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What Is Camila Used For?

Camila is typically used for preventing pregnancy in women who are breastfeeding or who cannot take estrogens for other reasons. It is a progestin-only pill that is not as effective as combined oral contraceptives, but does not interfere with the quality and quantity of breast milk. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend off-label Camila uses, such as treating painful menstrual periods and heavy menstrual bleeding.

What Is Camila Used For? -- An Overview

Camila® (norethindrone) is an oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. It is a generic version of Nor-QD®. Unlike most other birth control pills, Camila is a progestin-only contraceptive, which means that it contains only a progesterone-like hormone. It does not contain an estrogen hormone. (Most other birth control pills contain both a progestin and an estrogen.) Camila is typically used by women who are breastfeeding or who cannot take estrogens for other reasons.
Today, women can choose from a large variety of different birth control options. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and no particular method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • Periodic abstinence (known as natural family planning or the rhythm method) -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Withdrawal -- Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- Most birth control pills, patches, and rings
  • Progestin-only contraceptives -- Some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or vasectomy (for men).
Unlike most birth control pills, Camila falls into the category of progestin-only contraceptives, as it contains just a progestin and no estrogen. As with almost all methods of birth control, Camila must be used correctly and consistently. In fact, being just a few hours late taking a pill increases your risk of pregnancy. In addition, the drug does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, women are advised to use condoms in addition to Camila to prevent transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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