What Is Viorele Used For?

Viorele is taken for birth control primarily, but it can also be prescribed for off-label uses, such as treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, heavy menstrual bleeding, and irregular menstrual periods. This birth control pill works by stopping ovulation, altering the uterine lining, and changing the cervical mucus. Viorele is not approved for use in girls who have not yet started their menstrual periods.


An Overview of Uses for Viorele

Viorele™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. It is a generic version of Mircette®. Viorele is classified as a combined hormonal contraceptive, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (desogestrel).
Like most combined hormonal contraceptive pills, Viorele offers the following benefits:
  • An effective, relatively easy to use, non-messy form of birth control
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • A decreased risk of ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should use this form of contraception (see Precautions and Warnings With Viorele). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
Importantly, Viorele does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Viorele to prevent the transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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