Lybrel Birth Control Pills

Many different birth control pills are available to women today. Lybrel™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is unique because it is taken continuously. There is no break in the hormones that is often seen with other combined oral contraceptives. This means that a woman taking this drug will not experience a period, although breakthrough spotting is possible.
Brand-name Lybrel is no longer manufactured; however, generic versions are available. You can take a dose with or without food; taking it with food may help prevent nausea, which is a commonly reported side effect of this birth control pill. Other common reactions include headaches and breast tenderness.
(Click Lybrel for more information on this birth control pill, including how it works, important safety precautions, what to do if you miss a dose, and more.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD