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Alesse is a combination of female hormones that are important in preventing ovulation (the process of release of an egg from the ovary). This medication is also used fro purposes like bringing changes in the cervical mucous an uterine lining that makes it harder for sperm or fertilized eggs in coming in contact with the uterus. In other words, Alesse is primarily a form of contraception pill taken to avoid pregnancy in a woman.

Factors to be remembered before using Alesse:

This medication may cause birth defects. Therefore a person should be aware of the conditions where these medicines should be avoided. Generally, women known to have a baby recently are advised of staying away form these drugs for at least a month’s time. Other cases where it should be avoided include:

• A past record of strokes, blood clots or jaundice
• Hormone related cancers like breast cancer, uterine cancer
• Abnormal vaginal bleeding
• Severe migraine headaches
• Circulation problems especially caused by diabetes
• Severe high blood pressure
• Heart valve disorder etc.

Directions of use:

Women using these drugs may need back-up birth control like condoms, spermicides. Ideally these drugs should be taken every day with a gap of twenty four hours in between them. Irregular use of Alesse may lead to unwanted pregnancy. In case there is an emergency it is advised the individual sees a doctor.

Side effects:

• sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
• sudden headaches, confusion or pain behind the eyes
• chest pain or heavy feeling
• pain spreading to the arm or shoulder
• nausea, sweating or a general ill feeling
• nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice
• yellowing of the skin or eyes
• swelling in hands, ankles, or feet
• Symptoms of depression associated with insomnia, weakness, mood swings.


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