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What should you know about doses in birth control pills?

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You probably know that the pill has hormones in it to keep you from getting pregnant. Most versions have a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Some have more estrogen in them than others. While fewer hormones sounds like a good thing -- and it mostly is -- you should know the drawbacks when you’re weighing your choices.

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

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Cianci, A. , August 2007. Minerva Ginecologica

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

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

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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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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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