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What is Mercilon?
Mercilon tablets are hormonal contraception commonly known as a combined oral contraceptive pill or simply the pill. It contains two active ingredients, ethynylestradiol, which is a synthetic version of estrogen, and desogestrel, a synthetic form of progesterone.
Mercilon is used to prevent pregnancy. The use of the tablets also results in less painful, lighter, and more regular menstrual bleeding. Mercilon is at times prescribed for women who are suffering from heavy, irregular, and painful periods.
How does Mercilon work?
Mercilon tablets contain the synthetic versions of estrogen and progesterone, naturally occurring female sex hormones. Combined oral contraceptives such as Mercilon works through an override of the normal menstrual cycle. During a woman’s menstrual cycle, the levels of sex hormone change throughout each month. The hormones cause the ovaries to release an egg during the process of ovulation and prepare the lining of the womb for the possibility of a pregnancy. At the end of each menstrual cycle, the levels of the hormones fall if the egg has not been fertilized, causing the shedding of the womb lining as a monthly menstrual period.
The daily dose of hormone provided by Mercilon works mainly by tricking the body into believing that ovulation already occurred. This prevents the ripening and the subsequent release of an egg from the ovaries each month.
The hormones in Mercilon pills also thicken the natural mucus at the womb’s neck, making it difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb and reach an egg to be fertilized. The hormones also change the quality of the womb lining, making it less conducive for the implantation of a fertilized egg.
What are the benefits of taking Mercilon?
Mercilon tablets are beneficial in preventing pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg during the menstrual cycle, making the vaginal fluid thicker to help sperm from reaching an egg, and changing the lining of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg.
Mercilon is also beneficial in making your period more regular, decrease blood loss, and painful periods. Mercilon helps in decreasing the risk of ovarian cysts.
How do I take Mercilon?
Mercilon is a monophasic pill, which means the tablets have the same dose of hormone in them.
Take one tablet of Mercilon daily for 21 days with a seven-day break from pill-taking. During the one weak break from the pills, the levels of hormones in the blood will drop, resulting in a withdrawal bleeding that is similar to your normal menstrual period. Start the next Mercilon pack after the seven pill-free days are over, even if you are still experiencing bleeding.
The tablets come in a calendar pack with marking of the days of the week for easy remembering that you have to take the pill each day for the next three weeks, followed by a week off. You are still protected from pregnancy during the pill-free week as long as you took all the pills correctly and you start the next packet of the medicines on time.
To help you remember taking the pills, take the pill at the same time each day. Each Mercilon tablet is to be swallowed with a drink of water. You can take Mercilon with or without a meal.
You should start taking the pill on the first day of your menstrual cycle for the medication to protect you against pregnancy immediately. You don’t have to use any other method of contraception while you are taking Mercilon. If you have a very short menstrual cycle, you will not be protected from pregnancy if you will start taking the pills on the fifth day of your period.
You can start taking this pill at any time during your cycle if the doctor is reasonably convinced that you are not pregnant. Starting the pill at any other time in your cycle will not protect you from pregnancy. You might need to use other forms of contraception, such as the condom for the first seven days of taking the pill.
If you have given birth and you are not breastfeeding, you can start taking the pill on the 21st day after giving birth. Use extra contraception such as a condom for the first seven days.
Starting taking the pill immediately after a miscarriage or abortion at under 24 weeks will immediately provide you protection against. Pregnancy. If you start taking the pill more than seven days after a miscarriage or abortion, you should use extra contraception for the seven days of taking the pills.
If you forget to take a pill or start the pack of pills one day later, take the missed pill as soon as you remember even if you have to take two pills at the same time. Then continue taking the rest of the pack as scheduled. You are still protected from pregnancy and you don’t have to use extra contraception.
If you forget to take two pills or you start the new pack two or more days late, you will not be protected against pregnancy. Take the last pill that you missed together with the pill for the day, which means that you have to take two pills. Forget about the other pill that you missed. Then continue taking the rest of the Mercilon pills in the pack as scheduled. You should not have sex or use an extra barrier method of contraception such as condoms.
If you have less than seven pills remaining in the Mercilon pack after your last missed pill, finish the pack and start a new pack straight away without taking the seven day pill-free days.
If you vomit within two hours of taking a pill, the medicine may not be fully absorbed into the bloodstream. Take another pill as soon as you feel better and take the next pill at your usual time. You will still be protected against pregnancy.
Mercilon will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections. You need to use condoms for protection against sexually transmitted infections.
Women who are using Mercilon for the first time may experience irregularity in menstruation such as spotting, breakthrough bleeding or missed period. Consult your doctor if you experience persistent bleeding. If you don’t bleed for two consecutive months, use a test to make sure that you are not pregnant before you start the next month’s contraceptive cycle.
Mercilon pills are to be taken one a day for 21 days. It will be followed by a one week period of no pills. Start the next Mercilon pack on the first day immediately following your last of the one week pill-free period.
Side effects & precautions
The following are the possible side effects of Mercilon:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Headache or migraine
- Changes in body weight
- Breast tenderness or enlargement
- Water retention
- Vaginal thrush
- Change in menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual spotting or breakthrough bleeding
- Diminished sex drive
- Skin reactions
- Elevated blood pressure
- Irregular brown patches on the skin
- Steepening of corneal curvature, making the wearing of contact lenses uncomfortable
- Problems of the liver
- Blood clots in the blood vessels
Mercilon should not be used by women with certain medical conditions. Check first with your doctor if it is safe for you to take this medication. It should be used with caution by women who are over 35 years of age or those with a family history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. It should also be used with caution by women with certain medical conditions. Check first with your doctor if you need extra monitoring while you are taking Mercilon.
Mercilon is used to prevent pregnancy and should not be used during pregnancy. If there is the likelihood that you might be pregnant while taking the pills, stop taking them right away and see your doctor immediately.
The hormones in Mercilon can cause a reduction in the production of breast milk. It is recommended that breastfeeding women not use Mercilon until after weaning.
It is necessary that you share with your doctor a list of all the medications you are currently taking or have recently taken before you start taking Mercilon. Similarly, check with your doctor before you start taking a new medication while you are taking Mercilon. This is to make sure that the combination of drugs will be safe.
How do I buy Mercilon online?
You can safely buy Mercilon online at UK Meds. You will first need to have an online consultation with a pharmacist independent prescriber before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Mercilon is the right medication for your medical condition.