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Curr Med Res Opin. 1978;5(8):655-62.

Clinical experience with a low dose oral contraceptive containing norethisterone and ethinyl oestradiol.

Abstract

The results are presented of a clinical investigation of an oral contraceptive containing 0.5 mg norethisterone and 0.035 mg ethinyl oestradiol. The medication was administered orally as a 21-day cyclic regimen in 1,168 women. Duration of use was from 1 to 53 cycles with an overall total of 16,345 cycles. When the preparation was taken as directed, no pregnancies occurred. Three women conceived during the course of this study; however, these subjects missed 3, 2, and 1 prescribed tablets, respectively, and their pregnancies are thus judged due to patient failure. The overall pregnancy rate was 0.22 per 100 women years of use calculated as a Pearl Index. Intermenstrual bleeding (spotting and/or breakthrough bleeding) was noted primarily in the early cycles, soon tapering off to a lower and stable level. The overall cumulative cyclic incidence of amenorrhoea was 1.0%.

PIP:

Clinical experience with a low dose oral contraceptive (OC) containing .5 mg norethisterone and .035 mg ethinyl estradiol is reported. 1168 sexually active women received the OC as a 21-day cyclic regimen from 1 to 53 cycles with an overall total of 16345 cycles. No pregnancies occurred when the OC was taken as directed. 3 women who conceived during the study missed 3, 2, and 1 prescribed tablets, respectively. The overall pregnancy rate was .22/100 woman years of use calculated as a Pearl index. Spotting and/or breakthrough bleeding was noted primarily in the early cycles. Patient dropout was 14.2% for menstrual disorders and irregularities, and 11.4% for other medically associated complaints or reactions. It is concluded that this OC has proved to be an effective and well-tolerated lower dose OC.

PMID:
710178
DOI:
10.1185/03007997809110203
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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