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How Does This Contraceptive Work?Philith is a combination oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Combined oral contraceptives are the most common type of birth control pill used today. In general, combined oral contraceptives are more effective than progestin-only birth control pills.
The hormones in Philith primarily prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Philith changes 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.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Philith?Philith is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that it is not approved for use in girls who have not had their first menstrual period.
Off-Label Philith UsesOn occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than contraception. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses for Philith include treatment of the following conditions:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful menstrual periods
- Irregular menstrual periods.