Which oral contraceptives (OCs) are used to treat dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Although not approved by the FDA for treating dysmenorrhea, the following OCs are also used:

  • Combination OCs (eg, ethinyl estradiol with progestin or drospirenone)

  • Levonorgestrel intrauterine device

  • Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate

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