Microgynon 30 ED is combined oral contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. This contraceptive contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones stop you getting pregnant by working in three ways: by preventingan egg being released from your ovaries; by making the fluid (mucus) in your cervix thicker, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb; and by preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for an egg to grow in it.
Microgynon 30 ED is taken every day without a break. You take an ‘active pill’ each day for 21 days, followed by an ‘inactive pill’ each day for 7 days.
Indications: oral contraceptive
Side effects: emotional lability (mood swings), depression and depressive mood, migraine, nausea, breast pain, unscheduled uterine bleeding (bleeding between periods), genital tract bleeding (vaginal bleeding). Less common is decrease and loss of libido (reduced or loss of sexual drive). Rare side effects are venouse and arterial thromboembolic events. If you notice any side effects not mentioned, please inform your doctor.
Contraindications: You should not use Microgynon 30 ED if you have any of the conditions listed below. Do not take Microgynon 30 ED:
- if you have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), your lungs (pulmonary embolus, PE) or other organs
- if you know you have a disorder affecting your blood clotting – for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin – III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies
- if you need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time
- if you have ever had a heart attack or stroke
- if you have (or have ever had) angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and may be a first sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA – temporary stroke symptoms)
- if you have any of the following diseases that may increase your risk of a clot in the arteries: -severe diabetes with blood vessel damage – very high blood pressure – a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides) – a condition known as hyperhomocysteinaemia
- if you have (or have ever had) a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’
- if you have or have ever had breast cancer
- if you have ever had a severe liver disease, and you have been told by your doctor that your liver function test results are not yet back to normal
- if you have ever had liver tumours
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients in Microgynon 30 ED
If anything on the above list applies to you, tell your doctor before starting to use Microgynon 30 ED.
Important information: you may need to be kept under close observation if:
- you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease)
- you have syst emic lupus erythematosus (SLE – a disease affecting your natural defence system)
- you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS – a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys)
- you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells)
- you have inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- you have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- you have just given birth you are at an increased risk of blood clots. You should ask your doctor how soon after delivery you can start taking Microgynon 30 ED
- you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)
- you have varicose veins
- you have diabetes
- you are overweight
- you or your close family have ever had problems with your heart, or circulation such as high blood pressure
- you or your close family have ever had problems with blood clotting
- you or someone in your close family has had a thrombosis, a heart attack or a stroke
- you suffer from migraine
- you suffer from epilepsy
- you or someone in your close family have or have had high cholesterol or triglycerides
- you or someone in your close family have or have had a breast cancer
- you have a liver or gallbladder disease
- you have an operation, or if your ability to move around is limited for a long period of time
If any of above conditions appear for the first time, come back or get worse while using the Microgynon 30 ED, you should contact your doctor.
Use and dosage: the pack is designed to help you remember to take your pills. Your pack contains 3 foil memo strips with 3 sets of 7 self – adhesive strips showing the days of the week. Each foil memo strip contains 28 tablets: 21 small active tablets in 3 rows and 7 larger inactive tablets in the last row. Take Microg ynon 30 ED every day for 28 days. Find the set of self – adhesive strips. Each strip starts with a different day of the week. Peel off a strip that starts with your starting day. For instance, if you start the tablets on a Wednesday, use a strip that starts with ‘Wed’. Stick the strip along the top of the foil memo – strip so that the first day is above the pill marked ‘start’. You can now see on which day you have to take each tablet. Take your pill at the same time every day. Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 28 pills. Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill. Start taking your next strip of Microgynon 30 ED the next day. Do not leave a gap between packs. As long as you take Microgynon 30 ED correctly, you will always start each new strip on the same day of the week. It is best to take your first Microgynon 30 ED pill on the first day of your next period. By starting in this way, you will have contraceptive protection with your first pill.
Missed dose: follow the below instructions if you have missed the dose
- if you are less than 12 hours late with an active pill, take it straight away. Keep taking your pills at the usual time. This may mean taking two pills in one day. Don’t worry – your contraceptive protection should not be reduced.
- if you are more than 12 hours late with an active pill, or you have missed more than one active pill, your contraceptive protection may be reduced. Take the most recently missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two at once. Leave any earlier missed pills in the pack. Continue to take a pill every day for the next seven days at your usual time. If these 7 days run beyond the last active (small) tablet, finish taking the small active tablets, throw away the large white inactive tablets and start a new pack of Microgynon 30 ED the next day. Start with the tablet marked ‘start’ and use the self – adhesive strips to help you to see on which day you have to take each tablet. If you have to miss the large white inactive tablets you may see some bleeding on the days you take the active pills, but do not worry. If you do not have a period after the second pack, you must talk to your doctor before you start the next pack. Use extra contraception for the next seven days, such as condoms. If you have missed one or more pills from the first week of your strip (days 1 to 7) and you had sex in that week, you could become pregnant. Contact your doctor or family planning nurse for advice as soon as possible. They may recommend you use emergency contraception.
- If you forget to take one of the large white inactive pills, take it straight away. Keep taking your pills at the usual time. This may mean taking two pills in one day. Don’t worry – your contraceptive protection should not be reduced.
- If you have missed any of the pills in a strip, and you do not bleed while taking the large white inactive pills, you may be pregnant. Contact your doctor or family planning clinic, or do a pregnancy test yourself.
- If you start a new strip of pills late, you may not be protected from pregnancy. If you had sex in the last seven days, ask your doctor, family planning nurse for advice. You may need to consider emergency contraception. You should also use extra contraception, such as a condom, for seven days.
Package Contents: each box of Microgynon 30 ED contains three strips of 28 tablets, and each strip of tablets has its own set of 7 self – adhesive strips showing the days of the week. Each strip of Microgynon 30 ED contains 21 beige sugar – coated tablets containing 150 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel and 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol and 7 larger, white, inactive tablets.
Active ingredient: progestogen levonorgestrel 0.150 mg and oestrogen ethinylestradiol 0.030 mg (21 tablets), lactose (7 tablets)
Manufacturer: Bayer Weimar GmbH und Co. KG, Weimar, Germany or Schering do Brasil Quimica e Farmaceutica Ltda., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Storage: keep Microgynon 30 ED in its calender blister until used. Store at room temperature below 30°C, keep away from direct sunlight and do not refrigerate.
Download the Microgynon 30 ED leaflet here.