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Switched from desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) to generic apri. Are there any differences?

Switched from desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) to generic apri. Are there any differences?

Yes: Generic versions of medications are usually fine, but they are not identical. The fda allows for a modest degree of difference in "bioequivalence". Essentially, a generic medication is allowed to be sold if it is between 80% - 125% of the brand name medication. Most generic medications are fine for most people, but there is always some percentage of patients for whom they are different. ...Read more

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I stopped taking trinessa(norgestimate and ethinyl estadriol tablets) and looking for another option?

I stopped taking trinessa(norgestimate and ethinyl estadriol tablets) and looking for another option?

At your age: If u do not want kids anymore i would offer you an in office tubal, easy takes 5 minutes, miss 1/2 day of work, no incisions, minimal pain after, and if u have no deductable on most major insurances just an office co-pay $20-$50 if your doc does not know how to do it in the office then usually $750 copay for hospital, if u want bcpills i rec loloestrin-10mcg estro- lowest and safest dose, my#1pill. ...Read more

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Start a new pill called brevicon (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone). No period?

Start a new pill called brevicon (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone). No period?

Probably normal: Presuming your not pregnant, it is not uncommon for some pills to suppress uterine lining proliferation so much that there is no significant sloughing at the end of the cycle and, therefor, no period. "pill amenorrhea" as it is called, is normal and should not cause alarm. ...Read more

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Start a new pack of brevicon (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone). No period?

Check a PG test: Assuming that is negative, many pills do not build up enough tissue in the endometrium to cause a period and the way to show that is a pelvic ultrasound that I do in my patients to prove there are no problems. If that is normal you can either continue with the pills, as you do not have to have a period on the pills( many women like that) or switch to a higher dose pill to get periods. ...Read more

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My birth control switched generic brands.Been on new generic for 3wks. Experiencing increase appetite and acne. Will these side eff. Go away? Kurvelo

My birth control switched generic brands.Been on new generic for 3wks. Experiencing increase appetite and acne. Will these side eff. Go away? Kurvelo

May go away: Sometimes different generic bcp can vary regarding how much hormone is in one generic vs another, and that can cause a woman to have different side effects when a different generic bcp is given. Sometimes the new side effects go away, sometimes they don't. If they don't speak with your pharmacist or doctor about a different generic. ...Read more

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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).

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. ...Read more

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Can I take birth control like ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo for years to clear my acne? Is this safe?

Can I take birth control like ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo for years to clear my acne? Is this safe?

Yes: If it is otherwise appropriate. The oral contraceptive pill also offers other health advantages that aren't well-known, even if you do not need birth control. There are also risks. Your physician will hep you make an informed decision. ...Read more

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Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) vs mirelle: should I change contraceptive pills from one to the other?

No, you don't: Both pills have been implicated in having caused blood clots in women. If you have taken one or the other for more than six months to a year and it has been working for you, stay on it. ...Read more