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Microgynon 30 is a combined contraceptive pill with a clinically proven effectiveness rate of over 99%.

Microgynon 30 contains both the oestrogen and progesterone hormones that control your fertility. You can use it to prevent pregnancy and to easily manage your periods. Microgynon 30 works quickly and effectively to give you control over your menstrual cycle.

At a glance:

  • Over 99% effective against pregnancy
  • Can be used to manage periods and PMS
  • Take one tablet daily for 21 days
  • Contains oestrogen and progesterone
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How To Get Microgynon 30

Microgynon 30 is a prescription medicine due to its interactions with other medications and its potential to make certain conditions worse, but you can safely take Microgynon 30 if your doctor has prescribed it.

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 questions, 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 Microgynon online here at HEALTHSITE, 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, which can be seen below:

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Can you buy without a prescription?

It's not possible to obtain any combined pills over-the-counter. You should ask your doctor about contraceptive pills or visit your sexual health clinic or family planning clinic.

Once you have been safely prescribed Microgynon 30 by your doctor you are able to order it online after a consultation. Ensure you declare any additional medications or health problems at this consultation to keep you safe.

What is Microgynon?

Microgynon 30 is a highly effective and easy-to-take contraceptive. Because it's a small tablet you won't need to undergo any invasive procedures to use it. Methods such as the implant require a small plastic device be implanted into your upper arm, whilst the intrauterine device and intrauterine system need a doctor to insert a plastic 't'-shaped device into your womb. Women who dislike or are afraid of medical procedures find the combined pill is simple to use.

Contraceptive pills are easily reversible. Their 99% effectiveness rate is second only sterilisation, but Microgynon 30 can be stopped at any point and your fertility will return.

Aside from pregnancy Microgynon 30 is an effective way to manage your periods. In most cases, women find their seven-day withdrawal bleed, which is not an actual period but a reaction to stopping your hormones is much lighter and quicker than a full menstrual period. For women struggling with monthly flow, this is a huge benefit.

If you use a combined pill you will have certainty about your period timing. Irregular periods can be embarrassing and difficult to manage, but if you are using a 21 or 28-day pill you can easily calculate when your seven-day bleed will fall.

It's also possible to skip a period. You can usually take up to two packets back-to-back and miss the seven-day withdrawal bleeds altogether. Women dealing with anaemia and those with an upcoming special event such as a wedding or exam may find this useful.

Because Microgynon 30 manages periods it also manages PMS. The symptoms of bloating, mood changes, diarrhoea and spot breakouts often lessen to improve your quality of life.

Conditions associated with menstrual flow such as polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis can be improved using the combined pill because it prevents ovulation and thins the womb lining.

Microgynon 30 and other combined pills can reduce the severity of skin conditions including painful and distressing acne. This is due to hormone management.

The combined pill can enhance your sex life. Barrier contraceptives are prone to breakage and have a much lower effectiveness rate than pills. Combined pills bring peace of mind for women concerned about an unwanted pregnancy.

Long-term use of the combined pill can reduce the risk of certain cancers including ovarian and womb cancer.

How Effective Is Microgynon 30?

Microgynon 30 is over 99% effective, but this rate depends on whether you take it correctly. You must take a pill every day to avoid becoming pregnant.

If you vomit or have very bad diarrhoea then Microgynon 30 may not work. You should continue to take your pill as soon as you are able but use barrier contraception as well for seven days after you have recovered. If you have less than seven pills left in the pack you should start the next packet without a break.

How Is Microgynon 30 Different From Other Contraceptives

Microgynon 30 is a low dose of both oestrogen and progesterone. The low dose means it may be more suitable for women who experience side effects from other pills.

The mini pill contains only progesterone and can be taken by women who cannot tolerate oestrogen. The mini pill is not as effective at managing periods as Microgynon 30 because the combined pill can be taken without a break to prevent a period completely.

Other contraceptives are not pill based. For example, the Nuvaring is placed inside the vagina to release hormones, the implant is placed under the skin of your upper arm and a patch is attached to an area of flat, hair-free skin. They still work by releasing hormones to prevent pregnancy but simply do it in a different form.

If you are looking for hormone-free options then the intrauterine device, condoms, cap, diaphragms and sponges are options. With the exception of the IUD, hormone-free options do not have the same level of pregnancy protection.

How Does Microgynon 30 Work?

