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Jinteli is prescribed for treating menopausal symptoms and preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It contains both an estrogen and a progestin hormone, and is only used in women who still have a uterus. Jinteli helps replace the estrogen that the ovaries no longer produce and minimizes the risk for cancer of the lining of the uterus.
An Overview of Jinteli UsesJinteli™ (norethindrone acetate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription hormone medication. The drug is approved for the following uses:
- Treating moderate-to-severe hot flashes or night sweats due to menopause
- Preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
The drug contains both an estrogen and a progestin hormone. For all uses, Jinteli is approved only for women who still have a uterus. If you have had a hysterectomy, the norethindrone (progestin) component is usually considered unnecessary.
Using Jinteli for MenopauseMenopause is a normal change in a woman's life when she stops having her period. That's why some people call menopause "the change of life." A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for an entire year and there are no other causes for this change.
Some symptoms of menopause include:
- Vaginal changes, such as dryness or irritation
- Changes in your period, including abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Hot flashes (sometimes known as hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems (including insomnia)
- Thinning and weakening of your bones
- Mood changes
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Weight gain or an increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
For some women, these symptoms are quite severe, and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or nonmedical ways to deal with the symptoms.
During and after menopause, women experience a drop in estrogen levels, as well as a shift in the balance of estrogens that the body produces. This causes many of the symptoms of menopause. Jinteli contains ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen that helps to relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing the estrogen that the ovaries no longer produce.
In addition to estrogen, Jinteli contains norethindrone, a progestin hormone. Norethindrone is added to Jinteli because giving estrogens without a progestin to postmenopausal women can increase the risk for cancer of the lining of the uterus. Norethindrone decreases this risk. Of course, this only applies to women who still have a uterus. For women who have had a hysterectomy, the norethindrone component is usually considered unnecessary.
For menopause treatment, Jinteli should be taken at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary.
Jinteli is a continuous (not cyclic) hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medication. In other words, it is taken nonstop without any breaks from either of the hormones. This means that most women will, eventually, stop having periods while taking it.