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  • Pack of Millinette® 20/75 microgram ethinylestradiol/gestodene 63 coated tablets
  • This pack contains 63 Millinette® coated tablets, each with 20 micrograms of ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms of gestodene with blister stripes
  • Blister pack containing Millinette® 20/75mcg coated tablets
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What is Millinette?

Millinette is a hormonal combined contraceptive, known by many as "the pill". It contains two active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and gestodene, which are synthetic versions of the natural sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

Millinette protects you against pregnancy and, when used correctly, it is effective over 99% of the time.

Please note: Millinette, and other oral contraceptives, do not offer protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Only a barrier contraceptive (condom) will do this.

Additional benefits

Millinette can alleviate certain menstrual symptoms, such as heavy, irregular, or painful periods. However, not all women react to hormonal contraception in the same way; Millinette may also exacerbate symptoms.

How does Millinette work?

Each pill contains ethinylestradiol and gestodene. By introducing these hormones to your body, the pill mimics the effects of pregnancy, temporarily stopping your body from being able to conceive.

Under normal menstruation patterns, oestrogen causes your ovaries to release an egg each month. It also prepares the lining of the womb for a potential pregnancy. If the egg has not been fertilised at the end of each month, hormone levels fall and the womb is shed as a period.

The pill prevents an egg from being released from your ovaries, thickens the mucus at the neck of the womb, and alters the uterine lining. The combination of these changes makes it incredibly unlikely that you will become pregnant. That being said, if Millinette is not taken correctly, none of these changes may occur.

How do I take Millinette?

Remember: if you are ever confused about how to use a medication, contact your doctor. You will also find more information in the patient information leaflet (PIL); the PIL is included in all orders.

Millinette is what is known as a monophasic pill, which means that each tablet contains the same amount of hormones. You should take one tablet every day for 21 days, before a seven-day break. Try to take the pill at the same time each day with a drink. It can be taken with or without food.

During the break, hormone levels will drop and you may experience a “withdrawal bleed” similar to a period. After seven days, you must start the next pack of tablets, even if you are still bleeding. Otherwise, you will not be protected against pregnancy. If instructions are followed, protection will also last during the seven-day pill-free break.

What dosages are available?

There are currently two dosages of Millinette available to order from HealthExpress; 20/75, which contains 20mcg of ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms of gestodene, and 30/75, which contains 30 micrograms of ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms of gestodene.

To order, your regular doctor must have previously prescribed one of these options. If you believe you need a different dosage, you should consult with your regular doctor.

What to do if I miss a pill?

If you forget to take a pill at the regular time, you should take one as soon as you remember. If you only remember over 24 hours late, it counts as a missed pill.

After a missed pill, you should take a tablet as soon as possible, even if that means taking two tablets at the same time. Continue to take the rest of the pack as normal.

It is important to also use another method of contraception during the next seven days, as you may not be protected against pregnancy.

What if I vomit or have diarrhoea?

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within two hours of taking your pill, it might not have been properly absorbed into the bloodstream. Take another pill as soon as you feel like you can and continue according to your schedule. In this case, you are most likely still protected from pregnancy.

If you vomit or experience diarrhoea for over 24 hours, keep taking pills according to the schedule, but treat each day as a missed pill.

What are the possible side effects of Millinette?

As with all medicines, Millinette may cause side effects. However, most women will not experience anything adverse.

The side effects associated with combined contraceptives are generally the same regardless of brand or dosage, however, the severity and frequency may vary.

The following is a list of possible (common) side effects:

  • acne
  • fluid retention
  • headaches
  • metrorrhagia (unusual menstrual bleeding)
  • nausea
  • weight gain

For less common and rare side effects, please consult the patient leaflet. If you have concerns about side effects, you should speak to your doctor.

Who can use Millinette?

Millinette is not recommended for women:

  • who are breastfeeding
  • who have ever had a blood clot
  • with blood disorders that increase the risk of blood clots
  • having sclerosing treatment for varicose veins.
  • with two or more other risk factors for blood clots (smoking, obesity, etc.)
  • with angina, heart valve disease or an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or any other impaired cardiac function
  • with moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • who smoke more than 40 cigarettes per day
  • over 50 years of age.
  • over 35 years of age who smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day.
  • with severe diabetes
  • who suffer from severe migraines
  • with breast cancer or a history of breast cancer
  • with abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • with a history of excess urea in the blood, causing damaged red blood cells
  • with existing liver disease, e.g. liver cancer, hepatitis
  • with gallstones
  • with porphyrias
  • with allergies or intolerances to the medication’s ingredients (including lactose and sucrose)

What precautions should I take?

Whenever you start to take new medication, you should tell your doctor about any other medicines you use already, including herbal medicines and over-the-counter medicines.

You should also be aware that the following medicines may make Millinette less effective at preventing pregnancy.

  • the antibiotics rifampicin and rifabutin have been known to influence the effectiveness of the pill
  • the emergency contraceptive ulipristal (ellaOne) can make the pill less effective. If you need ellaOne while you are using Millinette, make sure to use an additional method of contraception for 14 days after.
  • the antifungal medicine griseofulvin, the weight loss medicine orlistat (Alli and Xenical), and the cholesterol medicine colesevelam also reduce the effectiveness of the pill

Patients with diabetes should pay close attention to how Millinette affects their blood sugar levels. Those with high blood pressure should also take precautions.

If you are taking thyroid hormones for hypothyroidism, you may need to increase your dose when you start taking Millinette.

Patients with epilepsy who use lamotrigine to treat the condition should be aware that Millinette can reduce its effectiveness in preventing seizures.

If you have surgery planned, you should inform your consultant that you are taking Millinette as prolonged periods of immobility can further increase your risk of suffering blood clots.

Can I buy Millinette online?

Yes, you can buy Millinette online by starting a free consultation to be reviewed by our doctor. The consultation ensures that Millinette is the safest and most effective contraceptive for your lifestyle. Once approved, this consultation remains in your account so future orders are faster.

If the doctor approves of your order, Millinette is eligible for free next-day delivery across the UK mainland. If they do not approve, you will not be charged.

Millinette info
Product nameMillinette
Active ingredient(s)ethinylestradiol/gestodene
Manufacturer Consilient Health
Lowest price£16.99
Trustpilot rating4.7/5
Trustpilot reviews24261
AvailabilityIn stock
DescriptionCombined hormonal contraceptive
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage(s) 20/75 & 30/75
ApplicationOne tablet daily for 21 days before 7-day break
PosologyConsult patient leaflet
Drug classCombined hormonal contraceptive pill
Alcohol consumptionN/A
When pregnant/breastfeedingNot recommended when breastfeeding

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