How Cryselle Works and Treatment Tips
Cryselle is categorized as a combined oral contraceptive, the most common type of birth control pill. Combined oral contraceptives contain a combination of two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen and a progestin. The hormones in Cryselle prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
Cryselle also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. It alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo. It also 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.
General considerations to keep in mind when using Cryselle include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
- It is important to take Cryselle every day and at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be 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.
- Each pack of Cryselle contains 28 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
- You can take Cryselle with or without food. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- 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 medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Cryselle will not work if you stop taking it.