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More Details on Loryna's Indications

How Does This Contraceptive Work?

Loryna prevents pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It 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.
 
Loryna is different from traditional birth control pills in two important ways. First, the progesterone that Loryna uses (drospirenone) is closely related to spironolactone, a medication used as a diuretic ("water pill"). Drospirenone has anti-androgenic activity, which means that it works against testosterone and other "male" hormones. All women have a small amount of these "male" hormones that can cause acne and other problems.
 
In addition, drospirenone may increase the level of potassium in your blood, which can be a problem for some women.
 
Second, Loryna contains 24 active pills and 4 inactive pills (which have no active ingredients), compared to traditional birth control pills, which have 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills. Having fewer inactive pills seems to decrease some of the bothersome symptoms that occur just before and during your period.
 

Is It Safe for Children and Teens?

Loryna is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not yet had their first menstrual period.
 

Can It Be Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than contraception. This would be known as an "off-label" use. At this time, Loryna is used off-label to treat the following conditions:
 
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
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