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Ocella Alternatives

Ocella™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a combined hormonal contraceptive (containing an estrogen and a progestin) that is well tolerated by most women. However, because it is a combined hormonal contraceptive, Ocella may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take it. Fortunately, many alternatives to Ocella are available.
A variety of different birth control options are available to women today. Besides oral contraceptives, a woman can choose from barrier contraceptives (such as a diaphragm), intrauterine devices (IUDs), and spermicides, among several other options.
If you are still a candidate for the birth control pill but Ocella is not suitable for you, your healthcare provider may recommend another type of pill, such as a progestin-only contraceptive. As the name implies, the only hormone contained in these pills is progestin. However, it's important to note that these pills are less effective than combined hormonal contraceptives.
(To learn more about oral contraceptives that are used as alternatives to Ocella, click Types of Birth Control Pills. This article explains how the hormone content, strength, and iron content of each drug will all play a role in the choice of pill your healthcare provider recommends.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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