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Adv Contracept. 1990 Mar;6(1):33-40.

Extending the duration of the pill-free interval during combined oral contraception.

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University Hospital of South Manchester, West Didsbury.


The effect of increasing the duration of the pill-free interval from 7 to 9 and 11 days during the first 4 months of combined oral contraceptive therapy was studied by hormonal, ovarian follicle and mucus changes. Increasing the pill-free interval allowed more follicular development and more estradiol production. In some cases, pre-ovulatory values were achieved although ovulation did not occur. No differences could be detected between different types of combined oral contraceptive, including monophasic, triphasic, levonorgestrel-containing and gestodene-containing. The variation between individuals in the group of 28 was far greater than any variation in dose.

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