The generic name for the prescription medication Aygestin is called Norethindrone. It’s a form of progesterone, which is a female hormone. Aygestin is able to stop ovulation (the releasing of an egg from the ovaries). In addition to this this medication can also bring about changes when it comes to the cervical mucus and uterine lining. This is going to make it much tougher for sperm to get to the uterus and tougher for a fertilized egg to latch onto the uterus.
Aygestin is used as a form of birth control (contraception) in order to stop pregnancy. In addition to this it can also be used in order to help with menstrual disorders, endometriosis, or even vaginal bleeding that’s abnormal and is brought on due to a hormonal imbalance. There are other uses for this medication not mentioned here, but these other uses are best left to the discretion of a doctor who has a lot of background in prescribing it.
What are some of the potential common side effects a user of this drug might be at risk for if they have to use it or need to use it?
Mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps
Breast pain, swelling, or tenderness
Freckles or darkening of facial skin
Increased acne or hair growth
Changes in weight
Vaginal itching or discharge
Skin itching or rash
Changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive
Can you rely on using this medication alone in order to stop pregnancy or do you still have to use other forms of birth control as well?
Even though Aygestin is effective when it’s used properly you might still need to use other forms of backup birth control just to be on the safe side. This doesn’t mean using multiple forms of birth control pills. It means making sure to use a condom or a spermicide, especially when you first start taking this contraception.
Understand that taking this medication does come with risks such as blood clots, stroke, or even heart attack. The risk is even higher if you are a person that smokes or are over 35 years old. In order to keep your risk down you need to make sure you use Aygestin exactly as a doctor tells you and be consistent.
Also understand that the use of this contraception doesn’t protect you from certain problems like sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or AIDS. Making use of a condom is the only real way to make sure you can stay protected from these STDs.
Is there ever a period of time where you might have to stop using this contraception?
If you need to have a certain medical test performed or need some form of surgery, then you might have to stop using Aygestine for a short period of time. Also before you were to even have certain medical tests performed or surgery you need to let a doctor know about using this.
The same goes for just about any medication you might be on. If you fail to let them know this then you risk putting yourself in danger that can be avoided. Usually a doctor will ask you about other medicational use in advance. And if required will delay the test or surgery until you’ve had the proper time to prepare for them.