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Microgynon Pill

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Microgynon is a combined oral contraceptive pill, which contains the synthetic hormones, levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. It works by preventing ovulation, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg. One tablet should be taken daily for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break. It is also available as an ED (every day) version, which should be taken daily.

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Microgynon Pill PRICES

Medicine x3 x 21 Tablets (3 Month Course) x3 x 28 Tablets (3 Month Course)
Microgynon Pill Microgynon 30 x 21 Tablets (3 Month Course) £12.77
Microgynon Pill Microgynon ED x 28 Tablets (3 Month Course) £12.89

Buy Microgynon 30 online

You can order Microgynon online from our UK-registered pharmacy without needing a prescription. After completing a short online questionnaire, we will deliver your medication in plain and discreet packaging. Our online ordering process is quick and discreet, ensuring your privacy and convenience.

About Microgynon 30

Key points:

  • You are protected from pregnancy immediately.
  • Take it daily for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break. The ED version allows daily intake without breaks, helping to prevent missed doses.
  • It can be over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.


What is Microgynon 30?

Microgynon is a birth control pill. It can be 99% effective when taken correctly and is available in two options: Microgynon and Microgynon ED.

Is Microgynon 30 the same as Microgynon ED?

Microgynon is taken for 21 days, followed by a seven-day break.

Microgynon ED is taken every day without a break.

Some people are prone to forgetting to take their next dose after not taking the medication for a week, so the every-day (ED) version of this pill can help prevent missed doses.

How does Microgynon 30 work?

Microgynon 30 works by:

  • Preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg
  • Thickening cervical fluid, making it difficult for sperm to penetrate and fertilise an egg
  • Preventing the womb lining from thickening enough for an egg to grow


How long does Microgynon 30 take to work?

When taken on the first day of your menstrual cycle, Microgynon provides protection immediately. If you start after the first day of your period, use an additional contraceptive method, like a condom, for the first seven days.

How effective is Microgynon 30?

Microgynon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. However, missed pills, delayed pills, or taking certain medications can reduce its effectiveness.

Microgynon 30 dosage instructions

If you are a new user or taking Microgynon for the first time:

You should take your first pill on the first day of your period. This will ensure protection from the first day of taking the pill. If you take the pill after day 5 of your cycle, you should ensure that you are not pregnant. You will need to use additional contraception such as a condom, for 7 days.


Switching to Microgynon from another contraceptive pill:

  • If you are taking a combined contraceptive pill, start taking Microgynon the day after you complete the strip of your current pills. If your pill contains 7 inactive pills, do not that these pills and start taking Microgynon the day after your last active pill. Your contraceptive protection will continue. You will not have a bleed
  • If you are taking the mini pill, also known as the progesterone only pill, you can start taking Microgynon at any time. You will need to use additional contraception for 7 days (or 9 days if you are taking a pill called Qlaira)

Microgynon 30 ingredients

Active ingredients: levonorgestrel 150 mcg and ethinyl estradiol 30 mcg

Inactive ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate (33 mg), sucrose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000, and povidone carmellose sodium.

Microgynon 30 side effects

Not everyone experiences side effects while using Microgynon, but you should be aware of:

Common: Affecting 1–10% of users

  • Feeling sick
  • Stomach ache
  • Putting on weight
  • Headaches
  • Depressive moods or mood swings
  • Sore or painful breasts


Uncommon: Affecting 0.1–1% of users

  • Being sick and having stomach upsets
  • Fluid retention
  • Migraine
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • breast enlargement
  • Skin rash, which may be itchy


Rare: Affecting 0.01-0.1% of users

  • Poor tolerance of contact lenses
  • Losing weight
  • Increased interest in sex
  • Vaginal or breast discharge


Other side effects reported:

  • Bleeding and spotting between your periods
  • Chloasma (yellow-brown patches on the skin)
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis


Seek urgent medical attention if you experience:

  • Swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of a blood clot such as:
  • Pain in the leg when standing or walking
  • Increased warmth in the leg
  • Change in colour of the skin
  • Breathlessness or rapid breathing
  • Sudden cough which may be blood-stained
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Change in heartbeat
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision
  • Chest pain, pressure, heaviness, or general discomfort
  • Discomfort in the upper body radiating to the stomach, back, arm, throat and jaw
  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting
  • Anxiety, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Weakness of the body
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Loss of consciousness or fainting


Does Microgynon 30 cause weight gain?

