Birth Control Pills: How Do They Compare?

I don't know about you, but just about every woman I know has been on or is taking birth control pills. There are so many different brands out there and they all offer different amounts of hormones, so I made this handy chart to help you figure out which one may be right for you. These pills are combination pills, which means they contain a type of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol), and a type of progestin (levonorgestrel, desogestrel, norethindrone). The pills with the least amount of ethinyl estradiol tend to offer the least amount of side effects, and the ones that offer the same hormonal dosages each day (monophasic pills) will help to ease PMS symptoms (mainly mood swings). With so many different options out there, it's important to know what's actually in these pills, since every woman's body reacts differently to hormonal birth control. Check out my chart below:

Birth Control Hormone Dosage
Alesse .10 mg levonorgestrel and 20 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Brevikon .5 mg norethindrone acetate and 35 mcg estrogen per pill
Cyclessa Phase 1: .1 mg desogestrel and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 2: .125 mg desogestrel and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 3: 15 mg desogestrel and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Jolessa .15 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Junel 21 Day 1.5 mg norethindrone acetate and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Kelnor 1 mg ethynodiol diacetate and 35 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Loestrin 21 1 mg norethindrone acetate and 20 mcg estrogen per pill

Don't see yours on the list? To see the others, read more.

Birth Control Hormone Dosage
Lybrel .09 mg levonorgestrel and 20 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Nordette .15 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Orthro Tri-Cyclen Phase 1: .18 mg norgestimate and 35 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 2: .215 mg norgestimate and 35 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 3: 25 mg norgestimate and 35 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Orthro Tri-Cyclen Lo Phase 1: .18 mg norgestimate and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol (type of estrogen) per pill
Phase 2: .215 mg norgestimate and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 3: 25 mg norgestimate and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Reclipsen .15 mg desogestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Seasonal .15 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Seasonique .15 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Solia .15 mg desogestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Trivora-28 Phase 1: .5 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mcgethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 2: .075 mg levonorgestrel and 40 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 3: .125 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Velivet Phase 1: .1 mg desogestrel and 25 mcgethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 2: .125 mg desogrestrel and 25 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Phase 3: .15 mg desogestrel and 24 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Yasmin 3 mg drospirenone and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill
Yaz 3 mg drospirenone and 20 mcg ethinyl estradiol per pill

Pretty interesting information, huh? So ladies, if you're on the pill, which one works best for you?

— Additional reporting by Alexis Nordby

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