Ovral is a pregnancy prevention medication that is used to prevent the ovulation of the egg, thus preventing pregnancy. It is made up of two hormones that are found in women: ethinylestradiol and norgestrel that prevent the release of an egg from the ovaries. Ovral also changes the lining of the uterus and thickens the vaginal fluid to prevent sperms from reaching an egg and preventing attachment of a fertilized egg.
Ovral’s generic name is Ethinylestradiol and norgestrel that are also its constituents. Some of the popular brand names are Cryselle 28, Lo/Ovral-28, Low-Ogestrel, Ogestrel-28.
Ovral is generally taken at the beginning of the period. Be sure to have the recommendation by the doctor saved as any dose larger or smaller than the prescribed amount would result in complications.
Ovral dosage is taken orally and daily. The packet of Ovral contain ‘reminder’ pills to help out the patient with their daily schedule and not miss out on any dosage. Every pill has to be taken 24 hours apart and the patient might require a daily visit to the doctor. Taking the pill daily is an important practice as any missed dose will result in you becoming pregnant. Any later dose you administer will already be nullified.
Be sure to checkall the side effects of the pill and warning signs that need to be referred to before any administration of the dose. Side effects and warning signs have been listed below. Store the Ovral pill at room temperature and away from moisture and heat.
Before you take Ovral, make sure the following conditions are absent:
- History of blood clotting and heart diseases.
- You smoke and are over 35 years old.
- Angina, pain in the chest or other such similar symptoms.
- Problems with eyesight, kidneys od circulation.
- Vaginal symptoms of excessive bleeding.
- Liver cancer and liver related diseases such as jaundice.
- A history of yellowing of skin and eyes.
- Varicose veins and blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Thyroid disorders.
- Seizures or epilepsy.
- Gallbladder related disorders.
- Breast cancer.
If you have or have had any of the above listed medical conditions, make sure you communicate this with the doctor. Its best to preserve these conditions in documents so you can reproduce those documents for the doctor to get a thorough look into your medical past.
Like many other similar medications, Ovral suffers from the condition of side effects. If you notice or clearly observe the following events, contact the doctor for immediate advice:
- Numbness in body or unusual weakness.
- Headaches or sudden occurrence of migraines.
- Chest pain, heaviness, difficulty breathing.
- Pain spreading to arms or shoulders.
- Sudden cough, rapid breathing.
- Swelling on hands and ankles.