Microgynon 30 ED Pill

  • Every Day (ED) combined oral contraceptive pill
  • Contains 21 'active pills' and 7 'inactive pills'
  • Available as a 3 or 6 month course
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What is Microgynon 30 ED?

Microgynon 30 ED (Every Day) is a combined oral contraceptive pill (commonly known as 'the pill'), which is taken by women to stop them getting pregnant.

Each strip contains 28 tablets: 21 'active pills' and 7 'inactive pills'.

This medicine is useful for women who may get their days mixed up when taking a contraceptive pill that requires a 7-day break. You use Microgynon 30 ED once a day without a break. You will take one 'active pill' every day for 21 days, then an 'inactive pill' for the next 7 days.

How does Microgynon 30 ED work?

Microgynon 30 ED contains two female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, which work to prevent pregnancy in three ways:

  • The prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg.
  • They make the mucus in your cervix thicker, making it much harder for sperm to get inside the womb.
  • They prevent your womb lining from thickening enough for an egg to be able to grow within it.

When taken correctly, this combined pill is one of the most reliable reversible methods of contraception.

Taking Microgynon 30 ED comes with various benefits:

  • It does not interrupt sex.
  • It may help with pre-menstrual symptoms.
  • It will normally make your periods lighter, more regular and less painful.

You must bear in mind that the contraceptive pill will not protect you from catching sexually transmitted infections like syphilis and gonorrhoea. Only condoms can do this.

How to take Microgynon 30 ED

To effectively prevent pregnancy, you must be consistent with taking this medication. Always use Microgynon 30 ED as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Swallow Microgynon 30 ED tablets whole with a glass of water.

Take them at around the same time each day.

Ideally, you should start taking this medication on the first day of your period. This will mean you are protected immediately.

  1. Take one active pill each day for 21 days.
  2. After taking 21 active pills, take one inactive pill a day for 7 days. You will probably have a normal bleed during this time.
  3. Start taking the active pills in the next pack straight after finishing all 28 pills.

Who can take Microgynon 30 ED?

Microgynon 30 ED may not be suitable for you if any of the following apply to you.

Do not take this medication if:

  • You are currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are over 35 years of age and smoke
  • You are over the age of 50
  • You suffer from migraines
  • You have had cervical cancer
  • You have had breast cancer

Speak to your doctor before you take Microgynon 30 ED if:

  • You are allergic to this or any other medicine
  • You are taking any other medicine
  • You have any illnesses not listed here

Please refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of reasons why this contraceptive pill may not be suitable for you.

Can you buy Microgynon 30 ED over the counter?

Microgynon 30 ED is not available to buy over the counter. You must have a prescription to purchase this medication, which will require you to speak to a doctor.

Can you buy Microgynon 30 ED online in the UK?

You can buy Microgynon 30 ED from Medicine Direct once you have had an online consultation with a certified doctor or pharmacist. They will review your medical history and prescribe this medication if it is safe for you to take.

If you have been prescribed this medicine by a doctor, one of our doctors or pharmacists can give you a repeat prescription. However, you will still need to complete our online consultation form.

Place your order by 2pm and you will also receive next day delivery.

Medicine Direct is fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Never order any medicine online unless it is from a registered pharmacy.

Alternatives to Microgynon 30 ED

There are several alternatives to Microgynon 30 ED if you find that this medicine is not suitable for you.

You could try Microgynon 30, which works in the same way as this medicine, but you only take 21 active pills a month. Instead of taking 7 inactive pills, you will have a break where you do not take any pills for 7 days.

If you wish to try an alternative combined contraceptive pill, you can speak to your doctor about trying one of the following:

  • Yasmin
  • Ovranette
  • Synphase
  • Noriday
  • Logynon

There are also progestogen-only pills (POPs), which do not contain oestrogen. These include:

  • Norgeston
  • Cerazette

Additionally, you could try a form of contraception that does not require taking any tablets. Speak to your doctor if you wish to try:

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

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

Possible side effects

Like any medication, the Microgynon pill can cause side effects, although not everyone who uses this combined pill will suffer from them.

Common side effects of Microgynon 30 ED can include:

  • Stomach ache
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Feeling sick
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Mood swings or depressive moods

Uncommon side effects includeL

  • Vomiting and stomach upsets
  • Fluid retention
  • Decreased libido
  • Migraine
  • Skin rash (this may itch)
  • Breast enlargement

Some people have also reported the following:

  • Bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Chloasma
  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease

Speak to your doctor if you have any of the side effects listed above, or if you become worried.