Oestrogen and progesterone control your fertility. Both hormones are made by your ovaries and dictate when you will be fertile and when you will experience a period. Oestrogen in your body increases during the first half of your cycle, which encourages your womb to create a lining of blood. Progesterone changes this lining so it can sustain a pregnancy.

Microgynon 30 works by using the progesterone levonorgestrel and the oestrogen ethinyloestradiol to influence your ovaries' hormone production in three ways:

  • They prevent the release of an egg from your ovaries every month. This stops conception, as sperm cannot fertilise an egg unless the two meet in the fallopian tubes
  • Microgynon 30 thickens the cervical mucus that usually helps sperms into your womb. When you take Microgynon 30 this fluid is thickened, so the sperm cannot get through.
  • It alters your womb lining so it is thinner and unable to support a fertilised egg should the first two steps be unsuccessful.

All combined contraceptives work this way but you must take a pill every day to keep the effects going. If you forget a pill your body will act upon its natural hormones and the above methods of contraception will fail.

How To Take Microgynon 30

Starting Microgynon 30 is simple. You need to take a pill every day. Doctors often recommend that you begin taking pills on the first day of your period as you are then protected immediately against pregnancy. You can start at any other time during your cycle but will need to use extra barrier contraception for seven days to allow Microgynon 30 time to influence your fertility.

Take Microgynon 30 with a drink of water at the same time each day. It is possible to take the pill without water too. If you struggle to swallow pills take it with food being careful not to chew or crush the pill.

When should I take the pill

You should take your pill at the same time each day and follow the arrows on the strip.

After you have taken 21 pills and reached the end of a strip you should have a break for seven days. During this time you will usually experience a withdrawal bleed.

Start the next strip on the eighth day even if you are still bleeding. You are protected against pregnancy during this seven day period so long as you have taken the packet correctly.

How do I switch from another pill?

If you are switching from another pill its simple to start Microgynon 30:

21-day pill users should take their first Microgynon 30 as soon as they finish their current strip. Do not wait for a period.

28-day pill users should begin Microgynon 30 after their last active pill, discarding the seven dummy pills.

Women swapping from the mini 'pop' pill should begin Microgynon 30 on the first day of their period. It may mean taking two pills in one day. This is not a problem and will not harm you. Once you begin taking Microgynon 30 stop taking your mini pill.

How do I start after a miscarriage or abortion?

To start taking Microgynon 30 after a miscarriage or abortion you should begin straight away if the pregnancy ended during the first three months. This gives you immediate cover. If the pregnancy lasted longer than three months, ask your doctor for advice.

How do I start after giving birth?

After giving birth Microgynon 30 should only be used if you are no longer breastfeeding. This is because it stops the milk supply. You should also be active and not immobile in order to reduce the risk of blood clots. If you start taking your pill 21 days after giving birth pregnancy cover is immediate, however, if it's longer than 21 days that you'll need extra barrier contraception for seven days.

What do I do if I'm travelling?

If you are planning to travel with the combined pill, and many women choose to do so because it gives control over periods, be careful to take the pill at the right time. You should be aware of time zones and ensure your pill is taken at your original home time. If you are travelling long distances ensure you are aware of the risk of blood clots. Read the medical insert with Microgynon 30 thoroughly or ask your doctor for advice.

What do I do if I've missed a dose?

If you miss your pill you run the risk of falling pregnant. If a woman does become pregnant on the pill, the reason is usually down to a forgotten dose. It's common to forget a pill, but you will remain pregnancy-free if you follow these instructions carefully:

Less than 12 hours: Take your missed pill straight away even if that means taking two. You do not need to take any more action.

More than 12 hours: Take the most recently missed pill straight away leaving any others in the packet. You should continue to take your pills as usual and use additional barrier contraception for seven days.

If there are less than seven pills left you will need to take the next packet without a break to ensure continuity of cover.

If you've had unprotected sex during the time you needed to use additional barrier contraception you could become pregnant. Consider using emergency contraception. EllaOne will work up to five days after unprotected sex by delaying ovulation.

If you lose a pill you should take the last pill in your packet of Microgynon 30 and return to your regular pattern the following day. Your cycle will be one day shorter but you will still be protected against pregnancy. You could alternatively use a pill from an additional spare packet.

Microgynon side effects

There are some side effects associated with taking Microgynon 30. The more common side effects often wear off after a few months of use. They include stomach ache, nausea, headaches, tender breasts, weight gain and mood swings.

More uncommon side effects can include vomiting and diarrhoea, fluid retention, lack of libido (sex drive), breast enlargement, itchy skin rash and migraine.

