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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this contraceptive if you have:
 
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Marlissa to learn more, including information on who should not take Marlissa.)
 

How Does Marlissa Work?

Marlissa belongs to a group of medications known as combined oral contraceptives. These birth control pills contain a combination of a progestin (levonorgestrel) and an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol).
 
Marlissa primarily prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It alters 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.
 
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