Womens Health


Birth control pills come in three forms: monophasic, in which all of the 21 active pills contain the same level of hormones, biphasic, in which the 21 active pills contain two different levels of estrogen and progestin, and triphasic in which the 21 active pills contain three different doses of hormones, and the dose changes every seven days. In terms of safety and effectiveness, the different types are pretty interchangeable. Jenest-28 is considered a biphasic birth control pill-other brand names include Necon and Mircette.

Jenest-28 combines ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone which are female hormones specifically designed to prevent ovulation by changing your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and even harder for fertilized eggs to attach. Jenest-28 is also used to treat severe acne, and may be used for certain other purposes as prescribed by your doctor.

When You Should Not Use Jenest-28

If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, have a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems, hormone related cancer (breast or uterine), abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, or jaundice caused by birth control pills, do not take Jenest-28. Jenest-28 can cause birth defects, so do not use if you are pregnant. If you have recently had a baby, you must wait at least 4 weeks before taking Jenest-28, or 6 weeks if breast-feeding.

Use Caution With Jenest-28 If....

If you have high blood pressure, a history of heart disease, high cholesterol, gallbladder disease, diabetes, migraine headaches, a past history of depression, a history of breast cancer or have ever had an abnormal mammogram, be cautious about taking Jenest-28; discuss it thoroughly with your doctor.

How To Use Jenest-28

Take Jenest-28 with food or immediately after a meal as this can significantly reduce stomach upset, and try to take your pill at the same time each day. Follow your dosing schedule carefully, ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions, and use a supplemental form of birth control during the first week of taking Jenest-28 to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.

Precautions When Using Jenest-28

Some drugs can make Jenest-18 less effective, such as Tylenol, vitamin C, prednisolone, theophylline, St. John's Wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturate sedatives, or HIV or AIDS medications. Tell your doctor your entire medical history, most especially your family history including asthma, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke or heart disease or blood clots. Higher strengths of Jenest-28 can cause darkening of the skin on your face, and you should avoid prolonged sun exposure or sunlamps. If may take a significant amount of time for you to become pregnant once you discontinue Jenest-28. Do not smoke cigarettes, and if you are near-sighted or wear contact lenses, you may develop vision problems or your tolerance of the contact lenses may decrease. Before you have surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor you are taking Jenest-28.

Minor Side Effects

You may experience mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, breast pain, tenderness or swelling, freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, changes in weight or appetite, problems with contact lenses, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive, headache, nervousness or dizziness while taking Jenest-28. Continue taking your pills, but discuss it with your doctor at your next visit.

Always remember that no birth control pill can prevent the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV and AIDS. Only the use of a condom can protect you from these disease.

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