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. Off label it is used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding and pain associated with endometriosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 96 40
Endometriosis 30 8
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 11 4
Endometriosis 8 2
Ovarian cyst 8 4
Migraine headaches 7 4

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 15
Moderate 14
Mild 15
None 29

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

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 8
Sex drive (libido) decreased 4
Depressed mood 3
Nausea 3
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 2
Mid-cycle spotting 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Dosage Patients
daily 4
1 tablet(s) daily 2
20 mcg-100 mcg daily 2
0.1 mg daily 1
0.05 mg-0.25 mg daily 1
1 mg daily 1
1 mixed daily 1
30 mcg-0.15 mg daily 1
extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg daily 1
20 mcg-90 mcg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

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Reason Patients
Other 22
Side effects too severe 22
Did not seem to work 13
Doctor's advice 10
Course of treatment ended 7
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

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

Stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 62
Usually 10
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 54
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 37
Not specified 28

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 4
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 2
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 1
Ovral 1

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Patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-norgestrel (Cryselle 28) 2
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 2
etonogestrel (Implanon) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

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Carebear84
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Carebear84
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
32 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar II

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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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Wicked13
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Wicked13
Data Quality: 0 stars
Age: 35y
Gender: F
Condition: Psoriasis
I am: n
BSA% 25
DLQI score: 8
I have:
Psoriasis

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Jun 15, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Sex drive (libido) decreased, Psoriasis)
  • 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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Kaessa
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Kaessa
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F52y
CFS:7y Dx
FM:7y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Nov 25, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: No side effects like I've had with other birth control pills, except for the lovely side effect of MUCH lighter periods (almost non-existent) and cramps are almost eliminated. This has made my life SO much better. Fibro and cramps are an evil combination.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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