How Does Brevicon Work?
is a "combined" oral contraceptive
, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Combined oral contraceptives are the most common type of birth control pills
used today. Generally, combined oral contraceptives are more effective than progestin-only birth control pills.
Most importantly, the hormones in Brevicon prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Brevicon 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. Lastly, Brevicon alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Brevicon Use in Children and Teens
Brevicon 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.
Off-Label Brevicon Uses
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Brevicon for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label
" use. At this time, some off-label Brevicon uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful menstrual periods
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
- Irregular menstrual periods.