Effects of Sprintec

Although Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is primarily used for preventing pregnancy, it can also help treat acne, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and other conditions. This combination birth control pill utilizes two hormones (an estrogen and a progestin) to produce its effects in the body. For example, these hormones work together to:
  • Stop ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries)
  • Alter the cervical mucus
  • Change the lining of the uterus.
When taken correctly, Sprintec is effective for preventing pregnancy. However, it becomes much less effective if taken incorrectly. Most cases of accidental pregnancy while taking "the pill" (including Sprintec) are due to incorrect usage. Therefore, be sure to take it exactly as prescribed: one pill a day, at the same time every day.
(For more information, click Sprintec. This article tells you what you need to know about taking Sprintec effectively and safely, as well as what to do if you miss any pills and what to expect in cases of overdose.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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