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lia132
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Hello again! thanx heather for having answered my prevous question. It was very helpful

I have another question, this time concerning birth control.

I've been thinking of going on birth control and i had a question whether the pills which have lower dosages have a higher pregnancy risk. This may have an obvious "yes" answer as the lower the dosage means the lower the estrogen and progestin levels are, but i guess i just have to hear it to be certain [Razz]

also

Once you go on the pill, how many days/weeks will it be affective? does that depend on the dosage also?

cheers!

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Actually, all of the brands of birth control pills on the market right now have very low doses of hormones. That doesn't mean that they have higher pregnancy risks: all combination pills have a failure rate of less than 1% if used as directed.

If you start the pill on the first day of a period or the first Sunday after the start of a period, you should be able to rely on it after a week. But here at ST, we always recommend using back-up for one full cycle before relying on the pill alone.

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lia132
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thanx bub!

I knew that BC pills have low doses, so i was specifically talking about those who have lowER ones. So to be clear, in general the dosages have nothing to do with how effective they are?

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Yep: the dosage of the hormones in your specific brand of birth control pills has nothing to do with the effectiveness rate. All brands of bcp have to meet a specific standard of protection.

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Really, the different levels of different hormones are only different to combat side effects. Some women have less side effects on a higher dosage, some have fewer on lower doses. Everyone works best on different formulations. They all work the same and are all the same effectiveness. [Smile]
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