Like most birth control pills, Altavera offers the following benefits:
- An effective form of birth control (when taken correctly)
- A contraceptive that is relatively easy to use (not messy or awkward)
- Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
- Less menstrual pain and cramping
- A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Like most birth control pills, Altavera falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take combined hormonal contraceptives (see Altavera Warnings and Precautions for more information)
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. More importantly, Altavera does not protect against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV
) or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Altavera to prevent transmission of STDs.