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Hi, I just had a few questions about Birth Control. Right now I'm taking Ortho-TriCyclen Lo, and I was wondering what the difference is between the low dose and the higher dose counterpart. I've been on the OTCL for over a year, but for the first 6 months or so that I'd been taking it, one or two days a week I'd end up taking it a few hours late. (Which I know now is BAD and I now take it the same time every day)but it was still effective. What I'm wondering is if the low dose pill is more prone to failure than the higher dose pill or vice versa. Is one more effective than the other? Also, is it possible for your body to develop a resistance to the horomones and for the pill to stop working? Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without the horomonal BC, my boyfirend and I still use condoms every time just to be super safe, but I just had a few questions.

Also: I spoke with my Dr. recently and she said the the HPV vaccine should be widely avaliable sometime within the next 6 months or so. Being able to prevent cervical cancer with a series of 3 vaccines is incredible, so go get it! I just wanted to spread the word, if you have any more info about the HPV vaccine I'd love to have it! Thanks!

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Ortho Lo is just as effective as the higher dose pill.

It has 10 mcg less estrogen, which is why some women experience fewer side effects on it. (When the pill first came out, it was nuclear strength compared to what we have today... probably why thoughts of the pill and weight gain/moodiness are still synonymous today).

You can't develop resistance to the pill, since it regulates your own hormones; it's not like antibiotics, which target live bacteria that can mutate. But some women do have to switch brands once they've been on the pill a while, to find out what works best for them.

still use condoms every time just to be super safe
Awesome. Good choice.

Thanks for the Gardasil update! And thanks for helping to spread the word too. We don't have any more recent info on it beyond what your gyn can tell you... but I know Miz S or the mods will post any info as soon as they get it.

[ 08-18-2006, 04:13 PM: Message edited by: kitka ]

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