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Gildagia is a combined oral contraceptive prescribed to prevent pregnancy. This birth control pill contains both an estrogen and a progestin, and works by stopping ovulation, altering the uterine lining, and changing the cervical mucus. Gildagia is not approved for use in girls who have not yet started their menstrual periods.


An Overview of Uses for Gildagia

Gildagia™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive (or simply "the pill"). Gildagia is a generic version of Ovcon® 35.
Like most combined hormonal contraceptive pills, Gildagia offers the following benefits:
  • A very effective, relatively easy-to-use form of birth control
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • Less menstrual pain
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Gildagia falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Combined 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 Gildagia for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently, otherwise they are much less effective. Importantly, Gildagia does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Gildagia to help prevent the transmission of STDs.
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