Jolessa Side Effects

Headaches, breast tenderness, and spotting are some of the common side effects of birth control pills, such as Jolessa. Most women tolerate this drug well; if side effects do occur, they tend to be mild. However, potentially dangerous side effects are also possible. If you develop a migraine, chest pain, changes in your vision, or other serious reactions, contact your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Jolessa Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Jolessa™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol); however, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Jolessa. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Jolessa

Seasonale® (the brand-name version of Jolessa) has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In the studies for most medications, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to those that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine (they take a placebo with no active ingredient).
This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies.
Since it is difficult to obtain much information about side effects from studies that do not use a placebo because there is no way of knowing if any particular problem is actually a side effect of the medication, only vague information is available about Jolessa side effects. In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information are actually side effects of all birth control pills in general, not necessarily just Jolessa.
Some of the common side effects of birth control pills include but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness and enlargement
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Changes in sex drive.
Women are often concerned about weight gain due to birth control pills, but recent research suggests that birth control pills probably do not cause weight gain for most women (see Jolessa and Weight Gain).
Most women can expect to have some breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods, more so than with traditional 28-day birth control pills, although not all women will have this problem. This will usually improve with time.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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