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Nor-QD is used for preventing unplanned pregnancies. It is a progestin-only birth control pill that is most often recommended for women who are breastfeeding or who should not take estrogens for other reasons. Occasionally, it can be used for something other than contraception. Common off-label Nor-QD uses include treatment of painful menstrual periods and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Nor-QD® (norethindrone) is an oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. Unlike most other birth control pills, Nor-QD is a progestin-only contraceptive, which means that it contains only a progesterone-like hormone. It does not contain an estrogen hormone (most other birth control pills contain both a progestin and an estrogen). Nor-QD is typically used by women who are breastfeeding or who cannot take estrogens for other reasons.
(Nor-QD is equivalent to Heather®, Camila®, and Nora-BE® birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to these medications.)
Today, women can choose from a large variety of different birth control options. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and no particular method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control 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 (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
- Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- 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") or vasectomy (for men).
Unlike most birth control pills, Nor-QD falls into the category of progestin-only contraceptives, as it contains just a progestin (there is no estrogen). As with almost all methods of birth control, Nor-QD must be used correctly and consistently. In fact, being just a few hours late taking a pill increases your risk of pregnancy. In addition, the drug does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, women are advised to use condoms in addition to Nor-QD to prevent transmission of STDs.