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What Is a Low Dose Pill?

Learn what a lose dose pill is in this Howcast video about birth control.


Some of my patients come to the office and ask me, "Dr. Francis, I would like a low-dose birth control pill." Well, the truth is that all the options that are available today are low-dose birth control pills. Low-dose birth control pills are pills with an estrogen content of 35 micrograms or less. At this point, we don't prescribe birth control pills with an estrogen content higher than 35 micrograms.

If you're considering birth control pills, know that it's not the absolute amount of hormones that's important, but the balance between the estrogen and progesterone. If you are on a birth control pill that is not right for you, you should talk to your doctor about changing your birth control pills and understand that it's a balance between the estrogen and progesterone, and not the absolute hormone levels themselves that will determine whether or not this birth control pill is the right birth control pill for you.

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