Alesse is a combination hormone medication that’s used in order to prevent pregnancy. There’s two primary hormones contained inside of it. The first one would be a hormone called Progestin and the second hormone would be Estrogen. The way this medication works is it’s able to stop the release of an egg, in otherwords it can stop ovulation during a women’s menstrual cycle.
In addition to this, Alesse is able to make vaginal fluids much thicker in nature. When this happens it’s going to be much harder for sperm to reach a women’s eggs in order for fertilization to take place. The drug also has the ability to alter the lining of the uterus in order to stop the attachment of an egg that’s been fertilized. Whenever an egg is unable to attach itself to the uterus, then what’s going to happen is it will simply pass out of a women’s body.
Even though this treatment is able to prevent pregnancy, this does come with some additional positives. For example, women who decide to take Alesse will find that it causes their periods to become much more regular. In addition to this a women’s periods will be more comfortable, because there will be less blood loss and pain involved. Women will be able to decrease their chances of developing ovarian cysts and problems such as acne can be treated as well.
Understand though that using this treatment isn’t going to protect you nor your partner from sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
If a women decides to make use of a medication option such as Alesse for birth control, then what are some of the minor possible side effects she might experience as a result?
Swelling of the ankles/feet (fluid retention)
Weight change may occur
This medication can cause bleeding to occur between a women’s period (spotting) or even missed/irregular periods. The chances of this occurring are even higher when a women first starts to use this medication. If you find either of these problems last longer than they should or become worse, then it’s best for you to let your doctor know or speak to a pharmacist right away for help. If you end up missing two periods in a row (or one period if the medication wasn’t used the right way), then be sure to get in touch with your doctor for a pregnancy test as soon as you can.
Alesse can causes your blood pressure to increase. Because of this you’ll want to be sure to check it on a regular basis. If the results are high then be sure to let your doctor know about it.
If you decide to use Alesse, then what are some of the more serious potential side effects that can happen as a result?
Lumps in the breast
Mental/mood changes (such as new/worsening depression)
Severe stomach/abdominal pain
Unusual changes in vaginal bleeding (such as continuous spotting, sudden heavy bleeding, missed periods)
Can cause serious problems tha result from blood clots like deep vein thrombosis or heart attacks
Chest/jaw/left arm pain
Pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf
Sudden shortness of breath/rapid breathing
Unusual headaches (including headaches with vision changes/lack of coordination
Worsening of migraines
Sudden/very severe headaches)
Weakness on one side of the body
Vision problems/changes (such as double vision, partial/complete blindness)
Serious allergic reactions
The above is a comprehensive list of side effects, but these aren’t the only problems you might experience as a result of taking Alesse. If you find yourself experiencing any other problems not mentioned here, then be sure to document them and let a doctor know or even a pharmacist.