What Is Tri-Legest Fe Used For?
Tri-Legest Fe is used for preventing pregnancy and for treating acne in women who also desire birth control. It is a prescription birth control pill that works by stopping ovulation, altering the lining of the uterus, and changing the cervical mucus. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Tri-Legest Fe uses, such as treating PMDD and painful menstrual periods.
Tri-Legest® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive, or simply "the pill." It is also approved to treat acne in women.
(Tri-Legest Fe is a generic version of Estrostep® Fe birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to Estrostep Fe.)
Birth control pills are a popular form of contraception, for some very good reasons. Like most birth control pills, Tri-Legest Fe offers the following benefits:
- An effective birth control method (when taken correctly)
- Lighter and more regular menstrual bleeding
- Less menstrual pain and cramping
- Relatively easy to use (not messy or awkward)
- A decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
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 (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- Most birth control pills, patches, and rings
- Progestin-only contraceptives -- Some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
- Periodic abstinence (known as natural family planning or the rhythm method) -- 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, 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).
Tri-Legest Fe falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, 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 Tri-Legest Fe for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently; otherwise, they are much less effective. In addition, Tri-Legest Fe does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). As a result, in many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Tri-Legest Fe to prevent the transmission of STDs.