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Microgestin is a type of birth control pill that comes in two different strengths. The Microgestin dosage that is right for you will depend on several factors, such as how you have responded to birth control pills in the past. Regardless of the dosage your doctor prescribes, Microgestin dosing guidelines stress the importance of taking the pill at the same time each day.

Microgestin Dosing: An Introduction

There are two different doses of Microgestin® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although Microgestin is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly greatly increases the risk of pregnancy.
(Microgestin is a generic version of Loestrin®.)

Basic Microgestin Dosing Instructions

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 21 days (three weeks). After you finish one pack, wait seven days before starting the next one. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. Sometimes, you may have breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods. If this happens, keep taking Microgestin as usual.
Microgestin comes in two different strengths: Microgestin 1/20 (a lower dose of hormones) and Microgestin 1.5/30 (a slightly higher dose of hormones). Your healthcare provider will choose the best Microgestin dosage for you based on several factors, especially your response to other birth control pills in the past.
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