Microgynon 30 ED is a combined oral contraceptive, commonly known as a ‘birth control pill’ or ‘the Pill’.
Microgynon 30 ED is used to prevent pregnancy.
You may also experience the following benefits:
- more regular and lighter periods – potentially resulting in a decrease in anaemia (iron deficiency)
- a decrease in period pain.
Some conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy (where the foetus is carried outside of your womb), lumpy breasts, acne and cancer of the uterus (womb) and ovaries may be less common in women taking the Pill.
When taken correctly, Microgynon 30 ED prevents you from becoming pregnant in several ways, including:
- inhibiting ovulation (egg release)
- changing the cervical mucus consistency, making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg
- changing the lining of the uterus, making it less suitable for implantation.
When the Pill is taken by women under close observation in clinical trials, it is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, in real life the Pill is around 92% effective. This is because pills might have been missed, may have been taken with medicines that interfere with their effectiveness, or may not be absorbed due to vomiting or diarrhoea.
Like all oral contraceptives, Microgynon 30 ED is intended to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections.
When you must not take it
Do not take Microgynon 30 ED if you have an allergy to:
- ethinylestradiol and/or levonorgestrel (the active ingredients in Microgynon 30 ED)
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- shortness of breath
- wheezing or difficulty in breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
- rash, itching or hives on the skin.
How to take it
Take one tablet daily at about the same time every day. You must take Microgynon 30 ED every day regardless of how often you have sex. This will also help you remember when to take it.
Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. It does not matter if you take it before or after food.
Each blister pack is marked with the day of the week. Take your first tablet from the red area on the blister pack corresponding to the day of the week.
Follow the direction of the arrows on the blister pack until all the tablets have been taken.
A period should begin 2 to 3 days after starting to take the white inactive tablets (last row) and may not have finished before the next pack is started.
Always start a new blister pack on the same day of the week as your previous pack.