Aygestin is a birth control hormone medication that can prevent pregnancy, treat menstrual problems, and alleviate endometriosis.
How It Works
Aygestin belongs to a class of medications known as progestins. It is a hormonal contraceptive. Aygestin can reduce the chance of a fertilized egg from planting itself in the uterine wall, thus preventing a pregnancy. Aygestin cannot completely prevent pregnancy.
Aygestin is chemically similar to the female hormone progesterone and can act like it inside the body. Thus, this medication can prevent the growth of uterus lining during menstrual periods to restore regular menstrual cycles.
Aygestin may be prescribed as a birth control pill to reduce the chance of getting pregnant. Aygestin is medically prescribed to treat women who suffer from abnormal bleeding from the uterus and cessation of normal menstrual cycles (amenorrhea) outside of pregnancy or menopause. Aygestin is also used to treat endometriosis, a condition where tissue that should be inside the uterus is found outside in the abdomen or pelvic area. Endometriosis causes very painful periods and irregular menstrual cycles.
Aygestin does not prevent miscarriages and should not be used as a pregnancy test.
Aygestin should be taken as prescribed by a doctor. Dosage will vary depending on individual patient conditions and responses.
Aygestin can be taken with or without food. Taking the pills after a meal may help prevent stomach upset.
Take Aygestin doses exactly as prescribed. Follow the recommended dosage schedule and take the pills the same time each day.
Do not take extra doses of Aygestin to make up for a missed dose.
When taking Aygestin for amenorrhea or abnormal uterine bleeding, the drug should be taken once dual for 5 to 10 days during the second half of the planned menstrual cycle. Expect withdrawal bleeding 3 to 7 days after you have stopped taken Aygestin. If withdrawal bleeding doesn’t naturally stop or worsen, immediately inform your doctor.
Carefully read the patient information leaflet provided with the packaging for detailed dosage requirements and precautions.
Aygestin may cause one or more of the following side effects:
Weight gain or loss
Tenderness, inflate or ache in the breasts
Increased hair growth or hair loss
Freckles or darkening of facial skin
Vaginal itching or discharge
Changes to the usual menstrual periods
Skin itching or rash
Changes to sex drive
Do not take Aygestin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication.
Aygestin is not safe to use with certain preexisting medical conditions such as history of blood clots, liver disease, bleeding in the brain, breast cancer, “missed abortions,” and other conditions. Ask your doctor if Aygestin is safe to use considering your medical record.
Smoking when taking Aygestin will increase your possibility for blood clots and other potentially fatal problems.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Aygestin causes dizziness.