Errin vs Norethindrone
Errin is a brand name for the generic medication, norethindrone. Both work in the same way and contain the same active ingredient.
Alternatives to Errin
Errin is a progesterone-only form of birth control and is suited to women who are sensitive to estrogens, have a health condition that contradicts estrogen supplements, or are taking medication that may interact with estrogen. However, there are many different types of hormonal contraceptives and it is not uncommon to try a few before finding one that is right for you. Different combined contraceptives (which have both estrogen and progesterone) contain different synthetic forms of the hormones, and you may be more sensitive to some types than others. Alternatively, you can try a low-estrogen contraceptive, which contains a lower dose of estrogen but still allows for a monthly withdrawal bleed.
If you struggle to remember to take your pill each day, or prefer not to swallow tablets, a non-oral form of hormonal contraceptive might be better suited to you. Non-oral hormonal contraceptives include implants (Implanon, Nexplanon), injections (Depo-Provera), and intrauterine devices (IUD, such as Mirena, ParaGard, Skyla, Liletta, Kyleena). The IUD acts locally on the reproductive organs and therefore tends to have fewer side effects and is particularly suited to women who have a history of contradictory health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension.
If you’d rather avoid hormonal contraceptives altogether, you will need to rely on barrier methods of contraception such as the cervical cap (FemCap), and male and female condoms. For more information and advice on which method might be best for you, speak to your doctor or health worker.
It is worth noting that male condoms are the only form of contraception to offer partial protection against STIs.