What is this oral contraceptive ovral-L?
This is a kind of oral contraceptive where a woman can delay her pregnancy or have a gap between the next child. They can also plan the spacing between the children. This is a pack that contains 21 pills which have to be taken regularly. Each ovral L tablets contains hormones (30mg of Ethinylestradiol and 150 mcg of levonorgestrel).
What is the working mechanism of Ovral-L?
This contraceptive inhibits the release of the ovum from the ovaries, once the eggs are not released the chances of fertilization also decreases. It also thickens the cervix mucus so that the sperms are not able to penetrate the ovaries, it also changes the inner lining of the uterus which reduces the chances of implantation.
How to start with the dose of ovral L?
If oral contraceptives are taken for the first time then you should wait till your periods start, you should take the one first pill on day one of your periods. And take the pill regularly every day without fail. It is preferable if you take the pill at the same time regularly mostly during the bedtime. If you are taking any other contraceptive pill then you can take this pill just after the completion of the last contraceptive. If you are taking the progestin pill then you can start this pill any day.
How to continue taking ovral L
Once your last pill has been taken that is the 21st day, your periods will start after 2-3 later of taking the last pill of the contraceptive. You should start your periods in these 7 days of the gap of the next dose from the previous one. You will have to start the dose of the pill on exactly the 8 the day from your last pill. You may be bleeding during this time but you will have to start taking this pill.
What if a pill has been missed?
If you miss a pill then take the pill as soon as you remember if you still do not remember then you can take the missed dose with the next dose. But you should remember that the time you forget the pill level of contraception in the body decreases and you have high chances of getting pregnant. If you miss two pills in a row then you should take two pills one day and again two pills the next day to finish the pill pack of this contraceptive.
What to do if the period is missed?
You may miss the period only if you are pregnant, but there may be cases when the pills have been taken exactly the same way and still periods do not occur in the 7 days. In such a case you should definitely meet the doctor at the earliest before starting the next dose of ovral-L.
When should these pills not be taken?
You need to disclose your doctor about any health history and you should be particular about a few things.
Do not use this pill if you are suffering from any cardiovascular problems or suffered from a heart attack or stroke in the past.
You should not have suffered from any problem of blood clots in the eyes, legs (thrombophlebitis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
Do not take this contraceptive if you are suffering or are suspected of breast cancer, cancer in the uterus, or hormonal cancer or any vaginal infection.
Do not take this pill if you are pregnant or suspect of being pregnant.
These contraceptive pills are prohibited if you are suffering from the problem of irregular heartbeat, having fluctuations in blood pressure, persistent headache due to neurological symptoms.
Do not take these pills if you are suffering from any problem of liver or suffering from abnormal liver functions.
What are the side-effects of this pill?
You can suffer from irregular bleeding or spotting during taking this contraceptive pill in your initial days of taking this pill. Your bleeding for periods will also change, at times the bleeding will be scant while at times it can be a bit darker in color. The days of periods may also vary but all these are normal and will happen only during the first few months later once the pills suit your body your periods will be regular if you regularly take this medication.
There are other side-effects that may occur which are a loss of scalp hair, rash, mood changes, loss of appetite, nervousness, dizziness, changes in sexual drive, pain during the menstrual cycle, pain in breast or tenderness, increased blood pressure or a headache, increase or decrease in body weight. These are normal side-effects which are transient and do not require a doctor’s visit.
What health benefits can be derived from ovral-L?
This contraceptive not only prevents pregnancy but also has a few health benefits,
Your menstrual cycle will start becoming more regular, in this way you can also track your ovulation period so that you can easily track your conception time.
If you are a patient with anemia then this contraceptive will help in maintaining the iron in the body as ovral L helps in reducing the iron flow during mensuration.
You will also encounter less pain during the periods and also have scant bleeding.
The ovarian cyst will cease to exist and the chances of ectopic pregnancy will reduce in your future pregnancy. This oral contraceptive also decreases the occurrence of non-cancerous cysts or lumps in the breast.
This oral contraceptive pill also reduces the chances of acute pelvic inflammatory disease.
This contraceptive may also provide protection against ovarian cancer or cancer in the uterus lining.