How Does It Work?
Necon is a combined oral contraceptive
, the most common type of birth control pill
used today. It is a combined oral contraceptive because it contains a combination of two different types of hormones: an estrogen (either ethinyl estradiol or mestranol, depending on the product) and a progestin (norethindrone). The hormones in Necon prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
Necon also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
When and How Do I Use It?
Some general considerations for when and how to use Necon include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
- Each pack of Necon contains 28 pills. Make sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away, even if you are still having your period. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
- You can take Necon with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. The high dose of estrogen in Necon 1/50 is more likely to cause nausea and vomiting, compared to other birth control pills.
- It is important to take Necon every day and at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
- Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.