What Is Estarylla Used For?

Estarylla is a product prescribed to prevent pregnancy. As a "combined contraceptive," this birth control pill works by combining a progestin and an estrogen. Estarylla can also be used for other reasons, such as treating acne, heavy menstrual bleeding, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. However, these are off-label (unapproved) uses.


An Overview of Estarylla Uses

Estarylla™ (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (also known as an oral contraceptive). It is a generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®. Like most birth control pills, Estarylla offers the following benefits:
  • An easy and effective birth control method, although you must remember to take it every day
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping for many women
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding for many women
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Estarylla falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both a progestin (norgestimate) and an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk for blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Estarylla for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently in order to prevent pregnancy. More importantly, Estarylla does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Therefore, in many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Estarylla to prevent the transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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