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What Is Tri-Estarylla Used For?

Tri-Estarylla is mainly prescribed to prevent pregnancy. It can also help treat acne. The medication works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the uterine lining. This generic version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen can also be used for "off-label" reasons as well. Some of the off-label uses for Tri-Estarylla include treating painful or irregular menstrual periods.

An Overview of Uses for Tri-Estarylla

Tri-Estarylla™ (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. In addition to the primary use of preventing pregnancy, it is also approved to treat acne. It is a generic version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen®.

Using Tri-Estarylla for Acne

Acne is a common skin condition. Causes of acne can vary, but many cases are caused or worsened by hormones, particularly male hormones (known medically as androgens). Tri-Estarylla is approved for treating mild-to-moderate acne in women age 15 and older who have started their menstrual period.
Tri-Estarylla is only approved to treat acne in women who also desire to take an oral contraceptive for birth control. If you do not desire contraception, other types of acne treatment may be more appropriate with fewer risks.

Tri-Estarylla Use for Birth Control

Like most birth control pills, Tri-Estarylla offers the following benefits:
  • Lighter and regular menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Relatively easy to use
  • An effective form of birth control
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
Like most birth control pills, Tri-Estarylla falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norgestimate). 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 Tri-Estarylla for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. In addition, Tri-Estarylla does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to this medication to prevent the transmission of STDs.
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