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What Is Enpresse Used For?

Enpresse is used for preventing pregnancy. It is a combined oral contraceptive, which is one of the most common types of birth control pill. Besides preventing pregnancy, Enpresse also appears to be useful for reducing menstrual pain and regulating menstrual bleeding. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend off-label Enpresse uses, such as for treating acne, PMDD, and irregular periods.

An Introduction to Enpresse Uses

Enpresse® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. It is a generic version of Triphasil®. Birth control pills are a popular form of contraception, for some very good reasons. Like most birth control pills, Enpresse offers the following benefits:
  • Very effective birth control (when taken correctly)
  • Relatively easy to use (not messy or awkward)
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Women can choose from a variety of different birth control options available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no particular birth control method will be right for all women. Some are easier to use than others, and some are more effective than others. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • 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
  • Periodic abstinence, sometimes known as natural family planning or the rhythm method -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • Withdrawal -- Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both very effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or vasectomy (for men).
Enpresse falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take combined hormonal contraceptives (see Precautions and Warnings With Enpresse for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently, otherwise they will be much less effective. More importantly, Enpresse does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As a result, in many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Enpresse (to prevent transmission of STDs).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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