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What Is Portia Used For?

How Does Portia Work?

The hormones in Portia prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). It also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. Portia 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 (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Like most birth control pills, each pack of Portia contains 21 days of active pills (that contain the hormones), followed by 7 days of inactive pills (with no active ingredients). This gives your body a break from the hormones, causing you to have a period.

Portia Use in Children and Teens

Portia 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 Portia Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Portia for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label Portia uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Acne
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Portia is also sometimes used off-label for emergency contraception (as a "morning after" birth control). Do not use Portia for this use without consulting your healthcare provider, as you will need specific instructions.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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