This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for more information.

Microgynon 30 ED dosage and directions

How to take Microgynon 30 ED

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Microgynon ED pills.

If you forget to take Microgynon 30 ED

If you are less than 12 hours late in taking a pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills in one day. Your contraceptive protection should still be as strong.

If you have missed more than one pill, you should use a condom for the next seven days.

If you take too much (overdose)

Taking an extra pill is unlikely to do you any harm. However, you may suffer from nausea, vomiting or have some vaginal bleeding. Vaginal bleeding may occur in girls who have not yet started their menstruation but who have accidentally taken Microgynon.

If you suffer from any of these side effects, speak to your doctor.

Stopping Microgynon 30 ED

If you decide to have a baby, you should use another form of contraception after you stop taking Microgynon 30 ED until you have had a normal period. Your doctor and midwife requires the date of your last natural period to be able to determine when the baby is due.

However, if you get pregnant straight away, your baby should not come to any harm.

Before you take Microgynon ED 30

Your doctor will check your blood pressure and ask about your medical history, as well as any family medical problems, before prescribing this combined pill.

Microgynon ED 30 is not suitable for everyone to take.

Do not use this combined pill if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in Microgynon (please see the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for a long time
  • You have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
  • You have or have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel in your leg, lung or other organ
  • You are aware that you have any disorder that affects your blood clotting
  • You have or have ever had angina pectoris or transient ischaemic attack
  • You have ever had liver tumours
  • You have or have ever had breast cancer
  • You have ever had a severe liver disease and your doctor has told you that your liver function test results have not returned to normal
  • You have ever had a migraine with aura

Do not use Microgynon if you have any of the following conditions, which may increase the risk of developing a blood clot in the arteries:

  • Hyperhomocysteinaemia
  • Very high levels of fat in the blood
  • Very high blood pressure
  • Severe diabetes with blood vessel damage

Before you start to take it

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking the Microgynon contraceptive pill if any of the below apply to you:

  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for a long time
  • You have inflammation of the veins under the skin
  • You have sickle cell anaemia
  • You have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • You experience symptoms of angioedema
  • You have just given birth (this puts you at an increased risk of blood clots)
  • You have diabetes
  • You have varicose veins
  • You or a close family member has ever had circulation or heart problems, such as high blood pressure
  • You have any illness that got worse during pregnancy or previous use of a contraceptive pill
  • You are obese
  • You have migraines
  • You have the porphyria
  • You have pancreatitis
  • You have high levels of fat in the blood, or a family history of this problem
  • You or a close family member has ever had blood clotting issues

Microgynon 30 ED Side Effects

Rare side effects of Microgynon ED 30 include:

  • Losing weight
  • Increased libido
  • Vaginal or breast discharge
  • Poor tolerance of contact lenses

Serious allergic reaction

In rare instances, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Microgynon 30 ED.

You must either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • You have swelling in your face, mouth, tongue, lips or throat
  • You are finding it hard to speak or breathe
  • You are wheezing
  • You develop a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your throat or chest

You may be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects and how to cope with them. If you are worried about side effects, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Microgynon Warnings and Drug Interactions

Taking other medicines

Before you buy Microgynon 30 ED, make sure you inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medication you are already taking. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

The following medication can have an impact on the blood levels of Microgynon:

  • Certain medicines for the treatment of epilepsy
  • Certain medicines for treating hepatitis C and HIV
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Certain sedatives (barbiturates)
  • The antifungal medicine griseofulvin

The contraceptive pill can also affect how well other forms of medication work, so your doctor may need to adjust your dose if you need to use another medication at the same time as the pill. Spek to your doctor about medications that interact with Microgynon ED pills.

Additional contraceptive precautions

Microgynon will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you need this kind of protection, you will still need to use a condom in addition to this combined pill.

Microgynon contains lactose and sucrose. If your doctor has told you that you are intolerant to certain sugars, please speak to them before you buy Microgynon 30 ED.

Taking the contraceptive pill can increase your risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer. The longer you are on the pill, the higher the risk is. However, the risk returns to normal within 10 years of stopping taking the pill.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take this medication if you are pregnant. Take a pregnancy test before you stop taking Microgynon 30 ED if you think you might have become pregnant.

Microgynon might not be suitable for women who are breastfeeding. Your doctor may recommend an alternative form of contraception to use instead.

Microgynon ED Ingredients

The main active ingredients within this medicine are: Ethinylestradiol and Levonorgestrel

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

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Recently Medically Reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 23/06/2021

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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