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What Is Daysee Used For?

Daysee is used for birth control primarily, but it can also be prescribed off-label to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder, heavy menstrual bleeding, and irregular menstrual periods. This birth control pill works by stopping ovulation, altering the uterine lining, and changing the cervical mucus. Daysee is not approved for girls who have not yet started their menstrual periods.

An Overview of Uses for Daysee

Daysee™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (oral contraceptive). Unlike traditional birth control pills, Daysee is an "extended-cycle" contraceptive, allowing for menstrual periods only once every three months (four periods per year), instead of once every month. Daysee is a generic version of Seasonale®.
 
Extended-cycle birth control pills such as Daysee have unique benefits and downsides. Because this type of contraceptive allows for fewer periods per year, it may be a good option for women who experience bothersome symptoms during their period, such as heavy bleeding, menstrual cramps, migraines, moodiness, or other problems.
 
However, extended-cycle contraceptives are not right for all women. Some women find that having a period every month is reassuring (a way of knowing that 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.
 
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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