Lunelle is no longer available in the United States. This medication was recalled due to a concern with the effectiveness of it as a birth control method.
What is Lunelle?
Lunelle was a monthly combined injection made up of pre-filled estradiol cypionate2 and medroxyprogesterone 3syringes. It became available in the United States in 2000. The Lunelle syringes were voluntarily recalled in 2002 due to concern over potency and possible risk of contraceptive failure. In October 2003, Pfizer stopped making Lunelle, so it is no longer available in the United States.
A similar combined contraceptive injection is now sold under the name Cyclofem (also known as Lunelle, Cyclofemina, Feminena, Novafem, Lunella, and Cyclo-Provera). It is available mainly in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, but you cannot get it in the United States.
Mesigyna (also known as Norigynon, Mesigyna Instayect, Mesygest, and No 3 injectable Norigynon) is another type of combined contraceptive injection. It is made up of estradiol valerate and norethisterone enanthate. It just as effective as Cyclofem, but it is also not available in the United States. Mesigyna is primarily available in Latin America and Asia.
Other Combination Hormonal Methods
Birth control pills are oral contraceptives that are taken every day in order to prevent pregnancy. This contraceptive method consists of hormones like those in a woman’s body. Taking birth control pills every day maintains a steady level of hormones. This helps to prevent pregnancy in different ways.
The Birth Control Patch works by hormones that are absorbed from the patch into your system. It is a discreet and reversible type of prescription contraception that comes in a 4×4-cm thin, smooth, beige, plastic patch that sticks to a woman’s skin. The patch is a safe method of birth control for many women, though there are times when a different form of birth control is preferred.
The Vaginal Ring is a soft, flexible piece of plastic that contains synthetic hormones to be absorbed inside the vagina. It is a hormonal method of contraception obtained by prescription. These hormones help regulate your fertility in a similar way to how natural hormones work.
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