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Best birth control pill for acne and depression?

Hi,

My dermotologist suggested I go on birth control pills for adult acne vulgaris (nothing else has worked, and it's clearly hormonal). However, I have chronic depression, and I know oral contraceptives can exacerbate this. Which pill would be least likely to cause depression? He has suggested Ortho-TriCyclin. However, I've read that women with depression should avoid cyclical birth control pills, and use one with the least progestin. So, would you also happen to know which oral contraceptive has the least progestin, Ortho-Cyclin or Ovcon-35 (they have different progestins, so it's hard to make a comparison)?

Thank you,
Anna
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Anna:

I don't know much about birth control pills for acne, because I never use them.  I have been quite unimpressed with the effectiveness of Ortho-Tri-Cyclene in the women I've seen who take it.

Your doctor has obviously different experience.  Still, it should be possible for him or her to find other effective ways to treat you if there is a concern that cyclical hormones might not agree with you.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
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Anna,
My GYN swears by Ortho-Tri-Cyclen.  I'm 22 and nearly all of my close friends (that it is discussed with) take it.  I was taking Ortho-Cept and it made me break out more than before i was taking it.  I took it for almost 5 years.  I have been taking Ortho-Tri-Cyclen for almost 2 years now and havent broken out more than 3 times!  As far as the progestin goes...Ortho-Tri-Cyclen is on of the higher ones, so my GYN says.  He prescribed me on that because of it(progestin) helping my migraines.
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