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Ortho Evra Uses

How Does Ortho Evra Work?

Ortho Evra slowly and consistently releases hormones (an estrogen and a progestin), which are absorbed into the bloodstream. It primarily works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other minor ways. Ortho Evra alters 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. Ortho Evra also alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.

Ortho Evra Use in Children and Teens

Ortho Evra 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 Ortho Evra Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Ortho Evra for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label Ortho Evra 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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