Ocella is a popular birth control pill that is available by prescription. It is a combined oral contraceptive (containing both a progestin and an estrogen) that works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and endometrium. Each pack comes with 28 tablets that must be taken in order, every day, at the same time each day.

What Is Ocella?

Ocella™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. It is taken by women to prevent pregnancy. It is a generic version of Yasmin®.
(Click What Is Ocella Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Ocella. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Ocella include, but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual problems or changes
  • Breast pain
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Nausea.
(Click Ocella 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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