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Micronor Side Effects
Minor: Micronor (norethindrone) is a Progesterone only contraceptive. Se are rare but could be similar to the pms time of your cycle, such as bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, headache, acne, or weight gain. It is not quite as effective as the pills containing estrogen but is often used when estrogen needs to be avoided, such as breast-feeding, migraines, or clotting history. ...Read more
Possible bleeding: Most birth controll pills contain both estrogen and Progesterone which is how the pills help establish a balance and thus, facilitate the regulation of menstruation. Micronor (norethindrone) only contains progsterone, and is used for patients who may have contraindications to estrogen or for breastfeeding patients (estrogen drys up milk production). Therefore, expect some spotting to irregular bleeding. ...Read more
I was on Micronor (norethindrone) for 10 months but stopped due to bad side effects. Having my 1st period and it has been 10 days, very heavy w/ pain. Is this normal?
Painful periods: There are many treatments for heavy periods. Most of the birth control methods are great at helping. If you did not like Micronor then there are many other options. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is often a great choice for those with painful periods who do not want to become pregnant ...Read more
Are the side effects of norethindrone similar whether in a combined pill or mini pill? I did well on a combined pill but am switching to mini.
How do norethindrone and etonogestrel compare in terms of side effects, health risks, and patient satisfaction?
Combipatch (estradiol and norethindrone) hormon replacment -- any suggestion or experience any side effects?
Tough in <400 char: Topical cream & transdermal patches for hormone (replacement) therapy appear to be safer than oral. However, it appears that some of the issues over the last decade re HRT may be due to progestin used, eg medroprogesterone acetate (mpa) or provera. Combipatch uses different one, Norethindrone acetate. I prefer vivelle dot (estradiol) & oral Prometrium (micronized progesterone) (bio-identical progesterone) as possibly safer. ...Read more
Yes, there are some: Common and serious side effects can be found here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a604034.Html#side-effects here is detailed information on norethindrone: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a604034.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py). ...Read more
How do norethindrone, etonogestrel, and levonorgestrel compare in terms of health/safety risks, side effects, and androgenic activity?
Some answers: Androgenic activity wise from high to low: levonorgestrel, norethindrone, etonogestrel. Overall the health/safety risks are very similar. There is some small suggestion that 3rd generation progestins, like etonogestrel, have increased risk of thromboembolic disease like DVTs. Otherwise the androgenic effects are related to oily skin, acne, weight gain, glucose metabolism issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer