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What Is Amethia Used For?

Amethia is primarily prescribed to prevent pregnancy in women of reproductive age. However, healthcare providers may also recommend "off-label," or unapproved, uses for Amethia. Some of these off-label uses can include the treatment of acne, irregular menstrual periods, and PMDD. This oral birth control pill is different than traditional birth control pills, as women using Amethia will only have four menstrual periods each year.

An Overview of Uses for Amethia

Amethia™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. It is taken by women to prevent pregnancy. Unlike traditional birth control pills, Amethia is an extended-cycle contraceptive. This means that women taking this birth control pill will have only four menstrual periods per year (one every three months).

Pros and Cons of Extended-Cycle Contraception

Extended-cycle birth control pills like Amethia have unique pros and cons, and they are not right for all women. Some women find that having a period every month is reassuring (a way of knowing they are not pregnant). For these women, a traditional birth control pill is preferred.
Also, breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods is more likely to occur with extended-cycle contraceptives, compared to traditional birth control pills. Some women may not like the inconvenience and unpredictability of breakthrough bleeding.
However, because extended-cycle birth control pills allow for fewer periods per year, they may be a good option for women who experience bothersome symptoms during their periods, such as heavy bleeding, menstrual cramps, migraines, moodiness, or other problems.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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