Microgynon 30, Levest, Ovranette and Rigevidon are different brands of the same generic combined oral contraceptive. If you start taking it within day 1 to day 5 of the start of your menstrual cycle it provides immediate protection against pregnancy. Each tablet contains the two active ingredients: ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. These ingredients are hormones that work to prevent pregnancy but can also be used to treat endometriosis, premenstrual cramps and pain and heavy periods.
How does it work?
- It stops ovulation meaning the ovaries do not release an egg.
- It thickens cervical mucus making it much more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
- Thins the lining of the womb or better described as prevents the lining from building up. This ensures that an egg will not settle even if by chance ovulation has taken place
What are the additional benefits of this type of pill?
- Whilst taking, it prevents the likelihood of pregnancy after intercourse by around 99%
- Helps to regulate an irregular period and can also make it lighter.
- Helps to reduce the cramps and pain and mood swings sometimes experienced before and during menstruation.
- Combined oral contraceptives can help control hormone related acne.
Will it protect me against STIs?
There are currently no forms of contraceptive other than barrier methods that protect against STI. The best form is using a condom. If you think you have an STI you should contact your GP immediately.
What is Microgynon 30 ED?
Microgynon 30 ED contains 28 tablets (21 beige and seven white tablets) rather than just the 21 found in standard Microgynon. The seven white tablets in the Microgynon 30 ED strip are placebo tablets designed to help women to remember to take their pill as there is no 7 day break. The 21 brown tablets are exactly the same as normal Microgynon tablets.
Will this pill cause me to gain weight?
Certain contraceptives have high oestrogen content which can affect body mass however there is little evidence to support this with Microgynon. Certain combined contraceptives have also been shown to cause an increase in hunger therefore it's important to keep an eye on your eating habits and satiety whilst on one.