As an extended-cycle oral contraceptive, Amethia is specially designed to give women more time between menstrual cycles. Women using this contraceptive will only have four periods each year. This birth control pill is a generic version of Seasonique. It works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, and headaches.

What Is Amethia?

Amethia™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive (birth control pill). It is an extended-cycle oral contraceptive, which means that it provides more time between menstrual periods. With Amethia, you will get your period once every three months (four times a year). Amethia is a generic version of Seasonique®.
(Click What Is Amethia Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, Amethia may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Amethia include but are not limited to:
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches.
(Click Amethia Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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