hi all (i just submitted a similar post to [info]birthcontrol, so sorry if this is a repeat on your page),

i’ve been on loestrin 24 for the past 3 months and have gained around 5ish pounds (not a ton, but i’m naturally very small so it’s pretty noticeable) and am looking to switch. a monthly pack is also $40 which isn’t really something i can swing anyway. i called the doctor’s office, and the nurse said that i should explore my options and suggest a pill for my doctor to prescribe. i’m totally lost…i have no idea what i should try. i was on yaz last year for a bit, but it made me super depressed and emotional so i don’t want to do that again. would yasmin do the same thing? ANY help or suggestions would be appreciated 🙂 thank you!

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  1. Stesa says:

    I take Reclipsen which is the generic of Mircette (which you may have actually heard of – but prob not Reclipsen).

    Doing a little wikipedia research for you, it comes out that both our pills contain 20 µg ethinyl estradiol (Estrogen). While Loestrin 24 also contains 1000 µg norethindrone acetate, Reclipsen instead contains 150 µg desogestrel.

    According to what I’ve read, Norethindrone was the first formulation of orally highly active progestin to be synthesized and thus is a bit old. Tride and true for some, but perhaps not good for you.

    Pills using Desogestrel are considered “third generation” and while some claim a slight increase in risk of blood clots with these pills their lower dosage allows for a significantly deduced risk of “weight gain, breast tenderness and migraine.”

    I think I only pay $20 a month for my packs but I also have insurance, which it doesn’t necessarily sound like you have.

    Anyway, rambling, sorry. Maybe start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_contraceptive_formulations with some basic formulation info and I’m sure someone can point you to some other places to get more detailed information on types.

    Good luck! Sometimes it’s just a game to see which kind works best for you — or so I’ve heard.

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