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An effective form of contraception

Microgynon Pill





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What is Microgynon?

Microgynon is a contraceptive pill belonging to the class of medication known as “combined contraceptive pills”. It contains two different sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. It is available in two different variations, Microgynon 30 and Microgynon ED. Microgynon 30 is to be taken daily for 21 days followed by a 7 day break, and Microgynon ED is taken continuously.

Microgynon contains the same ingredients as Rigevidon and Ovranette.


How Microgynon works

Microgynon works by:

  • Preventing ovaries from releasing eggs
  • Making the fluid in the cervix thicker, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the womb
  • Stopping the lining of the womb from becoming thick enough for an egg to grow


How to start taking Microgynon

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)


What should I do If I miss a pill?

A missed pill is one which is more than 12 hours late.

If you forget to take a pill and you are less than 12 hours late:

  • Take the pill as soon as you remember. This may mean taking two pills on the same day. You should still be protected.

If you forget to take a pill and you are more than 12 hours late, or you have missed more than one pill:

  • Take the most recent missed pill immediately
  • If you have missed any earlier pills in the pack, do not take them
  • Take the rest of your pills as usual (this may mean taking two pills on the same day)
  • Use extra precaution for 7 days
  • You should check how many pills are remaining in the current strip, after the most recent missed pill
    • If there are 7 or more pills left in the pack
      • Continue to take the pills as usual, having a 7-day break as normal (or take the 7 inactive tablets) at the end of the strip
      • If you have missed a pill from the first 7 days of the strip (and had sex during that week), you may need emergency contraception. You should visit your GP or pharmacist for advice
    • If there are less than 7 pills left in the pack
      • Start the next strip without taking a break (or leaving out the inactive tablets if you are taking Microgynon ED)
      • If you do not have a bleed after finishing the second strip, you should do a pregnancy test
      • If you have missed a pill from the first 7 days of the strip (and had sex during that week), you may need emergency contraception. You should visit your GP or pharmacist for advice


What should I do if I vomit or have diarrhoea after taking Microgynon?

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 3 hours of taking Microgynon, your body not have absorbed it. You should take another pill as soon as possible.

If vomiting and diarrhoea persists for more than 12 hours, follow the advice for a missed pill. You should treat each day of vomiting and diarrhoea as a missed pill.


Who is Microgynon not suitable for?

You should not use Microgynon if you have any of the following:

  • Smokers, especially if you are over the age of 35
  • A blood clot, history of blood clot, or any condition that affects the way your blood clots
  • You are due to be immobile for a long period of time (i.e. if you are due to have an operation)
  • Heart problems (such as history of a heart attack, stroke or angina)
  • Severe diabetes, high uncontrolled blood pressure, high uncontrolled cholesterol or hyperhomocysteinemia
  • Migraine with aura
  • Breast cancer or history of breast cancer
  • Liver disease, tumours on your liver or a history of liver problems
  • Allergies to any of the ingredients in Microgynon 30
  • A BMI over 35
  • Acute porphyrias
  • Varicose veins, or you are receiving treatment for varicose veins
  • A history of itchy or blistering skin during pregnancy, or involuntary/unpredictable body movements when pregnant
  • Kidney problems or history of kidney problems
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Gallstones or any other problems with your pancreas
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Problems with your reproductive system
  • Problems with your digestive system such as Crohn’s disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Depression

You may be suitable to take the pill, however, you may require ongoing monitoring to ensure that Microgynon is safe for you to take. If you have any medical conditions, you should always let your doctor or pharmacist know beforehand.


Can I take Microgynon if I am taking other medication?

You should always make your doctor or pharmacist aware of any medication you are taking. Certain medication may change the way Microgynon works in your body. Microgynon may also affect the way other medication works.

The following medication have well known interactions with Microgynon:

  • Medication used to treat epilepsy
  • Antiviral medication, for example medication used to treat HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Antifungals such as griseofulvin
  • Some sedating medication
  • St. John’s Wort, a herbal remedy used to treat depression

What are the side effects of Microgynon?

All medication can cause side effects, including Microgynon. If you are concerned about any side effects, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist. 

Common side effects (affecting 1-10% of users) include

  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Changes in mood
  • Tender or sore breasts

Uncommon side effects (affecting 0.1-1%) of users include:

  • Being sick and having an upset stomach
  • Fluid retention
  • Migraines
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Enlarged breasts
  • A rash that may be itchy

A full list of side effects are available in the Patient Information Leaflet. If you have any concerns, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. You can report side effects directly via www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.


If you experience any of the following, you should seek urgent medical attention:

  • Signs of a blood clot such as:
    • Your legs swelling, feeling tender or painful, increased warmth, change in colour)
    • Breathlessness, rapid breathing, sudden cough, sharp chest pain, severe dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sever pain in your stomach
    • Loss of vision or alarming changes to your vision such as blurred vision
  • Signs of a heart attack such as:
    • Pain, discomfort, heaviness or pressure in your chest
    • Tight feeling in your chest or arm
    • Discomfort to your upper body which radiates to your jaw, throat, arm, back or stomach
    • Nausea, vomiting, sweating or dizziness
    • Weakness and shortness of breath which may be accompanied by anxiety
    • Irregular or rapid heartbeat 
  • Signs of a stroke such as:
    • Numbness or weakness to your face, arm or leg, especially if it is sudden or affecting one side of the body
    • Confusion and touble speaking or understanding
    • Severe headache 
    • Loss of consciousness 
    • Seizure
  • Signs of a severe allergic reaction such as:
    • Swelling to your hands or face including your tongue and throat
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Itchy skin
  • Signs of breast cancer such as:
    • Abnormal changes to your breasts such as lumps
  • Signs of cervical cancer such as:
    • Unexplained vaginal discharge or bleeding
    • Pain when having sex
    • Pain in your pelvis
  • Signs of liver problems such as:
    • Pain in your upper stomach
    • yellowing of your skin or eyes
    • itchiness on your whole body

The only difference between Microgynon and Microgynon ED is that the ED tablets contain 7 inactive pills that should be taken after the first 21 pills of the pack. Microgynon ED is generally used by women who prefer to take a tablet every day as part of their routine. When taking the 7 inactive pills, you should experience a bleed. 

During the 7 day break, you should experience a bleed (period). 

You should take two packets back-to-back, omitting the pill-free interval. If you are taking Microynon ED, you should not take the inactive tablets. You should not take more than three packets back to back. 

When taken correctly, Microgynon is more than 99% effective. However, missed pills and vomiting or diarrhoea can reduce the effectiveness of the pill.

Microgynon is generally not considered to be a safe option for those that smoke, especially if you are over the age of 35. 

Some women have reported that Microgynon makes you put on weight, whilst others have reported weight loss with Microygynon. The pill can affect different women in different ways.

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.

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