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What Is Tri-Linyah Used For?

Tri-Linyah is a prescription birth control pill that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the uterine lining. It can also help treat acne. This generic version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen can also be used for "off-label" reasons as well. Some of the off-label uses for Tri-Linyah include treating irregular menstrual periods or heavy menstrual bleeding.

An Overview of Uses for Tri-Linyah

Tri-Linyah® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that is approved to treat acne in addition to the "normal" use of preventing pregnancy. It is a generic version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen®.
 

Using Tri-Linyah for Birth Control

A variety of different birth control options are available today. While each method has its advantages and disadvantages, no particular one is right for all women. Some of the most common methods include:
 
  • 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
 
  • Periodic abstinence: Also known as natural family planning or the rhythm method, this involves avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
 
  • Withdrawal: Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
 
  • 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
 
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
 
  • Surgical sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied," for women) or a vasectomy (for men).
 
Tri-Linyah falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norgestimate). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk for blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Precautions and Warnings With Tri-Linyah for more information).
 
In addition to being easy to use and effective, Tri-Linyah offers the following benefits:
 
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
  • Regular, predictable menstrual periods
  • A lower risk of ovarian cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
 
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. It is also important to know that Tri-Linyah does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Tri-Linyah to prevent transmission of STDs.
 
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