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Kariva is used for preventing pregnancy. It is a prescription birth control pill that works by stopping ovulation, changing the lining of the uterus, and altering the cervical mucus. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Kariva uses, such as treating acne, PMDD, and painful menstrual periods.
What Is Kariva Used For?Kariva® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. It is also a generic version of Mircette®. Like most birth control pills, Kariva offers the following benefits:
- A very effective, relatively easy to use form of birth control
- Lighter menstrual bleeding
- Regular menstrual cycles
- Less menstrual pain
- A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
There are a variety of different birth control options 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 birth control methods include:
- Progestin-only contraceptives -- some birth control pills ("mini-pills"), injections, and implants
- Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- most birth control pills, patches, and rings
- 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
- 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
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- implanted devices that are both very effective and reversible
- Surgical sterilization -- tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Some methods of birth control fall into more than one category. For instance, the Today® sponge works as both a barrier contraceptive and a spermicide. Kariva falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (desogestrel).
However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should use this form of contraception (see Precautions and Warnings With Kariva for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. Importantly, Kariva does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Kariva (to prevent the transmission of STDs).