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Eloine is a combined birth control pill. It’s more than 99% likely to prevent pregnancy when used right.

Consult with a prescriber to get birth control recommendations and buy Eloine online with a refill subscription.

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Buy Eloine online with an EveAdam subscription and get a regular supply to your door.

Eloine is a birth control pill (or “oral contraceptive” if you’re fancy) you take at the same time every day. It’s made by Bayer and each pack contains 28 pills: 24 active pills with hormones and 4 inactive pills. In addition to preventing pregnancy, Eloine is also prescribed to women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

When you buy Eloine online through EveAdam, you have a consultation with a licensed prescriber who makes sure it’s the right pill for you. Your prescription is then sent to our UK pharmacy and one working day later, Eloine shows up at your door. Your EveAdam subscription includes refills, sent automagically on a schedule you set. Every three months? Sure. Every six months? You got it. We’re all about taking the hassle out of birth control, so skip the phone calls and the pharmacy lines — give us a go today.

How does Eloine birth control work?

There are two hormones in Eloine: drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. These are very similar to progesterone and oestrogen, hormones which naturally occur in your body.

Stop us if you’ve heard this, but the female body gets ready for pregnancy every month as part of the menstrual cycle. Natural hormone levels rise and fall, kickstarting ovulation and other processes. Ovulation is when an egg is released from the ovary, and travels along the fallopian tube to the uterus. If that egg is fertilised, it implants on the wall of the uterus and starts developing into a fetus (and eventually, a baby).

When someone takes Eloine, the hormones in it trick the body into thinking that ovulation has already happened, so no egg is released.[1] These hormones also stop the wall of the uterus from getting thicker, which makes it more difficult for a fertilised egg to settle there. They also change the consistency of cervical fluid, so sperm can’t swim through to the egg. That’s a whole lot of words to say Eloine makes it really, really hard to get pregnant.

Is there an Eloine generic available?

Not quite. There is a higher dose version called Yasmin, which is also the same pill as Lucette, Yacella and Yiznell. These all contain a slightly higher oestrogen dose than Eloine.

They should all work in exactly the same way in the body, and be just as effective at preventing pregnancy. But for women who are a little more sensitive to oestrogen, they may be more likely to cause side effects.

Getting Eloine online

We get it. Making an appointment with your doctor, taking time off work to get there, constant trips to the pharmacy and then doing it all again just to renew your prescription… birth control is time consuming. Here at EveAdam, we want to make it easier.

Take our online consultation to get birth control recommendations from a registered prescriber. Your selected option will then be dispensed from our preferred pharmacy and shipped to you in discreet packaging. Most orders arrive one working day after approval from the clinician.

Once you subscribe to a tailored plan, we remember you. Meaning your birth control will be delivered regularly, to your door, whenever you need it.

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What you need to know about Eloine birth control

What is Eloine?

Eloine is a combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP). It’s a cyclical pill you take every day. There are two synthetic hormones in it that intervene with a normal menstrual cycle, and stop the body from getting ready to become pregnant.

A pack of Eloine pills contains 24 active and four inactive pills. The four inactive pills are spacers, which you take until you’re ready for your next pack. Some other types of birth control don’t have spacers, and you take a several-day break instead. With Eloine, you keep taking a pill every day, so it’s easier to make it part of your daily routine.

What are synthetic hormones?

Can I take Eloine for acne?

Does Eloine cause weight gain?

Can I take Eloine for PMDD?

Is Eloine safe?

How to buy Eloine online

How to use Eloine

Eloine needs to be taken at the same time each day, so decide on a time that’s best for you before taking your first pill. You can take Eloine with or without food.

You’ll see that each pill packet contains 28 pills. There are 24 “active” light pink pills, to be taken daily for 24 days. This is followed by four inactive pills taken for four days.

The total number of pills comprises the 28-day menstrual cycle. After you’ve taken the fourth inactive pill, you start a new pack the next day.

If you miss an Eloine pill

Eloine with food and alcohol

What is the effectiveness rate for Eloine?

What are the most common side effects of Eloine?

Common adverse effects associated with Eloine can include spotting in between periods, nausea, breast tenderness and headaches.

These side effects can be a sign of your body adjusting to the hormones in the pill. Usually they will go away on their own after a few weeks.

What should I do if I get side effects?

When should I see a doctor?

Is there an Eloine generic brand?

Not as such. There are very similar pills with a slightly higher oestrogen dose, like Lucette, Yacella, Yasmin and Yiznell.

They may not be as suitable for women who have a slight oestrogen sensitivity. But if you’re looking for a pill that is similar to Eloine, or if Eloine is causing side effects, ask the prescriber for advice during your consultation.

Daylette vs Eloine: what’s the difference?

What if I want to switch from Eloine to another pill?

Eloine vs. Yasmin: which is better?

Eloine safety info

Please read the package insert prior to using Eloine for birth control. 

More info

Eloine side effects

Common side effects (up to 1 in 10 of every 100 patients): mood swings, headaches, nausea, breast pain, problems with periods such as them being irregular or absent.

Uncommon side effects (up to 1 in 10 of every 1000 patients): depression, decreased interest in sex, nervousness, sleepiness, dizziness, “pins and needles,” migraines, varicose veins, a rise in blood pressure, stomach aches, vomiting, indigestion, intestinal gas, inflammation of the stomach, upset stomach and diarrhea, acne, itching, rash, aches and pains, vaginal infection such as thrush, pelvic pain, breast enlargement, benign breast lumps, vaginal bleeding (this normally goes away if treatment is continued), vaginal discharge, hot flashes, inflammation of the vagina, period problems such as painful, reduced or very heavy periods, vaginal dryness, lack of energy, increased sweating, fluid retention and weight increase.

Rare side effects (up to 1 in 10 of every 10,000 patients): fungal infection, allergic reaction, endocrine, increased appetite, loss of appetite, abnormally high concentration of potassium in the blood, low concentration of sodium in the blood.

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please refer to the package insert for further information.

Eloine warnings


[1] Cooper, D.B. and Mahdy, H. 2020. Oral Contraceptive Pills. Stat Pearls. U.S.A. NCBI. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK430882/ [Accessed 1st May 2021].

[2] Lindh, I, Et al. 2011. The long-term influence of combined oral contraceptives on body weight. Human Reproduction. U.K. Oxford Academic. https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/26/7/1917/2913904 [Accessed 1st May 2021].