Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Millinette®

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Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Millinette ®

Millinette is a combined pill that’s very effective at protecting you from pregnancy. It can also make your periods more comfortable and regular.

With an EveAdam subscription, you can buy Millinette online, and get it delivered regularly from a UK pharmacy.

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Millinette is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill. Translated: it’s got two hormones in it that work in the same way as progesterone and oestrogen in the body. If you take it correctly, it’s very unlikely that you’ll get pregnant – less than a 1% chance.

At EveAdam, getting a subscription for the Millinette pill is super quick and easy. Once you’ve had a consultation with our prescriber, you can choose how often you want to receive Millinette. Our clinician will issue a prescription for you, and our pharmacy will dispense it. Your Millinette pill will be delivered to you by secure courier the next working day if it’s approved before 4pm.

How does Millinette work?

Like other combined pills, Millinette protects you from getting pregnant in three ways.

The two hormones in Millinette prevent ovulation from taking place (when an egg is released from your ovary) to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.

The pill also helps the mucus in the cervix get thicker, which doesn’t sound great, but in this scenario it’s helpful because it makes it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg.

The lining of the uterus is made thinner too. This lining builds up over the course of your cycle, and then breaks down when you have your period. Because the pill makes the uterine lining thinner, it’s harder for a fertilised egg to embed itself there and grow. It usually means that your period is also lighter, and less painful (so added benefits as well, then).

What is the branded name for Millinette?

Millinette is also known as Femodette. It contains the same hormones and works in the same way, and both products are as effective as each other at reducing your risk of pregnancy.

The only difference between the two is that Millinette is made by Gedeon Richter, whereas Femodette is made by Bayer. This means that the appearance of the pills and the packaging will not look the same. Femodette is slightly more expensive. But otherwise, there’s no difference between the two.

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What you need to know about Millinette

What is Millinette?

Millinette is a combined contraceptive pill that contains a low dose of oestrogen (it’s sometimes referred to as a ‘low-dose’ combined pill). Some women are more sensitive to oestrogen than others, and are more prone to side effects from it. Low-dose options like Millinette may be particularly suitable in these cases.

You take Millinette for 21 days, and then have a 7-day ‘pill-free’ break from it. It’s a 21-day pill. But you can also use it continuously (1 pill every day, with no pill-free break) or more extensively (1 pill daily for 9 weeks, and then no pills for the following 4 or 7 days). If you’d rather take it on a continuous or extended basis, our registered prescriber can discuss this with you during your consultation.

How effective is Millinette?

Millinette 30/75 or 20/75: which should I take?

Can I buy Millinette online?

How to take Millinette pills

If you start to take Millinette on the first day of your period, you’ll get immediate protection from pregnancy. You can also start to take Millinette on days 2-5 of your period, but if you do this, you should use additional contraception for the first 7 days while the pill takes effect in the body.

Take the pill at the same time each day, in the order displayed on the strip, until you have finished all 21 pills.

Once you have finished the strip, take a 7-day pill-free break. It’s likely that you’ll experience a bleed during this time. So long as you’ve taken the pill correctly and not missed any pills, you don’t need to use any other form of contraception over the 7-day break.

After the 7 pill-free days have passed, start a new strip. You may still be experiencing some bleeding at this point, but you should start a new strip regardless. If you take the pill as instructed, you should always start a new strip on the same day of the week.

You should always read the instructions for use in the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment before starting to take Millinette.

Are there other ways I can take Millinette?

What to do about a Millinette missed pill

Can I delay my period by taking Millinette?

What are the most common Millinette side effects?

Headache, irregular bleeding and spotting between periods are very common side effects when taking Millinette.

In most cases, these side effects are mild and disappear after a few weeks. But if you find that they persist, or if you get side effects that cause you more discomfort, contact our prescriber. With an EveAdam subscription, it’s super straightforward. Just log into your account and send them a message.

If you experience any serious side effects, you should get emergency medical attention immediately. You can find more information about this in the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment.

Can you get other side effects with Millinette?

Can you use Millinette for acne?

Does Millinette cause weight gain?

Is Millinette 20/75 the same as Loestrin 20?

Pretty much. Loestrin 20 is no longer available, and has been discontinued.

Millinette 20 75 works in the same way though, and contains the same amount of oestrogen as Loestrin 20. Like Loestrin 20, Millinette is a low-dose combined pill, and has a reduced amount of the hormone in it, so it’s particularly suitable for women who are prone to side effects or are sensitive to oestrogen.

The only differences are that Millinette is made by a different company (Gedeon Richter) and the packaging and the pills themselves look different. Millinette also doesn’t contain the same progestogen as Loestrin 20 (gestodene, rather than norethisterone) but these hormones function in the same way in the body.

What’s the difference between Millinette and Rigevidon?

If I want to switch from Millinette to a different pill, what should I do?

Millinette safety information

You should always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment before you start taking Millinette. 

If you’re unsure about anything, contact our clinician. They should be able to help. 

Millinette 20/75 leaflet

Millinette 30/75 leaflet

Can Millinette interact with other medications?

Millinette, like other combined pills, can interact with other medications, and some medicines may interfere with how effective it is in the body.

If you’ve recently used, or are currently using, other treatments, it’s crucial that you tell our prescriber during your consultation.

Read more about the combined pill and interactions.

Is Millinette suitable for everyone?