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Marlissa is a prescription birth control pill that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the uterine lining. This generic version of Nordette can also be used for "off-label," or unapproved, reasons as well. Some of the off-label uses for Marlissa include treating acne, irregular menstrual periods, or heavy menstrual bleeding. This contraceptive is approved for women of reproductive age.

An Overview of Uses for Marlissa

Marlissa™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive, also known as a birth control pill (or simply "the pill"). It is a generic version of Nordette®.
 

Using Marlissa for Birth Control

A variety of different birth control options are available today. While each method has its advantages and disadvantages, no particular one is right for all women. Some of the most common methods include:
 
  • Barrier contraceptives: Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
 
  • Spermicides: Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
 
  • Periodic abstinence: Also 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
 
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives: These contain a progestin and an estrogen and include 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," for women) or a vasectomy (for men).
 
Marlissa falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk for blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Marlissa for more information).
 
In addition to being easy to use and effective, Marlissa offers the following benefits:
 
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • A lower risk of ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
 
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. It is also important to know that Marlissa does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Marlissa to prevent transmission of STDs.
 
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