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, 89 (4), 242-52

Gestodene: A Review of Its Pharmacology, Potency and Tolerability in Combined Contraceptive Preparations

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Gestodene: A Review of Its Pharmacology, Potency and Tolerability in Combined Contraceptive Preparations

Frank Z Stanczyk et al. Contraception.

Abstract

Combined progestin-estrogen pills are an established and reliable contraceptive option used by women worldwide. Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) containing the progestins--gestodene, desogestrel or norgestimate--were developed to minimize androgenic side effects and are considered an effective, well-tolerated contraceptive option. Gestodene achieves contraceptive efficacy with the lowest dose of any progestin in a COC, and has an established and favorable short- and long-term tolerability profile. In this review we present an overview of the pharmacology, potency and tolerability of gestodene.

Keywords: Combined oral contraceptives; Ethinyl estradiol; Gestodene; Pharmacology; Review.

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