Desogen is the birth control pills, approved for the pregnancy prevention. 

The active Desogen pills contain two hormones:


  • Desogestrel 0.15 mg,
  • Ethinylestradiol 03 mg.

Package size


  • 1blister x 28 pills,
  • 6 blistersx 28 pills.

Labeler / Packager / Manufacturer


  • Organon,
  • Merck.

Each blister pack of Desogen contains:


White pills


Green pills

Desogen is a monophasic combined oral contraceptive, based on two female hormones – the estrogen Ethinyl estradiol and the progestin Desogestrel. To the US market, Desogen is supplied by the company Organon and is available in the form of oral tablets.

  • Desogen is easy to use and effective. This oral contraceptive is sold in almost any US pharmacy. However, if  you do not have the opportunity to buy Desogen for any reason, you can replace it with a generic.

Cheap generic versions of Desogen are marketed under the following trade names:

These combined oral contraceptives have the same efficiency as Desogen does, yet may contain a different number of tablets in the package.

If your doctor prescribed you Desogen pills or their generics, you can buy the required oral contraceptive online. When you purchase Desogen online, you will get these pills without leaving your home. Therefore, you do not need to waste time to find them in the city pharmacies.

Desogen price in online pharmacies depends on the amount of birth control pills that you want to order. When buying a large package of Desogen (6 blister cards x 28 pills), you can get a discount and thus reduce your expenses for regular contraception.

How Desogen tablets work

Active substances that provide the contraceptive activity of Desogen are female hormones Desogestrel and Ethinyl estradiol. These hormones provide a contraceptive effect through:

Blocking ovulation

Desogen slows the passage of the egg into the uterine cavity.

Increase of the cervical mucus viscosity

Desogen blocks the passage of spermatozoa into the uterine cavity.

Altering the structure of the endometrium

Desogen prevents implantation of a fertilized egg.

Desogen is a reliable oral contraceptive and has a favorable safety profile. Due to its properties, Desogen tablets are prescribed to prevent the onset of unwanted pregnancy to:

  • women of reproductive age;
  • sexually active adolescent females under or over the age of 16 years.

Administration of Desogen in adolescent girls is possible when they have a regular menstrual cycle, which usually occurs in the first 1-2 years after menarche. Hormonal contraceptive is not intended for use in women over the age of 65 and in adolescent girls, who have not reached puberty.

How to take Desogen correctly

The effectiveness of medication depends on how accurately a woman adheres to the recommendations on the use of birth control pills. Desogen tablets are taken once a day, preferably at the same time.

Active (white) pills play an important role in the pregnancy prevention. If all of them are taken on time, the probability of pregnancy is less than 1%.

The risk of becoming pregnant increases with each missed white Desogen tablet. Skipping one or even more green (inert) tablets will not affect the probability of pregnancy development.

The role of inactive green pills is to help a woman understand when she needs to take an active pill from a new package to avoid pills skipping.

Before you begin using Desogen, you should make sure that you are not pregnant. To do this, you can make a pregnancy test. Menstruation also indicates the absence of pregnancy.

You can begin Desogen administration according to one of the following schemes:

Day 1 start

Take the first pill from the blister on the first day of the menstrual cycle.

Sunday start

Take the first pill on the first Sunday of the menstrual cycle.

Then you need to take one Desogen tablet every day, until there are no more white pills left in the blister. If white tablets are taken regularly, they will end 21 days after the start of the new package.

When the white Desogen tablets are over, you should start taking green tablets. Duration of use of green (inactive) tablets is 7 days.

Each Desogen package contains 7 different day label strips, which correspond to a certain sequence of the week days. Before you start taking Desogen, you need to choose and stick over the rows of tablets the day label strip, which matches her starting day.

Desogen pills should be taken according to the selected day label strip, trying not to miss a single pill. If you bought Desogen online without a prescription, carefully read the leaflet and find out what steps to take if you forgot to take one or more pills.

Preventing pregnancy when missing birth control pills

Without regard to the day, when a woman began taking Desogen (first Sunday or the first day of the menstrual cycle), she should take the following measures when she misses birth control pills:

If you missed 1 Desogen pill in the first, second or third week of use

  • Take the missed pill as quickly as possible.
  • Next pill should be taken at the usual time.

