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Levlite Uses

Levlite is used for preventing pregnancy. Not only is this form of birth control very effective, but it also lessens menstrual pain, regulates menstrual bleeding, and decreases the risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer. Healthcare providers can occasionally recommend off-label Levlite uses, such as for treating acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

What Is Levlite Used For?

Levlite® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. Compared to older birth control pills, Levlite contains a relatively low dose of hormones. Like most birth control pills, Levlite offers the following benefits, in addition to being very effective and easy to use:
 
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
     
(Levlite is equivalent to Lessina® and Sronyx™ birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to both of these medications.)
 
Today, women can choose from several different forms of birth control. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no particular birth control method is right for all women. Some are more effective than others, and some are easier to use than others. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
 
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both very effective and reversible
     
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or vasectomy (for men)
     
  • 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
     
  • 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
     
  • 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.
     
Like most birth control pills, Levlite falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take combined hormonal contraceptives (see Levlite Warnings and Precautions for more information).
 
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. Importantly, Levlite does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Levlite (to prevent transmission of STDs).
 
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