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LO Ovral (Norgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol) - Summary



21 white LO/OVRAL tablets, each containing 0.3 mg of norgestrel ( dl -13-beta-ethyl-17-alpha-ethinyl-17-beta-hydroxygon-4-en-3-one), a totally synthetic progestogen, and 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17(alpha)-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol), and 7 pink inert tablets.

Oral contraceptives are indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception.

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Media Articles Related to LO Ovral (Norgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)

Domestic violence deters contraception
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2015.04.02]
Domestic violence takes many forms. The control of a woman's reproductive choices by her partner is one of them.

'15 million unwanted pregnancies' created by low contraception in 35 poorer countries
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2015.02.05]
Some 90% of the 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies across a third of the world's population every year are due to a failure to use modern contraception, study suggests.

Research reveals more than half of young women who have abortions were using contraception when they fell pregnant
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2014.04.30]
Reproductive health charity Marie Stopes UK has launched the findings of the first research in the UK into the contraceptive use of women aged 16-24 having one or more abortions.

Female cystic fibrosis patients need more contraceptive guidance, study finds
Source: Cystic Fibrosis News From Medical News Today [2015.05.11]
As life span for once-deadly disease increases, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies are commonOnly half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become...

New research shows a statistical significant association between increased LARC usage and reduction in teenage pregnancy and abortion rates in England
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2014.11.27]
New findings, published in the International Journal of Women's Health, show increased long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) usage in England was significantly associated with decreased...

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Published Studies Related to LO Ovral (Norgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)

A 1-year randomized study to evaluate the effects of a dose reduction in oral contraceptives on lipids and carbohydrate metabolism: 20 microg ethinyl estradiol combined with 100 microg levonorgestrel. [2005.02]
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact on lipid and carbohydrate variables of a combined one-third ethinyl estradiol (EE)/levonorgestrel (LNG) dose reduction in oral contraceptives... CONCLUSION: Similar effects on the lipid and carbohydrate profiles were found for both preparations. The balanced one-third EE dose reduction in this new oral contraceptive caused slightly lower, but insignificant, changes in the lipid and carbohydrate variables compared with the reference treatment.

Superior cycle control with a contraceptive vaginal ring compared with an oral contraceptive containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol and 150 microg levonorgestrel: a randomized trial. [2005.02]
BACKGROUND: This trial was conducted to compare cycle control with vaginal ring a combined contraceptive vaginal ring, and a combined oral contraceptive (COC) delivering 30 mug ethinylestradiol (EE) and 150 mug levonorgestrel... CONCLUSIONS: Cycle control with vaginal ring was excellent and superior to that of a COC containing 30 mug EE.

A comparative study of monophasic oral contraceptives containing either drospirenone 3 mg or levonorgestrel 150 microg on premenstrual symptoms. [2005.01]
This open-label randomized study compared the effects of two combined oral contraceptives (OCs) containing 3 mg drospirenone (DRSP)/30 microg ethinyl estradiol (EE) with 150 microg levonorgestrel (LNG)/30 microg EE on the prevalence and changes from baseline of premenstrual symptoms after six cycles...

Ovarian follicular development is initiated during the hormone-free interval of oral contraceptive use. [2004.11]
We evaluated ovarian follicular development in women during compliant use of oral contraceptives (OC). Thirty-six healthy women received: [35 microg ethinyl estradiol (21)/180 microg norgestimate (7), 215 microg norgestimate (7), 250 microg norgestimate (7)]; [30 microg ethinyl estradiol (21)/150 microg desogestrel (21)]; or [20 microg ethinyl estradiol (21)/100 microg levonorgestrel (21)] for 3 consecutive 28-day cycles...

Cycle control, quality of life and acne with two low-dose oral contraceptives containing 20 microg ethinylestradiol. [2004.06]
OBJECTIVES: Poor cycle control and tolerability can be reasons for irregular pill intake. This study compared the tolerability of two low-dose oral contraceptives and their effect on cycle control... CONCLUSIONS: 20EE/DSG provided better cycle control than 20EE/LNG with less treatment discontinuation due to unacceptable bleeding. There were no apparent differences between the two groups regarding tolerability and quality of life. There was less acne with 20EE/DSG. Copyright 2004 Elsevier Inc.

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Based on a total of 1 ratings/reviews, LO Ovral has an overall score of 9. The effectiveness score is 10 and the side effect score is 8. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.

LO Ovral review by 3 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   acne and contraception
Dosage & duration:   standard 30 mcg (dosage frequency: every day) for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   hirsutism
Other drugs taken:   spironolactone
Reported Results
Benefits:   Within days, the acne disappeared. When taken continuously for 3-5 months at a time, the acne never reappeared and the hirsutism decreased substantially. We then added laser hair removal and stopped the spironolactone.
Side effects:   Spironolactone caused occasional leg cramping. The Lo-ovral caused some water retention.
Comments:   Spironolactone was taken 50 mg a day and then increased after 3 months to 100 mg twice a day. The Lo-ovral was taken each day. The laser hair removal was every 6 weeks. The acne was completely under control. When the OCP was stopped, the acne returned.

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