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How Does Zarah Work?

Zarah prevents pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Zarah 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. Lastly, Zarah alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 
Zarah is different from traditional birth control pills in an important way. The progesterone 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 "male" hormones that 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.
 

Zarah Use in Children and Teens

This medication is approved for use in women of reproductive age. This means that Zarah is not approved for use in girls who have not yet had their first menstrual period.
 

Can It Be Used Off-Label?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than contraception. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of Zarah include treatment of the following conditions:
 
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Acne (see Yasmin and Acne)
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
     
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