Femodene ED

  • Combined contraceptive pill
  • Taken every day
  • Prevents pregnancy
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What is Femodene ED?

Femodene ED (Every Day) is a combined oral contraceptive pill used to prevent women from getting pregnant.

It contains two different types of synthetic female sex hormones, oestrogen (ethinylestradiol) and progestogen (gestodene).

This medication is taken every day without a break; women should take one 'active' pill for 21 days, followed by 7 days taking an 'inactive' pill.

Femodene ED is a popular choice for women who think they may forget to restart taking their pills after breaking for 7 days with regular Femodene.

How does Femodene ED work?

Femodene ED contains two synthetic female sex hormones, oestrogen (ethinylestradiol) and progestogen (gestodene), which work to stop women from getting pregnant in three different ways:

  • They prevent an egg from being released from the ovaries.
  • They make the mucus in the cervix thicker, making it much more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
  • They prevent the lining of the womb from thickening enough for an egg to grow in it.

Femodene ED pills need to be taken every day without a break. When used correctly, combined hormonal contraceptives like Femodene ED are among the most reliable reversible methods of contraception.

It is important to remember that the contraceptive pill will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You will still need to use a condom for protection against STIs.

How effective is Femodene ED?

The Femodene ED combined pill is more than 99% effective when taken properly. This effectiveness can be reduced if you miss a dose of pills, vomit or have diarrhoea.

Who can take Femodene ED?

Before you start your course of this medication, your doctor will ask you about your family's medical history and also check your blood pressure. They will also check to see if you are currently pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you have any existing medical problems, such as high blood pressure.

You should not use Femodene ED if any of the below apply to you:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
  • You have or have ever had breast cancer
  • You have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel in your legs (deep vein thrombosis) or your lungs (pulmonary embolus)
  • You have a disorder that affects your blood clotting
  • You have (or have ever had) angina pectoris (a condition causing chest pain which may be a sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (temporary symptoms of a stroke)
  • You have (or have ever had) migraine with aura
  • You have ever had liver tumours
  • You have ever had a severe liver disease and your doctor has told you that your liver function test results have not gone back to normal

Taking contraceptive pills in the long term can increase your risk of developing breast cancer or cervical cancer. For this reason, it is vital that you attend regular cancer screenings.

This type of contraception can also cause high blood pressure, so you should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year.

Can you buy Femodene ED over the counter?

Femodene ED cannot be bought over the counter. You need a prescription to buy Femodene ED contraceptive pills.

Can you buy Femodene ED online in the UK?

Femodene ED is a prescription-only medicine (POM). After completing a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our certified doctors, you can buy Femodene ED from Medicine Direct. Place your order by 2pm and you will benefit from our next day delivery service.

It is important to ensure that you are buying medicine online from a UK fully regulated pharmacy such as Medicine Direct. To learn more about our company, team, medical professionals, and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page.

Femodene ED alternatives

If you wish to switch contraceptive pills, you should talk to your doctor first.

Femodene is available as an alternative to Femodene ED. These two medicines are almost exactly the same in most ways. The only difference in the two medications is that a course of Femodene includes a break of seven days, where you do not take any pills. With Femodene ED, you should take seven 'inactive' pills instead of having a break. Femodene can be bought from Medicine Direct after an online consultation.

We also stock other brands of combined oral contraceptives, such as:

  • Yasmin
  • Ovranette
  • Synphase
  • Noriday
  • Gedarel
  • Logynon

Progestogen-only pills (POPs), which contain no oestrogen, can also be ordered, such as Norgeston and Cerazette.

There are also several other forms of contraception, such as:

  • Condoms
  • The implant
  • The patch
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • The injection

For more information on different types of contraception that may be suitable for you, we recommend visiting the Contraception Choices website.

How to take Femodene ED

Femodene ED should be taken every day without a break.

Take one pill at the same time each day. Swallow the pill whole with a drink of water – do not crush or chew them.

When taking Femodene ED for the first time, it is best to start on the first day of your period. This will give you immediate protection against pregnancy.

  1. Take one active pill every day for 21 days.
  2. After taking the 21 active pills, take one inactive pill each day for 7 days. During this time you will have a normal withdrawal bleed, similar to a period.
  3. Once you have taken the 7 inactive pills, start to take the next pack of active pills without a break.

Femodene ED Side Effects

Like all medicines, Femodene ED comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone who takes it will get them.

Common side effects of taking this medicine can include:

  • Weight gain
  • Feeling sick
  • Stomach pain
  • Mood swings
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Fluid retention
  • Skin rash
  • Breast enlargement
  • Decreased libido
  • Vomiting or upset stomach

Rarer adverse effects can include:

  • Weight loss
  • Poor tolerance to contact lenses
  • Breast or vaginal discharge
  • Increased libido

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Femodene Warnings and Drug Interactions

Advice on addiction and medication restrictions

Inform your doctor before you take the Femodene ED pill if you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any other medication). This includes prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any questions or concerns, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor before you start to take this combined pill. For more information on medicines that interact with Femodene ED.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant while taking Femodene ED, take a pregnancy test to make sure before you stop using it.

Femodene Ingredients

The main active ingredients within this medicine are: Ethinylestradioland Gestodene

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 25/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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