Apri Birth Control Pills

Apri® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Desogen®, a type of birth control pill. As a combined oral contraceptive, it works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus. There is only one standard dose of Apri: one tablet once a day, at the same time each day.
Although most women do not experience any problems while taking it, side effects are possible. Common side effects may include:
It is important to take this medication every day, as missing doses increases your risk of pregnancy.
(For more information on this birth control pill, click Apri. This article provides a more in-depth discussion, explaining what to expect while taking it, safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider, and more.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD