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Microgynon is a combined oral contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. Microgynon contains two types of female sex hormones – estrogen and progestogen. The hormones attempt to prevent you from becoming pregnant by making the fluid in your cervix thicker, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb, and by preventing the lining of the womb to thicken enough for an egg to grow in it.

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They work by stopping ovulation, if there is no egg being released then there is nothing to be fertilized by a sperm. Most birth control pills contain synthetic forms of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. You can order contraceptive pills by UK Meds, a prescription is required but if you don't have one, the online doctor's service at UK Meds can assist you so you can order your contraceptive pills online, such as Brevinor, Cerazette, Cerelle, Cilest, Dianette, Evra Patch and many others from the convenience of your home.

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How does Microgynon work?

Microgynon 30 tablets contain two active ingredients – ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, the synthetic versions of the naturally occurring female sex hormones – estrogen and progesterone.

Combined oral contraceptives like Microgynon work by over-riding your regular menstrual cycle. A woman’s regular menstrual cycle is characterised by changing levels of sex hormones. The hormones cause the release of an egg from the ovaries and prepare the lining of the womb for a possible pregnancy. At the end of each menstrual cycle, if an egg has not been fertilised, the level of the hormones fall, resulting in shedding of the womb lining as a monthly period.

The daily dose of hormones in the pill works by making the body think that ovulation has already happened, preventing an egg from ripening and being released from the ovaries every month.

The hormones also increase the thickness of the mucus at the neck of the womb, making it more difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb and fertilize an egg. They also change the quality of the womb lining, making it less conducive for a fertilized egg to be implanted there.

What are the benefits of using Microgynon?

The benefits of taking Microgynon 30 include the following:

  • It is one of the most reliable methods of contraception that is reversible when correctly used.
  • It does not interrupt sexual activity.
  • It makes the menstrual period regular, lighter, and less painful.
  • It may help with pre-menstrual symptoms.
  • Microgynon does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections. Only condoms can do this.

How do I use Microgynon?

Microgynon 30 is a monophasic pill, which means that each tablet has the same dose of hormones in it. Microgynon 30 is to be taken one tablet a day for 21 days with a seven-day break from taking the pills. During the seven-day break, hormone levels in your drop, resulting in a withdrawal bleed that is similar to your normal menstrual period. You will start the next pack after the seven pill-free days are over, even if you still experience some bleeding.

The Microgynon 30 tablets come in a calendar pack with markings of the days of the week. This will help you remember to take a pill every day for the next three weeks, followed by a week off. You will start the next packet on time as long as nothing happens that will make the pill less effective, such as sickness or taking other medicines.

Try to take the pills at the same time each day to help you remember taking it. Each tablet should be swallowed with a drink, with or without food.

Ideally, Microgynon 30 pills should be taken at the beginning of day one of your menstrual cycle. This will give you enough protection from getting pregnant immediately. There is no need to use an additional form of contraception.

If you have given birth and you are not breastfeeding, you can start taking the pill on the 21st day after giving birth. You are protected immediately after giving birth without the need for any contraception.

Microgynon 30 tablets should be taken one tablet a day for the first 21 days with a seven-day pill-free period.

Side effects & precautions

Medicines and their possible side effects affect individual users differently. Not everyone who is taking Microgynon 30 will experience the possible side effects.

The common side effects of Microgynon 30 include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Breast tenderness and enlargement
  • A headache or a migraine
  • Weight changes
  • Fluid retention
  • Vaginal thrush
  • Change in menstrual bleeding
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • A rise in blood pressure
  • Irregular brown patches on the skin
  • Skin reactions
  • Steepening of corneal curvature, making contact lenses uncomfortable to wear
  • Gallstones
  • Disturbance in liver function
  • Blood clots in the blood vessels

If you believe you have experienced other side effects associated with your taking of Microgynon 30, contact your doctor.


Not every woman could safely take Microgynon 30. Certain medical conditions can make this medication unsafe to take. Talk to your doctor before you start taking Microgynon 30, especially if you have existing medical conditions.

Microgynon 30 should be used with caution by the following:

  • Women aged 35 years and above
  • Women with a family history of heart attack or stroke caused by blood clot before the age of 45
  • Women with a family history of blood clot in the vein
  • Smokers
  • Obese women
  • Women with diabetes mellitus
  • Women with elevated blood pressure
  • Women with heart failure
  • Women using a wheelchair
  • Women with a history of vein inflammation
  • Women with anaemia caused by a hereditary blood disorder.
  • Women with a history of severe depression
  • Women with a history of migraines
  • Women with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Women with a personal or family history of raised levels of triglycerides
  • Women with increased levels of prolactin in the blood
  • Women with an undiagnosed breast lump
  • Women with a history of irregular brown patches appearing on the skin

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This medicine is used for the prevention of pregnancy. It should not be taken during pregnancy.

The hormones in this medicine can reduce the production of breast milk. It is recommended that women who are breastfeeding not use this medication until after weaning.


It is important to share with your doctor a list of all the medications you are currently taking or have recently taken. Similarly, check with your doctor before you start using a new medication while you are taking Microgynon 30.

How do I buy Microgynon online?

You can safely buy Microgynon online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order of Microgynon will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Microgynon is the right medication for your medical condition.

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