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Quartette Uses

Quartette is used for preventing pregnancy in women of reproductive age. This extended-cycle birth control pill is one of the most common types of oral contraceptives. Although the pill is mainly used to prevent pregnancy, it can also be prescribed off-label for other purposes. This may include treatment of PMDD, irregular menstrual periods, and acne.

What Is Quartette Used For?

Quartette™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (known technically as an oral contraceptive). It is taken by women for the prevention of pregnancy.
Unlike traditional birth control pills, Quartette is an "extended-cycle" contraceptive, allowing for only four menstrual periods per year (one every three months). Unlike earlier versions of extended-cycle contraceptives, Quartette is uniquely designed with four different dosages of ethinyl estradiol throughout the pack, designed to reduce the chance of bleeding between periods (breakthrough bleeding), a common problem with extended-cycle contraceptives.
Quartette falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives because it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives include:
  • A relatively easy-to-use form of contraception
  • A very effective birth control pill
  • Lighter and regular 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 Quartette Warnings and Precautions for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
Keep in mind that Quartette does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Quartette to prevent the transmission of STDs.
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