As a prescription birth control pill
(norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. The product is a combined oral contraceptive
that contains progestin and estrogen hormones. It works by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and endometrium, making it less receptive to an embryo.
Besides preventing pregnancy, Sprintec is also used "off-label
" for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), acne, painful menstrual periods, and other conditions.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with this birth control pill. Some of Sprintec's most common side effects include nausea, headaches
, and breast tenderness. Before taking it, talk to your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you may have, such as diabetes
or high blood pressure
, and any medications you are taking, including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements.
(Click Sprintec to learn more about this birth control pill. This in-depth article offers a complete overview of how Sprintec works, dosing guidelines, drug warnings, and more.)