Loestrin Pills

  • Combined Oral Contraceptive
  • Active Ingredients: Norethisterone (Progesterone) And Ethinylestradiol (Oestrogen)
  • 99% Effective Pregnancy Control Method
  • Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
  • Includes Free Prescription

 

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Description

Loestrin (Ethinylestradiol /Norethisterone) is a prescription combined oral contraceptive pill used for the prevention of pregnancy and provides protection which is up to 99% effective, when taken correctly.

Taking this combined contraceptive pill protects you against getting pregnant in three ways:

  • By stopping the ovary from releasing an egg each month
  • By thickening the fluid making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg
  • By altering the lining of the womb to make it less likely to accept a fertilised egg.

Please note that the Loestrin pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so you would require a condom to protect against this.

Loestrin is not suitable for all women therefore it is important to be aware of both the benefits and the risks of this medication before taking it. It is not advised to be taken by women who are over the age of 35 and smokers.

For more information about contraception, click here.

How to Use Loestrin

  • Take Loestrin every day for 21 days, naturally concluding the course
  • Each packet of Loestrin contraceptive pill has strips of 21 pills- these are marked with a specified day
  • Ensure that you take the pill at the same time, every day
  • You should begin the course by taking one marked with the correct current day of the week
  • Each strip will have arrows guiding you to the next contraceptive pill, taking one each day until the course is finished
  • Each pill should be swallowed whole (not chewed) – taken with water if needed
  • Once the course is finished, have 7 days of pill-free days.

Within a few days of taking the last pill of the pack, you should have withdrawal bleeding akin to your period. This bleed may continue when it is time to start the next strip of pills.

You do not need to use another method of contraception during the 7 -day pill break provided you have taken the 21 pills correctly and you being the next pack on time.

Loestrin 20 and Loestrin 30 – Lactose/Sucrose

Loestrin 20 and 30 contain lactose and sucrose which are different types of sugar. If you have been advised by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, you should consult them before taking this medicine.

See our other contraceptive products, here.

 

Combined Oral Contraceptive

The combined pill is another term for the pill, with the combined pill containing two artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone which are produced naturally in the ovaries. The combined pill as a prevention of becoming pregnant is effective by 99%.

The recommended way to use the pill is to take one every day for 21 days then have a break for 7 days, during which time you should have a period. After 7 days you begin to take the pill again.

It is advised to take the pill at the same time every day to form a routine, otherwise there is a risk of pregnancy, particularly if you miss a pill or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.

Please note that some medicines can affect the efficiency of the pill so you should consult your doctor before taking any other tablets.

If you suffer from heavy or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill can be an effective medication to help ease your symptoms.

Please note that the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so you would require a condom to protect against this.

How the combined pill works

  • It prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation)
  • It thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg
  • It thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow

There are a variety of brands of pill- these are made up of three main types:

Monophasic 21-day pills

The most common type of pill which has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken every day for 21 days and then a break of 7 days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are all examples of this type of pill.

Phasic 21-day pills

Phasic pills contain two to three sections of different coloured pills within a pack with each section containing a different level of hormones. One pill is taken every day for 21 days and then a break of 7 days. It is important that Phasic pills are taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.

Every day (ED) pills

With ED pills there are 21 active pills and 7 inactive (dummy) pills within each pack. The two types of pills have a different appearance with one pill taken every day for 28 days with no break between the packets. It is important that the every day pills are taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.

Please ensure that you follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions you should consult your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

What to do if you miss a pill through sickness

If you miss a pill due to being sick, you should use another form of contraception until you have taken the pill again for 7 days without vomiting

Who can use the combined pill

If there are medical restrictions why you cannot take the pill and you are a non-smoker, you can take the pill until the menopause. However, the pill is not the most suitable method of contraception, so you should consult your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to see if this is right for you.

You should not take the pill if you:

  • are pregnant
  • smoke and are 35 or older
  • stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
  • are very overweight
  • take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)

You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):

  • thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
  • a stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
  • anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
  • a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
  • severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
  • breast cancer
  • disease of the gallbladder or liver
  • diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years

Risks of taking the combined pill

There are some risks associated with the combined contraceptive pill however these are minimal and for most women, the benefits the pill can provide outweigh the risks.