Rare side effects include loss of weight, sex drive increase, breast and vaginal discharge, problems tolerating contact lenses, brown patches on the skin after exposure to sunlight or sun-beds and Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

Serious but rare side effects include blood clots and associated heart attack, stroke, or lung embolism, an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling hands, face, mouth, tongue and throat and liver problems - signs include abdomen pain, jaundice, and whole body itching.

Microgynon Precautions

Many women are safely able to take Microgynon 30 but on occasion certain health implications can prevent its usage.

Usually your doctor will not prescribe Microgynon 30 if:

  • You've ever had a blood clot or have a disorder that affects blood clotting capabilities
  • If you are immobile or need an operation
  • If you've ever had a heart attack, angina, stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • If you diabetes with blood vessel damage, high blood pressure or a high level of fat in the blood e.g. cholesterol
  • If you've ever had migraine with visual disturbances
  • If you've ever had breast cancer
  • If you ever had liver disease
  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Microgynon 30. The ingredients are 150g of the progestogen levonorgestrel, 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinyloestradiol, lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, polyethylene glycol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, montan glycol wax, titanium dioxide (E171), glycerin (E422), ferric oxide pigment yellow (E172).

Some conditions may mean that you can take Microgynon 30 but should have regular check-ups. These are Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, lupus (SLE), haemolytic uraemic syndrome, sickle cell anaemia, pancreatitis, raised blood fat levels or a family history of this condition, superficial thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, diabetes, being overweight, migraines or have a family history of blood clot disorders or heart problems.

If you have experienced any of these conditions your doctor will decide if Microgynon 30 is suitable for you.

Interactions

Some medicines can also stop Microgynon 30 from work correctly.

If you need to take a short or long-term course of medicines ensure you inform your doctor, pharmacist or dentist that you are taking the combined contraceptive pill. Medicines that stop the pill working correctly are:

  • Some antibiotics, in particular rifampicin or rifabutin
  • Some antifungals
  • Some anti-inflammatories
  • Some epilepsy medicines
  • The herbal remedy St John's Wart
  • Some barbiturates (sleeping pills)
  • Some weight loss medications due the potential side effect of diarrhoea
  • The emergency contraceptive EllaOne
  • Some cholesterol reducing medicines

Microgynon 30 may interfere with the effectiveness of some medications, opposing their effects. This includes thyroid hormones, diabetes medication, high blood pressure medicines, diuretic medicines and certain epilepsy medicines.

If you need to take medicines but you are unsure if they will affect Microgynon 30 always use extra barrier contraception for seven days after the course. In some cases you may need to use barrier methods for a longer period than seven days - check with your pharmacist or use the NHS's 111 number for further advice.

Microgynon 30 does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. If you're unsure about your partner's sexual history you should use barrier methods such as condoms to keep yourself safe from chlamydia, gonorrhoea and other STIs because these are transmitted through fluid exchange.

If you think you may have picked up an STI, don't worry. It's very common. Often STIs can be treated with antibiotics. Even if you do not have any traditional STI symptoms such as painful urination, smelly discharge, a rash, spots and bumps you should have a sexual health check-up. Some STI do not produce any symptoms. Chlamydia, for example, causes infertility but shows symptoms in women.

Forgetting a pill or being unwell can mean Microgynon 30 does not work correctly. If you have a busy life or easily forget then another contraceptive may suit you better.

Spotting between periods can happen as your body gets used to the new hormones input. It usually disappears after a few months of use, but if it doesn't stop see your doctor for advice.

Combined pills can slightly raise the risk of some cancers including breast cancer. All women should regularly check their breasts for lumps, bumps, dimples and discharge whether they take the pill or not. After ten years of stopping the pill, the extra risk disappears. There is a small risk that your likelihood of cervical cancer may rise too, but this may be associated with unprotected sex rather than the pill.

Taking hormonal medications slightly raise the risk of thrombosis, otherwise known as blot clots or DVT. This is because oestrogen can cause blood to clot more easily. Your risk of a pulmonary embolism (clot in the lungs) a heart attack or a stroke rises with combined pill usage. These conditions can happen when a blood clot breaks free and travels to the heart, lungs or brain. Signs of a blood clot include swelling arms or lungs, pain in the chest or heart, fainting, dizziness, weakness or numbness.

Other contraceptives containing the same active ingredients:

  • Erlibelle
  • Levest
  • Logynon
  • Logynon ED
  • Ovranette
  • Rigevidon
  • TriRegol
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