When skipping just one tablet, no weakening of the contraceptive effectiveness is marked.

Use of additional contraception methods is not needed.

If you missed taking 2 active tablets in the first or second week of use.

  • As soon you remember, take both tablets in the same day.
  • Next day, take 2 more Desogen tablets.
  • On the third day, the usual dosing regimen of 1 tablet a day should be resumed.

For one week, condoms or spermicides are recommended during sex.

Chance of becoming pregnant is significantly increased if 2 active Desogen pills in a row are missed during the third week, or 3 or more active pills in a row are missed in any of the weeks.

If it happened so that several birth control pills in a row were missed, it is recommended to take the following measures:

  • If the woman started taking Desogen on Sunday

She should continue taking one active tablet per day until the first Sunday. On Sunday, she should discard the remaining tablets and start a new pack of Desogen on the same day.

Since missed tablets lower the effectiveness of the combined oral contraceptive, it is advised to additionally use a back-up method of birth control for 7 days (during sexual intercourse)..

  • If the woman started taking Desogen on the first day of the period

She should stop taking the remaining pills and start a new Desogen package at the same day. To avoid unwanted pregnancy, it is recommended to additionally use barrier methods of contraception (diaphragm, cervical caps, condoms, spermicides) along with the combined oral contraceptive.

Potential adverse effects and contraindications for use

Since each body is individual, women tolerate combination birth control pills differently. Most side effects develop during the first months of Desogen use and tend to regress and disappear as the administration of the hormonal contraceptive continues.

At the beginning of Desogen use, women most frequently report such adverse reactions, as:

  • nausea and vomiting;
  • irregular vaginal bleeding;
  • frequent mood swings;
  • headache and abdominal pain.

In some women, appetite increases, which can lead to weight gain. Other patients may experience general discomfort and increased sensitivity of the mammary glands.

In a small number of women, the combined use of oral contraceptives, including Desogen, can contribute to serious side effects, which include arterial and venous thromboembolism (blockage of blood vessels).

The risk group includes women smokers over 35 years of age, as well as patients with:

  • classic migraine;
  • arterial hypertension;
  • dyslipidemia and obesity;
  • diabetes mellitus and blood vessels damage.

Because of the high likelihood of developing serious side effects, Desogen use in women with the above diseases is contraindicated. The hormonal contraceptive should also not be used in patients with carcinoma of the breast or endometrium, and with a liver tumor.

Desogen is contraindicated in women with hypersensitivity to any of the contraceptive components. If Desogen is contraindicated to you or causes side effects, discuss with your doctor alternative birth control options.

Instead of Desogen, your doctor may recommend you to buy birth control pills with other hormonal components or advise on using non-hormonal birth control methods.

Desogen and other oral contraceptives are available in online pharmacies without a prescription. Therefore, if the doctor has already prescribed you any “pill” or “mini-pill”, you can find out their price and order online in just a few minutes, at a time convenient for you.

Drug Interactions

No special studies were held on the interaction of Desogen with other drugs. The practice of contraceptive use, however, shows that this medicine can interfere with certain drugs.

Combination of Desogen with some medications can both affect the effectiveness of the oral contraceptive, increasing the likelihood of unwanted pregnancy, and alter the therapeutic effect of another drug.

Desogen effectiveness can be reduced by broad-spectrum antibiotics and the following prescription drugs:

HIV medicines

• Nelfinavir

•  Ritonavir

Seizure medicines

• Phenytoin

• Topiramate


• Rifampin

• Rifabutin

Prescription drugs are not the only products that can affect Desogen effectiveness. Some herbal products also may interfere with this hormonal contraceptive.

In the need to combine Desogen with drugs mentioned above, it is recommended to use additionally other birth control methods (such as spermicide with condom, or diaphragm and spermicide).

Grapefruit juice, Acetaminophen, Itraconazole, Fluconazole, Ascorbic acid may interact with Desogen and increase the blood level of the hormone Ethinyl estradiol.

Desogen can substantially reduce blood concentration of Lamotrigine (antiepileptic agent), which results in a lower seizure control. When these drugs are used together, the dose of the epilepsy drug should be adjusted.