For preventing an unwanted pregnancy, oral birth control tablets work the best as a non-invasive method. Ovral 28 is an effective contraceptive containing synthetic hormones (estrogen and progestin) in low dose to avert possibilities of getting pregnant. It is not an emergency contraceptive, but used over a period of 28 days or 21 days to stop a pregnancy from occurring.
Those who wish to plan their pregnancy prior, and continue having intercourse without worry of getting pregnant, can utilize Ovral birth control. In situations where the woman has unprotected intercourse, and needs birth control immediately, other type of contraceptive tablets are used.
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What is Ovral Tablets Composition?
The birth control tablet has active ingredients: norgestrel (0.5mg), which is a synthetic progestogen; and ethinyloestradiol (0.05mg), which is a synthetic oestrogen. Both these hormones work together to provide protection from unwanted pregnancy after a sexual intercourse.
How Many Tablets Does an Ovral Pack Have?
Ovral birth control comes in 21 or 28 day pack. A 21 day kit will contain 21 active contraceptive tablets. In 28 day course kit, there will be 21 birth control pills and 7 placebo medications (non-hormonal). The placebo tablets do not prevent pregnancy.
What is the Dosage Information?
Continue Ovral with oral intake with water of an active tablet everyday at the same time. If it is a 28 day course, the female must begin with a new kit from the 29th day, even if she is bleeding. After 21 days, she needs to consume orally the placebo tablets one each everyday for 7 days.
In 21 day course, the individual takes a tablet everyday at same timing. At the end of 21 days, she stops taking any hormonal birth control method. From the 29th day, she needs to start new pack of the Ovral to prevent pregnancy further.
How Does Ovral Work?
For pregnancy to happen, mature eggs need to be available for mating with sperm. The synthetic hormones in Ovral 28 pills disrupt menstrual cycle in females by preventing ovaries in releasing any mature eggs, thereby suppressing ovulation. Sperms need to pass through cervix to meet eggs, which does not occur, if the person is on birth control tablets.
The fertilization is stopped by thickening cervix, which is neck of uterus. The Ovral tablet also prevents growth of uterine lining (endometrium), which supports the fertilized egg. Thus, any egg if fertilized cannot be held in the uterus, preventing pregnancy completely.
When Does Bleeding Begin?
After finishing the Ovral medicine pack, the user will get withdrawal or vaginal bleeding, which is the start of menses. At the end of 28 day course, the woman will receive withdrawal-bleeding or menses from the 22nd to 28th day. In 21 day course, the bleeding begins between 22nd and 28th days, after which she has to begin new pack dosage to prohibit pregnancy, despite of bleeding ending or not.
What are the Experiences during Ovral Course?
Though Ovral 28 is taken mainly as an oral contraceptive, the user may experience less painful or lighter/heavier menstruation, more regular periods, lower tendencies to pre-menstrual symptoms such as weight gain, bloating, swelling, acne, greasiness of hair/skin etc. The medication is even used in treating primary dysmenorrhoea, irregular periods, or heavy bleeding during menses.
What are the Side Effects?
The common side effects to oral contraceptives are breast pain/tenderness, spotting, breakthrough bleeding, abdominal pain, oedema, nausea, skin rash/itching, headache, insomnia, mood swings, etc. Not every female taking these tablets come across the side effects. None of these are harmful.
Who Must Not Use Ovral Pills?
Women must not take Ovral birth control pill under following circumstances:
- Are using interacting medicines such as barbiturates, carbamazepine, rifabutin, rifampicin, nevirapine, penicillin, antifungal griseofulvin, St John’s Wort, phenytoin, and other anticonvulsants, etc.
- Allergic to norgestrel, ethinyloestradiol, or any ingredients of the contraceptive tablets.
- Have lipid disorders, high blood pressure or migraine.
- Have a medical or family history of endometrial carcinoma, breast carcinoma or liver disorder.
- Had heart attack, thromboembolic disorders, stroke, or deep venous thrombosis.