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Approved for use in females who have started their menstrual period, Loryna is a birth control pill that does more than just prevent pregnancy. It also helps treat acne in women who desire contraception. Loryna works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus. Possible "off-label," or unapproved, uses of this contraceptive include treating heavy, irregular, or painful periods.

An Overview of Uses for Loryna

Loryna™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. In addition to being a birth control pill (an oral contraceptive), it is approved to treat acne in women who desire contraception.
The brand-name version of Loryna (Yaz®) is also approved to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Officially, Loryna is approved for preventing pregnancy and for treating acne, but not for treating PMDD. Yaz is approved for all three uses. It is likely that Loryna is not approved for PMDD due to patent issues or other legal issues, not due to safety or effectiveness issues.

Using Loryna for Acne

Acne is a common skin condition. Causes of acne can vary, but many cases are caused or worsened by hormones, particularly male hormones (known medically as androgens).
Drospirenone, one of the hormones in Loryna, works against androgens, which is why Loryna may help treat acne. The contraceptive is appropriate for treating acne in women who also want to take a birth control pill. If you do not desire contraception, other types of acne treatment may be more appropriate.
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