What Is Enpresse Used For?

How Does Enpresse Work?

Enpresse is a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Combined oral contraceptives are the most commonly used type of birth control pills. Generally, combined oral contraceptives are more effective than progestin-only birth control pills.
Most importantly, the hormones in Enpresse prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, the pill also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. Enpresse 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. Lastly, Enpresse alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Enpresse is known as a triphasic birth control pill, which means that there are three different "phases" of pills in each pack (plus the last week of tablets with no active ingredients). Each week has a different amount of  hormones. This is why it is very important to take the pills in the correct order.

Enpresse Use in Children and Teens

Enpresse 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 Enpresse Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Enpresse for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, some off-label Enpresse 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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