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What Is Viorele Used For?

How Does It Work?

Viorele is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (desogestrel). Most importantly, the hormones in Viorele prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
 
However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Viorele 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, Viorele alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 
Most traditional birth control pills have 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. However, the last week of the Viorele pack contains only 2 inactive tablets, plus 5 tablets that contain only ethinyl estradiol. These extra days with ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen) may decrease breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between periods).
 

Is It Safe for Children and Teens to Use Viorele?

This drug 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.
 

What About Off-Label Viorele Uses?

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