Can acne be caused by the progestin in birth control pills?

Yes. Pills are rated according to a number of properties and androgenicity (acne, wt gain) is one. This is usually determined by both the estrogen and Progesterone and their balance. Sometimes switching to another pill with less androgen activity can help.

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Any birth control pills that don't cause melasma or acne?

No. All of the available birth control pills, to my knowledge, have varying degrees of estrogen or estrogen-like components and as such can contribute to the development of melasma (in conjunction with sun-exposure). Read more...

Is sam e safe? Does it cause any weight gain and can I take it with progestin only birth control pills? Thanks

SAM e. Supplementation with s-adenosylmethionine (sam-e), has also been promoted as treatment for osteoarthritis. A meta-analysis of rcts (randomized controlled trials) found that sam-e is as effective as nsaids in reducing pain and disability, and has a better safety profile. I did not see any evidence that it causes weight gain. Whether it has any interaction with progestin based ocp's is not known. Read more...

What birth control pills wont cause acne or make me gain weight?

Depends. All birth control pills lower the male hormones that are linked to acne. However, the progestin in some pills are made from male hormones. I think a good place to start is a pill called natazia (estradiol valerate and dienogest). Hope this helps. Read more...

What is meant by the androgenic activity level of the progestin in birth control pills? What effects, positive or negative, can it have on patients?

Most (if not all) progestins have some androgenic ("male-hormone like") effects, even though they are not androgens. Some have more, some less. Usual mild effects of androgens on women are either acne or hair growth (face, chest, back, etc...) Read more...