What is ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: NuvaRing

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Ethinyl estradiol and etonorgestrel are estrogen and progestin combination (both female hormones) used for the prevention of pregnancy. It usually comes in the form of a ring which is inserted vaginally for three consecutive weeks, and then removed for seven days.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 44 27
General health 5 3
Endometriosis 2 2
Epilepsy 2 2
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 2 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 13
Mild 9
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Side effect Patients
Decreased sex drive (libido) 5
Migraine headaches 3
Mood swings 3
Anxious mood 2
Weight gain 2
Abdominal bloating 1

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Dosage Patients
0.000,625-0.005 mg/hr monthly 5
0.015 mg-0.120 mg monthly 2
0.015 mg-0.120 mg every 3 weeks 1
0.015 mg-0.120 mg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 17
Other 14
Expense 6
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 5
Personal research 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 40 patients who've stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Duration

Currently taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 15
< $25 19
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 2
Birth control 1
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 5
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 1
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel

Mar 10, 2016 (Started Mar 02, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.015 mg-0.120 mg Every 3 Weeks
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 6, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Severe (migraine headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.015 mg-0.120 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: http://www.nuvaring.com/consumer/who_should_not_use_nuvaring/ Have certain kinds of severe migraine headaches with aura, numbness, weakness, or changes in vision, or have any migraine headaches if you were over age 35
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 12, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.015 mg-0.120 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: Means I don't have to remember to take a pill daily. Considering how many drugs I do take, this seems kind of unimportant, but I can forget to take those on occasion and be fine, whereas I can't as easily with birth control. So it's nice that I can put this in once a month and ignore it until I need to take it out again.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 10, 2012 (Started Aug 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.015 mg-0.120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Using this medication when you have a cervix might be worth it better, but the problem that I was having wasn't the fact that it didn't work but it wouldn't stay put. I don't have a cervix so I don't have those muscles to keep the ring in, so it was very difficult to do. I had to switch medications for this reason.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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