Microgynon 30 ED


A convenient ‘every day’ contraceptive pill. A 3-week supply of active pills and a 1-week supply of larger inactive pills are included in this package (with no active ingredients).

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About Microgynon 30 ED

How to use Microgynon 30 ED

The Microgynon 30 ED pack includes three weeks’ worth of active pills and one week’s worth of larger inactive pills (containing no active ingredients).

For 21 days, take 1 active pill at the same time every day. Then take 1 inactive pill every day for 7 days – you may have a period during this time. The active pills should be taken the day after the last inactive pill. Every day, you should take a pill, which some women find easier to remember.

How does Microgynon 30 ED work?

Microgynon 30 ED contains the hormones ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, which prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). They also make it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg or for an egg to implant in the womb lining.

Hormones are not present in the inactive pills. They are placebo pills that allow you to continue taking your pills on a regular basis.

Microgynon 30 ED: How effective is it?

Microgynon 30 ED is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. Approximately 9 out of 100 women will become pregnant if it is not always taken correctly.

You may not be protected against pregnancy if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea. Continue to take the pill as usual if this happens, but use a condom while you’re sick. If this lasts longer than 24 hours, you should take the same steps as if you missed a pill.

Please keep in mind that you should only begin using Microgynon 30 ED if you are certain you are not pregnant.

How long will you be protected after taking Microgynon 30 ED?

If you start taking Microgynon 30 ED on the first five days of your period, you should be protected from pregnancy right away, assuming you don’t have a short or irregular menstrual cycle.

If you have sex after day 1 and have a short/irregular menstrual cycle, you must use condoms for 7 days. If you have sex in the first 7 days, your clinician will be able to tell you if you need to use additional contraception.

What are the side effects?

Many women do not have any negative side effects, but some do. Mood swings, headaches, tummy pain, and feeling sick are examples of these symptoms. Some women develop blood clots or high blood pressure on a rare occasion.

See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly.

If I forget to take the active pill, what should I do?

This is dependent on how many pills are missed and when they are missed. Contraception is not jeopardized by missing one pill at any time. If you miss two or more pills, or if you start a new pack late, your contraceptive coverage may be affected.

If it’s been more than 48 hours since you last took a pill, take the next one as soon as you remember and finish the rest of the pack as usual. This may necessitate taking two pills on the same day.

More than 48 hours – this is dependent on when you took your last pill and where you are in your pill packet. For more information, please see the patient information leaflet.

Is it safe to use Microgynon 30 ED while breastfeeding?

Microgynon 30 ED, like most combined contraceptive pills, is not recommended until 6 weeks after birth.

Is Microgynon 30 ED capable of preventing periods?

To avoid a period, discard the placebo pills and start the next pack. Microgynon ED comes with a one-week supply of placebos.

How do I switch from another pill to Microgynon 30 ED?

If you want to change your contraceptive pill, contact us through your patient record or make an appointment with your doctor to talk about it. 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.

Is Microgynon 30 ED available for purchase online?

A Microgynon 30 ED prescription can be requested and paid for online. Even if you use an online service, you will need a prescription from a clinician to purchase this medication because it is a prescription-only medication.

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

Microgynon 30 ED Facts

If you’ve already purchased your pill from us, you can request a new supply from your Patient Record if you’re medically eligible. Please send us a message through your Patient Record if you want to change your pill.

Blood pressure can rise as a result of combined contraceptives, which can be dangerous. Before starting 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 checked it yourself with a home blood pressure monitor, you can tell us about it during your consultation.

Safety: taking other medicines

Microgynon 30 ED should be safe to take with other medications. However, it’s critical that you tell us about any prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational medications you’re taking so that we can safely prescribe Microgynon 30 ED.

Treatment options

NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills, and mini pills are among the contraceptives we offer. Take a look at all of our contraception options.

Condoms are an effective method of contraception that also protects against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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

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