Lo/ovral is an oral contraceptive used in the prevention of pregnancy. This progestin/estrogen combined pill is taken once a day, at approximately the same time everyday. When taken correctly, this type of medication is over 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. It does not protect against or prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Lo/ovral , like many other types of oral contraceptives, works by eliminating ovulation every month. Without ovulation, there is no egg released and therefore pregnancy is prevented. If there is more than 24 hours between two pills, the likeliness of pregnancy increases. Even if the egg is released, this medication thickens the lining of the uterus to make pregnancy extremely difficult.
Some of the common side effects associated with Lo/ovral include vomiting, stomach pain, breast pain, irregular menstrual cycle, diarrhea, gingivitis, difficulty wearing contact lenses and hair growth in unusual places. If you experience severe side effects, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Occasionally, Lo/ovral will be prescribed to regulate the menstrual cycle or to treat menopausal symptoms. It may also be prescribed to treat acne in females who are over 15 years of age. This type of medication may be prescribed for other purposes as well, as directed by your doctor.