arrive on a schedule you set. It’s an easy and safe way to get birth control online — no phone calls, no pharmacy lines. And we’re always available to chat about how your treatment plan is working for you.

What is Viorele birth control?

Viorele is what’s called a biphasic combined pill. You take it every day, at the same time, to prevent pregnancy.

When it comes to birth control, “combined” means that it’s got both of the hormones you’ll find in contraception: estrogen and progestin. Pills, rings and patches can all be combined birth control.

Biphasic is a fancy way of saying the dosage of those hormones changes throughout the month — twice, in fact. The different ratios of estrogen and progestin you’ll get with a biphasic pill are more similar to what naturally occurs in your body, so while all birth control pills are equally effective, some women find that they do better with a biphasic pill.

Is Viorele generic?

Yes. Viorele is a generic of Mircette and has the same active ingredients, in the same amounts. Because it’s a generic medication, though, it’s likely to be cheaper. Other birth control pills with the same formulation as Viorele are Azurette, Bekyree, Kariva, Kimidess, Pimtrea and Volnea.

Is Viorele a low-dose birth control?

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: Viorele is considered a low-dose birth control. The first 21 active pills contain .02mg of the estrogen ethinyl estradiol, and the other 5 active pills contain .01mg of ethinyl estradiol. Anything with .02mg or less is generally considered low-dose.

If you’re looking to take a combined birth control pill with a low dose of estrogen, tell the doctor during your consultation so they can recommend one that’s right for you.

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Is Viorele a combination pill?

Yes. Viorele contains both estrogen and progestin, so it’s considered a combined (or combination) pill. If you’re looking for a low-dose combined birth control, Viorele is a good choice. It’s biphasic, so the amount of estrogen changes throughout the month. The second set of active pills only have .01mg of estrogen, which is the lowest daily dose available.

What’s the Viorele dosage and estrogen level?

How Viorele works

Who makes Viorele?

Can I buy Viorele online?

How to take Viorele

Take Viorele at the same time each day to ensure it’s as effective as possible. You should pick a good time that works for you before taking your first pill.

Like most birth control pills, Viorele comes in a pack of 28 tablets. That’s where things get a little different. Viorele is a biphasic pill, which means you get two different doses of hormones throughout the month — in phases, if you will.

Your first 21 pills will be active pills. The next 2 are inactive. The last 5 pills in the pack are also active pills, but with a lower dose of estrogen than the first 21. You should take all of these pills in order, without skipping any.

Although you don’t need to take Viorele with food, it’s possible that it could cause an upset stomach. If it does so, try taking it with a snack or small meal.

What is the effectiveness of Viorele?

I missed a Viorele pill. Now what?

Can Viorele birth control stop my period?

Does Viorele birth control have side effects?

Like with all medication, it’s possible you’ll experience some side effects with Viorele. These range from common and mild (like nausea and headaches) to rare and severe (like heart disease or blood clotting).

The package insert that comes with your birth control will have all of the details. It’s unlikely you’ll have any of the serious side effects, but it’s important that you know what they are so that you can get help if you need it.

Weight gain with Viorele birth control

Will Viorele help with acne?

Is Viorele a brand name?

No. Viorele is a generic medication containing a specific dose of desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol. (This is a bit different to how we’d use “brand name” outside of medication — generic medications still have a name and a brand that makes them.)

The brand-name birth control with the same formulation is called Mircette. It’ll work the same way but have different packaging and inactive ingredients. It also might cost more.

There are also other generic medications with the same formulation as Viorele. They include Azurette, Bekyree, Kariva, Kimidess, Pimtrea and Volnea.

Is Viorele a good birth control?

Viorele vs Kariva


Make sure you read the package insert for Viorele before you start taking it. You can read further safety information at the link below.

More info

Viorele warnings

Viorele isn’t right for everyone. In particular, it’s not recommended for women who smoke and are over 35. Viorele is also not recommended for women with a history of thromboembolic disorders, breast cancer, coronary artery disease, undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding or known or suspended pregnancy. You also shouldn’t take Viorele if you are taking medications for Hepatitis C which contain ombitasvir, paritaprevir or ritonavir.

For more detailed information about Viorele warnings, read the package insert that comes with your birth control. You can reach out to a doctor through the EveAdam chat feature whenever you need.

Viorele interactions


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