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Get convenient and affordable ethinyl estradiol prescriptions available for same-day pickup at your pharmacy. Ethinyl estradiol is a synthetic form of the female sex hormone estrogen that is commonly used in combination with a progesterone hormone in birth control pills. Talk to a health care provider to start treatment right away.

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Ethinyl Estradiol

  • What is ethinyl estradiol?
    Ethinyl estradiol is a synthetic form of the female sex hormone estrogen that is commonly used in combination with a progesterone hormone in birth control pills. These hormones prevent the release of an egg during ovulation. They also change both the cervical mucus and the uterine wall to keep sperm from fertilizing an egg.

    Talk to your health care provider about whether ethinyl estradiol is right for you.

  • What are the most common side effects of ethinyl estradiol?
    Ethinyl estradiol has been shown to cause some mild side effects. If these adverse effects become severe or do not go away within a few days, talk to your health care provider.


Common symptoms reported from ethinyl estradiol use include:
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in menstruation
- Bloating
- Weight changes
- Acne


This is not a complete list of adverse reactions.

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What is ethinyl estradiol?

Ethinyl estradiol is a synthetic form of the female sex hormone estrogen that is commonly used in combination with a progesterone hormone in birth control pills. These hormones prevent the release of an egg during ovulation. They also change both the cervical mucus and the uterine wall to keep sperm from fertilizing an egg. Combined, these measures vastly reduce the likelihood that you’ll get pregnant. These combination pills may also contain an iron or B vitamin supplement.

What is ethinyl estradiol used to treat?

Ethinyl estradiol is primarily prescribed as a form of birth control used to prevent pregnancies. It is commonly combined with a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone in what is called a “combination” birth control pill.

Aside from being used as a method of birth control, combination birth control tablets can:
- Treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (anxiety, depression, and stress in the days leading up to your period)
- Decrease the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers
- Decrease the risk of ovarian cysts
- Improve acne
- Make periods lighter, shorter, and more regular
- Reduce menstrual cramps


It is important to note that while combination birth control pills offer significant benefits, they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Talk to your doctor about your health history and any medication you are currently taking before you start taking oral birth control pills.

How does ethinyl estradiol work?

Combination birth control tablets contain two hormones: ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and some synthetic form of progesterone. When released into the body, these hormones prevent ovulation (the process by which ovaries release an egg) and change cervical mucus. Together, these measures help to prevent fertilization from sperm, making pregnancy highly unlikely. When taken correctly, these oral contraceptives are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Combination pills are usually taken once a day for 21-24 days, with 4-7 inert (or placebo) pills being taken during the span of your monthly period. A triphasic contraceptive kit will use three different ratios of hormones during the pill cycle. It is important to take oral birth control pills regularly to maintain consistent hormone levels in the body. If you stop taking combination birth control tablets, your fertility will return to normal almost immediately.

What are the common side effects of ethinyl estradiol?

You may experience some mild side effects while taking a combination birth control pill containing ethinyl estradiol. Talk to your doctor if these reactions become severe, or do not go away within a few days.

Common symptoms reported from combination birth control pill use include:
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Breast tenderness
- Change in menstruation
- Bloating
- Weight changes
- Acne


This is not a complete list of adverse reactions. Seek medical attention right away if you experience vision changes, headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, or other more severe symptoms while taking contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol.

As with all prescription medication, be sure to inform the prescribing doctor about any medical conditions you have been previously diagnosed with and any medication/ supplements you are currently taking before taking a combination birth control pill. Ethinyl estradiol can interact with other forms of medication, causing potentially serious side effects. In addition, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before starting treatment with this medication.

What is the typical starting dose of ethinyl estradiol?

Ethinyl estradiol is supplied as an oral tablet, usually containing a synthetic form of the progesterone hormone. One tablet should be taken every day for 28 days. Take these tablets at the same time every day. Birth control pills containing ethinyl estradiol are usually taken once a day for 21-24 days, with 4-7 inert (or placebo) pills being taken during the span of your monthly period.

Do not discontinue or increase your dosage of an oral contraceptive without consulting your doctor first. Birth control pills are only effective if taken every day at about the same time. If you stop using birth control pills, your fertility will return to normal, and you may experience some adverse side effects from the sudden hormone changes in your body.

Take the medication exactly as prescribed and inform your doctor if you begin to experience any side effects while taking the medication.

Can I get ethinyl estradiol online?

Good news! Providers on Sesame can write a prescription for combination birth control pills to be picked up near you – often within the same day. Don’t wait to get your prescription filled. Talk to a provider on Sesame and get your prescription ordered right away for fast and convenient pickup from a pharmacy of your choice.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your health care provider.

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