Ultra-Low-Dose Birth Control For Lighter Periods
The oral contraeptive Aviane, generic Alesse, contains 0.10mg (10 micrograms) of the progestin levonorgestrel and 0.02mg (micrograms) of ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen).
There are 3 categories of COC: standard dose, low-dose, and ultra-low-dose. A standard dose birth control pill may have between 35-40 micrograms of estrogen. Birth control pills that have 35 micrograms or less of estrogen are considered “low dose”. Ultra-low-dose birth control pills contain 20 micrograms or less of estrogen.
What Are The Benefits of Low Estrogen Birth Control Pills?
Low-dose and ultra-low-dose birth control pills may be more tolerable for women who have had side effects from higher doses of estrogen in other birth control pills. Women can expect lighter periods with low-dose and ultra-low-dose birth control pills.
How Do Combination Birth Control Pills work?
Because Aviane contains a combination of two hormones (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol), it is considered a combination oral contraceptive (COC). It’s also classifieds as “monophasic,” because hormone level in each active pill remains the same throughout the cycle.
The active ingredients are synthetic sex hormones referred to as progestins and estrogens. They are lab-created so that they retain some of the properties of the hormones made by the body. These isolated, lab-created sex hormones help prevent pregnancy. Natural progesterone and estrogen created by the body support pregnancy.
Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol Effectiveness
The form of progestin and estrogen in generic Alesse and other combination birth control pills are about 91% effective when taken as instructed, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)
How Does Alesse Prevent Pregnancy?
Generic Alesse and all birth control pills prevent ovulation. If the ovaries succeed in egg release, the birth control pills prevent maturation of the egg. Another mechanic of action is thickening of cervical mucus. This makes it difficult for sperm to reach the egg. The other action is the prevention of uterine lining thickening. A thin uterine lining is not suitable for egg attachment.
What Are Off-Label Uses For Generic Alesse?
- Regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce heavy bleeding
- Reduce pain during the menstrual cycle
- Reduce risk for developing ovarian cysts
- Reduce risk for developing ovarian and uterine cancer
- Reduce acne breakouts
- Lower frequency of experiencing pelvic inflammatory disease
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