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When they firstappeared back in the 1960s, the birth control pills contained much greaterquantities of synthetic hormones than it is the case with the very same pillstoday. One of the prevailing and the most important cause for this is theattempt to decrease the potential side effects that have the tendency to emergedue to the use of hormonal contraceptives, birth control pills being one ofthem. In order to diminish and avoid the occurrence of any potential sideeffects, the moment a person begins to experience complications or mere dissatisfaction, she should visit her doctor and consult him/her on the possible and moresuitable solutions and options.

Unfortunately, asignificant number of women is not able to tolerate well the estrogen based pills,since they do not decrease the levels of progestin. And it has been discoveredthat it is estrogen that is at the root of the greatest number of complicationsand the main inducer of undesired side effects. Out of this reason, aspreviously mentioned, birth control pills that are comprised of lower dose ofestrogen emerged. For those women who are not quite sure as to exactly whatamount qualifies the low-dose one, this refers to 0.02 to 0.035 mg ofestrogen.

Which brands to optfor?

In order to make yourchoice a bit more easier, in continuation is a list of those brands that havebeen confirmed as the low-dose ones:

loOvral (contains 0.03 mg of ethinylestradiol, as well as 0.3 mg of nogestrel)Nordette (endowed with 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol, as well as 0.15 mg levognorgestrel)Ortho-CEPT (has 0.03 mg of ehtinylestradiol, as well as 0.15 mg desogestrel)Desogen (has 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol, as well as 0.15 mg desogestrel)Levlen 21 (has 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol, as well as levonorgestrel 0.15 mg)Seasonale or Seasonique (has 0.03 mgethinyl estradiol, as well as levonorgestrel 0.15 mg)

Available are alsoother distinct brands of pills, most of all Yasmin Yaz, which contains 0.03 mgof estrogen, but what is specific about it is that it has a somewhat differentsort of progestin known as the drospirenone – 3.0 mg. However, one needs to be abit more careful with this brand since it does not combine well with otherover-the-counter pills. Thus, a woman is not recommended to take Yasmin if sheis already taking some other variety of birth control pills.

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