Lo/Ovral Uses

How Does Lo/Ovral Work?

Lo/Ovral is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones: an estrogen and a progestin. The hormones in Lo/Ovral 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, less important ways. Lo/Ovral 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.
Like most birth control pills, each pack of Lo/Ovral contains 21 days of active pills (they contain the hormones), followed by 7 days of inactive pills with no active ingredients. This gives your body a break from the hormones, causing you to have a period.

Lo/Ovral Uses in Children and Teens

Lo/Ovral 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 Lo/Ovral Uses

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

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