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Gildess Fe Uses

How Does Gildess Fe Work?

As a combined oral contraceptive, Gildess Fe contains both an estrogen and a progestin. These hormones primarily prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
Gildess Fe also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It 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.
The first 21 tablets in each pack of Gildess Fe contain the active hormones. The last seven tablets do not contain any hormones, but they do contain iron. This may help replace the iron you lose when you have your period, which may help prevent anemia.

Can Children and Teens Use It?

Gildess 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 had their first menstrual period.

Is Gildess Fe Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Gildess Fe for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of Gildess Fe include treatment of the following conditions:
  • Acne
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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