What is Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel?

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Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel is an estrogen and progestin combination used for the prevention of pregnancy and for postcoital contraception. It is also used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding and pain associated with endometriosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 108 47
Endometriosis 35 12
Polycystic ovary syndrome 13 6
Irregular menstrual periods 9 4
Migraine headaches 9 4

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 17
Moderate 22
Mild 17
None 34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 14
Depressed mood 4
Decreased sex drive (libido) 3
Headaches 3
Menstrual spotting 3
Mid-cycle spotting 3

Show all 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mixed daily 4
1 tablet(s) daily 2
1 mixed every 3 months 1
0.02-0.09 mg daily 1
0.03-0.15 mg daily 1
extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg daily 1
20 mcg-100 mcg daily 1
150 mcg daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 27
Other 23
Doctor's advice 19
Did not seem to work 17
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Personal research 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 78
Usually 10
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 66
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 43
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 6
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 5
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 3
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 3
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 3
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-norgestrel (Cryselle 28) 2
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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4 patient evaluations for Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Jul 1, 2016 (Started Dec 23, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mcg Daily

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Jun 15, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Severe (psoriasis, decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mcg-100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: My psoriasis flared severely upon beginning taking this pill
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 6, 2010 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ovarian cyst)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My insurance refused to pay for a 10-week cycle using three 28-day pill packs (9 weeks of hormones, 1 week off), so I was switched to this 12-week cycle pack (11 weeks of hormones, 1 week off). Using these pills contributed to deep-vein thrombosis and a resulting pulmonary embolism.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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