Apri birth control is a brand of combined pill that's only available in the U.S. 🇺🇸 We've added it to The Lowdown as so many of our friends across the pond want to leave reviews for it. It contains a standard dose of oestrogen, and a progestogen called desogestrel - which is in most mini pills.
There is no evidence that weight is affected by the combined pill. However weight gain, or loss, could be impacted by a number of related factors. The combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen and therefore can affect how the body stores fat, retains water and levels of appetite. This is not definitive and requires more detailed research. Find out more in our guide to birth control and weight .
What should I do if I miss an Apri birth control pill?
You have missed a birth control pill when it is more than 24 hours after you should have taken it. What to do next depends on where you are in your pack and how many pills you have missed, so make sure you read the instructions in the patient information leaflet carefully or use our Missed Pill Calculator to find out what to do next!.
Can I skip a period on Apri birth control?
Yes! Taking the combined pill back to back and avoiding a withdrawal bleed is perfectly safe and can be done for as long as you like. You might experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding in the first few months of taking your pill continuously. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking .
Is Apri good for acne?
The combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen and can reduce break outs in some people. Most women who take the combined pill see an improvement in their skin. However it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Make sure to check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Apri affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to birth control and acne .
Can Apri birth control cause hair loss?
This is unlikely in a combined pill like Apri, although everyone is different. The progestogen in hormonal contraceptives has the ability to be androgenic and may cause hair loss as a result, however the oestrogen in combined methods can have the benefits of improving hair thickness. Hair loss can be due to a number of causes, so it's best to speak to your doctor if you're experiencing this. Be sure to also read our full guide on hair loss and the birth control pill for more information.
How the Apri pill 🇺🇸 works:
Apri is a type of combined birth control pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Apri prevents pregnancy in three ways – by stopping ovulation, making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and by preventing the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Apri is around 93% effective with typical use which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking the pill each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined.
There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Apri pill 🇺🇸:
You should take your Apri pill around the same time every day. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Apri is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (check out our blog on taking your pill back to back ). Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Apri is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you're no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you might want to consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill .
How safe is the Apri pill 🇺🇸:
Apri birth control is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.