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What Is Lessina Used For?

Although Lessina is primarily used for preventing pregnancy, it appears to offer several other benefits as well. For example, it can help lessen menstrual pain, regulate menstrual bleeding, and decrease the risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer. Occasionally, the birth control pill is also used off-label for other purposes. Possible off-label Lessina uses include the treatment of PMDD, acne, and heavy menstrual bleeding.

An Overview on Lessina Uses

Lessina® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. It is a generic version of Levlite®. Compared to older birth control pills, Lessina contains a relatively low dose of hormones. Like most birth control pills, Lessina offers the following benefits, in addition to being very effective and easy to use:
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Today, women can choose from several different forms of birth control. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no particular birth control method is right for all women. Some are more effective than others, and some are easier to use than others. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both very effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or vasectomy (for men)
  • 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
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • 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.
Like most birth control pills, Lessina falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). 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 Lessina for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. Importantly, Lessina does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Lessina (to prevent transmission of STDs).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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