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Pirmella is prescribed to prevent pregnancy. As a "combined contraceptive," this birth control pill works by combining a progestin hormone and an estrogen hormone. Women can also use Pirmella for other reasons, such as treating acne, heavy menstrual bleeding, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. However, these are off-label (unapproved) uses.


An Overview of Pirmella Uses

Pirmella™ (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) is a generic oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. It comes in two forms, Pirmella 1/35 (which is a generic version of Ortho-Novum® 1/35) and Pirmella 7/7/7 (which is a generic version of Ortho-Novum 7/7/7).
Pirmella 1/35 is a monophasic birth control pill. Pirmella 7/7/7 is a triphasic birth control pill. "Monophasic" means that there is only one dose of hormones throughout the pack (plus the inactive tablets at the end). "Triphasic" means that there are three different phases, with three different hormone doses, in each pack (plus the inactive tablets at the end).
Like most birth control pills, Pirmella 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. Like most birth control pills, Pirmella is easy to use, effective, and also offers the following benefits:
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain
  • A decreased risk of ovarian 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 Pirmella for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, Pirmella must be used correctly and consistently in order to prevent 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 Pirmella to prevent the transmission of STDs.
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