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Desogen Uses

How Does Desogen Work?

Desogen is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (desogestrel). The hormones in Desogen primarily work to 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. Desogen 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. Desogen also alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Like most birth control pills, each pack of Desogen contains 21 days of active pills (that contain the hormones), followed by 7 days of inactive pills (that do not contain any active ingredients). This gives your body a break from the hormones, causing you to have a period.

Desogen Use in Children and Teens

Desogen 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 Desogen Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Desogen for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label Desogen uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Acne
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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