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Philith is prescribed for preventing pregnancy in women of reproductive age. There may also be times where a healthcare provider will prescribe Philith for unapproved ("off-label") uses, such as for the treatment of heavy menstrual periods, irregular menstrual periods, and painful menstrual periods. This generic version of Ovcon 35 works by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and uterine lining.
An Overview of Uses for PhilithPhilith™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, known technically as an oral contraceptive. It is a generic version of Ovcon® 35.
Using Philith for Birth ControlA 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).
Philith falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone).
Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. In addition to being easy to use and effective, Philith 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).
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 Philith for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
It is important to know that Philith does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Philith to prevent transmission of STDs.