Desogen Birth Control Pills

Desogen® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill used by women who want to prevent pregnancy. This oral contraceptive also offers the following benefits:
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
It is very important to take this product every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
Although most women tolerate this drug well, birth control pills are not appropriate for everyone. Side effects, such as nausea and breast tenderness, are possible. In addition, Desogen is not recommended for women with heart disease, liver tumors, and certain other medical conditions.
(To learn more about this birth control pill, including how it works and what to do if you miss a dose, click Desogen.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD