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Junel (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl-Estradiol) is a daily birth control pill that contains two hormones to prevent pregnancy. It’s also used to regulate menstrual periods and treat moderate acne.
You can also find Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl-Estradiol in Aurovela, Blisovi FE, Femhrt, Fyavolv, Hailey, Jinteli, Larin, Loestrin, and Microgestin.
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About Junel (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol)
How does it work?
Junel works by releasing two hormones into the body: Norethindrone (a progestin) and Ethinyl Estradiol (a form of estrogen). These hormones stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. They also thicken cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to reach an egg. Additionally, they thin the lining of the uterus so it’s harder for an egg to implant.
What symptoms or conditions can it help manage?
- Painful periods
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Irregular cycles
- Endometriosis pain and inflammation
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms
What forms does it come in?
This birth control pill typically comes in a blister pack with 28 tablets, including 21 active tablets (with hormones) and 7 placebo tablets (no hormones). This is a monophasic birth control, so all the active tablets have the same level of hormones.
Junel vs. Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl-Estradiol
Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl-Estradiol are the active ingredients in Junel and other birth control pills. Junel is just a brand version of this medicine.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a birth control prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Aurovela 1/20 (3 21-tablet blister packs) start at $13.97.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Aurovela 1/20 (3 21-tablet blister packs)*
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Junel (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of taking Junel (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol)?
- 99% effective when used correctly
- Lowers the risk of anemia
- Regulates menstrual cycles
- Reduces heavy menstrual bleeding
- Eases menstrual cramps
- Improves acne
- Lessens premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms
- Treats polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms
- Treats endometriosis and uterine fibroids
- Lowers the risk of ovarian, endometrial and uterine cancer
- Reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cyst formation
- Lowers the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Who should not take this medication?
- People with allergies or hypersensitivity to this medicine
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People who get severe migraines
- People with some health conditions, like obesity or uncontrolled diabetes
- Anyone with a history or risk for blood clots
- People with uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease
- Those who have undiagnosed vaginal or uterine bleeding
- Anyone with breast cancer
- People with liver problems
- Those taking hepatitis C medication: Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, Ritonavir, with or without Dasabuvir, and Tranexamic Acid
- Smokers over 35 years old
Tell your medical provider about your medical history and any medicines you take to make sure this medicine is safe for you.
How do you take this medication?
Take one tablet daily, at the same time every day, and follow the order of pills in your pack. Each pack contains 21 active tablets (with hormones), followed by 7 placebo tablets (no hormones).
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Be sure to use a backup contraceptive method, like condoms, for the next 7 days. If you miss more than one tablet, ask your healthcare provider for advice.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much of this medicine could lead to nausea or other side effects. If you’ve taken too much Junel, call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) immediately.
Can I get Junel (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol) online?
Dr. B makes it super convenient to get a prescription for birth control online. Just fill out a short health questionnaire about your medical history. Then, a licensed medical provider will work with you to find a safe and effective form of birth control for your needs.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Sudip Bose
Sudip Bose, MD is a world-leading emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor, and entrepreneur. With a wide variety of experience, Dr. Bose is focused on endeavors with large-scale health and educational impact. He founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit assisting veterans with healthcare needs. Dr. Bose is also a clinical professor at Texas Tech and University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the honors program at Northwestern University, where he continued his medical school education at The Feinberg School of Medicine.
This type of birth control contains lower hormone levels compared to other types of oral contraceptives. This means there’s a lower chance of side effects. If you do have side effects, you might notice:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach cramps or bloating
- Spotting or missed periods
- Breast changes
- Weight changes
- Yeast infections
Get help or tell your health provider right away if you notice more severe side effects, like numbness or tingling, severe headaches or blurred vision—or other new and worrying symptoms.