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Jolessa Uses

Many women use Jolessa because it is designed to prevent pregnancy while allowing for them to have only four periods a year. This birth control pill works by combining a progestin and an estrogen (this is why it is referred to as a "combined contraceptive"). This product is also used for reasons other than preventing pregnancy, such as treating acne and PMDD.

What Is Jolessa Used For?

Jolessa™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is an "extended cycle" birth control pill (oral contraceptive). Unlike traditional monthly birth control pills, each pack of Jolessa lasts for 91 days, allowing for menstrual periods only once every three months (four periods per year).
A variety of different birth control options are available today. Each particular method has its advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used methods include:
  • Progestin-only contraceptives: Some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen): Most birth control pills, patches, and rings
  • Periodic abstinence, sometimes 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
  • Barrier contraceptives: Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides: Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, inserts
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or vasectomy (for men).
Some methods of birth control fall into more than one category. For instance, the Today® sponge works as both a barrier contraceptive and a spermicide. Jolessa falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives include:
  • Effective and relatively easy to use
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • Less menstrual pain
  • 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 Jolessa Warnings and Precautions for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
It's important to note that Jolessa does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Jolessa to prevent STD transmission.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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