Norgestrel

Norgestrel, a second-generation progestin, has a high progestational effect, as well as a high androgenic level. The level of progestational effect applies to how successful the progestin is at preventing ovulation (thereby, pregnancy) and lessening menstrual bleeding. This progestin is highly effective at both. The level of the androgenic effect refers to the chance of unwanted side effects such as acne and hirsutism (female unwanted hair growth), which increase as the androgenic level increases. This means birth control utilizing this progestin could have a higher instance of unpleasant side effects such as acne and unwanted hair growth.

What Makes it Different?

All brands containing norgestrel have been Food and Drug Administration approved for emergency contraception under the Yuzpe method. The Yuzpe Method indicates that women can take a sufficient dose of estrogen and progestin hormones (such as those contained in combination birth control pills) to prevent pregnancy. Each brand has a different dose. Click on the individual brands below to see more information.

Benefits

This is a highly effective progestin that successfully inhibits ovulation and, thus, prevents pregnancy. It can also lessen menstrual bleeding.

Risks

This progestin has a higher rate of negative side effects such as acne and hirsutism (female unwanted hair growth).

Brands

Mini Pill: Orvette
Monophasic: Cryselle 28Low-OgestrelOgestrelOvralLo/Ovral

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How effective is your birth control?

For sexually active women, he effectiveness of birth control depends on how perfectly they use it. For this reason, there are two kinds of effectiveness rates. One measurement is for perfect use, as the method is tested in the lab or used in real life with no mistakes.

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