Junel 28 Day Birth Control

Junel™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive (more commonly known as a birth control pill). The drug is a generic version of the birth control pill Loestrin®. It works primarily by stopping ovulation.
Like most birth control pills, Junel is meant to be taken once a day; however, unlike most birth control pills, it does not come in packs of 28 pills. Each pack contains 21 pills. When you are done with a pack, you wait seven days before starting a new one rather than taking seven hormone-free pills, as with most birth control pills.
Junel is not for everyone. Before taking it, make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Depression.
(To learn more about this form of birth control, including what to do if you miss a dose, click Junel.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD