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Microgynon 30 is a combined contraceptive pill for women containing two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. In Microgynon 30, these are levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. If used correctly, the combined contraceptive pill is one of the most reliable and reversible methods of contraception. 

 

How Microgynon 30 works

Microgynon 30 contains 150mg of the progestogen levonorgestrel and 30mg of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol. These hormones stop you from getting pregnant by preventing the release of an egg from your ovaries; making the fluid in your cervix thicker and therefore more difficult for sperm to get through into the womb; and by preventing the lining of your womb from becoming thick enough for an egg to grow. 

 

Directions

The recommended dosage for Microgynon 30 is one tablet every day for 21 days, then 7 days without a pill when you reach the end of each strip. A few days into this 7-day break, you should have a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. This bleed may not have finished when the 7 days are over and it’s time to start a new strip of pills, but you should still start the new strip anyway. You don’t need to use extra contraception during these pill-free days. 

Sometimes, Microgynon 30 comes in strips that contain 7 inactive pills. This means you won’t have to stop taking your daily pill but will still have a 7-day break from the hormones. The effect will be exactly the same. 

 

If you miss a pill

If you realise you were due to take a pill less than 12 hours ago, take the missed pill as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills in one day. You will still be protected from pregnancy in this case. 

If the pill you missed should have been taken more than 12 hours ago, or you’ve missed more than one pill, take the most recently missed pill straight away and leave any earlier missed pills in the strip. In this case, you will need to use another method of contraception for the next 7 days. 

If there are fewer than 7 pills left in the strip after you were more than 12 hours late taking your missed pill, you should finish these pills as usual but start the next strip straight away, without taking the 7-day break. Have the 7-day break once you’ve finished the second strip, and if there is no withdrawal bleed, take a pregnancy test. 

If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 4 hours of taking Microgynon 30, your body may not have absorbed the hormones in the pill. You should follow the instructions on what to do in the event of a missed pill.

 

Starting Microgynon 30 ED

The best way to start Microgynon 30 for the first time is by taking your first pill on the first day of your next period. By doing this, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. 

If you’re currently taking a different combined contraceptive pill, start taking Microgynon 30 the next day after the end of the previous strip. If your current pack contains inactive pills, start taking Microgynon 30 the day after your last active pill. Both of these methods will protect you from pregnancy straight away. 

If you are swapping from a progestogen-only mini-pill, start taking Microgynon 30 on the first day of bleeding, even if that means you’re taking both pills on the same day. You’ll be protected from pregnancy immediately.

 

Coming off Microgynon 30

You can safely stop taking Microgynon 30 at any time, but you will no longer be protected from pregnancy. The best time to stop taking Microgynon 30 is after you’ve finished a full strip - this way, your cycle should continue as normal.

 

Are there any side effects?

As with all medicines, Microgynon 30 can cause side effects, but not everyone will get them. See a doctor straight away if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, blood clots, breast cancer, cervical cancer or severe liver problems. Information on the symptoms of these conditions can be found in the patient information leaflet. These side effects are rare but severe. Other more common side effects can include: 

  • Feeling sick

  • Stomach ache

  • Weight gain

  • Headaches

  • Depression

  • Mood swings

  • Sore or painful breasts

  • Being sick

  • Fluid retention

  • Migraine

  • Loss of interest in sex

  • Breast enlargement

  • Skin rash

For further information on rare side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme

 

Blood clots

Using a combined contraceptive pill like Microgynon 30 can increase your risk of developing a blood clot. Whilst still rare, the risk is highest during the first year of taking the pill, and you should be aware of the symptoms. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • Throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness and warmth in your leg or arm

  • Sudden breathlessness, sharp chest pain and a cough or coughing up blood 

For further information on the link between the combined contraceptive pill and blood clots, refer to the patient information leaflet. 

