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A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between ethynodial, norethindrone, levonorgestrel, and desogestrel?

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Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Progestins: While their main effect is on the progesterone receptors, they also bind to estrogen and androgen receptors to various degrees. These differences in affinity explain desired and undesired side effects of birth control pills that contain these compounds.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
I need birth control, but i don't want weight gain. Which of these components is better? Norethindrone, levonorgestrel, nomegestrol, dienogest.
Dr. Justin Diedrich
Gynecology 15 years experience
IUD : Get an iud. Of the pills you listed they're all about the same. An iud has little or no hormones, no effect on weight gain, and about 20x more effecti... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Which of these components in birth control pills can cause more weight gain? Norethindrone, levonorgestrel, nomegestrol, dienogest. I am 23 years old
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Gynecology 15 years experience
Low dose : You are listing the progestin components. They all have fairly low levels of weight gain. If you want a method which has no effect at all on weight co... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between levonorgestrel vs desogestrel?
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Not much : These are simply two different forms of the hormone progesterone. Clinically the differences for the person taking it are undetectable.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Difference in levonorgestrel 150 mcg and desogestrel 150 mcg in birth control pills?
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Not much: These are 2 different types of Progesterone used in the pills. Both have are safe and have been used for many years.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Ive been bleeding heavily and passing large clots since I had my mirena (levonorgestrel) out 10 days ago. I have been taking primulot n for 6 days which hasn't helped?
Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Bleeding common: Its common to have a lot of bleeding after a Mirena (levonorgestrel) is removed. Its something I always tell women to expect. It doesn't surprise me ... Read More
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