Jolivette is an oral type of prescription contraceptive containing progestin. It does not contain estrogen at all and is perfectly suited for breastfeeding women and all other women who cannot intake estrogen for various medical reasons.
Some women may experience some of the side effects of Jolivette, but most of them are mild and require little to no treatment at all and are all quite tolerable. There are a few serious side effects that may occur on rare occasions.
Jolivette can commonly affect the regularity of menstrual periods, trigger headaches and cause nausea and breast tenderness. If a woman experiences severe back pain or an increase in blood sugar levels and even depression, those are all indications of serious side effects of Jolivette, and as such, they must be reported to a doctor as soon as possible. Usually all the side effects get improved or disappear completely during the first couple of months of use. Various allergic reactions can also be triggered by Jolivette.
Sometimes the side effects can be triggered because Jolivette’s properties get mixed with some other medication taken at the same time. Some negative interactions between Jolivette and other drugs may occur.
Jolivette combined with aminoglutethimide significantly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy, so if one has to ingest them at the same time, a backup contraception method should be provided. Birth control pills taken together with some types of antibiotics can also trigger an unintentional pregnancy, although all the reported cases were just pure coincidence.
A combination of antibiotics and birth control pills may also require some backup contraceptive method. Aprepitant sometimes causes Jolivette to have a lesser effect and possibly leads to a pregnancy and once again it has to be emphasized that a backup contraception plan may be required.
Jolivette contains hormones that get metabolized in the body and the parallel use of barbiturates may cause a faster metabolization of hormones which sometimes can lead to an unintentional pregnancy. One should always consult the healthcare provider if there is a need for an additional contraceptive method.
Bosentan also sometimes lessens the effect of Jolivette which increases the risk of becoming pregnant, and as with all other aforementioned medication combinations, a backup contraceptive method should be used.
Modafinil is another type of medication that can affect the contraceptive properties of Jolivette and calls for a backup contraception method to make sure that one does not get pregant by accident. Various seizure medications share the same issues with the medications previously described.