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Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

What is Brevinor?

Brevinor contains the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and norethisterone and is a combined monophasic contraceptive pill. This highly effective medication is taken on a daily basis in the form of a 500mcg / 35mcg tablet to successfully prevent pregnancy. Brevinor is commonly referred to as 'the pill' and comes with additional benefits alongside the ability to effectively stop pregnancy. This includes:

  • Regulating periods
  • Alleviates heavy periods
  • Reduces cramps
  • Improves skin during acne outbreaks

How Effective Is Brevinor?

Brevinor is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. All contraceptive pills have this level of effectiveness when they are taken correctly. If a woman falls pregnant on the pill it's most likely that she has forgotten a pill or been unwell.

Brevinor is a reliable contraceptive but there are some medicines that lessen its effectiveness.

These are:

  • Some antibiotics
  • Some sedatives
  • Epilepsy drugs
  • Anti-arthritis drugs
  • St John's Wort
  • HIV drugs

The oestrogen in Brevinor may also interfere with some blood tests. Always mention that you are taking Brevinor if you are due any medical procedures.

Forgetting the pill is not the only way that pregnancy can happen. If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea, it can prevent Brevinor from working. You will need to use barrier contraceptives for seven days if you are sick. See below for detailed instructions under 'What to do it you miss a dose'.

The Advantages of Brevinor

Brevinor's main function is to prevent pregnancy but there are other advantages to the combined pill:

  • Brevinor has a low dose of oestrogen and progesterone meaning you may have fewer side effects than a combined pill with a higher dose.
  • Brevinor and other combined pills may provide some protection against ovarian and endometrial cancer.
  • The combined pill enables you to manage your periods. Irregular women will find the pattern of having a seven-day break after 21 pills brings their periods into a manageable cycle.
  • You are able to skip periods using Brevinor. If for example, you have a holiday in the near future you can take the pill without a seven-day break and miss your period altogether.
  • As Brevinor thins the womb lining, you may find your periods are lighter, shorter and you may experience less PMS.
  • Combined pills help to manage the symptoms of endometriosis. Endometriosis is when womb lining grows in places other than the womb such as the bowel and fallopian tubes.
  • Combined pills can also manage acne and skin problems through hormone regulation.

The Different Types of Combined and Mini Pills

There are many types of combined contraceptive pills but all contain a mixture of oestrogen and progesterone hormones to prevent pregnancy. As well as combined pills there are 'mini pills'. These contain only progesterone and are sometimes known as POP or progesterone only pills. These are more suitable for some women who cannot tolerate oestrogen, women who smoke or women over 35.

The morning after pill is available online and over the counter as well. Women can use this if they have had unprotected sex. The morning after pill is called EllaOne in the UK and it works by delaying ovulation. It's most effective when taken quickly, but you can take it up to three days after unprotected sex.

How Is Brevinor Different From Other Contraceptives

Brevinor is a flat blue pill with SEARLE on one side and 'BX' on the other side. It's a combined contraceptive containing oestrogen and progesterone, but it has a lower amount than other brands which means you may experience fewer side effects.

Combined and mini pills are taken orally every day, but there are other ways to ingest hormones that don't involve a daily pill. The patch, the injection the Nuvaring, and the intrauterine system all deliver hormones that prevent pregnancy.

Hormone free options include the intrauterine device (that uses copper), condoms, caps, diaphragms or sponges, which keep sperm from entering the womb.

How Does Brevinor Work?

Brevinor is a hormonal combined oral contraceptive more commonly known as 'The Pill'. All combined pills contain synthetic progesterone and oestrogen in varying amounts. Brevinor contains 35 micrograms of a synthetic oestrogen called ethinylestradiol and 0.5 milligrams of a progesterone called norethisterone.

Brevinor works by preventing your ovaries from releasing any eggs. It also thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm entering the womb and changes the womb lining so a fertilised egg can't implant there.

How To Take Brevinor

Brevinor is designed to be taken at the same time each day. The strip packets are printed with the days of the week to help you remember.

  • Don't break the pill or it won't work correctly.
  • Swallow it with or without water. You can take it with food if you prefer.

How To Start Brevinor

You start Brevinor by taking the first pill on the first day of your period and then one a day at the same time until the packet runs out. If you do this then you are covered against pregnancy straight away. You can take the pill on any day up to five days after you begin your period, but you will need to use barrier contraception for seven days.

When you have taken all 21 tablets you have a seven-day break. During this time you may have a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. Begin the second strip seven days later even if you are still bleeding.

You are covered against pregnancy during your seven-day break if you take the second packet on time.

Swapping from other pills

Take the first Brevinor after you've finished your current strip of pills. You are protected immediately if you have taken them correctly.

After a baby

Ask your doctor for advice but Brevinor can be taken 21 days after birth for immediate protection. After 21 days you will need to use barrier contraception for seven days.

