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Femcon Fe Uses

How Does Femcon Fe Work?

As mentioned, Femcon Fe 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 (norethindrone). The hormones in Femcon Fe 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. Femcon Fe 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.
Like most birth control pills, each pack of Femcon Fe contains 21 active tablets, which contain the hormones, followed by 7 inactive tablets that do not contain any hormones. The last seven tablets do, however, contain iron (the chemical symbol for iron is Fe). The iron may help prevent anemia due to blood loss during your period.

Femcon Fe Uses in Children and Teens

Femcon Fe is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not yet started their first menstrual period.

Off-Label Femcon Fe Uses

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

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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