Lo/Ovral Birth Control Pills

One of the many birth control options available to women is Lo/Ovral® (norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol), a type of birth control pill. This medication is a combined oral contraceptive, meaning it contains two different types of hormones: an estrogen and a progestin. It is taken every day, at the same time each day.
Although most people tolerate it well, Lo/Ovral has the potential to cause side effects. However, these side effects tend to be minor and easy to treat. Possible reactions to this product may include:
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Acne
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods.
Because Lo/Ovral is not suitable for everyone, it's important to review the safety information for this drug with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. For example, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other health issues you may have, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
(Click Lo/Ovral for more info on this birth control pill, including other side effects, generic availability, and what to do if you miss a dose.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD