Second and third generation pills - What is the difference?
The first contraceptive pills ever produced had a much higher hormone content than modern versions of the pill. Currently available brands of pill are either second or third generation pills.
Second generation pills have a lower hormone dose than the first contraceptive pills. Many frequently prescribed pills fall into this category.
Third generation pills are relatively new pills which contain different hormones and a lower dosage than second generation pills. Brands of second generation pills include Yasmin and Cilest. They are believed to be less likely to cause certain side effects, such as water retention.
That being said, every woman reacts differently to the pill and it is difficult to predict whether a second or third generation pill will be better for you.