Understanding How Alyacen Works and Treatment Tips
How Does Alyacen Work?Alyacen belongs to a group of medications known as combined oral contraceptives, the most common type of birth control pill used today. These birth control pills contain a combination of an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone).
Alyacen primarily prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It 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. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
When and How to Take ItSome general considerations to keep in mind while taking Alyacen include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
- Each pack of Alyacen contains 28 pills. Make sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one the next day, even if you are still having your period. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
- You can take Alyacen with or without food. If it seems to bother your stomach, try taking the pills with food.
- It is important to take Alyacen every day and at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
- Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
- For the contraceptive to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.