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jessinator55
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Hello! I was thinking about switching pills but have a few questions I thought I would ask before I visited my female practitioner.

I have been taking estrostep for over a year, but I am thinking of switching to either Loestrin 24 or Ortho Tricyclen Lo. They both have much lower doses of estrogen, so my question is: would switching from a higher prescription of estrogen to a much lower prescription of estrogen lessen the effectiveness, since my body is used to taking a higher dosage?

Also, Loestrin 24 has only 4 placebo pills. I know most women think that is a big plus because of shorter periods, but mine are short anyway. Would the four placebo pills cause any problems?

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Heather
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No, that won't decrease your effectiveness. There are such a wide array of hormonal combinations of the estrogens and progesterones with combination pills, and their effectiveness is the same. The only difference to be made is in not taking them correctly.

(But it's always wise with a pill change, just as with starting the first time, to use a backup method for the first cycle, but I think you do that already.)

I've also not seen any research to show that the four placebo days versus seven create any extra risks or problems.

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thanks:)
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