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Why Is Estrostep Prescribed for Acne and How Does It Work?

Estrostep Fe Uses for Acne

Acne is a common skin condition. The causes of acne can vary, but hormones, particularly male hormones (known medically as androgens), may cause many cases of acne. Estrostep Fe is approved for treating moderate acne in women age 15 and older who have started their menstrual periods and who have not responded to topical acne treatments (treatments applied to the skin). Estrostep Fe is only approved to treat acne in women who also desire to take an oral contraceptive for birth control and who plan to stay on the medication for at least six months. If you do not desire contraception, other types of acne treatment may be more appropriate.

How Does Estrostep Fe Work?

As mentioned, Estrostep Fe is a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. The hormones in Estrostep Fe prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Estrostep Fe 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. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Estrostep Fe is known as a triphasic birth control pill, which means that there are three different "phases" of pills in each pack, plus the last week of tablets (which does not contain any hormones). Each week of Estrostep Fe tablets contains a different amount of hormones. This is why it is important to take the pills in the correct order.
Like most birth control pills, each pack of Estrostep Fe contains 21 active tablets, which contain the hormones, followed by seven inactive tablets, which do not contain any hormones. The last seven tablets, however, do contain iron (the chemical symbol for iron is Fe). The iron may help prevent anemia due to blood loss during your period.
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