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If I want to take birth control pills to avoid becoming pregnant, does the progestin levonorgestrel cause fewer blood clots and heart attacks than desogestrel or gestodene?


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Sometimes oldies are goodies. Stick with the older progesterones such as levonorgestrel in this study. Generic Ethinyl, estradiol 20mcg, and norgestimate are just $9.00 at Walmart. Safer AND cheaper. Nice!


1. Weill A, Dalichampt M, Raguideau F, et al. Low dose oestrogen combined oral contraception and risk of pulmonary embolism, stroke, and myocardial infarction in five million French women: cohort study. BMJ. 2016;353i2002


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