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What are low-dose birth control pills?

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When the pill first came out in the 1960s, it had 150 micrograms of estrogen. Side effects were common, and that formula was soon taken off the market. Nowadays, the highest dose available is 50 micrograms of estrogen, but even that is rarely prescribed anymore. Most pills have 35 micrograms or less of estrogen, an amount that's generally called "low dose." These pills are both safe and effective for most women.

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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Aponte, M.  American Urological Association 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting: Abstract 1515. Presented May 2013.

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: "Choosing a Birth Control Method: Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills."

Cianci, A. , August 2007. Minerva Ginecologica

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: "Female Contraception."

International Pelvic Pain Society: "Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Cause Vulvodynia? Time to Finally End the Controversy."

Kripke, C. , October 2005. American Family Physician

Liao, P.V. December 2012. Canadian Family Physician,

Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor, obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, Yale School of Medicine.

Planned Parenthood: "Birth Control Pills."

Vanessa Cullins, MD, obstetrician/gynecologist; vice president of external affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Womenshealth.gov: "Menopause Symptom Relief and Treatments."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 07, 2017

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