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Unread 02-18-2005, 05:27 PM
endo, estrogen and BCP

I am confused about something:

If endometriosis feeds off of estrogen, why are birth control pills sometimes prescribed to treat endo? Aren't BCP full of estrogen? Are there certain BCPs that you should *not* use if you have endo?



Margot
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Unread 02-18-2005, 05:44 PM
endo, estrogen and BCP

Margot,

BCP that are prescribed for women with endo are usually a low dose of estrogen with progestrone. The thinking is that BCP will control the level of estrogen by keeping it lower than if you were not on a BCP formula.

Gina
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Unread 02-18-2005, 06:47 PM
endo, estrogen and BCP

Thanks for clearing up my confusion! That makes sense. Gina, I pm'd you to see if you could answer a question for me.



Margot
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