Hi Dr.

I have been on Minerva-35/ Diane-35 for many years and i mainly went on it for my acne problem. i am now 36 years of age and would like to know what i can use or do should i wish to go off the minerva-35 completely and keep my skin clear of acne OR will i have to take the minerva-35 for the rest of my life to keep my skin clear?
Is there any alternatives?

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replied November 23rd, 2015
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If your acne is caused by your hormones (and it sounds like it is), only hormones will help.

When last did you go off the pill to see if acne is even still a problem for you? Your natural hormone levels change throughout your life. The problems you had may be gone.
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replied November 27th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

If your acne issue has been resolved or has got better, it is possible to stop the medication.

But if your doctor has advised it as a contraceptive as well, then you may need to keep using it to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

If you have completed your family and do not intend to get pregnant and also want to stop taking the pills you may consult with your doctor and seek permanent birth control options including tubectomy.

If you want to keep your fertility but still want to avoid pregnancy for the next few years, then hormonal implants or Intrauterine devices can be a good option.

Consult your doctor and seek a proper medical opinion.

I hope this helps.
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