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What is Femodene?

Femodene is a combined oral contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. It contains two different female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen.

This contraceptive is taken for 21 days each month.

Can I buy Femodene online?

You can buy Femodene online at Medicine Direct after a confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors. After assessing your answers, they will issue a prescription for this combined contraceptive if they find it is a safe medicine for you to take.

You can then buy Femodene from our online UK registered pharmacy. Place your order by 2pm and you will benefit from our next day delivery service.

Femodene Combined Pill - What you need to know

Main features

Femodene is a combined contraceptive pill which is used by women to stop them getting pregnant.

Femodene contains two different sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, which work to prevent pregnancy in three different ways:

  • It prevents your ovaries from releasing an egg.
  • It thickens the mucus in your cervix, making it harder for sperm to enter the womb.
  • It prevents the lining of your womb thickening enough for an egg to grow within it.

When taking Femodene, you should take one pill a day for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break from taking them.

Key facts about the Femodene contraceptive pill

Femodene is one of the most reliable reversible forms of contraception if it is used properly.

Using this combined pill will often make your periods regular, lighter and less painful, as well as possibly helping with pre-menstrual symptoms.

It is important to bear in mind that taking contraceptive pills such as Femodene will not protect you against catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Only condoms can work to protect against STIs.

Who is Femodene suitable for?

Femodene is a medicine for women to take to prevent pregnancy.

Do not take this medication if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel in your lungs (pulmonary embolus), legs (deep vein thrombosis), or other organs
  • You have ever had a stroke or heart attack
  • You have any disorders that affect your blood clotting
  • You have (or have ever had) angina pectoris or transient ischaemic attack
  • You need an operation or are off your feet for extended periods
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in Femodene
  • You have ever had a migraine with aura
  • You have or have ever had breast cancer
  • You have ever had liver tumours
  • You have ever had liver disease and your doctor has told you that your liver function test results have not returned to normal

What else do I need to know?

Women who take combined contraceptive pills are at an increased risk of certain serious conditions, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Blood clots in an artery or vein
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Cervical cancer

If you have any of these conditions, you are at a greater risk of a blood clot in the arteries:

  • Very high blood pressure
  • High levels of fat in your blood such as cholesterol or triglycerides
  • A condition called hyperhomocysteinaemia
  • Severe diabetes with blood vessel damage

Some of these conditions can be made worse by Femodene. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Inflamed pancreas
  • High levels of fat in your blood or a family history of it
  • You have just given birth
  • You have inflammation in the veins under your skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Diabetes
  • You or close family members have blood clotting problems
  • Obesity
  • You or a close family member has any heart or circulation problems such as high blood pressure
  • Porphyria
  • Any illness made worse during pregnancy or previous use of a contraceptive pill

Do not take Femodene if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking it, do a pregnancy test to make sure before you stop taking it.

You may be advised to not take this combined pill while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

How do you take Femodene pills?

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Femodene.

To effectively prevent pregnancy, you must always use contraceptive pills exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance if you are still not sure of how to take them.

Femedone contraceptive pills come in strips of 21 tablets. Each is marked with a day of the week.

If you are using Femodene for the first time or are taking it again after a break, it is best to take the first pill on the first day of your next period.

Take one pill every day for 21 days:

  • Take the pill around the same time every day.
  • Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
  • Take one pill each day until you have had all 21 pills.
  • Swallow each pill whole, with a drink of water if you need it. Do not crush or chew them.

After this 21 day course, do not take the pill for 7 days. For example, if you take your final pill on a Friday, do not start your next pack of Femodene until the next Saturday.

Providing you have taken the contraceptive pill as instructed, you will not need to use additional contraception during your 7 day break.

You should have a withdrawal bleed like a period within a few days of taking your final Femodene pill. This bleeding may continue into starting your next course of pills.

What if I miss a pill?

If you are less than 12 hours late in taking a pill, take it straight away, then continue taking them at your usual time. This may require you to take two pills in a day. This should not reduce the contraceptive effect of Femodene.

If you are more than 12 hours late in taking the pill, or have missed more than one dose, your level of protection may be reduced.

If this happens, take the pill you missed most recently as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills at the same time. Leave any other pills you forgot to take in the pack.

Keep taking one pill a day for the next 7 days at the usual time. If you come to the end of a strip of pills during these seven days, start the next strip and skip the usual seven-day break. If you finish the second strip of pills and do not bleed, take a pregnancy test before you start another strip.

If you miss a pill, use an extra form of contraception for the next week, such as a condom.

If you missed one or more pills from the first week of pills and had sex in that time, you may be pregnant. Speak to your doctor for advice as soon as possible.

Femodene side effects

Common side effects of Femodene include:

  • Headaches
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Feeling sick
  • Stomach aches
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Weight gain

Less common Femodene reactions include:

  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Fluid retention
  • Migraine
  • Skin rash
  • Breast enlargement
  • Vomiting or upset stomach

Speak to your doctor if any of these effects bother you or do not go away. This list is not exhaustive; please read the Side Effects tab for more information.

Serious Side Effects

Rare side effects include:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased sex drive
  • Breast or vaginal discharge
  • Poor tolerance of contact lenses

You may also get:

  • Bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chloasma

If you suffer any of the below reactions, call 999 or go to A&E immediately. You may be having a severe allergic reaction and require treatment in hospital:

  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in chest or throat
  • Swelling in the face, mouth, tongue, lips or throat
  • Finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • Skin rash (red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin)

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on undesired effects.


Femodene Combined Pill - What you need to know

Tell your doctor or nurse if you are currently taking any other form of medicine. Femodene may interact with other medicinal products. Check all the leaflets that come with any other medicines you are taking, to see if they can be taken alongside oral contraceptives like Femodene.

In particular, make sure they are aware if you are taking:

  • St John's wort
  • Sedatives (barbiturates)
  • Epilepsy medicines
  • HIV and hepatitis C medicines
  • Griseofulvin
  • Certain antibiotics

Speak to your doctor before taking Femodene if you have been told you are intolerant to certain sugars.

Femodene may increase the risk of some serious health problems, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Blood clots in an artery or vein
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Cervical cancer

Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for a full list of warnings, precautions and drug interactions. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please speak to your doctor about them.

Femodene Ingredients

The active ingredients in Femodene are progestogen gestodene and oestrogen ethinylestradiol.

They also contain: Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sodium calcium edetate, sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, montan glycol wax.

Written bySonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 02/06/2021

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

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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