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Microgynon is a combined pill you can get in a regular 21 day pack or a 28 day pack you take every day of the month.

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What is Microgynon?

Microgynon is a combined pill for contraception. It combines two hormones, an oestrogen and a progestogen. These override the normal menstrual cycle in the body, and makes pregnancy much less likely to happen.

There are two pack sizes for Microgynon. There’s the standard 21 day pack, where you take a pill each day for 21 days and then have a 7 day break. But there’s also a Microgynon ED or everyday version. Each strip of pills in this pack contains 28: 21 active and seven inactive pills. You’ll take the inactive pills on the days you would normally have a break. This can help taking the pill easier, and help you remember to start your new pack on the right day.

How does Microgynon work?

Microgynon works by changing the levels of hormones in the body. Hormonal birth control can stop ovulation, which is when the ovary releases an egg every month. With no egg to fertilise, there can be no pregnancy. But that’s not the only way Microgynon provides protection from pregnancy.

Normally, the lining of your uterus will grow every month so that it’s easier for a fertilised egg to implant itself. With Microgynon, this lining remains thin, which is why you’re likely to get shorter and lighter periods. Hormones change the consistency of your cervical mucus too, preventing the sperm reaching the womb, making it even more effective at preventing pregnancy.

Is there more than one dosage of Microgynon pill?

Microgynon birth control has 0.15mg of levonorgestrel and 0.03mg of ethinyl estradiol. You might also see the ethinyl estradiol written as 30mcg. Microgynon only comes in one dosage, which means there’s no low dose Microgynon if you like how you feel on it but want to adjust the amounts of oestrogen or progestin.

There is however another combined pill which has the same active ingredients in a lower dose. Logynon is a triphasic pill (which means that the month’s pills are split into three phases) which contains lower amounts of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol. Microgynon 30 ED is the same as regular Microgynon 30 only with 7 extra inactive spacer tablets that help you to remember to take a pill every day.

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How to take Microgynon

Take Microgynon at the same time every day to get the best protection from it. It’s recommended that you pick a time that’s easy to remember and that works for every day of the week. For example, early in the morning might not be a good idea if you like to sleep in on weekends or your sleeping pattern is likely to change.

Microgynon 30 ED (every day) comes in a pack of 28 pills. The first 21 pills are active pills, which means they contain hormones. The final seven days of pills contain no hormones, which is when you’ll get your period. Microgynon 30 comes in strips of 21 pills, after which you will take a seven day break before starting the next strip.

Microgynon 30 (without the ED) is just the same, but without the inactive pills. Instead you take a week long break from the treatment before starting the next strip.

What to do with Microgynon missed pills

If you miss one or more pills when taking Microgynon 30, your protection against pregnancy may be lowered. What to do next after missing a pill depends on how many pills you’ve missed, where in the pack your missed pill is (or your missed pills are), and whether you’ve had otherwise unprotected sex recently.

If you’re less than 12 hours late taking one pill, take the one you missed right away, and your next pill at the usual time. (This might mean taking two pills on the same day.) If this happens, your protection isn’t likely to be affected.

Being more than 12 hours late taking your pill qualifies as a ‘missed’ pill. If this happens, or you miss more than one pill, it’s best to use a condom or other barrier protection for the next seven days when you have sex. You should also read the leaflet that comes with your pill. There’ll be specific instructions on what to do next depending on where the pill is in the pack. Sometimes you’ll be advised to finish your current strip and start the next one without a break.

(If you’re taking Microgynon ED and miss an inactive pill, your protection won’t be affected – you can throw the missed inactive pill away and take your next one at the usual time.)

How long does Microgynon take to work?

You can start taking Microgynon on any day. If you start it the day your period begins, you’ll be protected against pregnancy straight away. If you start it on another day, you’ll need to use condoms for a week to stay protected while Microgynon takes effect.

Once it reaches its full effects you’ll be 99% protected from pregnancy if you’ve managed to take it perfectly. The average protection for the typical user is 91%, which takes into account the odd missed pill.

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FAQ: Microgynon

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Rigevidon vs Microgynon: how are they different?

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Rigevidon is another medication that has the same active ingredients, in the same amounts, as Microgynon. This means it works the same and has the same possible side effects and interactions with other treatments.

Because the inactive ingredients are different, it’s possible you’ll react better to one pill than the other. Let us know if you get any side effects on either pill, and we’ll go through some alternatives with you.

Can I get Microgynon under another name?

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There are other birth control pills with the same formula, including Ovranette and Levest. All of these pills work in the same way and have the same drug interactions and possible side effects. But because they’re made by different companies, the price may be different.

Will I no longer get periods with Microgynon birth control?

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When you start taking Microgynon 30, your period will likely become shorter and lighter. It’s possible that it could stop entirely, but that’s not guaranteed. Sometimes, these side effects are more common with progestin-only methods of contraception like the mini pill or the Mirena IUD.

As with any medication, everyone reacts differently to it, particularly when hormones are involved. If you have any questions about what the likely effects of the medication will be, sign- in to your account and drop us a message.

Coming off Microgynon: what do I need to do?

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You can stop using Microgynon to get pregnant at any time, but it’s recommended that you wait until you’ve had one full menstrual cycle (and period) before trying to conceive. That way you can accurately track when the baby is due and where you are in the pregnancy.

Will Microgynon affect my weight?

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Whether you’ll gain or lose weight on Microgynon or any other birth control is a complicated question. Studies have shown that there’s no link between hormonal birth control and weight changes, but that’s mostly because it’s so difficult to prove that a medication is responsible when there are so many factors to consider.

In fact, you’ll probably still see both weight loss and weight gain on the list of birth control side effects, proving just how hard it is to predict and link weight changes to the treatment.

Can Microgynon help with acne?

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One of the positive Microgynon 30 side effects relates to skin conditions. Many women find that the combined pill treats acne effectively and it has been prescribed specifically for the condition.

Having said that, there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone, and some women find that it actually makes acne worse. Ultimately, there’s no way of knowing who it will and will not work for, so some trial and error is to be expected at the start of treatment.

Are there other pills that are similar to Microgynon?

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The active ingredients in Microgynon 30 are 0.15mg of levonorgestrel and 0.03mg of ethinyl estradiol. Other birth control pills that have the same amount of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol are Rigevidon, Elevin, Maexeni, Levest and Ovranette.

Microgynon birth control pills only come in one dosage, which means there’s no low dose Microgynon if you have issues with it. But there is another combined pill that has the same active ingredients in a lower dose called Logynon.

While there’s a version called Microgynon 30 ED, it’s the same as regular Microgynon 30 only with 7 extra inactive spacer tablets in each strip.

Why should I buy Microgynon online with Treated?

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