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How Does This Contraceptive Work?

As mentioned, Vestura is a combination oral contraceptive that contains an estrogen and a progestin. The drug primarily prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
 
However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Vestura alters 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. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 
Vestura is different from traditional birth control pills in two important ways. First, the progestin that it uses (drospirenone) is closely related to spironolactone, a medication used as a diuretic ("water pill"). Drospirenone has anti-androgenic activity, which means that it works against testosterone and other "male" hormones. All women have a small amount of these hormones, which can cause acne and other problems. Also, drospirenone may increase the level of potassium in your blood, which can be a problem for some women.
 
Second, Vestura contains 24 active pills and 4 inactive pills (these do not contain any active ingredients). In comparison, traditional birth control pills have 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills. Having fewer inactive pills seems to decrease some of the bothersome symptoms that occur just before and during your period.
 

Is It Safe for Children to Use Vestura?

Vestura 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.
 

Off-Label Uses for Vestura

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than contraception and acne treatment. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label Vestura uses include treatment of the following conditions:
 
  • PMDD
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
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