Gestodene/Ethinylestradiol

Femodene®

Femodene

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Gestodene/Ethinylestradiol

Femodene ®

Femodene is a combined contraceptive pill that gives close to 100% protection against pregnancy.

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Femodene pills are a reliable way of preventing pregnancy. All you need to do is take one pill at the same time each day, and it’s really unlikely you’ll get pregnant.

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What is the Femodene contraceptive pill?

Femodene is a combined pill, so two hormones doing the work. It’s made by Bayer (they’re a pretty established company so you’ve likely heard of them) and you can get it in a 21-day or 28-day pack.

What’s the difference? None, if we’re talking level of protection. In the 21-day pack, all the pills are active (you take one a day for three weeks, have a week break, then repeat) but in the 28-day pack, you get an extra seven non-active pills. These are basically spacers that don’t do anything, other than help you keep track of when to start your active pills again.

Like other combined pills, in the body, Femodene does things in threes to prevent pregnancy. One: stops an egg being released. Two: changes the lining of the uterine wall so an egg can’t attach. Three: makes cervical mucus more dense so sperm can’t get through.

How effective is Femodene?

Femodene provides over 99% effectiveness against pregnancy when you take it as per (every day, at the same time). This means that out of 100 women taking it over a year, less than one gets pregnant. Translated: it’s highly unlikely that you’ll become pregnant while taking Femodene as long as you take it correctly.

Missed pills do reduce its effectiveness, however, so if you are the forgetful type (aren’t we all sometimes?) you should tell your prescribing clinician, who might recommend another method of contraception.

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What you need to know about Femodene

Is Femodene a combined pill?

Yes, it is. Femodene is a combined contraceptive pill, meaning it contains two active substances, a type of progestogen and a type of oestrogen. Not all combined contraceptive pills are the same, though. Femodene is known as a third generation pill in clinical speak, and for controlling menstrual symptoms and side effect risk, it’s pretty much in the middle.

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How to take Femodene

Take one Femodene daily, for 21 straight days starting on the first day of your cycle (the start of your period). Each pill is marked with the day of the week you should take it, meaning you’ll be able to keep track of what you have taken. At the end of this course of pills, you should have a seven day break. Each tablet should be swallowed whole with water. After the seven day break you should start the next pack.

If you’re taking Femodene ED, instead of having a seven-day break, you’ll take the seven inactive spacer pills. Again, once you’ve got through these, you’ll just roll on to the next pack.

With Femodene breakthrough bleeding might occur when you take it, particularly during the first three months of use. This is perfectly normal and should not be of concern.

If you get particularly heavy bleeding, or persistently irregular bleeding, let your prescriber know.

When to start taking Femodene

Femodene and missed pills: what to do

What to do if you’re sick after taking Femodene

Taking Femodene after pregnancy

Coming off Femodene to become pregnant

What are the most common Femodene side effects?

The most common side effects for Femodene include: nausea, weight gain, stomach aches, altered mood and sore breasts. These tend to be mild and are likely to pass after a few weeks of use. But let your prescriber know if you get any side effects that concern you, or persist after several months.

When to see a doctor

Does Femodene cause weight gain?

Can I switch from Femodene to something else?

Yes, if you feel as though Femodene isn’t working for you or causing unwanted side effects.

As with all contraceptive pills including Femodene pros and cons of each might mean that another pill is better suited to your needs. Some other brands contain the same active ingredients in the same dosages. This essentially makes them the same medication, where only the branding, and sometimes pricing, is different. These include Katya 30/75 and Millinette 30/75.

If you’re getting mild oestrogenic side effects on Femodene like slight mood swings or vaginal dryness, then Femodette (the same pill with a touch less oestrogen) is an obvious choice.

Millinette and Sunya also contain the same active ingredients as Femodette in the same dosages.

Sometimes a prescriber may suggest a different combined pill altogether. For example other brands, such as Yasmin and Lucette, contain drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, while Cilest contains norgestimate. Finding which pill is right for you can take some time.

If it’s remembering to take a pill that’s proving tricky, there are better options for this too. Other hormonal contraceptives include the patch, injections, IUDs and the vaginal ring.These don’t need to be taken or administered every day so some women prefer them.

Femodene vs Yasmin: What’s the difference?

Millinette vs Femodene: How different are they?

Femodene safety information

Always read the leaflet before using this pill.

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When you shouldn’t use Femodene

More detailed information can be found in the leaflet for this pill, or on our contraindications information page.

Avoid using Femodene if any of the following apply to you: a history of blood clots or issues with blood clotting, if you’re off your feet for prolonged periods of time (such as after an operation), a history of strokes or heart attacks, angina, severe diabetes, blood vessel damage, hypertension, high fat levels in the blood, migraines with auras, breast cancer, severe liver disease, liver tumours or allergies to any of this medication’s ingredients.

Femodene warnings and cautions