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A 19-year-old female asked:

is there a difference between ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) and sprintec? my new doctor switch me from sprintec to ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate).

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Dr. Stanley Swaby
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: Oral contraceptive pills have 2 hormones - a progesterone and an estrogen component. Sprintec is a monophasic pill ie the progesterone and estrogen components are fixed and does not vary with the last 7 pills hormone free (inert). Ortho tricyclen, the progesterone component increases weekly up to week 3, and the last 7 pills inert. I find that there is more break through bleeding with tricyclen.

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Last updated Jun 21, 2015

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