Femodette is a combined contraceptive pill with a low dose. It is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly.

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About Femodette

How should Femodette be taken?

Most women choose to take one pill per day for 21 days, then take a four or seven-day break before beginning the next pack. You’re likely to have a withdrawal bleed during this break. This looks like a period but isn’t.

Femodette can also be taken as follows:

Tricycling entails taking one pill every day for nine weeks without a break. After 9 weeks (3 packs of pills), take a 4 or 7-day break before resuming the cycle.

Take 1 pill every day, without missing a day.

Take 1 pill daily for at least 21 days for a flexible extended use. If you experience excessive bleeding, take a four-day break. Start taking the pill again on the fifth day and don’t take another break for at least 21 days.

How does Femodette work?

Femodette contains hormones (gestodene and ethinylestradiol) that prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). They also make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg or for an egg to implant in the womb lining.

How effective is Femodette?

When used correctly, Femodette has a 99 percent success rate in preventing pregnancy. If it is not always taken correctly, approximately 9 out of every 100 women will become pregnant.

You may not be protected against pregnancy if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea. If this occurs, continue taking the pill as usual, but use a condom while you’re sick. If this continues for more than 24 hours, you should take the same steps as if the pill was missed.

Please keep in mind that you should only begin Femodette if you are certain you are not pregnant.

How long do you have protection after taking Femodette?

If you begin using Femodette on days 1-5 of your period, you should be protected from pregnancy right away, as long as you do not have a short or irregular menstrual cycle.

If you begin after day 1 and have a short or irregular menstrual cycle, you must use condoms for 7 days if you have sex. If you have sex, your clinician will be able to advise you on whether you need to use additional contraception during the first 7 days.

What are the side effects?

Many women have no side effects, but some have more irregular bleeding when taking a low-dose pill. This usually resolves itself after a few months. Other possible side effects include headaches, nausea, breast discomfort, and mood swings. Some women develop blood clots on rare occasions. This pill has a slightly higher risk of blood clots than other medications. Send us a message through your Patient Record if you have any concerns.

See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly. If you are experiencing any side effects, please contact us through your Patient Record.

What should I do if I forget to take the pill?

This is determined by when and how many pills are skipped. Missing just one pill at any time does not jeopardize contraception. Missing two or more pills or starting a new pack too late may have an impact on your contraceptive coverage.

Take your next pill as soon as you remember and continue with the rest of the pack as usual if it has been up to 48 hours since your last pill. This may imply that you must take two pills on the same day.

More than 48 hours – the length of time depends on when you last took your pill and where you are in your pill packet. For more information, please see the patient information leaflet.

Is it safe to take Femodette while breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding, it is not recommended that you begin using a combined contraceptive pill, such as Femodette, until at least six weeks after the birth.

Will Femodette have an effect on my weight?

There is no evidence that Femodette, a combined contraceptive pill, will cause weight gain. Your weight may fluctuate throughout your cycle due to fluid retention and other factors unrelated to the pill.

Can Femodette prevent menstruation?

To avoid having a period, take two packs of Femodette back-to-back.

Femodette Facts

If you’ve already purchased your pill from us, you can request a 3, 6, or 12-month supply from your Patient Record if you’re medically qualified. If you want to change your pill, please contact us through your Patient Record.

Combined contraceptives can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can be dangerous. Before beginning any combined contraceptive, your blood pressure should be checked, and then once a year after that. If you’ve recently had your blood pressure checked, or if you’ve checked it yourself using a home blood pressure monitor, you can provide us with this information as part of your consultation.

Is it possible to buy Femodette online?

A Femodette prescription can be requested and paid for online. Because this is a prescription-only medication, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can purchase the treatment, even if you use an online service.

To safely prescribe combined contraceptive pills, we will need to know your height, weight, and blood pressure. This can be completed during the consultation.

How do I switch from another pill to Femodette?

If you want to change your contraceptive pill, please contact us through your Patient record or make an appointment with your GP to discuss the change. If you are switching to a new pill, it is recommended that you do not take a break between packs, and you may need to use other contraceptive methods during the transition.

Safety: taking other medicines

You should be able to take Femodette in conjunction with other medications. However, it is critical that you tell us about any prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational drugs you are taking so that we can safely prescribe Femodette.

Treatment options

We have a variety of contraceptives available, such as NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills, and mini pills. View all of our contraception choices.

Condoms are a reliable method of contraception that also protects against STIs.

Long-acting contraceptives, such as implants, the coil, and injectable contraception, are also available from your GP or family planning clinic.

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