Femulen is an effective progestogen only pill, commonly known as the 'mini-pill'. Mini-pills offer 99% protection against pregnancy, but by only using one hormone, a synthetic progestogen. This makes it more suitable for women who are sensitive to oestrogen and experience side effects when using a combined contraceptive. It's also a better choice for older women, women who smoke and women who are breastfeeding.
Unfortunately Femulen is no longer available to buy at HealthExpress. However, Cerazette or Noriday are effective mini pill treatments that are available to buy online safely and securely from HealthExpress, by taking a free and confidential online consultation. Each consultation is checked by one of our doctors, so that you can be sure that whichever mini-pill you choose is safe for you to take. If approved, you can place an order and our pharmacy will fulfil your prescription and dispatch your order for free overnight delivery.
What are the benefits of Femulen?
Femulen is a mini-pill that prevents pregnancy with the help of synthetic progestogen (etynodiol diacetate 500 micrograms). This makes it much more suitable for women who are sensitive to oestrogen. It's also a more suitable choice for older women, women who are over 35 and smoking, women who are breastfeeding and women whose blood pressure has risen while using a combined pill. Despite only containing one hormone, Femulen is only slightly less effective than a combined contraceptive, and is 99% effective at preventing conception.
How does Femulen work?
Femulen protects against pregnancy in two different ways. Firstly, it alters the lining of your womb, so when an egg is released from the ovaries it isn't able to embed itself and grow. Secondly, Femulen alters the cervical mucous, making it very difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
Who can use Femulen?
Most women over the age of 18 are safe to use the mini pill. In some circumstances, however, you may not be advised to use it. Women who may not be able to use Femulen include women who suffer, or have suffered from, migraines, heart or kidney problems, diabetes, varicose veins, gallstones, asthma, high blood pressure, muscle twitches, blood clotting and multiple sclerosis.
How do I use Femulen?
Each course of Femulen comes with 28 pills. A single pill needs to be taken every day. If taken on the first day of your period, you will be almost immediately protected. You can take Femulen up to day five of your period, but you will need to use another form of contraception for seven days to ensure you are completely protected. Once you finish a pack of pills, you should start another one immediately and you must not have a break between taking the pills.
You should take the pill at the same time each day, and it can be taken safely up to three hours later. If you miss a pill, take one as soon as possible, and then resume your routine. You are advised to use a condom for seven days if you miss a pill.
Are there any side effects?
Oral contraception does cause side effects for some users, but because Femulen is a mini-pill the risk is reduced. Side effects usually effect women taking the mini-pill for the first time and may include nausea, weight gain, headaches, migraines, dizziness, breast tenderness, and changes in appetite and your sex drive. Any side effects you experience should alleviate as you continue treatment. If they don't, then you may be advised to choose a different contraceptive pill.
How do I buy the mini pill online?
HealthExpress provides a comprehensive medical service to all patients who wish to buy the mini pill without having to make an appointment with their GP or family planning clinic. To obtain a prescription, you need first to complete an online consultation form. This is a no obligation medical questionnaire which takes only a few minutes to complete and is completely confidential. Each consultation is reviewed by one of our doctors. If you are suitable for a mini pill contraceptive treatment like Cerazette or Noriday, you will be able to place your order, and they will provide a prescription. The prescription will then be forwarded to our pharmacy which will dispatch your chosen mini pill for free next-day delivery.