How Does Altavera Work?
The hormones in Altavera
prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). It also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Altavera changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. It also alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Like most birth control pills
, each pack of Altavera contains 21 days of active pills (that contain the hormones), followed by 7 days of inactive pills (that do not contain any active ingredients). This gives your body a break from the hormones, causing you to have a period.
Can Children and Teens Use It?
Altavera is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not yet had their first menstrual period.
Is Altavera Used Off-Label?
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend using Altavera for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label
" use. At this time, off-label uses of Altavera include the treatment of the following conditions:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful menstrual periods
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Altavera is also sometimes used off-label for emergency contraception (as a "morning after" birth control). Do not use Altavera for this purpose without consulting your healthcare provider, as you will need specific instructions.