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Nortrel Uses

How Does Nortrel Work?

Nortrel is a combined oral contraceptive, the most common type of birth control pill used today. It is a combined oral contraceptive because it contains a combination of two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Most importantly, the hormones in Nortrel prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
Nortrel also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Nortrel 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. Lastly, Nortrel alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.

Nortrel Use in Children and Teens

Nortrel is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not yet had their first menstrual period.

Off-Label Nortrel Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Nortrel for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label Nortrel uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Acne
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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