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What is Alesse?

Alesse is no longer available in the United States.

Alesse is a prescription medication that's a combination birth control pill, which means it contains two hormones: levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol. It works by preventing the ovary from releasing eggs (ovulation). It also makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus by changing the cervical mucus, and it makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus by changing the lining of the uterus. Alesse comes as a pack of 28 pills: 21 "active" pills, and 7 "reminder" pills. Take one pill every day at the same time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and go back to your regular schedule. If you miss more than one dose or don't remember till the next day, you may need to use an extra form of birth control and talk to your doctor. 

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