Femcon Fe is the only birth control pill that is available in a chewable form. This prescription oral contraceptive is particularly useful for women who have difficulty swallowing tablets. There is only one standard dose of Femcon Fe, regardless of your age, weight, or medical conditions. Common side effects of this birth control pill may include menstrual cramps, headaches, and nausea.
What Is Femcon Fe?
Femcon® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive (commonly known as a birth control pill). Femcon Fe is the only chewable birth control pill available. It is particularly useful for women who have difficulty swallowing tablets.
The medication is made by Warner Chilcott Company, Inc.
How Does It Work?
Femcon Fe is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). The hormones in Femcon Fe 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, minor ways. Femcon Fe 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 Femcon Fe contains 21 active tablets, which contain the hormones, followed by 7 inactive tablets that do not contain any hormones. The last seven tablets do, however, contain iron (the chemical symbol for iron is Fe). The iron may help prevent anemia due to blood loss during your period.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Femcon Fe [package insert]. Rockaway, NJ: Warner Chilcott Company, Inc.;2006 September.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed June 16, 2011.
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