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What Is Briellyn Used For?

One of many birth control options available today, Briellyn is a type of oral contraceptive. In addition to preventing pregnancy, this medication offers additional benefits, such as lighter menstrual bleeding and regular, predictable periods. Healthcare providers sometimes use Briellyn in an "off-label" manner (prescribing it for an unapproved use), such as for the treatment of irregular periods.

An Introduction to the Uses of Briellyn

Briellyn™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive (or simply "the pill"). It is a generic version of Ovcon® 35.
Birth control pills are a popular form of contraception, for some very good reasons. Like most birth control pills, Briellyn is easy to use, very effective, and also offers the following benefits:
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Fortunately, women have a variety of birth control options available to them today. No one method is right for all women, and each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some are easier to use than others, and some are more effective than others. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- Most birth control pills, patches, and rings
  • Progestin-only contraceptives -- Some birth control pills ("mini-pills"), injections, and implants
  • Periodic abstinence, sometimes known as natural family planning or the rhythm method -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Withdrawal -- Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Briellyn 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. In fact, they are the most common type of birth control pills used today.
In general, combined oral contraceptives are more effective than progestin-only birth control pills. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Briellyn for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently; otherwise, they are much less effective. It's important to note that Briellyn does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Briellyn in order to prevent the transmission of STDs.
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