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Microgynon 30

Microgynon 30 is a combined pill, and one of the most common and widespread forms of contraception. It contains two hormones (ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel) that are similar to the oestrogen and progesterone produced by your body. If taken correctly, Microgynon 30 is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

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Key Features
  • Microgynon 30 is the most well-known contraceptive pill
  • Best choice if you're starting on the pill for the first time
  • Free collection from your nearest LloydsPharmacy. Find your nearest store here >
Like other combined contraceptive pills, Microgynon 30 usually leads to less painful, lighter and more regular periods.
Dr Gigi Taguri

Key Information

The medicine

Microgynon 30 (ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel)

About Microgynon 30

Each box of Microgynon 30 contains three strips of 21 tablets. Each tablet contains 150 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel, and 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol.

How do I take Microgynon 30?

Take one tablet every day for 21 days. Start your next strip after 7 pill-free days. Always read the patient information leaflet before taking the pill. If you miss a pill, the information leaflet will tell you what to do.

Are there any other contraceptive methods?

Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods such as implants, contraceptive injections or an intrauterine device (IUD) can be more effective and more convenient than the pill for some women. Unlike condoms, the pill doesn't reduce your risk of getting an STI.

How do I obtain an ongoing supply?

If you’ve already bought your pill from us, you can order a further 3 or 6 month supply from your Patient Record if the doctor finds you suitable. After logging in, go to the list of Suggested Treatments to find your pill. If you want to change your pill, please send a message to your doctor via your Patient Record.

Please note that combined contraceptives can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can be dangerous. Your blood pressure needs to checking before starting any combined contraceptive, and also within the first 3 months of taking it and once a year after that. Your local LloydsPharmacy will measure your blood pressure for free.

Taking Microgynon 30

How long does Microgynon 30 take to work?

If you start using Microgynon 30 on days 1-5 of your period, you will be immediately protected against pregnancy. If you start taking it later, use extra contraception for at least seven days until Microgynon 30 starts to work. You should only start Microgynon after the first day of your period if you are sure that you could not already be pregnant.

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