Ovranette Pill

  • Combined contraceptive pill
  • 21 day course with 7 day break
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What is Ovranette?

Ovranette is a combined oral contraceptive pill.

These tablets contain two different female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, as active ingredients. These work to stop women from becoming pregnant.

Ovranette is the generic version of the contraceptive pill Microgynon.

This is a 21-day pill, which you take consecutively for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break.

Who can I buy Ovranette?

Ovranette is only available on prescription. Women can buy Ovranette online from Medicine Direct by completing a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors or pharmacists. They will give you a prescription to buy Ovranette if they deem it to be a suitable contraceptive pill for you to take.

You can then order Ovranette online from our pharmacy. Order before 2pm and we can also offer you next day delivery.

What is Ovranette used for?

Ovranette is a contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy in women.

This combined oral contraceptive contains the female sex hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones work by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg, ensuring you do not get pregnant. Ovranette also thickens the mucus in your cervix, which makes it harder for sperm to enter the womb.

Aside from preventing pregnancy, a doctor may also prescribe Ovranette tablets as a treatment for:

  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy or irregular bleeding from the womb
  • Pre-menstrual tension (PMT) or painful menstruation

Taking Ovranette has several benefits:

  • It does not interrupt sex
  • It may help with pre-menstrual symptoms
  • When taken properly, it is one of the most reliable forms of reversible contraception methods
  • It will normally make your periods lighter, more regular and less painful

It is important to remember that contraceptive pills like Ovranette will only protect you against getting pregnant. They do not act as a defence against sexually transmitted infections (STIs); you will still need to use a condom for this kind of protection.

Alternatives to Ovranette

If Ovranette is not a suitable contraception for you to use, there are various different contraceptive methods you can use, including:

  • Condoms
  • The contraceptive patch
  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Progestogen-only contraceptive pills
  • The implant
  • The injection

Who can take Ovranette Pill?

Ovranette, when taken properly, is one of the most reliable reversible methods of contraception. However, it is not suitable for all women to use.

You should not take Ovranette if you:

  • Are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, or think you might be pregnant
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in these tablets (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • Have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Have a form of cancer that is affected by sex hormones, such as breast or ovarian cancer
  • Have very high blood pressure or blood pressure that is not controlled
  • Have a heart valve disorder or an irregular heartbeat
  • Suffer migraines with visual disturbances
  • Or anyone in your close family has ever had any blood circulation problems, including a blood clot in the legs, lungs or other organ
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Are over the age of 35 and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day
  • Have any conditions that put you at a higher risk of a blood clot
  • Have diabetes which affects your circulation
  • Have ever had severe liver disease or liver tumours and your doctor has told you that your liver function test results have not yet returned to normal

Checking your health while taking oral contraception

You should see your doctor for regular check-ups while taking Ovranette.

Taking contraceptive pills can make certain illnesses worse. You may be required to see a doctor regularly if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Heart or circulation problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease
  • You have ever had gallstones or liver problems
  • You have or have ever suffered with migraines
  • You have high levels of fat or cholesterol in the blood
  • You have any symptoms of angioedema
  • You have any illness that was made worse during pregnancy or previous use of the pill

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Ovranette can cause side effects, although these will not affect everyone who uses this contraceptive pill.

Common side effects of this pill can include:

  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
  • Headache or migraine
  • Vaginal infection, such as thrush
  • Changes in weight
  • Acne
  • Increased or decreased libido (sex drive)
  • Sore, tender or painful breasts
  • Feeling nervous
  • Mood swings, including low mood or depression
  • Feeling sick or being sick
  • Breast enlargement or changes in secretion from the breast
  • Stomach cramps or stomach pain
  • Dizziness

Uncommon adverse effects may include:

  • Rash
  • Diarrhoea
  • Appetite changes
  • Change in menstrual flow
  • Hives
  • Fluid retention, which may cause swelling in the feet, hands or ankles
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Chloasma
  • Increase in blood pressure

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

This list is not exhaustive, please refer to the Side Effects tab for further information.

What else do I need to know?

Please remember, Ovranette will only protect you against pregnancy. A contraceptive pill must not be taken as a preventative measure against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as gonorrhoea or chlamydia. You will still need to use a condom for this. If you think you may have contracted an STI, speak to your doctor or local sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

Ovranette contains lactose and sucrose. If your doctor has told you that you are intolerant to some sugars, speak to them before you start using this pill.

Taking contraceptive pills reduces the risk of ovarian and womb cancer when used in the long term. However, you are at a slightly higher risk of cervical and breast cancer while taking the contraceptive pill.

You are at a higher risk of breast cancer if you are obese or you have a close relative, such as a mother or grandmother, who suffered from breast cancer. It is important to check your breasts regularly whether you are taking the contraceptive pill or note. Speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any lumps or changes in how your breasts feel, or if they feel painful or tender.

