Millinette is a combined hormonal contraceptive, one of a group of drugs often referred to as the Pill. It contains two types of hormone: an oestrogen, ethinylestradiol, and a progestogen, gestodene. These hormones stop the ovary from releasing an egg each month (ovulation). They also thicken the fluid (mucus) at the neck of the womb (cervix) making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, and alter the lining of the womb to make it less likely to accept a fertilised egg. Medical research and vast experience have shown that, if taken correctly, the Pill is an effective reversible form of contraception.
Remember, combined hormonal contraceptive pills like Millinette will not protect you against sexually-transmitted diseases (such as AIDS). Only condoms can help to do this.
Uses / Instructions
Take ONE tablet daily for 21 days then have a 7 day break. Repeat this process.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Vaginitis, fungal infection of vagina, mood altered including depression, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, upper abdominal pain, acne, painful menstruation, changes in vaginal secretion, absence of menstruation, weight increase, breast tenderness, breast pain, breast swelling, breast discharge
See patient information leaflet for more details.
The active substances are:
30 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms gestodene in one coated tablet.
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: Sodium calcium edetate, Magnesium stearate, Silica colloidal anhydrous, Povidone K-30, Maize starch, Lactose monohydrate.
Tablet coat: Quinoline yellow (E 104), Povidone K-90, Titanium dioxide (E171), Macrogol 6000, Talc, Calcium carbonate (E170), Sucrose.