The combined pill, commonly referred to as 'the pill', is one of the most popular and reliable methods available to women who want to protect themselves against pregnancy. Being a combined pill, Microgynon 30 contains both synthetic oestrogen and progesterone to manipulate a women's natural cycle. The active ingredients in Microgynon are ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, which work to override your cycle to prevent conception.
Microgynon contraceptive pills have other benefits excluding their primary aim to stop pregnancy. You can take Microgynon in conjunction with its use of contraception as well as these benefits. You can also be prescribed Microgynon to help with the following benefits without needing to use it as contraception:
Microgynon 30 pills are sometimes also prescribed to help women with endometriosis (where cells abnormally grow on organs outside the womb).
In addition, being a monophasic-combined pill, Microgynon contains the same level of ingredients in each tablets, meaning you can take them in any order over 21 days.
Microgynon contraceptive pills primarily work by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg). This is why many women experience less pain during their periods when taking the pill, because your body isn't going though its usual ovulation cycle, and it is being aided by synthetic hormones. The bleeding that you do experience is your body's way of naturally removing the contraceptive hormones and is similar to a period, but technically called a withdrawal bleed. With no egg released, there is no pregnancy.
Apart from preventing ovulation, Microgynon pills also increase the viscosity of cervical fluid, making it too thick for sperm to travel through to enter the womb to the egg in the unlikely chance one is released. These contraceptive pills also prevent the womb lining from becoming thick enough to allow an egg to grow inside and attach to the wall of the womb.
This is a threefold method that is over 99% effective when used correctly and offers the additional benefits listed above.
The combined pill is so popular as it is easy to take. The tablets are small and can be swallow with or without food, however they must be taken consistently over 21 days. Missing more than one pill in each 21 day pack will reduce the effectiveness of the medication and requires additional barrier contraception such as condoms, or emergency contraception if you have already had sex.
During the seven-day pill break whilst taking Microgynon, you will still be fully protected against pregnancy. These tablets come in calendar packs to help you keep track of the ones you are taking on a daily basis.
It can provide you with immediate protection if taken at the right point in your cycle; this timespan is between the first and fifth day that your period is scheduled to start. If you take it any later in your cycle, it only takes seven days before you are fully protected against conception. You should use condoms or avoid sex for these seven days.
Missing a pill is a common scenario, however this could diminish the effectiveness of Microgynon. Missing one pill in each 28-day pill pack will mean you will remain protected, however more than one lessens the protection. Please refer to our combined pill page for further details on what to do if you miss a pill.
Microgynon comes in one dosage that is available to buy from euroClinix. As this combined pill is monophasic, each tablet contains the same amount of ingredients. This means you can take the pills in a different order to the marked blister pack, however many women follow the days marked to keep track easily.
In each Microgynon tablet, there are 150mcg of levonorgestrel (synthetic progesterone) and 30mcg of ethinylestradiol (synthetic oestrogen), hence the name 'Microgynon 30'.
Microgynon 30 can also come in the form 'Microgynon 30 ED' that contains 28 tablets in each pill pack – 21 active tablets that are cream or beige in colour and seven white inactive tablets. This can be handy for women who would like further help in remembering to take each pill.
Most women over the age of 18 can use Microgynon pills for contraceptive purposes, however, there are certain health conditions and medications with which the use of the pill is prohibited. You should ensure that you mention any medications you are taking and any other important information regarding your health during your online consultation.
You should not use Microgynon pills if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. It is also not advised that you use this medication if you have recently experienced unexplained vaginal bleeding, a history of circulation problems, heart problems or a stroke.
Contraception in general is well tolerated, and Microgynon is a popular version of the combined contraceptive, however some people tend to be more sensitive to their active ingredients.
If you are using Microgynon for the first time, you may experience some mild side effects that usually disappear within a few days. If the side effects do not disappear within the first three months, there are many other options you can try. This could be a combined contraceptive with a different combination of ingredients or the mini pill that contains just progesterone. There are also alternatives such as the vaginal ring, the contraceptive patch or injection. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best contraceptive for you.
Some of the most common side effects of Microgynon contraceptive pills include nausea and vomiting, headaches or migraines, breast tenderness or enlargement, weight changes, water retention, vaginal thrush and a change in menstrual bleeding.
If you would like to buy Microgynon pills online, you can do so safely and conveniently from euroClinix in either a three-month dose or six-month dose.
With any medication in the UK, you will need to obtain a prescription that ensures it is safe for you to use. At euroClinix, we provide this through a free online consultation when ordering.Our doctors require information about your health before they can issue a prescription for Microgynon. Once issued, your prescription is sent directly to our pharmacy, where it is checked and filled by a registered pharmacist. You can order your preferred contraceptive online without moving from your seat, and get it delivered straight to the address of your choice. With orders made before 4.30pm, you will receive your medication the next day to all of our customers at no extra cost.
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