Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol


General Information

Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol are used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. This medicine is also used to:

  • Make your periods more regular
  • Treat moderate acne in women who are at least 15 years old and have started having menstrual periods
  • Decrease your risk of ovarian cysts
  • Decrease blood loss and painful periods

How do Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol work?

Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol works mainly by preventing the release of an egg or ovulation during the menstrual cycle. This makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg or so-called fertilization. This medication also changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body.

Why use Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

This product is a combined medication of Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol as an active ingredient. This has the brand name of Kalliga. Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol is an oral contraceptive regimen of 21 white to off-white round tablets. Each contains 0.15 mg Desogestrel and 0.03 mg Ethinyl Estradiol.

This medication is effective birth control containing two female hormones (estrogen and progestogen). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

This medication is to be taken by mouth usually once a day. You may take each dose with or without a meal. Remember to take it at the same time every day. Pick a time of the day that is easy for you to remember.

It is very important that you take it exactly as it is prescribed. Follow the instructions very carefully. Do not skip any doses. Pregnancy is likely if you miss pills. If you missed a pill in a day, call your doctor right away.

What are the side effects of Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal bloating or cramps
  • Changes in menstrual flow
  • Spotting
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Nipple discharge
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Migraine
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Breast tenderness or enlargement
  • Swelling or edema
  • Missed menstrual period
  • Vision problems  

Warnings and Precautions

  • You should not use birth control pills if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby.
  • Do not use this pill if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a medical history or current medications.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any allergies before taking this pill.
  • Keep this at room temperature away from heat and moisture.