Hello again, Superstars~
My GP previously had me on Alesse; I was stacking in order to [hopefully!] stop my periods, as they cause me severe gender dysphoria. I took Alesse for three months and bled for almost the entire time.
I just got back from my GP and he changed me over to Tri-Cyclen Lo. He pulled out some sort of chart that showed the levels of hormones in each brand of HBC and said I needed one with more estrogen than Alesse has, so he chose Tri-Cyclen Lo. He said he just wanted to raise the estrogen a little bit at a time.
1. Is he right, that HBC with more estrogen is less likely to cause spotting?
2. If so, and Tri-Cyclen Lo still makes me spot pretty heavily, is there any reason to keep slowly going up in estrogen levels, or can I just jump up to whatever brand has the most of that hormone?
3. I've got the 21-pill packs and each week is a different color and has different levels of norgestimate [0.180mg, 0.215mg, and 0.250mg]. Can I take each day's pill consecutively, then start a new pack to stack? Or do I need to do it differently because of the differing amounts of norgestimate?
4. I've never heard of norgestimate before–what is it?
[I realize I could Google a few of these, but you guys always word things in ways that are easy to understand! ♥]
ETA: If it matters, I'm not sexually active and this isn't being used for contraception.
ETA2: I can see my GP again on Monday, I'll be asking him for a monophasic pill. Thanks, VP!