How does Microgynon work?
Microgynon contains two key elements; Ethinylestradiol is a synthetic version of oestrogen and levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of progesterone. These hormones stop you getting pregnant by working in two ways: prevents your womb lining becoming thick enough for an egg to be able to grow in it; and thickens the cervix fluid (mucus) to make it a more difficult task for sperm to pass through.
How to take Microgynon
Start ConsultationThis is a monophasic pill which means each tablet has an equal dose of each hormone in it. One tablet is taken daily for 21 days, and then no tablet is taken for seven days.
What are the side effects of Microgynon?
Just like most medicines, there may be potential side effects that come with taking Microgynon. However, you should note that not everyone will get them.
Those undertaking the treatment may be at risk of serious side effects, so if you experience any of the below symptoms, speak with your doctor immediately:
Signs of a blood clot: noticeable changes in your senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing and speech), coughing without a reason, sharp pains when inhaling, tightness or feelings of pain in the chest might be experienced. You might also suffer from severe or frequent headaches, loss of vision or blurred vision, or either a weakening or numbing in a specific side or part of your body. You may also experience a migraine for the first time or the worsening of previous migraines, and a swelling or pain in one of your legs.
Signs of a severe allergic reaction or worsening of hereditary angioedema: swelling to the mouth, face, lips, hands, tongue or throat – the latter two may lead to difficulties in breathing or swallowing. You may also be prone to itchy skin, or a bumpy red rash (hives).
Signs of breast cancer include: any lumps under the skin that you can see or feel, noticeable changes to your nipple and evident dimpling of the skin.
Signs of cancer of the cervix include: vaginal discharge that smells and/or contains blood, unusual vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain and pain during intercourse.
Signs of severe liver problems include: hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), upper abdomen pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice), and itching across the entire body.
Less serious side effects can also occur including feeling or being sick, stomach ache, putting on weight, headaches, depressive moods or mood swings, sore or painful breasts, fluid retention, migraine, loss of interest in sex, breast enlargement and a skin rash, which may be itchy.
You should check the full list of side effects for Microgynon 30 and read the advice about what to do if you miss a pill, or are late in taking a pill, on the patient information leaflet provided with your treatment. Further details of this can be found here.
Oral contraceptive consultations are available via Pharmacy2U's Online Doctor service, which may lead to Microgynon 30 being prescribed.