What are advantages of progestin-only oral contraceptives?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Due to the lack of estrogen, evidence of serious complications to which estrogen can contribute (ie, thromboembolism) is minimal. Noncontraceptive benefits include decreased dysmenorrhea, decreased menstrual blood loss, and decreased premenstrual syndrome symptoms. Unlike DMPA, fertility is immediately reestablished after the cessation of progestin-only oral contraceptives.


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