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Although Apri is approved for preventing pregnancy, it may also be used off-label for treating acne, PMDD, and painful menstrual periods. This prescription birth control pill works in several ways -- it stops ovulation, alters the cervical mucus, and changes the lining of the uterus. Apri uses provide several benefits, such as lessening menstrual pain, causing lighter and regular menstrual bleeding, and decreasing the risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer.
What Is Apri Used For? -- An OverviewApri® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive, and is a generic version of Desogen®. Like most birth control pills, Apri offers the following benefits:
- A relatively easy-to-use form of contraception
- A very effective birth control pill
- Lighter and regular menstrual bleeding
- Less menstrual pain
- A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
- 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
- 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
- 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).