What Is Orsythia Used For?
Many women choose to use Orsythia because it is an effective, easy-to-use oral contraceptive that offers benefits in addition to preventing pregnancy. The medication works by stopping ovulation; it also thins the cervical mucus and alters the lining of the uterus. Because Orsythia is a combined hormonal contraceptive, you must take it consistently in order for this drug to work properly.
Orsythia™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. As with other birth control pills, Orsythia offers the following benefits in addition to being easy to use and effective:
- Decreased menstrual pain
- More regular, lighter menstrual bleeding
- Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
(Orsythia is equivalent to Alesse®, Aviane®, Falmina™, and Lutera™ birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to these medications.)
Today, women can choose from a large variety of birth control options. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no particular method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
- 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
- Barrier contraceptives: Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
- 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") or vasectomy (for men).
Like most birth control pills, Orsythia 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 of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Orsythia).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. It's important to note that Orsythia does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Orsythia to prevent transmission of STDs.