Demulen Uses

How Does It Work?

As mentioned, Demulen is a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. The hormones in Demulen prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Demulen 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. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.

Demulen Uses in Children and Teens

Demulen 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.

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Demulen?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Demulen for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, some off-label uses of Demulen include treatment of the following conditions:
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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