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Microgynon (also sold as Microgynon 30) is a combined oral contraceptive that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. If taken on the first day of your menstrual cycle it provides immediate protection. Each pill contains the two active ingredients; ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. These ingredients work to prevent pregnancy in three ways, providing you with reliable contraceptive protection. It is also used to treat endometriosis, premenstrual tension and painful or heavy periods.
As a combined pill is one of the most reliable contraceptive methods available. It can provide immediate contraceptive protection if taken on the first day of your period, however, it can still be taken two to five days after your period has started, although it may then take seven days for the contraceptive to take effect. Other benefits include:
Microgynon pills will not protect you against any sexually transmitted diseases/infections. If you have had unprotected sex and are worried you might have contracted an STI, you should talk to your GP or visit a local sexual health centre.
Alternatively, you can take a look at some of the options available from HealthExpress.
Microgynon combined pill works in three ways to prevent pregnancy. Firstly, it stops ovulation so that no egg is released. Secondly, it increases the texture of the mucous present in the cervix, which makes it much harder for sperm to enter the womb. The third way in which the contraceptive tablets work is to prevent growth of the lining of the womb, so that it doesn't become thick enough for an egg to settle, in the unlikely event that ovulation does take place.
For immediate protection, you should start taking your first Microgynon pill on the very first day of your period. However, this is not essential; you will just need to use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for the following seven days before the pill is 99% effective.
You can find out more details about using this combined contraceptive in the attached patient information leaflet or by consulting with your doctor.
If you happen to forget to take your Microgynon pill at the usual time then make sure to take is as soon as you can. However, if you have missed it by 24 hours or more, it is recommended to follow these instructions as a guide:
Use our interactive tool below on what to do if you miss one or multiple pills in one month (menstrual cycle). Simply click to begin.
*Vomiting and diarrhoea experienced within four hours of taking the pill is also classed as a missed pill.
*There are more than seven pills left in the pack. Continue to finish the pack, overlapping the seven-day break. Take your seven-day break and start your new pack as usual.
*There are fewer than seven pills left in the pack. Continue to finish the pack, overlapping the seven-day break. Start the new pack immediately after the old one is finished (missing out the seven-day break completely).
*If you have missed contraceptive pills in the first one to nine days of the pill pack and have had sex without barrier contraception, you could be pregnant. If you have calculated this between one to five days after the unprotected sex, you could use emergency contraception such as the IUD or morning-after pill. If not, continue your contraception until the seven-day break. If you don't have any bleeding, it is advised to take a pregnancy test and/or consult your doctor.
For more information about what to do if you've missed your oral dose for a significant period of time, it's always advised to speak to your doctor or go to the sexual health clinic to speak to a professional. You could also speak to a pharmacist if you're unable to see one of the others.
There is one standard dosage for all the pills in the Microgynon blister pack. Each one contains 150 mcg (micrograms) of the progestogen levonorgestrel and 30 mcg of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol. This dosage has been designed specifically to maintain effectiveness, whilst also minimising potential negative reactions.
Whilst both contraceptive pills share the same active ingredients, they do differ in one aspect, and that is the number of pills per strip. A strip for Microgynon 30 ED contains 28 tablets (21 beige and seven white tablets), whilst a strip for Microgynon 30 contains only 21 tablets. The seven white pills in the Microgynon 30 ED strip don't contain any hormones and are used as placebos to help remember the pill.
There are side effects associated with combined contraceptive pills, however they tend to be very mild in nature and go away as your body gets used to Microgynon without requiring any specific treatment. The initial trial time for Microgynon is three months.
The most common side effects may include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, water retention or change in menstrual bleeding.
Some serious side effects such as circulation issues can occur, but this only affects a very small number of women. It is recommended that you seek medical help if any of the above side effects become bothersome, persistent, or if you experience anything more serious.
Some pills have high oestrogen content and oestrogen affects body mass, however, reports of weight gain in combined pills such as Microgynon are largely unfounded. Certain contraceptives have also been reported to increase hunger so whilst some pills on their own don't cause you to put on weight, it's important to watch your eating habits as you might not feel full even when you are.
If you're thinking about coming off this contraceptive pill then it's always advised to speak to your doctor. Some things that you might have initially gone on the pill for to get rid of might come back. These factors include:
Mood swings are considered to be fairly common when coming off the pill, however, lots of women don't experience anything at all.
If you are worried about this medications effect on your psychological or mental health, it's always advised to talk to a doctor or other medical professional.
You can buy Microgynon contraceptive pill online if you are over the age of 18 and if you are looking for a long-term treatment to prevent pregnancy. You should not take this contraception if you are:
During your consultation, you should make sure to mention any medical conditions or illnesses you may have, or have had, to your doctor. Microgynon 30 may not be as effective as you need it to be if taken alongside certain medications, so ensure that you mention any natural, over-the-counter or prescription treatments you are using during your consultation. If you cannot use this treatment, our doctor may prescribe an alternative contraceptive method.
You can order Microgynon online from HealthExpress after completing an online consultation form. Your answers are used by our doctors to evaluate whether this contraceptive is suitable for you to use. Once approved, your prescription will be sent out to our registered pharmacy and your contraception will be dispatched for overnight delivery.