Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel are a hormone combination that is used as an oral contraceptive.
The combination contains estrogen, ethinyl estradiol, and progesterone, desogestrel which prevent implantation and thus pregnancy.
This ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel combination is associated with the same side effects as other combinations are. This specific combination does contain a lower dose of estrogen, ethinyl estradiol, and uses the progesterone, desogestrel, which may be associated with a lower risk of blood clots.
As with all combination oral contraceptives, broad spectrum antibiotics are able to reduce effectiveness. Smoking while using an oral contraceptive is linked to increased cardiovascular problems.
The combination has an unique dosing regime - 21 days of combination tablets, 2 days of no active ingredients, then 5 days of ethinyl estradiol. This regime provides a shorter hormone free period and is ideal for people who get migraines, dysmenorrhea, and other symptoms the week they are not taking the oral contraceptive.
Gynecology Endocrinology 1996;10:265
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