What is Trivora?
Trivora is a branded combined contraceptive pill that protects you from getting pregnant. It’s known as a “triphasic” pill, which sounds a bit like something out of a natural history show, but it’s pretty simple. A triphasic pill is a pill that contains three different dosages of progestin and estrogen that you take for 21 days, followed by 7 days of inactive pills with no hormones.
The 21 active pills are three different colours, for each of the three dosages. Six are blue (containing 30/50 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel), five are white (containing 40/75 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) and 10 are pink (containing 30/125 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel). So speaking plainly, different pills with different hormones in them.
As a triphasic pill, because it contains different amounts of hormones and mimics the body’s natural cycle very closely, it’s very important that Trivora pills are taken in the correct order.
How does Trivora work?
There are three ways in which Trivora gives you protection from pregnancy. The two hormones in it stop the ovaries from releasing an egg during ovulation, and thicken the mucus in the cervix, which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. They also make the lining of the uterus thinner, which reduces the chances of a fertilized egg latching on to the uterine wall and growing.
The combined pill tends to make your periods lighter, regular and less painful, so there are additional benefits to taking it too. So it’s an all-round multitasker.
What’s the difference between Trivora and other pills?
Like other hormonal birth control pills, you take Trivora at the same time every day. It’s a “combined” pill, so it’s made from a synthetic estrogen and progesterone. There are a few things that make Trivora special, though.
Trivora is a triphasic birth control pill while the most common pills are monophasic. Monophasic pills contain one (mono) dose of hormones in all of the active pills. You can guess where we’re going here — Trivora has three different doses of hormones. (That’s also why it’s called Trivora!) Changing up the hormone levels is thought to more closely mimic natural hormone fluctuations, which can help with birth control side effects.
Each package of Trivora comes with 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills, which don’t contain any hormones. That’s because some women prefer to stay in the routine of taking a pill every day, rather than taking a 7-day break, just to reduce the risks of ever forgetting a pill. The extra 7 placebo pills that you get with Trivora help to provide this security.