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How Does This Contraceptive Work?

Generess Fe is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). The hormones in Generess Fe prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
Generess Fe also works to prevent 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 (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
The first 24 tablets in each pack of Generess Fe contain the active hormones. The last 4 tablets do not contain any hormones, but they do contain iron. The chemical symbol for iron is Fe. This iron may help replace the iron you lose when you have your period, which may help prevent anemia.

Is It Safe for Children and Teens?

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

Off-Label Uses for Generess Fe

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Generess Fe for something other than contraception. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of this product include the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Acne
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Various other problems, such as polycystic ovary disease (PCOS).
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