- 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.
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.
- Take one active pill every day for 21 days.
- 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.
- Once you have taken the 7 inactive pills, start to take the next pack of active pills without a break.
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:
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:
- 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.
Femodene ED Dosage and Directions
How do you take Femodene ED?
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Femodene ED pills.
Always take Femodene ED exactly as instructed by your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to take it.
What if I miss a pill?
If you miss an active pill and and remember within 12 hours of the time you were supposed to take it, take the missed pill immediately. This may mean that you need to take two pills in one day. Your contraception should not be reduced.
If you miss more than one pill or it is more than 12 hours since you were supposed to take it, take the most recently missed pill immediately. Leave any previously missed pills in the strip. Take your next pill at your normal time, even if this means taking two pills in one day. Use an extra method of contraception (such as a condom) for the next 7 days.
If you have more than 7 active pills left in the pack after your missed pill, complete the pack as usual before you start taking the next one. If you missed one or more pills from the first week of your strip, you might be pregnant. Speak to your doctor, nurse of pharmacist for advice if this is the case; they may recommend using emergency contraception.
If you have fewer than 7 active pills left, finish the active pills, throw away the inactive tablets and start the next strip the next day. You may have some bleeding on the days you take the active pills, but this is no cause for concern.
If you do not have a period after the second pack, speak to your doctor before starting the next pack. If you have missed one or more pills from the first week of the strip, and had sex during that week, there is a risk you may become pregnant. If this is the case, you should speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist straight away.
If you start a new strip of pills later than you should, this may mean that you are not protected from getting pregnant.
If you have missed any of the pills in the strip and you do not bleed while taking the inactive pills, this may be a sign that you are pregnant. If this happens, either do a pregnancy test or speak to your doctor or family planning nurse.
If you vomit or have diarrhoea after taking the pill, you may not have absorbed the medicine. Read the patient information leaflet for guidance on what to do if this happens.
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
You might also get:
- 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.
Serious Side Effects
Rare side effects of Femodene ED can include:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Blood clots in the liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye
- Transient ischaemic attack (temporary stroke symptoms)
- Harmful blood clots in a vein or artery
Seek medical attention immediately if you suffer any of these reactions.
The risk of serious conditions such as blood clots and breast cancer are higher in women who take the contraceptive pill.
Severe allergic reaction
In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a severe allergic reaction to Femodene ED. You must call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
- You have swelling in your face, mouth, lips, tongue or throat
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You develop a skin rash which may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
You may be having a severe allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.
These lists may not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects. If you are worried about the possibility of getting side effects, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor before you start taking this medicine.
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.
Certain medicines can influence the blood vessels of Femodene ED and stop it from working effectively. These include:
- Certain medicines for epilepsy
- Certain medicines for HIV
- Any medicines to treat hepatitis C containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir or dasabuvir
- Certain antibiotics
- The herbal remedy St. John's wort
- Certain sedatives (barbiturates)
Femodene ED may interfere with the results of some blood tests.
Femodene ED contains lactose and sucrose. Do not take this contraceptive pill without speaking to your doctor if you have been told that you are intolerant to certain sugars.
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.
If you are concerned about becoming addicted to the combined pill, please speak to your doctor for advice.
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.
Your doctor may recommend an alternative form of contraception if you are breastfeeding. Check with them before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on who Femodene ED may not be suitable for.
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
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