Linessa is one of the most popular birth control pills among Canadian women. Let’s review some quick information on this popular medication.

What is Linessa?

Linessa is an estrogen and progestin pill used to prevent pregnancy, making it a combination birth control pill very popular among women in Canada. Linessa is a triphasic oral birth control pill with two compounds, ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel.

Each Linessa treatment cycle 21 day and 28 day comes with three active dosing phases you can easily identify by the pill color as follows:

  • Light yellow pills: 0.025 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.100 mg desogestrel
  • Orange pills: 0.025 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.125 mg desogestrel
  • Red pills: 0.025 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.150 mg desogestrel

Linessa Birth Control Side Effects

Linessa has some mild and moderate side effects as expected from birth control pills. While Linessa’s side effects are not seen in everyone, if present, side effects could be as follows.

Common side effects

The most common side effects of taking Linessa are acne, abdominal bloating or cramping and breast pain, swelling, or tenderness.

Other side effects of Linessa include:

  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue

If you notice these side-effects, do not stop taking Linessa abruptly without consulting your doctor.

Rare side effects

In rare cases, severe side effects of Linessa may be present, such as breast lumps, spotting between periods, depression, liver disorders, and swelling of extremities. In such cases, visit your doctor immediately.

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According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Canada, Linessa effectively controls pregnancy in 98% – 99% of women consuming it.

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