Microgynon 30 is a combined oral contraceptive pill (‘the Pill’).
You take it to stop you getting pregnant, Microgynon is a birth control
Microgynon contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen.
This FAQ is relevant for all of the following Brands or alternative names for the contraceptive pill Microgynon, it is also relevant to any of these descriptions:
Microgynon 30 ed
Microgynon 20 ed
microgynon 30 mg
Microgynon 30 combined pill
Microgynon oral contraceptives
These hormones stop you getting pregnant by working in three ways:
- Preventing an egg being released from your ovaries
- Making the fluid (mucus) in your cervix thicker, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb
- Stopping the lining of your womb thickening enough for an egg to grow in it.
Microgynon is available in two different pack sizes.
This is a 21-day Pill – you take one each day for 21 days, followed by 7-day break when you take no pills.
Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.
You don’t need to use extra contraception during these seven pill-free days – as long as you have taken your pills correctly and start the next strip of pills on time.
This is a 28-day pack, 7 of which do not contain any active ingredients.
Some women find it difficult to remember starting a new pack after taking a break and therefore find that it easier to remember to take their pill if they take these placebo pills during the break.
If you miss a pill, follow these instructions:
– If you forget to take Microgynon 30 for more than 12 hours after the correct time, then it is advised that you use alternative protection during the 7 days that follow, and the advice in the patient leaflet that comes with the pill under “missed pill”.
– If it has been less than 12 hours before you took the last pill, then you are still protected and you can continue your course as usual.
– If you take Microgynon 30ED, and forget to take any of the “inactive” 7-day pills, then just carry on taking the tablets as normal, as you wont be in any risk of pregnancy.
The chances of you falling pregnant if you forget to take your pill, depends on your menstrual cycle.
If you are sick (vomit) or have very bad diarrhoea within 4 hours of taking the Pill, your body may not get its usual dose of hormones from that pill.
Please follow the instructions in the patient leaflet on “lost pill”
Talk to your doctor if your stomach upset carries on or gets worse. He or she may recommend another form of contraception.
Microgynon can slightly increase you risks of developing thrombosis, and you should consider an alternative form of contraception if you are in any of the following risk categories:
- If you are very overweight (body mass index or BMI over 30kg/m2)
- If one of your immediate family has had a blood clot in the leg, lung or other organ at a young age (e.g. below the age of about 50). In this case you could have a hereditary blood clotting disorder
- If you need to have an operation, or if you are off your feet for a long time because of an injury or illness, or you have your leg in a cast.
- If you gave birth less than a few weeks ago.
The risk of developing a blood clot increases the more conditions you have.
Air travel (>4 hours) may temporarily increase your risk of a blood clot, particularly if you have some of the other factors listed.
It is important to tell your doctor if any of these conditions apply to you, even if you are unsure. Your doctor may decide that Microgynon 30 needs to be stopped.
There are certain medications that can interact with Microgynon and reduce the effectiveness.
Some of these more common drugs are as follows:
- Treatment for epilepsy such as Carbamazepine and Phenytoin
- Some anti-fungal treatments including Griseofulvin
- Certain Antibiotics( rifabutin or rifampicin for tuberculosis)
- HIV treatments
- Herbal St Johns Wort Please let one of our doctors know if you are concerned about any current medical conditions that may affect your treatment.
Please let one of our doctors know if you are concerned about any current medical conditions that may affect your treatment.
Like all medicines, Microgynon 30 can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get any side effect, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any change to your health that you think may be due to Microgynon 30, please talk to your doctor.
Common side effects
- Feeling sick
- Stomach ache
- Putting on weight
- Depressive moods or mood swings
- Sore or painful breasts
Uncommon side effects
- Being sick and stomach upsets
- Fluid retention
- Loss of interest in sex
- Breast enlargement
- Skin rash, which may be itchy
The patient information leaflet provides more information on the side effects of Microgynon
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side-effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
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It is advised that you wait 6 weeks after giving birth before starting Microgynon if you’re breastfeeding.
Rigevidon contains the same active ingredients as Microgynon. Rigevidon is made by a different manufacturer.
Levest contains the same active ingredients as Microgynon. Levest is made by a different manufacturer.
Yes, Microgynon 30 contains a combination of two female hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) making it a combined pill.
It can be a straightforward process; however, you will need advice from a doctor or nurse. Contact us via [email protected] or contact your own doctor. You may need to use barrier contraception such as condoms during the transition.
If you take your first Microgynon 30 pill on your first day of your period (day 1) or up to 5 days after it starts, you are protected straight away.
If you take the pill more than 5 days after your period starts (day 5 onwards), you need to use condoms for the first 7 days of taking the pill to prevent getting pregnant.
Microgynon 30 late pill?
missed one Microgynon pill?
Microgynon missed 2 pills?
Please see answer above in the general FAQs
In the UK you will require a prescription to get Microgynon 30.
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Your doctor or nurse should conduct some tests to ensure it is safe for you to take the Microgynon pill. Essential tests will include your height, weight, blood pressure measurements and to check that you are not currently pregnant!
For this reason, AccessDoctor will not prescribe this medication to you if your own doctor has not already prescribed it.
Whether you are thinking of gradually coming off Microgynon 30, immediately stopping Microgynon 30 or coming off the Microgynon pill at a future date. It is important to note that protection could cease after 24hours. Consider alternative forms of contraception to prevent pregnancies. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
There is no evidence suggesting that taking Microgynon 30 will increase or decrease your weight.
It is perfectly safe to use this medicine longterm. You will require routine blood pressure measurements.
Smokers are able to use most of the types of contraceptive pill, if they are also over the age of 35, it is recommended they use other options which are safer such as:
- Progestogen-only pill (mini-pill)
- Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Intrauterine system (IUS)
- Contraceptive injection
You can request and pay for a Microgynon 30 prescription online. You will require a doctor’s prescription before such purchase. Complete our free quick online consultation and one of our clinicians will prescribe this for you if it is suitable.