What is Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel?

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Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel is a combination product used to prevent pregnancy. Other uses include treatment of hypermenorrhea (menorrhagia); pain associated with endometriosis; dysmenorrhea; dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 25 12
endometriosis 11 7
Irregular menstrual periods 7 5
I have to use birth control because we are not ready for a baby. 3 0
Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual flow) 3 3
polycystic ovary syndrome 3 3

Show all 24 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 4
Mild 7
None 17

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

Side effect Patients
Nausea 4
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 2
complex confusional migraine 1
Fainting 1
Fever/chills 1
Headache on left side of head 1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 4
0.15 mg-0.03 mg daily 2
1 mixed monthly 1
0.15-0.02 mg daily 1
0.15-0.03 mg daily 1
0.15 mixed daily 1
0.15-0.02 mg twice daily 1
1 other daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 5
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 3
Side effects too severe 3
Did not seem to work 2
Personal research 2
Expense 1
See all 19 patients who've stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration

Currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

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

Stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 18
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 2
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norelgestromin (Ortho Evra) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Noriday) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
etonogestrel (Implanon) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Dec 2, 2011 (Started Nov 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.15 mg-0.03 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 30, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Feb 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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