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What Is Leena Used For?

How Does Leena Work?

Leena belongs to a group of birth control pills known as combined oral contraceptives, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Combined oral contraceptives are the most common type of birth control pills used today.
Leena is also a "triphasic" birth control pill, which means that there are three different "phases" of pills in each pack (plus the last week of tablets that does not contain any hormones). Each phase has a different amount of the progesterone hormone. This is why it is very important to take the pills in the correct order.
Most importantly, the hormones in Leena prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Leena 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. Lastly, Leena alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.

Leena Use in Children and Teens

Leena 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 Leena Uses

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

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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