Ortho-Novum is progestin/estrogen oral contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy in sexually active females.
This type of medication works by stopping a womans eggs from developing fully each month. This way, the eggs can no longer accept sperm and pregnancy is prevented.
Ortho-Novum must be taken everyday, at approximately the same time for full effectiveness. When taken correctly this form of contraceptive is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. Oral contraceptives do not protect against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases .
Common side effects users may experience when taking Ortho-Novum include irregular menstrual periods, nausea, headache, breast tenderness, weight change, dizziness and extreme fatigue. If the side effects do not go away or appear to be getting progressively worse, contact your doctor for assistance.
Occasionally, Ortho-Novum may be prescribed to treat menopausal symptoms, to regulate the patients menstrual cycle or to treat acne in individuals over 15 years of age.