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Brevicon Uses

The primary use of Brevicon is to prevent pregnancy. However, there are also several "off-label" Brevicon uses, such as treating acne, heavy menstrual bleeding, and painful menstrual periods. This contraceptive works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus. It is only approved for use in adult and adolescent females who have started their menstrual periods.

What Is Brevicon Used For?

Brevicon® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive (or simply "the pill"). Birth control pills are a popular form of contraception, for some very good reasons. Like most birth control pills, Brevicon is easy to use, very effective, and also offers the following benefits:
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, they may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take birth control pills (see Brevicon Warnings and Precautions for more information).
Fortunately, women have a variety of different birth control options available to them today. No one birth control method is right for all women, and each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some are easier to use than others, and some are more effective than others. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- Most birth control pills (including Brevicon), patches, and rings
  • Progestin-only contraceptives -- Some birth control pills ("mini-pills"), injections, and implants
  • Periodic abstinence, sometimes known as natural family planning or the rhythm method -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • Withdrawal -- Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both very effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently, otherwise they are much less effective. Importantly, Brevicon does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Brevicon (to prevent the transmission of STDs).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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