 

Breast cancer

Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in women who take a contraceptive pill compared to women who don’t. Once you stop taking the pill, the risk gradually decreases and 10 years after stopping the pill the risk will be the same as someone who has never taken a contraceptive pill. Breast cancer is still rare for anyone under the age of 40, even in women who take the pill.

 

Warnings

Microgynon 30 is a contraceptive treatment for females only - do not take this medication if you are male. You should also not take this medication if: 

  • You have or have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs, lungs or other organs. 

  • You have a disorder affecting your blood clotting - for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies.

  • You need an operation or you are off your feet for a long time.

  • You have ever had a heart attack or stroke.

  • You have or have ever had angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and may be the first sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA - temporary stroke symptoms)

  • You have a disease that may increase your risk of a blood clot in the arteries 

  • You have or have ever had a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’ 

  • You have or have ever had breast cancer. 

  • You have ever had severe liver disease, and you have been told by your doctor that your liver function test results are not yet back to normal. 

  • You have ever had liver tumours

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Microgynon 30. 

If you are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies, including those obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Microgynon 30. 

Some conditions can be made worse by taking Microgynon 30. You should take extra caution and speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist if any of the below conditions apply to you: 

  • If you experience symptoms of angioedema such as swollen face, tongue and/or throat and/ or difficulty swallowing or hives potentially with difficulty breathing contact a doctor immediately. Products containing oestrogens may cause or worsen the symptoms of hereditary and acquired angioedema. 

  • If you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease) 

  • If you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE – a disease affecting your natural defence system) 

  • If you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS – a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys) 

  • If you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells) 

  • If you have inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)

  • If you have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a family history of this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis 

  • If you need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time

  • If you have just given birth you are at an increased risk of blood clots. You should ask your doctor how soon after delivery you can start taking Microgynon 30 

  • If you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis) 

  • If you have varicose veins

  • If you have diabetes

  • If you or your close family have ever had problems with your heart or circulation such as high blood pressure

  • If you or your close family have ever had problems with blood clotting

  • If you have an inherited disease called porphyria

  • If you are overweight or obese

  • If you have migraines

  • If you have any illness that worsened during pregnancy or previous use of the pill 

  • If you are intolerant to some sugars - Microgynon 30 contains lactose and sucrose

 

Is Microgynon 30 suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

You should not take Microgynon 30 if you’re pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Microgynon 30 if you’re breastfeeding, to make sure it’s right for you and your baby. You may be advised not to take this pill. 

If you’ve just had a baby: 

It is usually recommended that you should wait 21 days after the birth of your baby until you start taking Microgynon 30, provided there were no complications in childbirth. For the first 7 days of taking the pills, you should use a barrier method of contraception. 

If you’ve just had an abortion or miscarriage: 

If you have a miscarriage or abortion during the first three months of pregnancy, your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist might advise you to start taking Microgynon 30 straight away - this will protect you from pregnancy straight away. If you’ve has a miscarriage or abortion after the third month of pregnancy, you should ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist first for advice. 

 

Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.

 

Storage

Keep in the original packaging in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the packaging, referring to the last day of the stated month. 

Ingredients

  • Each strip of Microgynon 30 ED contains 21 beige sugar-coated tablets containing 150 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel and 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol and 7 larger, white, inactive tablets.

    Microgynon 30 ED also contains the inactive ingredients: Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, glycol montanate, titanium dioxide (E171), glycerin (E422), ferric oxide pigment yellow (E172).

Drug Data
Administration Method
Oral
Drug Class
Hormonal contraception
Product Type
Prescription Only
Strength
150μg/30μg
Brand Information
Brand Name
Microgynon

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Combined contraceptive pills are not specific treatments for acne.

However, some doctors will prescribe a combined contraceptive pill to women who suffer from hormonal acne, as there does seem to be a beneficial effect.

This is only the case with combined contraceptive pills, not progestogen-only mini-pills.

It can take around 2-3 months of taking the pill before you may notice any effect on your acne.

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