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How Does Ortho-Cyclen Work?

Ortho-Cyclen is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norgestimate). Most importantly, the hormones in Ortho-Cyclen prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. Ortho-Cyclen 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. Lastly, Ortho-Cyclen alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 

Ortho-Cyclen Use in Children and Teens

Ortho-Cyclen 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 yet.
 

Off-Label Ortho-Cyclen Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Ortho-Cyclen for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label Ortho-Cyclen uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
 
  • Acne
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
     
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