Norethindrone, also referred to as the “mini-pill” because it only contains progestin, is an oral contraceptive pill. Because it only contains progestin, it’s a good option for women who can’t take estrogen, and it may cause fewer side effects (e.g. bloating, mood swings, weight gain) compared to estrogen-containing pills. Progestin-only pills must be taken at the same time every day to maintain pregnancy protection. Their effectiveness decreases more drastically than that of combination pills if taken irregularly. Put another way, while both types of pills are quite effective if taken regularly, progestin-only pills are less forgiving if you miss or forget a pill. Keep in mind, oral contraceptive pills do not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections)—only condoms do that!
If you are experiencing heavy periods or painful cramps, this medication can make your symptoms less severe. Our doctors are here to help - if you have heavy periods, let us know in the consultation so our doctors can make sure you find the right fit.
Does this medication make you gain weight?
Like most modern birth control pills, this medication lacks estrogen levels that are high enough to cause weight gain. Abundant recent evidence shows that there is no causal link between modern birth control and weight gain (aside from the shot, Depo Provera). If weight gain is a concern for you or you experience it after starting birth control, reach out to us so our doctors can discuss your options with you.
Does this medication cause acne?
Birth control has long been prescribed as treatment for acne. If acne is a concern for you, let us know in the consultation and our doctors will help you find the right brand for you.