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Viorele Birth Control Information

VioreleTM (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is one of the many types of birth control pills available to women. This generic version of Mircette® is different than many of the common birth control pills that contain seven inactive pills (that do not contain any active ingredient) at the end of the pack. For Viorele, the last week of the pack contains two inactive pills and five pills that contain only ethinyl estradiol (estrogen), which may help prevent bleeding between periods (breakthrough bleeding). Although this is a very effective form of birth control, information about Viorele should be reviewed with your doctor prior to use in order to help make sure it's right for you. For example, women who smoke or have certain medical conditions may have an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, or other problems while using this pill. This contraceptive comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day. It's important to take Viorele every day, at the same time each day, as missing doses increases your risk of unintentional pregnancy. (To learn more about this birth control pill, click Viorele. This article covers information on various topics, such as how it works and what to expect.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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