These risks include:

  • Blood clots- The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg) or pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung)
  • stroke
  • heart attack

The chances of developing a blood clot is very minimal but your doctor will check if you have certain factors that could put you at risk before they prescribe the pill.

The pill can still be taken with caution if you are identified with a risk factor but is unlikely to be prescribed if you have two or more risk factors

These include:

  • being 35 years old or over
  • being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
  • being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
  • having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)
  • having high blood pressure
  • having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
  • having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
  • being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster
  • Cancer

 

There is ongoing research between the link to breast cancer and the pill, it is suggested that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to those that don’t use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.

Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing womb (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.

 

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Combined Pill

The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called “the pill”. It contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries. The Combined pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

The usual way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then stop for seven days, and during this week you have a period-type bleed. You start taking the pill again after seven days. You need to take the pill at around the same time every day. You could get pregnant if you don’t do this, or if you miss a pill, or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.

Some medicines may make the pill less effective. Check with your doctor if you’re taking any other tablets. If you have heavy periods or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill may help.

The pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so using a condom as well will help to protect you against STIs.

How the combined pill works

) prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).

thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg

thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow

There are many different brands of pill, made up of three main types:

Monophasic 21-day pills This is the most common type. Each pill has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are examples of this type of pill.

Phasic 21-day pills Phasic pills contain two or three sections of different coloured pills in a pack. Each section contains a different amount of hormones. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Phasic pills need to be taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.

Every day (ED) pills There are 21 active pills and seven inactive (dummy) pills in a pack. The two types of pill look different. One pill is taken each day for 28 days with no break between packets of pills. Every day pills need to be taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.

Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

What to do if you miss a pill

If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.

Who can use the combined pill

If there are no medical reasons why you cannot take the pill, and you don’t smoke, you can take the pill until your menopause. However, the pill is not suitable for all women. To find out whether the pill is right for you, talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

You should not take the pill if you:

are pregnant smoke and are 35 or older stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older are very overweight take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)

You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):

thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45 a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms) breast cancer disease of the gallbladder or liver diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years

Risks of taking the combined pill

There are some risks associated with using the combined contraceptive pill. However, these risks are small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.

Blood clots The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause:

deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg) pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung) stroke heart attack The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors that before prescribing the pill.

The pill can be taken with caution if you have one of the risk factors below. It is unlikely you would be advised to take it if you have two or more risk factors. These include:

being 35 years old or over being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits) having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack) having high blood pressure having had a blood clot or stroke in the past having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45 being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster

Side Effects

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop taking Loestrin and see a doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side effects. You may have a serious blood clot (thrombosis) and may need urgent medical treatment:

The very first attack of migraine that you have ever had (usually sight problems followed by a throbbing headache and feeling sick)

Any bad headaches which are worse than normal or more often than normal

Migraines you already have which get worse

Pain, tingling or feeling numb in any part of the body

Chest or stomach pain

Painful breathing, feeling breathless or unexplained cough

Speech problems

Feeling dizzy or faint

Sudden sight problems

Swelling of the veins (phlebitis) or limbs.

Your doctor may stop you taking Loestrin:

if you develop a yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

if your blood pressure goes up

if you get a condition listed in the section ‘Warnings and precautions’ or you have one of these listed conditions and it gets worse.

The following side effects have also been reported:

Allergy-type rash

Infection of the vagina (thrush)

Being less able to tolerate sugar and starches (carbohydrates)

Low mood (depression)

Rise in blood pressure

Stomach upset, bloating or cramps, feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)

Water retention or changes in body weight

Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)

Brown patches on the face or body

Headaches

Painful breasts or increase in breast size or leaking from breasts

Reduced breast milk after birth

Missed periods during and after treatment

Breakthrough bleeding or spotting, heavier or lighter bleeding

Changes in the cervix (neck of the uterus or womb)

Temporary infertility after stopping the tablet

Loss of interest in sex

Changes to the shape of your cornea (a part of the eye). This can cause irritation or discomfort when wearing contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses and this happens, see an optician.

For a full ist of side effects see patient information leaflet.

Further Information

Download Loestrin – Patient Information Leaflet