Other Brand Names Containing the Same Estrogen and Progestin
Alesse, Enpresse, Lessina, Levlen, Levlite, Levora, Lutera, Lybrel, Nordette, Portia, Sronyx, Tri-Levlen, Triphasil, Trivora
Other Brands of Birth Control that Contain the Progestin Levonorgestrel
Emergency Contraceptives: Plan B, Plan B One Step, Next Choice
Monophasic: Alesse, Aviane, Lessina, Levlen, Levora, Lutera, Lybrel, Nordette, Portia, Sronyx
Multiphasic: Enpresse, Levlite, Tri-Levlen, Triphasil, Trivora
Extended Cycle Pills: Jolessa, LoSeasonique, Quasense, Seasonique
Non-pill Methods: Mirena (IUD)
What Makes it Different
- Seasonale is an Extended Cycle pill. Seasonale allows women to have only four periods a year, with each period lasting only three days.
- All brands, including Seasonale, containing the progestin levonorgestrel have been FDA approved for use as an Emergency Contraceptive.
- Before using Seasonale as Emergency Contraception, speak to a healthcare professional.
- To use Seasonale as an Emergency Contraceptive, take all pills no more than 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex. It is most effective when taken within 72 hours (three days).
- Dosage for emergency contraception: take four pink pills and, exactly 12 hours later, take another four pink pills.
How it Works
Seasonale (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) is a combination of the female hormones estrogen and progestin, which prevent pregnancy in three ways. First, the hormones prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from one of the ovaries). Seasonale also causes the cervical mucus to thicken, blocking sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. Lastly, the hormones prevent the uterine lining from thickening, making it less hospitable to implantation.
Oral contraceptives are only to be utilized as a form of birth control. The Pill does not protect against the transmission of HIV (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
How to Use
You will take your first pill on the first day of your period or the first Sunday after your period has begun. Use Seasonale as your healthcare provider has instructed. Do not take more often or for longer than your healthcare provider mandates.
If you miss a dose of Seasonale, your risk of pregnancy will be increased. There are ways to make up for missing a pill that will maintain the effectiveness of the birth control. For further instruction, contact with your healthcare provider immediately upon realizing you’ve missed one or more pills.
Seasonale has been shown to prevent pregnancy in over 99% of situations when it is the only birth control method utilized and when Seasonale is used exactly as directed.
Most birth control pills cost $15-50 per pack.
Seasonale is an Extended Cycle pill. Extended cycle pills allow women to have only four periods a year. Additionally, each period should only last three days. Many women enjoy the convenience of fewer periods.
All birth control pills, Seasonale included, have also been shown to possibly have the following benefits:
- Menstrual cycle may become more regular, and blood flow may become lighter (reducing the chances of anemia)
- Cramps or other pain during menstruation may become less intense and/or frequent
- Noncancerous cysts or lumps in the breast may occur less frequently
- Ectopic pregnancies may occur with less frequency
- Acute pelvic inflammatory disease may occur less frequently
Seasonale, like all birth control pills, can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attack, especially for women who smoke and/or are older than 35. Women taking oral contraceptives should not smoke.
Possible side effects include
- Mild Nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps
- Headache, nervousness, dizziness or tired feeling
- Changes in menstrual period
- Decreased sex drive
- Breast pain, swelling or tenderness
- Increased hair growth or loss of scalp hair
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Freckles or darkening of facial skin
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Problems with contact lenses
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