Microgynon 30 - Contraceptive pill
  • Take daily for 21 days, with a 7-day break (alternatives possible)
  • 99% effective when taken correctly
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Microgynon 30

Microgynon 30 is a branded combined contraceptive pill. It's reliable and effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly.

Microgynon 30 - Contraceptive pill
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Alternative treatment: Rigevidon

  • Take daily for 21 days, with a 7-day break (alternatives possible)
  • 99% effective when taken correctly
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Generic or branded treatments?

Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way. 

Generic Branded
Same active ingredient
Works in the same way
Often less expensive

About Microgynon 30

  • Taking Microgynon 30

    Most women choose to take 1 pill daily at the same time for 21 days. Once you finish a strip, take a 7-day break with no pills. During this time you may have a period. Start the next strip 7 days after your last pill. You will always start the next strip on the same day of the week.

    Microgynon 30 can also be taken as follows:
    Extended use: 1 pill a day for 9 weeks then no pills for the next 4 or 7 days.
    Continuous use: 1 pill a day every day with no break.

  • Side effects

    Many women do not experience any side effects, however some will. These can include mood swings, headaches, tummy pain, breast discomfort or feeling sick. In rare cases, some women develop blood clots or raised blood pressure.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • Effectiveness

    If you start using Microgynon 30 on days 1-5 of your period, you will be protected against pregnancy immediately. If you start taking it later (only if you are sure you could not be pregnant), you will need to use condoms for at least seven days until Microgynon 30 starts to work.

    When taken correctly, Microgynon 30 is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea you may not be protected against pregnancy. If this happens, continue to take the pill as usual but use a condom whilst you're ill. If this continues for more than 24 hours you should follow the same steps as a missed pill.

  • If you miss your pill

    This depends on when and how many pills are missed. Missing one pill, at any time, does not compromise contraception. Missing two or more pills or starting a new pack late might affect your contraceptive cover.

    Up to 48hrs since your last pill – take your next pill as soon as you remember and continue the rest of the pack as usual. This might mean you need to take 2 pills on 1 day.

    More than 48hrs – this depends on when you last took your pill and where you are in your pill packet. Please check the patient information leaflet for further information.

  • How it works

    The hormones in Microgynon 30 (ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel) prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). They also make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg, or for an egg to implant itself in the lining of the womb.

  • Important information about Microgynon 30

    If you’ve already bought your pill from us, you can request a further 3 or 6-month supply from your Patient Record, if you're medically suitable. If you want to change your pill, please send us a message via your Patient Record.

    Combined contraceptives can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can be dangerous. Your blood pressure needs checking before starting any combined contraceptive, then once a year after that. Your local LloydsPharmacy will measure your blood pressure for free.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to take Microgynon 30 alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Microgynon 30 safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    We offer a range of contraceptives, including NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our contraception options.

    Condoms are an effective form of contraception and protect against STIs.

    There are also long-acting contraceptives available through your GP or family planning clinic, including implants, the coil and injectable contraception.

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