What Is Lybrel Used For?
™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill
(known technically as an oral contraceptive
). Lybrel is taken by women for the prevention of pregnancy. Unlike traditional birth control pills, Lybrel is taken every single day (with no inactive tablets), eliminating regular monthly periods.
There are a variety of different birth control options available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
- 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
- Barrier contraceptives -- condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
- Spermicides -- foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, inserts
- 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
- 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).
Lybrel falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take combined hormonal contraceptives (see Lybrel Warnings and Precautions for more information)
. As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
It is important to note that Lybrel does not protect against HIV
or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Lybrel (to prevent the transmission of STDs).