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ana109
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I am on Minerva, which is a generic equivalent of Diane-35. According to information it has the same active ingredients as Diane-35, as well as the same dosage.

I am on the pill mainly for contraceptive purposes. Is the fact that it's a lower dosage pill make it less effective as a contraceptive? It would really suck to find that out now, as I am sexually active with my boyfriend, and we do not always use a condom (both STI free and I have been on the pill for about 7 months now)

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All birth control is designed to prevent pregnancy. So, different brands of oral contraceptives do not differ in how well they prevent pregnancy, but in how they work with your unique body chemistry to give you the fewest side effects possible.

As long as you are taking the pill as directed, you can rely on it to be at its full effectiveness. With typical use, that is at around 92%.

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I take the pill at 18:00 every day. I have not missed one or vomited or had any stomach issues...

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So then you'd be much closer to the perfect use effectiveness, which is around 99% over 1 year.

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Why would a doctor prescribe a high dose pill? As far as I know the majority of OCP's are quite low dosage.

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A higher-dose pill might be prescribed because the patient has a health issue like PCOS or endometriosis that the doctor feels would be helped by a slightly higher dose of hormones, or because the formulation of a particular higher-dose pill may work better for that particular person. It depends on a whole bunch of factors. And anymore, there isn't really any such thing as a "high dose" pill - compared to the first pill formulations that were developed, all pills nowadays would be considered low dose, and the amount of hormones varies by micrograms only even between supposed "low dose" and "high dose" pills.

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