... MESTRANOL/NORETHINDRONE (Genora®1/50, Necon®1/50, Nelova®1/50M, Norethin®1/50M, Norinyl®1+50, Ortho-Novum™1/50) products are effective as oral contraceptives (birth control pills or ''the pill''). These products combine natural or synthetic estrogens and progestins, similar to the natural sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) produced in a woman''s body. Mestranol is an estrogen and norethindrone is a progestin. These products can prevent ovulation and pregnancy. In general, a combination of estrogen and progestin works better than a single-ingredient product. Mestranol/norethindrone tablets can also help regulate menstrual flow, treat acne, or may be used for other hormone related problems in females. On rare occasions, they may be prescribed for other purposes. The type and amount of estrogen and/or progestin may be different from one product to another. For some formulations, a generic product is available. ...
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