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Hormonal contraception for suppression of menstruation

Andrew M Kaunitz, MD
Section Editor
Robert L Barbieri, MD
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


Several available hormonal contraceptives can be used to reduce or eliminate monthly uterine bleeding. The safety and efficacy of these methods make them desirable for women who have medical indications for suppression of menstruation, as well as those who simply want the convenience of not having a monthly bleed (whether or not they desire contraception).

Use of hormonal contraceptives for suppression of menstruation is reviewed here. Evaluation and management of women with abnormal uterine bleeding, as well as general principles of use of hormonal contraceptives, are discussed separately.

(See "Approach to abnormal uterine bleeding in nonpregnant reproductive-age women".)

(See "Management of abnormal uterine bleeding".)

(See "Overview of the use of estrogen-progestin contraceptives".)

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