Drug Information for FEMCON Fe (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets,chewable and ferrous fumarate tablets) 0.4 mg / 35 mcg (Warner Chilcott (US), LLC): INDICATIONS AND USAGE

  • FEMCON Fe is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception.

    Oral contraceptives are highly effective. Table 2 lists the typical unintended pregnancy rates for users of combination oral contraceptives and other methods of contraception. The efficacy of these contraceptive methods, except sterilization, the IUD, and implants, depends upon the reliability with which they are used. Correct and consistent use of methods can result in lower failure rates.

    TABLE 2 Percentage of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy during the first year of typical use and the first year of perfect use of contraception and the percentage continuing use at the end of the first year. United States.
    Source: Trussell J, Stewart F, Contraceptive Efficacy. In Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Stewart F, Cates W, Stewart GK, Kowal D, Guest F, Contraceptive Technology:Seventeenth Revised Edition. New York, NY: Irvington Publishers, 1998.

    % of Women Experiencing an Unintended

    Pregnancy within the First Year of Use

    % of Women

    Continuing Use at One YearAmong couples attempting to avoid pregnancy, the percentage who continue to use a method for one year



    Typical UseAmong typical couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time), the percentage who experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason


    Perfect UseAmong couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time) and who use it perfectly (both consistently and correctly), the percentage who experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason

    ChanceThe percentage of women becoming pregnant noted in columns (2) and (3) are based on data from populations where contraception is not used and from women who cease using contraception in order to become pregnant. Among such populations, about 89% became pregnant in one year. This estimate was lowered slightly (to 85%) to represent the percentage that would become pregnant within one year among women now relying on reversible methods of contraception if they abandon contraception altogether8585
    SpermicidesFoams, creams, gels, vaginal suppositories and vaginal film26 640
    Periodic abstinence2563
    Calendar 9
    Ovulation Method 3
    Sympto-thermalCervical mucous (ovulation) method supplemented by calendar in the preovulatory and basal body temperature in the postovulatory phases 2
    Post-Ovulation 1
    CapWith spermicidal cream or jelly
    Parous Women402642
    Nulliparous Women20 956
    Parous Women402042
    Nulliparous Women20 956
    Diaphragm20 656
    Withdrawal19 4
    CondomWithout spermicides
    Female (reality)21 556
    Male14 361
    Pill 571
    Progestin only0.5
    Progesterone T2.01.581
    Copper T 380A0.80.678
    LNg 200.10.181
    Norplant® and Norplant® 20.050.0588
    Female Sterilization0.50.5100
    Male Sterilization0.150.10100
    Emergency Contraceptive Pills: Treatment initiated within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse reduces risk of pregnancy by at least 75%The treatment schedule is one dose within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse and a second dose 12 hours after the first dose. The Food and Drug Administration has declared the following brands of oral contraceptives to be safe and effective for emergency contraception: Ovral® (1 dose is 2 white pills), Alesse® (1 dose is 5 pink pills), Nordette® or Levlen® (1 dose is 2 light orange pills), Lo/Ovral® (1 dose is 4 white pills), Triphasil® or Tri-Levlen® (1 dose is 4 yellow pills)
    Lactational Amenorrhea Method: LAM is a highly effective, temporary method of contraceptionHowever, to maintain effective protection against pregnancy, another method of contraception must be used as soon as menstruation resumes, the frequency or duration of breastfeeds is reduced, bottle feeds are introduced or the baby reaches six months of age
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