Today we continue with our series on birth control by identifying and classifying the variety of pills available to women.

There are nearly 60 varieties of birth control pills.  They are, as I mentioned in the first post of the series, grouped by whether they are progesterone-only or progesterone-estrogen combination pills, by which kinds and amounts of progesterone and estrogen they use, by being mono, di, tri, or quadri phasic, by lasting one month before a withdrawal bleed, or by lasting three months before a withdrawal bleed. Below is a table I use for reference that details the phase and drug type of each type of birth control.

MONOPHASIC PRODUCTS
BRAND NAME(S) ESTROGEN PROGESTIN
Alesse-28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Apri ethinyl estradiol desogestrel
Aviane ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Brevicon ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Demulen 1/35-21 Demulen 1/35-28 Demulen 1/50-21 Demulen 1/50-28 ethinyl estradiol ethynodiol diacetate
Desogen ethinyl estradiol desogestrel
Genora 1/35 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Genora 1/50 mestranol norethindrone
Levlite 28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Levlen 21 Levlen 28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Levora 0.15/30-21 Levora 0.15/30-28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Loestrin 21 1/20 Loestrin 21 1.5/30 Loestrin FE 1/20 Loestrin FE 1.5/30 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone acetate
Lo-Ovral 28 Ovral 28 ethinyl estradiol norgestrel
Low-Ogestrel 28 Ogestrel 0.5/50-28 ethinyl estradiol norgestrel
Microgestin 1/20 Microgestin 1.5/30 Microgestin FE 1/20 Microgestin FE 1/5/30 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone acetate
Modicon ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Necon 0.5/35-21 Necon 0.5/35-28 Necon 1/50-21 Necon 1/50-28 Necon 1/35-21 Necon 1/35-28 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Nordette 28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Norinyl 1/50 mestranol norethindrone
Norinyl 1/35 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Nortrel 0.5/35 Nortrel 1/35 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Ortho-Cept ethinyl estradiol desogestrel
Ortho-Novum 1/35 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Ortho-Novum 1/50 mestranol norethindrone
Ortho-Cyclen ethinyl estradiol norgestimate
Ovcon 50 Ovcon 35 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Tri-Norinyl 28 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Yasmin 28 ethinyl estradiol drospirenone
Zovia 1/50E Zovia 1/35E ethinyl estradiol ethynodiol diacetate
BIPHASIC PRODUCTS
BRAND NAME(S) ESTROGEN PROGESTIN
Jenest 28 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Mircette ethinyl estradiol desogestrel
Necon 10/11-21 Necon 10/11-28 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Ortho-Novum 10/11 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
TRIPHASIC PRODUCTS
BRAND NAME(S) ESTROGEN PROGESTIN
Estrostep 21 Estrostep FE ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO ethinyl estradiol norgestimate
Tri-Levlen 21 Tri-Levlen 28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Tri-Norinyl 28 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone
Triphasil 28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Trivora 28 ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
24-4 PREPARATIONS (24 days of hormone pills and 4 days of placebo pills)
Yaz ethinyl estradiol drospirenone
Lo Estrin 24-4 ethinyl estradiol norethindrone acetate
EXTENDED-CYCLE PREPARATIONS
Seasonale ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
Seasonique ethinyl estradiol levonorgestrel
PROGESTIN-ONLY PRODUCTS
BRAND NAME(S) ESTROGEN PROGESTIN
Micronor norethindrone
Nor-QD norethindrone
Ovrette norgestrel

Table from Medicine Net.

For more on the birth control series, see:

Part I: Birth control pills: How they work, benefits, and risks

Part II: The Drosiprenone Pill Warning

You can also learn more in my book, Birth Control Unlocked: Your Body, Your Options, Your Guide.

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