Microgynon 30 and Microgynon 30 ED contain the same active ingredients. They differ only in the amount of pills per strip. The blister strip of Microgynon 30 ED contains 28 tablets (instead of the usual 21 tablets in Microgynon 30).
The 28 pills consist of 21 beige and 7 white tablets. In the 21 beige tablets, the two hormones ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel are present. The 7 white tablets don’t contain hormones, they are called placebos. Benefits:
High protection level: more than 99%
Minimises discomfort and intensity of menstrual bleeding
Microgynon is a combined contraception pill. The hormones in the pill, oestrogen and progesterone, prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg, therefore no egg can be fertilised and you should not become pregnant. It is important that you take your pill properly, if you forget to take a pill or take it too late, its reliability may be greatly influenced.
How should I use the Microgynon contraception pill?
On the strip the respective days on which you have to take the tablet are indicated. When you use the ED form of Microgynon 30 the first 21 days you take hormone pills and then 7 days long placebos. In the 4th week the hormone levels in the blood decrease and menstruation will occur. After these 7 days you will begin again with the use of a new strip. The regular Microgynon 30 pill works the exact same way, the only difference is that you do not use placebo pills in the 4th week, you just stop taking pills for 7 days and start a new strip on the 8th day.
Can I use Microgynon 30?
Microgynon is contraindicated for women with the following conditions. You should not take Microgynon when you:
Are allergic to any component of Microgynon
Suffer from, or have suffered from diseases of the circulatory system, especially thrombosis
Have a history of heart disease or heart attacks
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
suffer from severe migraines
Have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Side effects of Microgynon contraceptive pill
Women who use Microgynon might experience the following side effects:
nausea and abdominal pain
headaches and migraines
breast tenderness, painful or tender breasts
diarrhea and vomiting
mood swings and depression
All forms of combination contraceptives increase the chance of thrombosis. This can develop at any time, regardless of how long you have used Microgynon. Thrombosis can block a vein or artery and thus even lead to death.