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Read user comments about the side effects, benefits, and effectiveness of Kariva (28) Oral.

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116 Total User Reviews

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Condition: Birth Control
8/29/2014 9:06:12 PM

Reviewer: 25-34 Female on Treatment for 5 to less than 10 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
I have been on Kariva for 7 years and had no problem with gaining weight. CVS no longer carried Kariva and told Viorele is an alternative to Kariva. After taking it, I noticed differences like being bloated and weight gain. I am so going back to Kariva and changing my pharmacy if I have to.

Condition: Birth Control
3/28/2014 12:00:33 AM

Reviewer: lolaloo002, 19-24 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 5

Comment:
I've had a pretty good experience with Kariva. I had breakthrough bleeding so I had two periods the first three months but I'm on the 4th month now and just got one this time so I'm happy about that. I was originally taking it around noon but I was getting headaches every day so my doctor suggested taking it later at night and I've had no problems since! I got cramps and really b ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Birth Control
3/10/2014 8:49:55 PM

Reviewer: zh19, 19-24 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 2

Comment:
I started taking Kariva in October to regulate my period because I've never had a normal menstrual cycle and also for regular birth control use since I am in a relationship. It has proven to work well for those two uses, I haven't gotten pregnant and now have a normal period every month that lasts about 5-7 days with very light spotting on the last two days. However since taking Kariva I h ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Birth Control
2/12/2014 12:55:38 PM

Reviewer: kpnyc, 19-24 Female on Treatment for 2 to less than 5 years (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 5

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 2

Comment:
I've been on Kariva for 3 years now. I'm married, and very satisfied with the very light periods, low to no weight gain, and mild mood swings. HOWEVER, I have noticed an extreme amount of hair loss due to Kariva. I'm a hair stylist, and I have done everything imaginable to cope with my thinning hair. Vitamins and treatments do not help. The only thing causing it must be Kariva, since I ... Show Full Comment

Condition: Birth Control
8/23/2013 1:31:29 PM

Reviewer: AbbyR037, 19-24 Female on Treatment for 1 to 6 months (Patient)

Effectiveness

Current Rating: 4

Ease of Use

Current Rating: 5

Satisfaction

Current Rating: 4

Comment:
I am writing this review because before going on Kariva, I almost asked my doctor to switch me based on the reviews I read on this website and others. Well let me say, five months in and I am VERY happy with Kariva! I had some headaches, appetite changes, and mood swings the first couple of months. Since then, my acne has cleared up, I have not gained weight, my periods are shorter. My pharmacy f ... Show Full Comment

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