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What Is Leena Used For?

Leena is used for preventing pregnancy in adult and adolescent females who have started their menstrual periods. This prescription birth control pill works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus. Possible off-label Leena uses include treating acne, painful or irregular menstrual periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

What Is Leena Used For?

Leena® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. Like most birth control pills, Leena is easy to use, very effective, and also offers the following benefits:
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
(Leena is a generic version of Tri-Norinyl® and is also equivalent to Aranelle™ birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)
Fortunately, women have a variety of different birth control options available to them today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. 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, sometimes known as natural family planning or the rhythm method -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • 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
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both very effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Like most birth control pills, Leena falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). 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 combined hormonal contraceptives (see Precautions and Warnings With Leena 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. It's important to note that Leena does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Leena, in order to prevent the transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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