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Gildess Fe Uses

Most women use Gildess Fe to prevent pregnancy. However, healthcare providers may also recommend off-label uses, such as treating heavy, irregular, or painful menstrual periods. Gildess Fe is approved only for females who have started their menstrual periods. This birth control pill works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus.

What Is Gildess Fe Used For?

Gildess® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. Women take this pill on a daily basis to prevent pregnancy.

Using Gildess Fe for Birth Control

Many different birth control options are available today. Each method has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, and no particular method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • 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
  • Periodic abstinence (known as natural family planning or the rhythm method): Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Withdrawal: Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • 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
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Gildess Fe falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone).
Some benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives include:
  • An effective form of birth control (when taken correctly)
  • A contraceptive that is relatively easy to use (not messy or awkward)
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Gildess Fe Warnings and Precautions for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
It is important to know that Gildess Fe does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Gildess Fe to prevent the transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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