Femcon Fe Uses

Femcon Fe is the only prescription birth control pill that comes in the form of a chewable tablet, which can be useful for women who have difficulty swallowing tablets. The drug works in several ways: It stops ovulation, alters the cervical mucus, and changes the lining of the uterus. There are also several off-label Femcon Fe uses, such as treating painful menstrual periods and controlling heavy menstrual bleeding.

Femcon Fe Uses: An Overview

Femcon® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. Femcon Fe is the only chewable birth control pill currently available. Like most birth control pills, Femcon Fe offers the following benefits:
  • An effective, relatively easy-to-use form of birth control
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding (which decreases the risk of anemia)
  • Regular, predictable menstrual cycles
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping.
Because it is chewable, Femcon Fe is especially useful for women who have difficulty swallowing tablets. If you prefer, you can also swallow the tablets whole.
A variety of different birth control options are available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used 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 (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 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 effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Femcon Fe falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone).
Combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Femcon Fe Warnings and Precautions for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. In addition, Femcon Fe does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Femcon Fe to prevent the transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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