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Lunelle: Monthly Injection

Lunelle is no longer available in the United States. This medication was recalled due to a concern with the effectiveness of it as a birth control method.

What is Lunelle?

Lunelle is an injection containing the synthetic hormones estrogen and progestin. It is a hormonal method of contraception obtained by prescription.

How does Lunelle work?

Lunelle works through synthetic hormones injected into your system which help regulate a woman's fertility and reproductive cycle similar to the way natural hormones work.

Lunelle prevents pregnancy in one of three ways.

How do you use Lunelle?

Lunelle is obtained from your healthcare provider each month, every 28 to 30 days. Your healthcare provider will inject the synthetic hormones in the upper arm or in the buttocks. The initial injection is given within the first five days of your menstrual bleeding.

How effective is Lunelle?

Lunelle has a failure rate of less than 1% when it is used correctly and consistently. When used correctly only one in 1,000 women will get pregnant. You should take a pregnancy test if you are experiencing any pregnancy symptoms.

What are the side effects or health risks of Lunelle?

The birth control injections have side effects similar to those experienced by users of oral or other hormonal types of contraception which include:

Injections may impact and worsen the effects of depression.

You should not use the injections if you think you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Because of a potential increase in the risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease or tumors in the liver, the birth control injections should not be used by women who:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following:

Women who wish to use Lunelle should seek additional consultations with their physician if they are experiencing any of the following medical concerns:

Is Lunelle reversible?

Yes. Ovulation usually returns within three menstrual cycles after discontinuing the injections. Pregnancy is possible when you stop using Lunelle, but ovulation may be delayed for three months.

How much does Lunelle cost?

There are two fees associated with the use of Lunelle injections: 1) the doctor's visit and 2) the supply of birth control injections. Office visits to obtain a prescription and your initial injection range from $50 to $200; follow up visits are approximately $20 to $40 dollars. The cost for your monthly injection is approximately $30.

What about Lunelle and sexually transmitted diseases (STD's)?

Lunelle does NOT provide protection against the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

Frequently asked questions about Lunelle:

When does it start to work? Lunelle begins to work immediately, however a second form of birth control should be used during the first seven days of the first month.

Can I use it while I am breastfeeding? If you have recently been pregnant or if you are breastfeeding, it is best to consult your physician on the best time to start using the injections.

What are the pros and cons of Lunelle?

The Pros:

The Cons:


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