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Ortho-Novum and Other Birth Control Options

Ortho-Novum Uses for Birth Control

Like most birth control pills, Ortho-Novum 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).
     
As with almost all methods of birth control, Ortho-Novum must be used correctly and consistently in order to prevent pregnancy. In addition, it does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, women are advised to use condoms in addition to Ortho-Novum to prevent the transmission of STDs.
 
Today, women can choose from a large variety of different birth control options. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no particular birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used methods include:
 
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block sperm from entering the uterus
     
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
     
  • Periodic abstinence (known as natural family planning or the rhythm method) -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
     
  • Withdrawal -- Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
     
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- 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 a vasectomy (for men).
     
Like most birth control pills, Ortho-Novum falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol or mestranol, depending on the product) and a progestin (norethindrone). 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 Ortho-Novum Warnings and Precautions for more information).
 
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