After a miscarriage or abortion

Usually you are able to take Brevinor right away but ask your doctor for advice.

What To Do If You Miss A Dose

You should take your pill as soon as you remember and the following pill at the usual time.

  • If you are less than 12 hours late, you are covered and don't need to do anything else.
  • If you are more than 12 hours late, take the last missed pill and use barrier contraception for seven days.
  • If you have less than seven pills in the strip, take the next packet without a break.

If you follow these steps, it's highly unlikely you will fall pregnant. If you have sex before you remember you have forgotten your pill, you should consider emergency contraception.

Being sick or have a severe stomach upset can mean your pill is not properly absorbed. If you are sick or have diarrhoea within two hours of taking your pill, take another straight away. If you continue to be unwell you need to follow the missed pill steps above for each day you are ill.

Other contraceptives containing the same active ingredients

  • Binovum
  • Loestrin 20
  • Loestrin 30
  • Norimin
  • Ovysmen
  • Synphase
  • Trinovum

Brevinor Side Effects

Serious side effects include:

  • An allergic reaction to the ingredients in Brevinor. Seek urgent medical attention if you experience wheezing, a swollen mouth, difficulty breathing, chest pain, rash or itching.
  • Blood clot symptoms include a swelling stomach, coughing up blood, severe chest pain, inflamed legs, worsening migraine dizziness, weakness, difficulty speaking and fainting.

Other more common side effects include:

  • Feeling sick, stomach upsets, weight gain, headaches, depression, swollen breasts, sex drive changes, irregular vaginal bleeding, and high blood pressure.

Brevinor Precautions

Whilst the majority of women are able to use Brevinor safely, there are some women who should not take it. These include:

  • If you are allergic to norethisterone, ethinylestradiol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • If you are currently pregnant.
  • If you are breastfeeding because oestrogen reduces the milk supply and hormones may transfer to the baby. The effects of hormones on breastfed babies are not known.
  • If you or family members have had blood clots.
  • If you have had a heart attack or stroke or have had or have angina.
  • If you have had or have high levels of fats in your blood.
  • If you have had or have cancer of the breast, cervix, vagina or womb.
  • If you have had the following during pregnancy: pruritus, jaundice, pemphigoid gestationis.
  • If you have had or have severe chronic liver disease.
  • If you have had or have vaginal bleeding.
  • If you have had or have bad migraines.

Your doctor will decide if Brevinor is safe for you if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Migraine or Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tetany
  • Breast problems
  • Varicose veins
  • Liver dysfunction
  • Severe depression
  • Fibroids
  • Irregular periods
  • Sharp pain in your abdomen
  • Gallstones
  • Sickle-cell anaemia
  • Otosclerosis
  • Porphyria
  • Chloasma
  • Any disease that is likely to get worse during pregnancy
  • If you forget to take the pill then you may not be covered against pregnancy.
  • Taking any combined pill raises the risk of a blood clot. It's rare but more likely to happen on the pill if you smoke, are obese, have diabetes or are older.
  • Breast cancer is slightly more common in women taking the pill. All women should examine their breasts for lumps, bumps, skin changes and pain whether they take the pill or not.
  • There may be a slight increase in the risk of cervical cancer if you take the pill, but this may be attributed to having sex with barrier methods.
  • The risk of liver tumours is slightly higher in women who take the pill.
  • If you need an operation you will have to stop taking Brevinor. This is because of the risk of blood clots. You may be able to switch to an oestrogen free mini pill.
  • No STI protection - No pill can provide you with STI protection. Anyone who has had unprotected sex should have a free screening at their local GUM clinic to rule out any infections.

Can you buy without a prescription?

No. All clinically proven medication requires a valid prescription and Brevinor is no exception. This is to confirm the medication is perfectly safe and highly effective for you to use. The prescription process will involve a short consultation – this is the same in person as well as online – and involves medical and personal question to ensure Brevinor is compatible with you. For STI medications, you must have tested positive before taking the treatment.

How to buy Brevinor?

Brevinor is available on prescription only in the UK that is obtainable from a doctor. Once you have been safely prescribed it you can order online after a consultation. When buying Brevinor, this is easily obtained when completing our quick consultation that will take approximately five minutes. A certified doctor reviews this and then you can order Brevinor online.

Is it safe to order online?

When ordering from a certified online pharmacy, you can be ensured that your medication is safe. If the pharmacy doesn't ask you to complete essential health and medical question, however, this is a telltale sign that the website isn't certified. The website should also display clear signs that it is registered and approved by the relevant authorities. In the UK, this includes being registered by the MHRA and GMC.

All medication will be delivered in tamper proof packaging complete with the full patient leaflet, which confirms that the medication is clinically proven and highly effective.

What is included in the price?

When ordering Brevinor online here at Medilico, this is an all-inclusive price including the prescription, consultation, medication and delivery. There are no hidden costs. The price adjusts depending on the dosage and quantity you have ordered.

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