Cyclessa Birth Control Pills

Available in the form of a tablet, Cyclessa® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill (oral contraceptive) that is taken once a day to prevent pregnancy. In addition to preventing pregnancy, Cyclessa can be prescribed to treat acne, heavy menstrual periods, and several other conditions.
Most women are able to take Cyclessa without any problems. However, as with any medicine, side effects are possible. For example, some women taking Cyclessa may develop side effects such as headaches, nausea, and spotting. Birth control pills are not suitable for everyone, so tell your healthcare provider before taking Cyclessa if you have high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, diabetes, or any other medical conditions.
(To learn more, including how this medication works and what to do if you miss a dose, click Cyclessa.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD