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What is Portia?

Portia is what’s called a combined birth control pill. It combines two hormones, an estrogen and a progestin, whereas mini pills only contain progestin. Both of these hormones already exist in your body, but it’s possible to be sensitive to one or to both. That’s why there are so many different types of birth control pills. They all do the same thing but have different versions and different amounts of estrogen and progestin. It can be a bit intimidating — we’ll help you figure out what birth control is right for you during your consultation.

The specific versions of estrogen and progestin in Portia are ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel.

How does Portia work?

Like other combined birth control pills, Portia works by changing the hormone levels in your body. Hormonal birth control can stop ovulation, which is when the ovary releases an egg every month. If there’s no egg, there’s no pregnancy. However, ovulation doesn’t stop for everyone who takes the pill, so there are other things Portia does as well.

Normally, the lining of your uterus will grow every month so that it’s easier for a fertilized egg to implant itself there. On hormonal birth control, the lining stays thin. This is also why you’re likely to experience a shorter and lighter period on Portia. Lastly, the hormones change the consistency of your cervical mucus. The thicker mucus acts as a shield against sperm. All of these things together make it very, very unlikely that you will become pregnant while taking Portia.

Is there more than one dosage of Portia pill?

Portia birth control has .15mg of levonorgestrel and .03mg of ethinyl estradiol. You might also see the ethinyl estradiol written as 30mcg — that’s micrograms. Other birth control pills which have the same amount of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol are Seasonale, Jolessa, Quasense, Introvale, Chateal EQ, Marlissa, Altavera, Levora, Lillow, Kurvelo, Levlen, Nordette, Setlakin and Ayuna.

Portia only comes in one dosage, which means there’s no Portia Lo if you like how you feel on Portia but want to adjust the amounts of estrogen or progestin. There are however other combined pills which have the same active ingredients in a lower dose. Lutera and Aviane both have .1mg of levonorgestrel and .02mg of ethinyl estradiol.

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How to take Portia

Take Portia at the same time every day so it can be as effective as possible. Pick a time that’ll be easy to remember and that works for every day of the week. For example, early in the morning might not be a good idea if you’re an early bird on weekdays but sleep in on weekends. Lunch time, afternoon or evening might be a better idea — but it’s up to you.

Portia comes in a pack of 28 pills. The first 21 pills are active pills, which means they contain hormones. The last week of pills doesn’t contain any hormones, and will be when you get your period.

What to do with Portia missed pills

Each Portia missed pill means your protection will be less effective, so it’s important to try and never miss a dose.

If you miss one active pill, just take it as soon as you remember and take the next pill at the normal time. It’s OK if this means taking two pills within a 24-hour period. If you miss two active pills in a row in Week One or Week Two, take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. You should use an extra contraceptive, a non-hormonal method like condoms, for seven days after you miss the pills.

If you miss two active pills in a row in Week Three, keep taking Portia as you normally would until Sunday. On Sunday you should throw the rest of the pack away and start a new one, and then use condoms for seven days. If you miss your period two months in a row you should take a pregnancy test. If you miss three or more active pills in a row during any week, keep taking one pill a day until Sunday and then throw the pack away and start a new one. Use condoms for the next week.

How long does Portia take to work?

You can start taking Portia on any day. If you start it the day your period begins, you’ll be protected against pregnancy straight away. If you start it on another day, you’ll need to use condoms for a week to stay protected while Portia takes effect.

Once it reaches its full effects you’ll be 99% protected from pregnancy if you’ve managed to take it perfectly. The average protection for the typical user is 91%, which takes into account the odd missed pill.

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Portia: FAQ

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Can I get Portia under another name?

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Portia is the generic form of Nordette, both of which are combined birth control pills made by Teva. They have the same ingredients in the same amounts as Seasonale, Jolessa, Quasense, Introvale, Chateal EQ, Marlissa, Altavera, Levora, Lillow, Kurvelo, Levlen, Setlakin and Ayuna. All of these pills work in the same way and have the same drug interactions and possible side effects. But because they’re made by different companies, the price may be different.

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And we’ll check in with you regularly to make sure the pill you’ve chosen is working for you. If it isn’t, you’ve got the option to change to something else with our expert help.

Levora vs Portia: how are they different?

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Levora is another generic medication with the same active ingredients, in the same amounts, as Portia. This means it works the same and has the same possible side effects and interactions with other treatments.

Because the inactive ingredients are different, it’s possible you’ll react better to one pill than the other. Let us know if you get any side effects on either pill, and we go through some alternatives with you.

Coming off Portia: what do I need to do?

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You can stop using Portia to get pregnant at any time, but it’s recommended that you wait until you’ve had one full menstrual cycle (and period) before trying to conceive. That way you can accurately track when the baby is due and where you are in the pregnancy.

Can Portia help with acne?

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One of the positive Portia side effects relates to skin conditions. Many women find that the combined pill treats acne effectively and it has been prescribed specifically for the condition.

Having said that, there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone, and some women find that it actually makes acne worse. Ultimately, there’s no way of knowing who it will and will not work for, so some trial and error is to be expected at the start of treatment.

Will I no longer get periods with Portia birth control?

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When you start taking Portia, your period will likely become shorter and lighter. It’s possible that it could stop entirely, but that’s not guaranteed. Sometimes, these side effects are more common with progestin-only methods of contraception like the mini pill or the Mirena IUD.

As with any medication, everyone reacts differently to it, particularly when hormones are involved. If you have any questions about what the likely effects of the medication will be, sign in to your account and drop us a message.

Will Portia affect my weight?

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Whether you’ll gain or lose weight on Portia or any other birth control is a complicated question. Studies have shown that there’s no link between hormonal birth control and weight changes, but that’s mostly because it’s so difficult to prove that a medication is responsible when there are so many factors to consider.

In fact, you’ll probably still see both weight loss and weight gain on the list of birth control side effects, proving just how hard it is to predict and link weight changes to the treatment.

Are there other pills that are similar to Portia?

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Portia is a generic form of Nordette, which means it contains the same active ingredients in the same amounts but is likely to be cheaper. There are other generic birth control pills with the same formula including Seasonale, Jolessa, Quasense, Introvale, Chateal EQ, Marlissa, Altavera, Levora, Lillow, Kurvelo, Levlen, Nordette, Setlakin and Ayuna.
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