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Microgynon 30


Microgynon 30 is a combined oral contraceptive pill (‘the Pill’). You take it to stop you getting pregnant.

Information Leaflet


Microgynon 30 is a combined oral contraceptive pill (‘the Pill’). You take it to stop you getting pregnant.

This contraceptive contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones stop you getting pregnant by working in three ways: by preventing an 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 is a 21-day Pill – you take one each day for 21 days, followed by 7 days when you take no pills.

The benefits of taking the Pill include:

▪ it is one of the most reliable reversible methods of contraception if used correctly
▪ it doesn’t interrupt sex
▪ it usually makes your periods regular, lighter and less painful
▪ it may help with pre-menstrual symptoms.

Microgynon 30 will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections, such as Chlamydia or HIV. Only condoms can help to do this.

Microgynon 30 needs to be taken as directed to prevent pregnancy.

Uses / Instructions

Take Microgynon 30 every day for 21 days then have seven pill-free days

Repeat this process


▪ 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.

See patient information leaflet for more details.

Side Effects

Common side effects (between 100 and 1000 in every 10,000 users may be affected)

▪ feeling sick
▪ stomach ache
▪ putting on weight
▪ headaches
▪ depressive moods or mood swings
▪ sore or painful breasts

Uncommon side effects (between 10 and 100 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
▪ being sick and stomach upsets
▪ fluid retention
▪ migraine
▪ loss of interest in sex
▪ breast enlargement
▪ skin rash, which may be itchy

See patient information leaflet for more details.


Each beige sugar-coated tablet contains: 150 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel, and 30 micrograms of the oestrogen ethinylestradiol.

Microgynon 30 also contains the inactive ingredients:

Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, glycol montanate, titanium dioxide (E171), glycerin (E422), ferric oxide pigment yellow (E172).


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