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Today we continue with our series on birth control by identifying and classifying the variety of pills available to women.

There are nearly 60 varieties of birth control pills.  They are, as I mentioned in the first post of the series, grouped by whether they are progesterone-only or progesterone-estrogen combination pills, by which kinds and amounts of progesterone and estrogen they use, by being mono, di, tri, or quadri phasic, by lasting one month before a withdrawal bleed, or by lasting three months before a withdrawal bleed. Below is a table I use for reference that details the phase and drug type of each type of birth control.

Alesse-28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Apriethinyl estradioldesogestrel
Avianeethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Breviconethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Demulen 1/35-21 Demulen 1/35-28 Demulen 1/50-21 Demulen 1/50-28ethinyl estradiolethynodiol diacetate
Desogenethinyl estradioldesogestrel
Genora 1/35ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Genora 1/50mestranolnorethindrone
Levlite 28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Levlen 21 Levlen 28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Levora 0.15/30-21 Levora 0.15/30-28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Loestrin 21 1/20 Loestrin 21 1.5/30 Loestrin FE 1/20 Loestrin FE 1.5/30ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone acetate
Lo-Ovral 28 Ovral 28ethinyl estradiolnorgestrel
Low-Ogestrel 28 Ogestrel 0.5/50-28ethinyl estradiolnorgestrel
Microgestin 1/20 Microgestin 1.5/30 Microgestin FE 1/20 Microgestin FE 1/5/30ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone acetate
Modiconethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Necon 0.5/35-21 Necon 0.5/35-28 Necon 1/50-21 Necon 1/50-28 Necon 1/35-21 Necon 1/35-28ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Nordette 28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Norinyl 1/50mestranolnorethindrone
Norinyl 1/35ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Nortrel 0.5/35 Nortrel 1/35ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Ortho-Ceptethinyl estradioldesogestrel
Ortho-Novum 1/35ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Ortho-Novum 1/50mestranolnorethindrone
Ortho-Cyclenethinyl estradiolnorgestimate
Ovcon 50 Ovcon 35ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Tri-Norinyl 28ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Yasmin 28ethinyl estradioldrospirenone
Zovia 1/50E Zovia 1/35Eethinyl estradiolethynodiol diacetate
Jenest 28ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Mircetteethinyl estradioldesogestrel
Necon 10/11-21 Necon 10/11-28ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Ortho-Novum 10/11ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Estrostep 21 Estrostep FEethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Ortho-Novum 7/7/7ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Ortho Tri-Cyclen LOethinyl estradiolnorgestimate
Tri-Levlen 21 Tri-Levlen 28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Tri-Norinyl 28ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone
Triphasil 28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Trivora 28ethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
24-4 PREPARATIONS (24 days of hormone pills and 4 days of placebo pills)
Yazethinyl estradioldrospirenone
Lo Estrin 24-4ethinyl estradiolnorethindrone acetate
Seasonaleethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel
Seasoniqueethinyl estradiollevonorgestrel

Table from Medicine Net.

For more on the birth control series, see:

Part I: Birth control pills: How they work, benefits, and risks

Part II: The Drosiprenone Pill Warning

You can also learn more in my book, Birth Control Unlocked: Your Body, Your Options, Your Guide.

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