In rare cases, taking the contraceptive pill has also been linked to liver diseases.

Order online safely

Only buy Ovranette online from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. This ensures that we can guarantee our customers only safe and approved versions of this contraceptive pill.

We can offer next day delivery if you order from our UK-based online pharmacy by 2pm.

Ovranette Pill Dosage and Directions

How do you take Ovranette?

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Ovranette.

Always take Ovranette tablets as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you to effectively prevent pregnancy. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are not sure.

Ovranette comes in strips of 21 tablets, each of which are marked with a specific day of the week.

Take one pill at the same time every day. Swallow it whole with a drink of water; do not crush or chew the pill.

Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.

Take one pill every day for 21 days, until you have finished the strip.

After you have taken all 21 pills, you will have a 7 day break, where you do not take any pills. During the break, you should have a normal bleed, which may continue into starting your next strip of pills.

Providing you have taken the contraceptive pill as instructed, you will not need to use an extra form of contraceptive during your 7 day break.

Once your 7 day break is over, begin taking the next strip of pills immediately the next day. If you are taking Ovranette correctly, you will always start a new strip of tablets on the same day of the week.

What if I miss a pill?

If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember. This may require you to take more than one pill in the same day. Missing one dose should not affect your contraceptive protection.

If you have missed more than one pill, or it has been more than 12 hours since you should have taken the contraceptive pill, take the most recently missed dose straight away. This may mean taking two pills in one day. Leave any earlier pills you missed in the strip.

You are advised to use an additional method of contraception, such as a condom, for the next seven days.

Ovranette Pill Serious Side Effects

Side Effects

Rare side effects of Ovranette include:

  • Changes in glucose tolerance
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pink-red skin blotches
  • Painful red lumps on the skin
  • Poor tolerance to contact lenses
  • Period pain or no period at all

Very rare reactions include:

  • Liver tumour
  • Pancreatitis
  • Retinal vein thrombosis
  • Gallbladder disease getting worse or a new gallbladder disease developing
  • Exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Worsening of chorea
  • Exacerbation of porphyria

The following side effects may occur at an unknown frequency:

  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease
  • Bloating
  • Herpes
  • Varicose veins getting worse

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Ovranette.

You must call 999 or go to A&E immediately if:

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

You could be having a serious allergic reaction and require treatment in hospital straight away.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.

Ovranette Warnings and Drug Interactions


Always read the patient information leaflet for a complete list of drug interactions and precautions you should take while using Ovranette contraceptive pills. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Before you start taking a contraceptive pill like Ovranette, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any other medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies.

Do not take Ovranette if you suffer from Hepatitis C and are taking any medicines that contain: ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, dasabuvir, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir and sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir.

Some medicines may not work properly when taken alongside Ovranette:

  • Certain asthma medications
  • Certain epilepsy medicines
  • Certain medicines used to prevent rejection after an organ transplant

The following medicines may make Ovranette less effective and cause irregular periods or unexpected bleeding, including:

  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Certain medicines to treat HIV and AIDS
  • Certain medicines to treat tuberculosis
  • Certain medicines to treat sleep disorders
  • Certain antibiotics for bacterial infections
  • Certain medicines to treat epilepsy
  • Certain medicines to treat fungal infections
  • Certain medicines to treat inflammatory conditions, such as gout

For more information on medicines that interact with Ovranette.

Risk of blood clots

Taking the pill may also put you at a higher risk of developing a blood clot, particularly during your first year of taking it. In rare cases, blood clots can form in blood vessels in the heart or brain, causing a stroke or a heart attack.

Certain factors may make women taking Ovranette more likely to suffer a blood clot:

  • Being old
  • Being off your feet for a long time, such as after an injury or operation
  • Having recently given birth
  • Having a close family member with a history of blood clots
  • Being seriously overweight
  • Having certain medical problems like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Having ever had a miscarriage

You should seek medical attention if you suffer any symptoms of a blood clot while taking the pill, including:

  • Sudden pain in the chest
  • Swelling in the leg that is painful
  • Trouble breathing

Ovranette during Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Ovranette must not be taken if you are already pregnant. If you think you may have become pregnant, take a pregnancy test to make sure before you stop taking the pill.

If you are currently breastfeeding, an alternative contraception to Ovranette may be recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.

For more information on oral contraceptives during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Ovranette Ingredients

Ovranette contraceptive pills contain two active ingredients: 150mcg of the progestogen levonorgestrel, and 30mcg of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol.

Each pill also contains: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone 25, magnesium stearate, talc, purified water, sucrose, polyethylene glycol 6000, calcium carbonate, white wax and wax carnauba.

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 01/06/2021

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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