World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Systematic (IUPAC) name
1-[2-[4-[(3S,4R)-7-methoxy-2,2- dimethyl-3-phenyl-chroman-4-yl] phenoxy] ethyl] pyrrolidine
Clinical data
Trade names Centron, Novex-DS, Saheli, Sevista
Routes of
Pharmacokinetic data
Biological half-life 7 days
CAS Registry Number  N
ATC code G03
PubChem CID:
ChemSpider  Y
Synonyms Centchroman
Chemical data
Formula C30H35NO3
Molecular mass 457.604 g/mol
Birth control type Anti-estrogen
First use 1991
Failure rates (first year)
Perfect use 2%
Typical use 9%
Duration effect One week
Reversibility Immediate
User reminders Taken twice weekly for first 13 weeks
Clinic review Annually
Advantages and disadvantages
STD protection No
Periods May disrupt
Safe while Breastfeeding Yes[1]
Weight No proven effect
Medical notes
Only approved as a contraceptive in India

Ormeloxifene (also known as centchroman) is one of the selective estrogen receptor modulators,[2] or SERMs, a class of medication which acts on the estrogen receptor. It is best known as a non-hormonal, non-steroidal oral contraceptive which is taken once per week. In India, ormeloxifene has been available as birth control since the early 1990s, and it is currently marketed there under the trade name Saheli.[3] Ormeloxifene has also been licensed under the trade names Novex-DS, Centron and Sevista.


  • Medical uses 1
    • Birth control 1.1
    • Other indications 1.2
  • Adverse effects 2
  • Method of action 3
  • Marketing 4
  • Synthesis 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

Medical uses

Ormeloxifene is primarily used as a contraceptive but may also be effective for dysfunctional uterine bleeding and advanced breast cancer.[4]

Birth control

Ormeloxifene may be used as a weekly oral contraceptive.[4] The weekly schedule is an advantage for women who prefer an oral contraceptive, but find it difficult or impractical to adhere to a daily schedule required by other oral contraceptives.

For the first twelve weeks of use, it is advised to take the ormeloxifene pill twice per week.[4] From the thirteenth week on, it is taken once per week.[4][5] The consensus is that backup protection in the first month is a cautious but sensible choice. A standard dose is 30 mg weekly, but 60 mg loading doses can reduce pregnancy rates by 38%.[6]

It has a failure rate of about 1-2% with ideal use which is slightly less effective than found for combined oral contraceptive pills.[7]

Other indications

  • Ormeloxifene has also been tested in experimental setting as a treatment for menorrhagia.[8]

Adverse effects

There are concerns that ormeloxifene may cause delayed mensturation.[10]

Method of action

Ormeloxifene is a SERM, or selective estrogen receptor modulator. In some parts of the body, its action is estrogenic (e.g., bones), in other parts of the body, its action is anti-estrogenic (e.g., uterus, breasts.[11][12]) It causes an asynchrony in the menstrual cycle between ovulation and the development of the uterine lining, although its exact mode of action is not well defined. In clinical trials, it caused ovulation to occur later than it normally would in some women,[7] but did not affect ovulation in the majority of women, while causing the lining of the uterus to build more slowly. It speeds the transport of any fertilized egg through the fallopian tubes more quickly than is normal.[7] Presumably, this combination of effects creates an environment such that if fertilization occurs, implantation will not be possible.[7]


Ormeloxifene is only legally available in India as of 2009.[13]

Ormeloxifene has been tested and licensed as a form of birth control, as well as a treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

  • It was first manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals, and marketed as birth control under the trade name Centron. Centron was discontinued.
  • A new license for ormeloxifene was issued to Hindustan Latex Ltd., which now manufactures ormeloxifene as birth control under the trade name Saheli, Novex and Novex-DS.
  • Torrent Pharmaceuticals has resumed manufacture of ormeloxifene under the trade name Sevista, as a treatment for dysfunctional uterine bleeding.


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Makker, Annu; Tandon, Indu; Goel, Madhu Mati; Singh, Mastan; Singh, Man Mohan (2009). "Effect of ormeloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, on biomarkers of endometrial receptivity and pinopode development and its relation to fertility and infertility in Indian subjects". Fertility and Sterility 91 (6): 2298–307.  
  3. ^ "HLL - Product Overview". 
  4. ^ a b c d Lal, J (April 2010). "Clinical pharmacokinetics and interaction of centchroman--a mini review.". Contraception 81 (4): 275–80.  
  5. ^
  6. ^ Lal J, Nitynand S, Asthana OP, Nagaraja NV, Gupta RC (January 2001). "Optimization of contraceptive dosage regimen of Centchroman". Contraception 63 (1): 47–51.  
  7. ^ a b c d Singh, M.M. (2001). "Centchroman, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, as a contraceptive and for the management of hormone-related clinical disorders". Medicinal Research Reviews 21 (4): 302–47.  
  8. ^ Kriplani A, Kulshrestha V, Agarwal N (August 2009). "Efficacy and safety of ormeloxifene in management of menorrhagia: a pilot study". J. Obstet. Gynaecol. Res. 35 (4): 746–52.  
  9. ^ Dhar A, Srivastava A (June 2007). "Role of centchroman in regression of mastalgia and fibroadenoma". World J Surg 31 (6): 1178–84.  
  10. ^ Shelly, W; Draper, MW; Krishnan, V; Wong, M; Jaffe, RB (March 2008). "Selective estrogen receptor modulators: an update on recent clinical findings.". Obstetrical & gynecological survey 63 (3): 163–81.  
  11. ^ Gara Rishi Kumar, Konwar Rituraj, Bid Hemant K and MM Singh. In-vitro anti-cancer breast activity of ormeloxifene is mediated via induction of apoptosis and autophagy. 37th annual conference of the endocrine society of India. 30 nov-2 dec, 2007. Abstract p35.
  12. ^ Nigam, Manisha; Ranjan, Vishal; Srivastava, Swasti; Sharma, Ramesh; Balapure, Anil K. (2008). "Centchroman induces G0/G1 arrest and Caspase-dependent Apoptosis involving Mitochondrial Membrane Depolarization in MCF-7 and MDA MB-231 Human Breast Cancer Cells". Life Sciences 82 (11–12): 577–90.  
  13. ^ Patil, Robin D. Tribhuwan & Benazir D. (2009). Body image : human reproduction and birth control : a tribal perspective. New Delhi: Discovery Pub. House. p. 20.  

Further reading

  • Ray, Suprabhat; Grover, Payara K.; Kamboj, Ved P.; Setty, B. S.; Kar, Amiya B.; Anand, Nitya (1976). "Antifertility agents. 12. Structure-activity relation of 3,4-diphenylchromenes and -chromans". Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 19 (2): 276–9.  

External links

  • United States National Library of Medicine Centchroman entry in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database
  • Reproductive Health Online, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate providing information on Centchroman
  • Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India: a government-funded laboratory, conducting R&D on Centchroman as birth control.
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare - Indian government site; information about availability of Saheli.

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.