A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between low hormone and high hormone birth control pills?

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Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Estrogen dosage: The original pill contained 150ug of estrogen. Over the last 50'years, the dosages have dropped to 35 and 30 ug - relatively higher dosages - to 20 ug - low dosage - to a newer 10 ug pill - the lowest available. Benefits can include shorter, lighter periods and possibly improved safety and effectiveness - with increasing the days taken from 21 to 26.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the likelihood for hormones to negate birth control pills?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: Can alter the metabolism of the ocg, but otherwise the pills are a much higher dose of hormones that you body can possibly produce and they dominate.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Does taking birth control pills help clear up your skin...Especially acne of the face? Im currently on a low hormone birth control?
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Some can help: If you have hormonal-acne, i.e. Worsening of acne during certain time of your cycle, some pills can help reduce this. It depends on certain combo of p... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked about a 36-year-old member:
Can birth control fix hormonal imbalance? I have one and doc prescribed low dose birth control pills. Can it take several months to regulate my periods?
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
BCP can help,: getting checked for insulin resistance/polycystic ovarian syndrome, may also be helpful.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between hormone therapy and birth control?
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Amount of hormone: Birth control pills have higher levels of hormones than what the body produces to be able to prevent pregnancy. When a woman is taking hormones for m... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Im on birth control and I took a plan b the week I was supposed to get my period and it didnt come (maybe to much hormones?) so its a new month now and should I get my period this month? This is the week of my off pills in birth control
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 53 years experience
You probably do.: Plan b can change your period . It can delay or make it early, can make it heavy or light. I wonder why you took plan b since you are on bcp since bcp... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Im having trouble conceiving I went to my doctor he told me I have high hormones he put me on birth control but it gives me headaches ?
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 32 years experience
Which hormones r hi?: I see some issues/concerns. One, your birth control pill is giving you a headache. Best to tell prescribing doc about side effect and get different on... Read More
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Last updated Jul 1, 2017

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