Kelnor Uses

How Does Kelnor Work?

Kelnor is a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones: an estrogen and a progestin. Combined oral contraceptives are the most common type of birth control pill used today. Generally, combined oral contraceptives are more effective than progestin-only birth control pills.
The hormones in Kelnor 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. Kelnor 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.

Kelnor Uses in Children and Teens

Kelnor 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.

Off-Label Kelnor Uses

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

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