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What Is Alyacen Used For?

Available by prescription only, Alyacen is a birth control pill that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and uterine lining. Alyacen comes in two formulations, which are both generic versions of Ortho-Novum. In addition to providing contraception, there are also some "off-label" uses for Alyacen, such as treating painful or irregular menstrual periods.

An Overview of Alyacen Uses

Alyacen™ (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) is a generic oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. There are actually two different types of Alyacen available:
 
  • Alyacen 7/7/7, a triphasic birth control pill (generic for Ortho-Novum® 7/7/7)
  • Alyacen 1/35, a monophasic birth control pill (generic for Ortho-Novum 1/35).
 
"Monophasic" means that there is only one dose of hormones throughout the pack. "Triphasic" means that there are three different phases, with three different hormone doses, in each pack.
 

Alyacen Uses for Birth Control

A variety of different birth control options are available today. While each method has its advantages and disadvantages, no particular one is right for all women. Some of the most common methods include:
 
  • Barrier contraceptives: Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
 
  • Spermicides: Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
 
  • Periodic abstinence: Also known as natural family planning or the rhythm method, this involves avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
 
  • Withdrawal: Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
 
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives: These contain a progestin and an estrogen, and include most birth control pills, patches, and rings
 
  • Progestin-only contraceptives: Some birth control pills ("mini-pills"), injections, and implants
 
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
 
  • Surgical sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied," for women) or a vasectomy (for men).
 
Alyacen falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk for blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Alyacen for more information).
 
In addition to being easy to use and effective, Alyacen offers the following benefits:
 
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • A lower risk of ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
 
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. It is also important to know that Alyacen does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Alyacen to prevent transmission of STDs.
 

Alyacen Birth Control Information

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