The patient information leaflet lists changes in weight as a potential side effect of taking this medication; however, according to the NHS website, “There is no evidence that the pill will make you gain weight."

Please read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects. Always report any side effects to your doctor or pharmacist.

Does Microgynon 30 stop periods?

Microgynon will not stop your periods, but it can help to regulate periods, as well as making them lighter and less painful.

To stop periods, you should take two packets back-to-back, omitting the 7-day pill free interval.

Microgynon 30 warnings

Do not use Microgynon 30 if:

  • You are about to have surgery or stay inactive for a while.
  • You have had heart problems, migraine with aura, or issues like severe diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or liver disease.
  • You have a history or family history of blood clots
  • You are allergic to its ingredients or are using specific medications for hepatitis C.
  • You have a history of breast cancer
  • You have a history of liver cancer
  • You are a smoker over 35


Important note: If you experience any of these conditions while taking Microgynon, or if they develop for the first time during its use, contact your doctor immediately. Avoid taking Microgynon and, if necessary, explore an alternative form of contraception.


Can I use Microgynon 30 if I am breastfeeding?

Avoid using Microgynon if you are breastfeeding.

Microgynon 30 interactions

Microgynon may interact with certain medications, making it less effective. Always inform your doctor or pharmacist of any medication you are taking, so that they can check for interactions. The main medications that can interact with Microgynon are:


  • Barbiturates (including phenobarbitone)
  • Primidone
  • Phenytoin
  • Carbamazepine
  • Oxcarbazepine
  • Topiramate



  • Griseofulvin
  • Rifampicin


Herbal Remedies:

  • St John's Wort


Antiretroviral Agents:

  • Ritonavir
  • Nelfinavir
  • Nevirapine


Always inform your GP or pharmacist of any medication you are taking, or planning to take, so that they can check for interactions.

Microgynon 30 alternatives

Microgynon vs Rigevidon

Both contraceptive pills contain the same active ingredients, in the same doses. This means that they have the same level of effectiveness and side effect profile. Rigevidon is slightly cheaper than Microgynon.

During the initial months of using Microgynon, you may experience mood changes, including depression. If these changes persist beyond the initial period, it's advisable to consult with your GP, as you might consider trying an alternative contraceptive pill.

Yes, to delay your period, instead of taking a seven-day break start the next packet of pills immediately after you finish the last pill of your current pack.

Microgynon is a combined oral contraceptive pill.

Pregnancy protection remains unaffected if the missed pill is taken within a 12-hour window. However, it is recommended to take this medication around the same time each day.

Some breakthrough bleeding or spotting during the initial months of using Microgynon is expected and should cease after a day or two.

Yes, Microgynon can temporarily change the size of your breasts. However, this is not permanent and breast size usually returns to normal after a few months.

Microgynon does not cause blood clots, but it can increase the chances of experiencing a blood clot. Up to 0.12% of women taking the combined pull will get a blood clot. Our pharmacists will assess your risk of developing a blood clot and will not prescribe the pill to those that fall within the higher risk category.

Yes, Microgynon is also available on the NHS.

Microgynon can help to reduce acne by causing your body to produce less sebum.

HOW TO USE Microgynon Pill

Take one tablet at approximately the same time every day. Microgynon tablets come in a calendar packs which have tablets corresponding to days of the week. Take a tablet that corresponds to the day of the week it is and follow the direction of the arrows which are printed on the strip. If you are using Microgynon 30, then you should take one tablet daily for 21 days, followed by a 7 day pill free interval. If you are taking Microgynon ED, then you should take one tablet daily for 21 days, followed by taking 7 of the inactive pills.

During the 7 day break (or when you are taking the inactive pills), you will experience a withdrawal bleed, similar to a period. You should continue to take the new strip after 7 days, even if the bleed has not stopped. You do not need to use contraception during the 7 day break (or when taking the 7 inactive pills), providing you have taken the pills correctly and you start the new strip on time.

Product Reviews For Microgynon Pill

Summary For Microgynon Pill

Medication Class Combined oral contraceptive pill
Mechanism of action It prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. Makes it difficult for sperm to reach an egg.
Active ingredient Levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol
Strength 150 mcg / 30 mcg
Effective within 7 days
Dosage Instructions Take ONE tablet around the same time daily for 21 days followed by a 7-day break.
Manufacturer Bayer plc
Use with alcohol No known interaction


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