What is Birth Control?

Birth control is used to prevent pregnancy. It can also be used for other conditions such as acne or hormone conditions. Birth control pills usually contain one or two hormones. These hormones prevent egg release from the ovaries. It also causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining which may make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg.

Birth control comes in many forms, but is commonly prescribed in pill form. Patches and injections are alternatives to pills. Common hormone combinations include estrogen / progestin / folate combinations, estrogen / progestin / iron combinations, estrogen / progestin combinations, and progestins.

Savings Tips for Birth Control

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    July 18, 2017

    Medications are a common offender when it comes to lower extremity edema, either as the cause or as a factor that can make it worse. Swelling in the lower legs from fluid in the tissues—lower extremity edema—is a familiar complaint among patients. Imprints from your socks, puffy legs and feet so you can’t put your shoes on, or swelling so that you can make an indent with your thumb (pitting edema) may lead you to wonder what’s going on. See More

  • Could OTC Birth Control Be Coming to Pharmacies Soon?

    June 07, 2017

    Regular birth control pills are already available over-the-counter in many countries including China, Greece, India, Turkey, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, and Korea. In the U.S., we are slowly but surely starting to provide women with greater access to birth control products without requiring a prescription.

    In 2013, Plan B One-Step, the emergency contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy, was made available without a prescription (“over-the-counter” or OTC) without an ID or age restriction. See More

  • Recall: Mibelas 24 Fe Birth Control Pills

    June 02, 2017

    Manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall for Mibelas 24 Fe due to a packaging error. Mibelas 24 Fe is one of several generic alternatives for Minastrin 24 Fe, a chewable birth control pill that comes with iron supplements.

    This is a class I recall, the most serious type of recall, which means that there is a situation where there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled medication may cause serious adverse health consequences or death. See More

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Popular Birth Control Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Estrogen / Progestin Combinations 14 See Prices
Estrogen / Progestin Combinations 15 See Prices
Progestins 49 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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