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What Is Levonest Used For?

The main use of Levonest is to prevent pregnancy. However, this pill has other benefits as well, such as reducing your risk of certain types of cancer. Levonest is a "combined" hormonal contraceptive (it contains both an estrogen and a progestin). These hormones work together to stop ovulation, alter the cervical mucus, and make the lining of the uterus less receptive to an embryo.

An Introduction to Uses for Levonest

Levonest™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. It is a generic version of Triphasil®. Birth control pills are a popular form of contraception, for some very good reasons. Like most birth control pills, Levonest offers the following benefits:
  • Relatively easy to use (not messy or awkward)
  • Very effective (when taken correctly)
  • Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Birth controls pills are popular, but they are not the only form of birth control available to women. Women can choose from a variety of different birth control options available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no particular method will be right for all women. Some are easier to use than others, and some are more effective than others.
Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 vasectomy (for men).
Levonest 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.
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 Levonest for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently; otherwise, they will be much less effective. More importantly, Levonest does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As a result, in many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Levonest to prevent transmission of STDs.
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