As a combined oral contraceptive, Alesse® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) can help prevent pregnancy. It contains both an estrogen and a progestin, and works mainly by preventing ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). It also works by altering the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus.
Alesse comes in tablet form and is taken once daily. It is important to take these pills consistently, as missing doses can increase your risk for pregnancy. Make sure you know what to do if you miss any pills, as you may need to use a backup method of birth control.
Although it is generally well tolerated, this birth control pill is not suitable for everyone. Before using Alesse, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have problems such as depression, diabetes, or a history of blood clots.
(Click Alesse for more information on using this birth control pill. Topics discussed in this article include how this contraceptive works, tips on how to use it, and safety issues to be aware of before taking it.)
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 December 27, 2007.
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