Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, are used to prevent pregnancy. Some birth control pills are also used to treat acne, reduce premenstrual symptoms, and regulate the menstrual cycle, among other uses. All oral contraceptives contain the hormone progesterone, and most also contain estrogen, both of which are hormones involved in regulating the menstrual cycle.
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Written by Patrick Moser, FNP-BC
Information last reviewed 06/21/19
Loryna is a combined oral contraceptive which contains both estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol) and progesterone (Drospirenone). Commonly referred to as “the pill,” it is a common and effective method of preventing pregnancy. Loryna is also prescribed for the treatment of acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
The naturally occurring hormones in Loryna, estrogen and progesterone, work to prevent pregnancy through three actions. Loryna suppresses ovulation, thickens the mucus lining the cervix, or entrance to the womb, and changes the lining of the uterus, or womb. All of these actions prevent fertilization of an egg.
Loryna helps to reduce acne by interrupting the circulation of hormones called androgens. Overproduction of these hormones can lead to worsening of acne by causing changes in the sebaceous glands of the skin. Loryna is successful in balancing these hormones and reducing the severity of acne.
When taken correctly, Loryna is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. This means that fewer than one woman out of 100 women who use Loryna for contraception will get pregnant in one year. Other methods of birth control, such as the IUD and implant, may be more effective than Loryna.
The active ingredients in Loryna are ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone.
The inactive ingredients in Loryna are corn starch, talc, titanium dioxide, polysorbate 80, polyethylene glycol, lactose, ferrerosoferric oxide, croscarmellose sodium, polyvinyl alcohol, povidine K30, artificial colors
Loryna is packaged in blister packs containing 28 tablets each. There are 24 active tablets, which are peach colored and contain the active hormones. There are 4 inert tablets, which do not contain the active ingredients. There are two ways to start Loryna, the Day 1 Start and the Sunday Start.
Day 1 start: This is the most commonly used starting method for Loryna. Start with the first active peach colored tablet on the first day of menstruation, which is known as Day 1 of the menstrual cycle.
Loryna should be taken at around the same time every day. The pills should be taken in order according to the packaging. You should have your period during the four days of inert, or inactive, tablets. Take Loryna at a time of day when you are most likely to remember to avoid late or missed doses.
If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember, and take your next pill at your regular time. You may end up taking two pills in one day, which is not going to cause any problems. You do not need to use a back-up birth control method if you only missed one pill. If you miss two pills in a row, you should take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. Then resume taking one pill daily at your regular time. You should use a back-up birth control method if you are sexually active in the seven days after you restart your pills.
Possible side effects of Loryna include:
You should not take Loryna if you:
Extra care should be taken if you:
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
Certain medications can interfere with the way Loryna works and lead to reduced effectiveness of Loryna. These include:
There are several different types of birth control pills available. You may have to try a few different ones before you find the pill that works best for you. You may have heard of the mini pill, which contains progesterone only. The mini pill is a good alternative if you are sensitive to estrogen. Progesterone-only pills are also used for women who are breastfeeding. Other alternatives include the implant, IUD (intrauterine device), and injections. These options have the advantage that you do not need to remember to take a pill every day. However, there are some side effects with these methods which can make them undesirable. Make sure you talk to your doctor and get the information you need to make the best decision for you.
Loryna is also indicated for the treatment of acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The symptoms of PMDD include markedly depressed mood, increased anxiety, and anger or irritability. PMDD can also lead to difficulty concentrating, decreased interest in usual activities, and lack of energy. These symptoms occur in the seven to ten days prior to the menstrual period and last for a few days after the onset of the period. Taking Loryna as directed can help to ease these symptoms.
If you are switching to Loryna from another birth control pill, you should start taking Loryna on the same day you would have started a new pack of your previous pill.
You can become pregnant as soon as you stop taking Loryna. However, it usually takes a couple of months for your menstrual cycle to return to normal. Remember that every woman is different, and there may be other causes if you are not able to conceive. There is no evidence to suggest that use of oral contraceptives such as Loryna causes infertility.
Loryna is a generic form of the birth control pill Yaz. This means that Loryna is equivalent to Yaz, although there may be some variations between the two; however, the active ingredients are the same. Loryna is typically cheaper than Yaz.
There is emerging evidence that taking oral contraceptives like Loryna do not appear to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. If you have a history of breast cancer, you should not take Loryna or other oral contraceptives because some types of breast cancer are sensitive to estrogen.
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