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Althea Contraceptive Pill: Review, Side Effects and Uses



Althea is an oral contraceptive pill. It is considered as the most popular contraceptive pill in the Philippines and other ASEAN countries. Apart from contraception, Althea is also used for variety of other purposes, including treating irregular hormonal problems (like PCOS) and curing pimple outbreaks, among others. In fact, many users consider it as a beauty pill because of its positive effect on the facial skin.



How to Use Althea


First thing I would like to mention here is the requirement to consult an OBGyne before starting Althea. I understand that majority of users have successfully used it without consulting a doctor, but it will always better to take opinion if you are planning to use it for long term.


Further, it comes with 21 hormonal pills. Users are required to take one pill daily at exactly the same time for 21 days. And then, they are expected to go for 7 pill free days. During these pill free days, they should get menstruation cycle.


If you are going to start Althea, ensure to start it on the first day of menstruation. It will lead to better adjustment by your body and hence less side effects. It will also make sure that you remain away from hormonal issues being faced by many new users.
Similarly, going for seven pill free days is necessary.



Side Effects of Althea


There are many possible side effects of Althea. Please note that these side effects usually happen with new users and go away over time. Following are some of the prominent side effects:


-         Breast Tenderness
-         Vomiting Tendency
-         Nausea
-         Headache
-         Lower Stomach Pain
-         Delayed menstruation cycle (till 2 packs of Althea)


Because of breast tenderness, many believe that taking Althea can lead to enlargement of breast. That is a plain myth. Your breast will become normal over time.


Similarly, many users get frightened when they find delayed menstruation. I would like to reiterate here that delayed menstruation is quite common among new users and you should not worry about that.


I should mention here that if you take Althea daily at exactly the same time after starting it on the first day of menstruation then you will remain away from almost all side effects.



Who should not use Althea?

There is a set of users who should not use Althea.


If you are pregnant then don’t use it. As soon as you realize about pregnancy, you should stop using it.


If you are breastfeeding, don’t use Althea. It is because of the fact that it contains Estrogen (along with Progesterone). Estrogen can negatively affect the breast milk output. In that scenario, you should use Progesterone only pill, like Daphne.



Ingredients of Althea

As mentioned above, Althea contains Estrogen and Progesterone. Both of these are female hormones. Because of this fact, Althea is categorized as a combined pill.

Comments

  1. I have tried this after going through your blog its really amazing since 3months I am taking this and now I am having regular and healthy mensuration cycle thanks to you and hempushpa

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  2. I have tried this after going through your blog its really amazing since 3months I am taking this and now I am having regular and healthy mensuration cycle thanks to you and hempushpa

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  3. Althea pills can trigger melasma?

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    1. Anonymous9:27 PM

      I experienced the same thing.

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  4. Can i ask, Im still single and i dont have any kids yet,is it ok to take althea? Because i have plenty of pimples.

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  5. ofcourse you can take althea to cure your pimples. I have a dark skin before and had a several pimples,but my ib advice me to take althea,she told that it will lessen my pimples and ny skin will also glow. and thats it im in my 1 year taking Althea,and it does change my skin and make it glow

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  6. ofcourse you can take althea to cure your pimples. I have a dark skin before and had a several pimples,but my ib advice me to take althea,she told that it will lessen my pimples and ny skin will also glow. and thats it im in my 1 year taking Althea,and it does change my skin and make it glow

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  7. Anonymous9:33 AM

    I have a question. My OB suggested me to take the althea pill after an unexpected miscarriage umayaw na muna kami ng husband ko dahil sa sakit emotionally at di kumapit ung baby dahil sa health conditions ko, we both needed time to heal and recover. I took the pill (naka 3 sets yata ako) habang di pa ko nagkakaron ng menstruation. Nung nagkaron ako I stopped using the pill up to now since wala naman kaming unprotected intercourse. Normal ung una kong mens kaso the second month nag iba na siya from 7 days naging 4 days nalang and then nag stop mens ko for 2 days tapos nagkaron nanaman ako. Nung first four days may black spots. Could that be a side effect? Parang withdrawal na from the pill? Please help me.Thank you

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  8. Hello po! :) Okay lang po ba na mag take ng althea ang thyroid patient?

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  9. Anonymous9:51 AM

    can i take althea pills while im taking myra e capsule?

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  10. Anonymous8:20 AM

    I just got sex with my boyf this day. And it is okay to take up altea after? Btw im 17 yrs old. Is it okay?

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  11. Anonymous4:19 AM

    Hi im taking althea , i started the first day of my period October 5th 2017. And i finished the 1 pack but im having a bloof spot everyday. Is it a side eeffrct? Its not as many like a regular period. Its just spotting. Please respond.Thanks

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  12. Anonymous4:32 AM

    i tried althea and nagmukha aqng haggard ngdry ang skin q and lagi aqng nahihilo and nasusuka and mabilis aqng pumayat compared to diane na may blooming effect nakakataba pro hnd nmn sobra

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  13. Hi po ok lang po ba mag take ng athea pills kahit tapos na ang menstruation ko . Thanks first time ko po kung sakali.

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  14. Anonymous11:05 AM

    Hi its my first time to take a birth control pills. My OB suggest me to take Althea pills dahil may PCOS ako. So here's the question; is it safe to have an unprotected sex while taking a pill? Im on my 11 pill na. Then I started taking it on Jan. 18 then my last day is on Feb. 7, should I start another pill on Feb. 8 ba? Sorry nakalimutan ko kasi ung paliwanag ng OB ko about it �� and is it okay ba na hndi sya naiinom at the same time everyday? kasi nung unang take ko 7:54pm tapos nung sumunod na araw nainom ko sya ng 8pm na

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    1. Pag naubos mo n ang isang pack.. 7 days kang hnd iinum.. Then after 7days inum kna ulit my mens ka pa ot wala na.. Then oo hnd ka.mbubuntis bsta everyday mo tinitake.. Kng 1 hr to 4hrs ka d nkainum kng baga pagitan oras lng ok.lng dn dun wg lang lalampas ng 12hrs..

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    2. Pag naubos mo n ang isang pack.. 7 days kang hnd iinum.. Then after 7days inum kna ulit my mens ka pa ot wala na.. Then oo hnd ka.mbubuntis bsta everyday mo tinitake.. Kng 1 hr to 4hrs ka d nkainum kng baga pagitan oras lng ok.lng dn dun wg lang lalampas ng 12hrs..

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    3. Anonymous6:33 AM

      hi ask ko lang first time ko uminom ng althea and last day ng period ko ngayon.. ok lang po ba sya?

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  15. Anonymous11:36 PM

    Please do remember to take pills same time everyday.
    take pills on the third day of your menstruation, until the last pill (21pills) then stop for 7days. then take pills again for 21days, then stop for 7days. Paulit ulit lang po. disregard your next menstruation, just follow the cycle (21days with pills and 7days no pills) :)

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  16. Anonymous11:55 PM

    Hi, sino na nakapagtry na gumamit ng pill pero different brands? yung dati ko kasi ay Ariane, after kong maubos, Althea yung nabili ko. I'm thinking to switch back to Ariane kasi sobra yung side effects sakin ng Althea.. Okay lang kaya na balik sa Ariane?

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  17. Anonymous4:28 AM

    Hi everyone! I just want to ask, if it is safe to take althea pill continuously for 2 months to delay my menstruation? Because during the 7 pills free day my husband will come so and stay for a month

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  18. hi yung 7 days ba na free pill is safe to have sex?

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