Norgestimate/Ethinyl Estradiol (Oral)
Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol are often prescribed together for premenopausal women who want to have sex without getting pregnant. This medication floods the woman’s body with female hormones in order to block ovulation and help protect the body against sperm entering or eggs implanting themselves into the uterus.
This medication is not effective against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Women should engage in safe sexual practices such as having their partner wear a condom in order to minimize the risk of these diseases.
This medication can cause heart attacks and strokes in women who smoke and women who are over the age of 35.