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Microgynon ®

Microgynon is a combined birth control pill. Take it every day to prevent pregnancy.

EveAdam is your subscription for prescriptions. Consult with a licensed doctor and get Microgynon online, delivered from a UK pharmacy.

Treatments from only £6.16 per month

Buy Microgynon online and subscribe to birth control refills with EveAdam.

With EveAdam, refilling your birth control is easier than adding a film to your watch queue or ordering delivery from your favourite restaurant. Once you’ve got a subscription plan with us, you’ve already set your refill schedule and there’s nothing else to do. No phone calls, no pharmacy lines. Just live your life and we’ll make sure your refills arrive when you need them.

What is Microgynon?

Microgynon is what’s called a combined birth control pill. It combines two hormones, an oestrogen and a progestogen, whereas mini pills only contain a progestogen. Both of these hormones already exist in your body, but it’s possible to be sensitive to one or to both. That’s why there are so many different types of birth control pills. They all do the same thing but have different versions and different amounts of oestrogen and progestogen. It can be a bit intimidating, but we’ll help you figure out what birth control is right for you.

The specific versions of oestrogen and progestogen in Microgynon are ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel.

Do I need a prescription for Microgynon?

Yes. But we make that simple too. Take our online consultation and a licensed prescriber will review your info and give birth control recommendations based on your medical history and what you’re looking for in your contraception. Then, you sign up for an EveAdam treatment plan that includes regular refill deliveries. Your first order should arrive in one business day and then on the schedule you set.

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What you need to know about Microgynon

How Microgynon works

Like other combined birth control pills, Microgynon works by changing the hormone levels in your body. Hormonal birth control can stop ovulation, which is when the ovary releases an egg every month. If there’s no egg, there’s no pregnancy. However, ovulation doesn’t stop for everyone who takes the pill, so there are other things Microgynon does as well.

Normally, the lining of your uterus will grow every month so that it’s easier for a fertilised egg to implant itself there. On hormonal birth control, the lining stays thin. This is also why you’re likely to experience a shorter and lighter period on Microgynon. The hormones change the consistency of your cervical mucus too. The thicker mucus acts as a shield against sperm. All of these things together make it very, very unlikely that you will become pregnant while taking Microgynon.

How long until Microgynon is effective?

Does Microgynon have other brand names?

How to take Microgynon

Take Microgynon at the same time every day so it can be as effective as possible. Pick a time that’ll be easy to remember and that works for every day of the week. For example, early in the morning might not be a good idea if you’re an early bird on weekdays but sleep in on weekends. Lunch time, afternoon or evening might be a better idea — but it’s up to you.

Microgynon 30 ED (every day) comes in a pack of 28 pills. The first 21 pills are active pills, which means they contain hormones. The last week of pills don’t contain any hormones, and this will be when you get your period. Microgynon 30 comes in strips of 21 pills, after which you will simply take a seven day break before starting the next strip.

Microgynon 30 (without the ED) is just the same, but without the inactive pills. You’ll take a week-long pill break here instead.

What to do if you miss a Microgynon birth control pill

Will I no longer get periods with Microgynon birth control?

Coming off Microgynon

Microgynon birth control side effects

It’s possible you’ll experience side effects while taking Microgynon. Most of the side effects associated with birth control aren’t serious, and many occur just after you start taking it and go away on their own as your body adjusts to the new hormone levels.[2] The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, spotting, weight gain, breast tenderness, and difficulty wearing contact lenses.

Serious side effects can occur, but they’re pretty rare — especially if you don’t smoke and are generally healthy. However, it’s important to know what they are in case they do happen.

Serious side effects include:

  • Blood clots
  • Stroke or heart attack
  • Liver tumors
  • High blood pressure

If you experience any serious side effects, stop taking Microgynon and go to the hospital.

What to do if you get Microgynon side effects

When you should see a doctor

Microgynon birth control and weight gain or weight loss

Microgynon birth control: is there a generic equivalent?

Microgynon is the generic form of Rigevidon, Levest and Orvanette, all of which are combined birth control pills. These other medications may be made by other companies so they will have different packaging, pricing, and inactive ingredients — but when it comes to effectiveness, they’re all equivalent.

Microgynon and Rigevidon: what's the difference?

Microgynon and Levest: are they the same pill?


Make sure you read the patient information leaflet for Microgynon before you start taking it. You can read further safety information at the link below.

More info

Microgynon interactions

Make sure you tell the licensed clinician what medication you’re currently taking when you fill in the questionnaire. It’s possible that a medication will interact with Microgynon. This includes any other prescriptions as well as over-the-counter medications, recreational drugs and even multivitamins.

Medications that might interact with Microgynon include acetaminophen, St. John’s wort, drugs for seizures and treatment for HIV or Hepatitis C. For a full list, consult the patient info that comes with your prescription.

Read more on combined pill interactions.

Microgynon warnings


[1] Kost, K, Et al. 2008. Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. PubMed.gov. U.S.A. N.I.H. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18082661/ [Accessed March 29th 2021].

[2] Page Wright, K and Johnson J.V. Evaluation of extended and continuous use of oral contraceptives. Dove Press U.S.A. P.M.C. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2621397/ [Accessed 10th May 2021].