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Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 Review

Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 is a triphasic birth control drug. It is prescribed for a pregnancy prevention. The main action lies in the suppression of ovulation.



Indications for use

Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 has the following indications:

  • hormonal contraception;
  • activation or delay of menstruation;
  • infertility due to functional impairment;
  • uterine hypoplasia;
  • menstrual cycle functional disorders;
  • dysmenorrhea.


Mechanism of action

Norethisterone and ethinyl estradiol are active synthetic progestin and estrogen. Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 is an oral contraceptive containing 2 hormones – progestin and estrogen.

Due to the combination of norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol, this drug with appropriate regimens can either stimulate or delay of menstruation. It also can help stop the acyclic uterine bleeding.

Mode of application and dosage

28 pills are placed in a package. The dosage gradually increases in Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7. Every pill should be taken at one and the same time. Every pill is washed down with a small amount of water. Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 provides an effect of ovulation inhibition. The menstruation will begin on the 2-3 day from the moment you start taking placebo pills.


Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 has the contraindications about which every woman should inform the doctor. They are:

  • hormone-dependent tumors of the mammary glands or uterus or endometrium;
  • severe abnormal hepatic function;
  • Dubin-Johnson syndrome;
  • Rotor syndrome;
  • hepatic tumors: benign or malignant;
  • idiopathic jaundice or itching during a previous pregnancy;
  • severe dysfunctions of fat metabolism;
  • prior or currently diagnosed thromboembolic diseases, arterial and venous thrombosis;
  • severe cardiovascular dysfunctions;
  • severe hypertension;
  • sickle cell anemia;
  • otosclerosis;
  • herpes during pregnancy;
  • pregnancy.


Side effects

The clinical trials have proved Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 is well-tolerated provoking few side effects. They are not enormous and disappear within time without any therapy conducted. The following side effects may be observed:

  • headache;
  • depression;
  • nausea;
  • diarrhea;
  • breast tenderness;
  • brown spots on the skin;
  • non-comfort of the contact lenses wearing.



The effectiveness of Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 may be reduced with the simultaneous use of drugs known as analgesics, tranquilizers, anticonvulsants, and some antibiotics. When taking this birth control, the effectiveness of insulin or oral hypoglycemic drugs may decrease.

What if I miss a dose?

Missing additional placebo pills can be neglected. Such missed pills should be thrown away from a package not to extend the period of placebo pills’ intake.

Such recommendations are related to the active pills’ missing.

If the delay in taking the pill containing a hormone was less than 24 hours, the risk of becoming pregnant is not increased. The missed pill should be taken as fast as possible.

If the delay in taking the pill containing a hormone is more than 24 hours, the risk of becoming pregnant is increased. The risk will be increased much greater if the pills missed are close to the placebo pills.

If the delay is greater than 24 hours it is necessary to use additional contraceptive methods like condoms to reduce the risk of becoming pregnant.

Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 and pregnancy

Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7 cannot be taken during pregnancy and lactation. It is very important to inform the doctor about pregnancy during which a woman takes the hormonal birth control.

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