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What Is Zeosa Used For?

Women who have trouble swallowing tablets but want to take an oral contraceptive can use Zeosa because the drug is meant to be chewed. This combination product prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, but also has other effects that make it a useful form of birth control. The drug also has off-label (unapproved) uses, such as the treatment of acne or irregular menstrual periods.

An Overview of Uses for Zeosa

Zeosa™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. This is a chewable birth control pill. Because it is chewable, Zeosa is especially useful for women who have difficulty swallowing tablets. However, if you prefer, you can swallow the tablets whole.
Like most birth control pills, Zeosa offers the following benefits:
  • An effective, relatively easy-to-use form of birth control
  • Regular, predictable menstrual cycles
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding, which decreases the risk of anemia
  • A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping.
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 methods include:
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives: These contain a progestin and an estrogen and include most birth control pills, patches, and rings
  • Progestin-only contraceptives: Some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
  • Periodic abstinence: Also known as natural family planning or the rhythm method, this involves avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Barrier contraceptives: Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides: Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • Withdrawal: Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or a vasectomy (for men).
Zeosa falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone).
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 Zeosa for more information). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently.
In addition, Zeosa does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Zeosa to prevent the transmission of STDs.

Zeosa Birth Control Information

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