Norgeston Pill

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About Norgeston Pill
  1. What is Norgeston?

    Norgeston is a progestogen-only pill, sometimes referred to as the 'mini pill'. These tablets are taken by women to prevent pregnancy.

    Norgeston tablets contain a progestogen called levonorgestrel, which is a type of female sex hormone. When used correctly, it is one of the most reliable forms of reversible contraception, providing 99% effectiveness against pregnancy.

    You need a prescription to buy Norgeston tablets. 

    How does Norgeston work?

    Norgeston works in three different ways to stop you from getting pregnant:

    • It thickens the mucus in your cervix, making it harder for sperm to get inside the womb.
    • It stops your womb lining from thickening enough for an egg to grow within it.
    • It prevents some women's ovaries from releasing an egg each month.

    Norgeston will start to work immediately if you start taking it on the first day of your period. If you begin taking it any later than five days after the first day of your period, you will need to use an additional form of contraception for the first seven days.

    Who can take Norgeston?

    Norgeston should not be taken by anyone who has not yet had their first menstrual bleed. It should also not be taken by women who have already been through menopause.

    Do not take this medication without speaking to your doctor if:

    • You are have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicine
    • You are currently pregnant or think you might be pregnant
    • You have severe diabetes with changes to the blood vessels
    • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
    • You have ever suffered from liver tumours
    • You have ever had any circulation problems, including a blood clot in the legs, lungs, heart (heart attack) or brain (stroke)
    • 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 a form of cancer that is affected by sex hormones, such as currently having or having a history of breast cancer
    • You have any illnesses not listed here

    Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on precautions.

    Can you buy Norgeston over the counter?

    Norgeston tablets are only available on prescription.

    Can you buy Norgeston online in the UK?

    You can order Norgeston tablets from Medicine Direct by completing a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors or pharmacists.

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

    Norgeston alternatives

    Medicine Direct stock a number of contraceptive pills available to buy online.

    Other progestogen-only pills include:

    • Cerazette
    • Noriday

    A combined oral contraceptive may be more suitable for you. These are pills that contain a combination of oestrogen and progestogen. The following are examples of combined contraceptive pills:

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

  2. Norgeston indications and dose

    Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Norgeston Pill.

    To effectively protect you from getting pregnant, you must always take this progestogen-only pill exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start taking it and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of anything.

    How to take Norgeston

    Start taking Norgeston on the first day of your period. This will give you immediate protection against pregnancy.

    Norgeston can be taken with or without food, but it should be taken at the same time each day.

    Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.

    Take one tablet every day and do not leave a gap between packs.

  3. Norgeston side effects

    Like all medications, Norgeston can cause side effects, although these will not occur in everyone who takes this progestogen-only pill.

    Less serious side effects of Norgeston can include:

    • Bleeding and spotting between periods
    • No period at all
    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Migraine
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Weight gain or weight loss
    • Feeling depressed, decreased libido

    Taking the pill can slightly raise your risk of developing serious health conditions like:

    • Breast cancer
    • Blood clots
    • Liver problems

    Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects, as well as symptoms of serious health problems. 

  4. Norgeston Warnings

    Before you start taking Norgeston, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicines you are already using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

    Norgeston may not be a suitable pill for you to take if you also need to take one of the medicines listed here.

    See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of warnings. 

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Norgeston must not be taken if you are currently pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using this mini pill, take a pregnancy test to make sure before you stop taking the tablets.

    Progestogen-only pills like Norgeston have not been show to affect breast milk, although you should still inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently breastfeeding before you start taking it.

    See the BUMPS website for more information on oral contraceptives during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  5. Ingredients

    The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Levonorgestrel

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

  6. How much does it cost to buy Norgeston online in the UK?

    Quantity Price
    3 months supply £15.99
    6 months supply £19.99
  7. FAQ

    Does Norgeston cause weight gain?

    You may gain weight as a side effect of taking Norgeston.

    What is the difference between Norgeston and Noriday?

    Both of these pills are progestogen-only contraceptives. However, Noriday contains norethisterone as its active ingredient, while Norgeston contains levonorgestrel.

    How quickly does Norgeston work?

    If you start taking Norgeston on the first day of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected immediately.

    Does Norgeston contain oestrogen?

    No, Norgeston is a progestogen-only pill (POP), meaning it does not contain an oestrogen hormone.

    Does Norgeston affect your mood?

    Depression or depressed moods are reported by some women who take Norgeston. Tell your doctor if you have any mental health issues before you start taking Norgeston. If you begin to experience depression or mood swings while using this medication, speak to your doctor.

    Do I get a period while taking Norgeston?

    Yes, you will also be taking Norgeston throughout your period and should not leave a break between packs.

    Can Norgeston be used to treat acne?

    If you are prescribed a birth control pill to treat acne, it is more likely to be a combined oral contraceptive.

    Can I drink alcohol while taking Norgeston?

    Yes, it is safe to drink alcohol while taking this pill.

    Will Norgeston make my breasts bigger?

    You can experience breast discomfort while taking Norgeston. If this includes swelling, speak to your doctor if it does not go down after a few days.

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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