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What Is Quasense Used For?

Quasense is used for women who want to prevent pregnancy and have fewer menstrual periods. This prescription birth control pill allows women to only have a period four times each year. It works by stopping ovulation, changing the cervical mucus, and altering the lining of the uterus. Some possible off-label Quasense uses include treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, acne, and painful menstrual periods.

What Is Quasense Used For? -- An Overview

Quasense™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (oral contraceptive) and is a generic version of Seasonale®. Unlike traditional birth control pills, Quasense is an "extended-cycle" contraceptive, allowing for menstrual periods only once every three months (four periods per year).
 
A variety of different birth control options are available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used birth control methods include:
 
  • Progestin-only contraceptives -- some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
     
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives, which contain a progestin and an estrogen -- most birth control pills, patches, and rings
     
  • Periodic abstinence, sometimes 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
     
  • Barrier contraceptives -- condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and various other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
     
  • Spermicides -- foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, inserts
     
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
     
  • Surgical sterilization -- tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
     
Some methods of birth control fall into more than one category. For instance, the Today® sponge works as both a barrier contraceptive and a spermicide. Quasense falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). Some of the benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives include:
 
  • An effective and relatively easy-to-use form of birth control
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • 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 of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Quasense for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
 
In addition, Quasense does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Quasense to prevent transmission of STDs.
 
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