A majority of women prefer the combined pill over any birth control medication because it is generally safe. However, newer regimens of combined pills have been formulated with ultra-low doses of oestrogen to avoid its side effects in estrogen-sensitive women.
These pills contain estrogen as low as 10-30 micrograms. Unlike progesterone only pill which contains 35 mcg of progesterone and accessible in only single dose, estrogen low-dose pills can help reduce the risks associated with combined pill.
What is the advantage of taking a low-dose pill?
- It is the best option for women who are sensitive to higher doses of estrogen.
- Periods become regular with less cramping.
- Suitable for 40+ or older women.
- has reduced the risks of other health issues associated with combining pills.
- reduces the chance of developing premenstrual syndrome (SMP).
What are the possible side effects of taking low-dose pills?
Its continuous use may put you at risk of getting:
- Heart attack, stroke, and blood lotting
- Mental depression
- increased weight
- Enhancing insulin resistance
What are the major brand names of low-dose pills?
- Lo/Ovral (norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol)
- Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)