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I'm perimenopausal and have been told I should be taking low-dose birth control pills. Why?

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Compared to regular birth control pills, the lower dose of estrogen in very-low-dose pills may be safer for perimenopausal women. (Perimenopause typically begins several years before your final period.) While regular birth control pills contain 30 to 50 micrograms of estrogen, these low-dose pills contain only 10-20 micrograms.

SOURCES: The Women's Health Center at The Cleveland Clinic. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hot Flashes." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?" The National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Institute. News release, FDA.




 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 10, 2018

SOURCES: The Women's Health Center at The Cleveland Clinic. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Hot Flashes." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Is Hormone Therapy Helpful at All?" The National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Institute. News release, FDA.




 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 10, 2018

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