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Although mainly used to prevent pregnancy, Amethyst is sometimes prescribed for other reasons, such as the treatment of acne or heavy menstrual periods. This medication works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus. Because it is specifically designed without any inactive pills, Amethyst allows women to not have any menstrual period at all.
Amethyst™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (known technically as an oral contraceptive). It is taken by women for the prevention of pregnancy. Unlike traditional birth control pills, Amethyst is taken every single day, with no inactive tablets, eliminating regular monthly periods.
It is important to note that Amethyst does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Amethyst to prevent the transmission of STDs.
A variety of different birth control options are available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used methods include:
- Periodic abstinence: Sometimes known as natural family planning or the rhythm method, this involves avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
- Withdrawal: Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
- Barrier contraceptives: Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
- Spermicides: Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, inserts
- Combined hormonal contraceptives: These contain a progestin and an estrogen and includes most birth control pills, patches, and rings
- Progestin-only contraceptives: Some birth control pills ("mini-pills"), injections, and implants
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs): Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
- Surgical sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Amethyst falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). 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 Amethyst for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.