Effects of Ocella

Ocella™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic birth control pill that is available by prescription only. It is taken once a day, at the same time each day. This oral contraceptive was shown to be a highly effective birth control method in a large clinical trial. In this study, for every 100 women who used Ocella for a year, fewer than 1 became pregnant.
Ocella has many effects in the body. For example, the drug's primary mechanism for preventing pregnancy is stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also alters the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. In addition, Ocella produces changes in the lining of the uterus that make it less receptive to an embryo.
(Click Ocella to learn more about the drug's effectiveness, as well as potential side effects, available strengths, and what to do if you miss any pills.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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