Which Controls Male Hormones Better: Patch or Pills?

It occurred to some researchers at USC in the Gyno department in 2005 to see if a woman could get better control of her male hormones by using the birth control patch or the birth control pill. The did this by  comparing blood androgen profiles in 24  women treated with the contraceptive patch versus an oral contraceptive (OC). The pill was a 35 mcg pill, basically a mid level pill, and the patch was basically the OrthoEvra patch that is on the market and thought of as roughly equivelent to a bit higher estrogen dose ). Blood samples were taken at baseline and end of three cycles. Serum levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), total testosterone (T), androstenedione (A), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and 3alpha-androstanediol glucuronide (3alpha-diol G) were quantified by immunoassay methods. The hormone SHBG that binds male hormones went up more with the patch but the free circulating testosterone was greater in patch users. And generally, the lowering of male hormone levels was about the same in each group,  and bottom line, they both can lower your male hormones effectively. So if you have an excess level of male hormones, or are growing extra hair, or having problems with acne, and are a bit forgetful about the pill, maybe you can ask your gyno if the patch would be a good choice for you!


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