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How Does Tri-Linyah Work?

Tri-Linyah belongs to a group of medications known as combined oral contraceptives. These birth control pills contain a combination of a progestin (norgestimate) and an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol).
Tri-Linyah primarily prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also prevents pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It 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. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Tri-Linyah is a triphasic birth control pill, which means that there are three different "phases" of pills in each pack, plus the last week of tablets that do not contain any active ingredients. Each week has a different amount of the progesterone hormone. This is why it is important to take the pills in the correct order.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Tri-Linyah include the following:
  • Tri-Linyah comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • You can take Tri-Linyah with or without food. If it seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Each pack of Tri-Linyah contains 28 pills. Make sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one the next day. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
  • It is very important to take the pill every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
  • For Tri-Linyah to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
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