Mercilon is an effective oral contraceptive pill that, when taken daily, has been proven to prevent pregnancy. It is also often prescribed to women who have heavy, painful or irregular periods. Using its active ingredients desogestrel (150mcg) and ethinyl estradiol (20mcg), it has been proven to be almost 99% effective at preventing pregnancy (1 in 100 women) if used correctly.
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Mercilon is a combined oral contraceptive (the pill), which can be taken daily to prevent pregnancy. If taken in the correct manner, Mercilon is proven to be almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. Mercilon is a variant of Marvelon that has a lower dosage of synthetic oestrogen, making it a better choice for women who are more sensitive to this hormone.
Mercilon pills work in three ways:
If you take it on the first day of your period, Mercilon's contraceptive effects will be immediate. If you take it later, it may take up to seven days to become effective. Like other variants of the pill, it can help to make painful periods less uncomfortable and more regulated. Pre-menstrual symptoms could also become less severe when you take the pill.
Weight gain is one of the main concerns women have when using oral contraceptives. Mercilon pills contain less oestrogen than most traditional combination contraceptives; this significantly reduces your chances of gaining weight while on the pill. Some research has even shown that using this contraceptive can possibly cause a slight reduction in weight with long-term use.
Mercilon tablets will not protect you or your partner against any sexually transmitted diseases/infections. If you've had had unprotected sex and are worried you might have contracted an STI, you should talk to your doctor right away, or visit a walk-in sexual health clinic.
Alternatively, you can take a look at some of the STI treatment options available from HealthExpress.
It should be taken without a break for 21 days of your menstrual cycle, followed by seven days when you don't take anything. During these seven days you will still be completely protected. There can be some withdrawal bleeding during this time, but this is a normal part of your treatment. Mercilon tablets should be taken at the same time everyday to help make sure that you do not skip a day. Mercilon can be taken with or without food.
There is a single standard dosage for Mercilon tablets. Each pill contains 150mcg of the progestogen desogestrel and 20mcg of the oestrogen ethinyl estradiol. This quantity has been formulated to be effective whilst also minimising potential undesirable reactions.
If you happen to forget to take your Mercilon pill at the usual time, then make sure to take is as soon as your can. However, if you have missed it by 24 hours or more, it is recommended to follow these instructions as a guide:
For more information about what to do if you've missed taking your Mercilon oral contraceptive pill for a significant period, it's always advised to speak to your doctor or someone at a sexual health clinic. You could also speak to a pharmacist if you're unable to see one of the others.
Side effects are very rare with this medication, but if they do occur, they are usually mild and will pass as soon as your body has adjusted to the hormones. Possible side effects of the Mercilon pill include:
Some pills have high oestrogen content, and oestrogen affects body mass. However, since Mercilon contains less of this hormone than some other contraceptives, weight gain is reported less by women using this particular treatment.
Women using Mercilon pills for the first time may experience side effects such as spotting, breakthrough bleeding or missed periods. You should talk to your GP if any breakthrough bleeding continues, though.
If you're thinking about coming off Mercilon, then it's always recommended that you speak to your doctor. Some things that might have initially pushed you towards starting the Mercilon contraceptive pill, besides pregnancy prevention, might come back. These things, and others, include:
You can buy Mercilon for daily contraception use if you are over 18 years of age. There are certain instances and conditions that may prevent the use of this pill, this includes:
Make sure that you mention any other medical issues or medications you are using in your consultation. This will help our doctors ensure that this medication is the most suitable contraceptive pill for you. If it isn't, they will be able to recommend a more appropriate alternative.
For more information about Mercilon and its side effects, precautions and interactions, please refer to the detailed patient information leaflet. This is included with your medication, and is also available for download on this page.
You can buy Mercilon pills online from HealthExpress. All you need to do is complete a quick online consultation form. The answers you provide help our UK registered doctors to make sure that the treatment you have chosen is suitable for you. If your consultation is approved you will be able to purchase your medication safely and securely. A prescription will then be sent to our pharmacy, where your order will be dispatched for express overnight delivery. If you live in London and order before 4pm, you can have your treatment at your door today.