Portia is a combined oral contraceptive, which is the most common type of birth control pill. It contains two different hormones (estrogen and progestin) that prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and lining of the uterus. Each pack of Portia comes with 28 tablets that must be taken once daily. Potential side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, and breakthrough bleeding.

What Is Portia?

Portia® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill (oral contraceptive) that is used to prevent pregnancy. It is a generic version of Nordette®.
(Click What Is Portia Used For? for more information on Portia uses, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Portia. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Portia include, but are not limited to:
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting (between periods)
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Acne
  • Headaches.
(Click Portia Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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