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Kelnor Uses

Kelnor is used for preventing pregnancy in adult and adolescent females of reproductive age. It prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, as well as by altering the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus. Healthcare providers may also sometimes recommend off-label Kelnor uses, such as treating acne, painful menstrual periods, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Kelnor Uses: An Overview

Kelnor™ (ethynodiol diacetate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive (or simply "the pill"). It is a generic version of Demulen®, a brand-name birth control pill that is no longer available.
Birth control pills are a popular form of contraception, for some very good reasons. Like most birth control pills, Kelnor offers the following benefits:
  • 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).
Fortunately, women have a variety of different birth control options available to them today. No one method will be right for all women, and each particular method has its advantages and disadvantages. Some are easier to use than others, and some are more effective than others. Some of the most commonly used birth control 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 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).
Kelnor falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (ethynodiol diacetate). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Kelnor Warnings and Precautions for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently; otherwise, they are much less effective. In addition, Kelnor does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, women are advised to use condoms in addition to Kelnor to prevent the transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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