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Ovranette ®

Ovranette is a combined pill used in birth control. It significantly reduces your chances of getting pregnant and can also make your periods lighter.

With an EveAdam subscription, you can buy Ovranette online, and get next-day delivery from a UK pharmacy.

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Ovranette is a ‘monophasic’ pill, a syllabletastic word which just means that every pill in a pack has the same amount of hormone in it. So long as you take it correctly, there’s less than a 1% chance that you’ll get pregnant.

At EveAdam, we think getting your Ovranette pill on prescription should be fast and easy. We’re cutting out queues at the chemist and ringing reception at the doctor’s to check if your pill is ready to pick up. With us, you can buy your pill online on subscription, and get it delivered to your door.

Once you’ve had a consultation with our prescriber, you can choose how regularly you’d like to receive your pill. Our clinician will provide a prescription for you, and our pharmacy will dispense it. You’ll get your Ovranette pill delivered to you the next working day by secure courier if it’s approved before 4pm.

And after that, however regularly you choose to receive it.

How does Ovranette work?

Ovranette, like other combined pills, helps to prevent you from becoming pregnant in three ways.

The two hormones in Ovranette stop the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation) and try to stop sperm from travelling to and fertilising an egg by making the fluid in the womb thicker.

The combined pill also helps to keep the uterine wall thin, which makes it harder for a fertilised egg to latch on to it and develop. And because of this, you may get lighter or more regular periods.

Ovranette and Microgynon: what’s the difference?

Not a lot. Ovranette is a branded pill made by Pfizer. Microgynon is also a branded combined pill, and it contains the same two hormones (and the same dosage of these hormones) as Ovranette, but it’s made by Bayer.

Both pills work in the same way in the body, and there’s very little difference in price. The only real differences stem from the pills being manufactured by different companies. The packaging is different, and the pills may look slightly different. But otherwise, there’s very little to separate the two.

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What you need to know about Ovranette

What is Ovranette?

Ovranette is a contraceptive pill that contains two hormones: a progesterone and an oestrogen (30 micrograms of ethinylestradiol and 150 micrograms of levonorgestrel).

It’s a 21-day pill, so you take it for 21 days and then have a 7-day pill-free break. But you can also take it continuously (1 pill every day without a 7-day pill-free break) or more extensively (1 pill each day for 9 weeks, and then no pills for the next 4 or 7 days). If you would prefer to take it on a continuous or an extended basis, our prescriber can talk you through this during your consultation.

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How to take Ovranette pills

Ovranette comes in strips of 21 pills, with the day of the week printed alongside each one. You should take the pills according to the correct day of the week.

If you start to take Ovranette on the first day of your period, you will get immediate protection from pregnancy.

If you start to take Ovranette on any other day of your period, you must use additional contraception, such as a condom, for the first 7 days, while the pill takes effect in the body.

Take 1 pill at the same time each day, until you have used up all 21 pills. Swallow each pill whole (with water, if you’d prefer), but don’t chew the pills.

Once you’ve used all 21 pills, take a 7-day, pill-free break.

A few days after taking the last pill from the strip, you should experience a withdrawal bleed. You may still be bleeding by the time you’re ready to start a new strip, but that’s okay. You should start your new strip whether or not you are still bleeding.

So long as you have taken your pills as instructed and taken them on time, you don’t need to use any extra contraception during the 7 pill-free days.

Provided that you’ve used Ovranette correctly, you’ll always start a new strip on the same day of the week.

Before you start taking Ovranette, you should always read the instructions in the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment.

What to do about an Ovranette missed pill

Can I delay my period with Ovranette?

What are the most common Ovranette side effects?

Headaches (including migraines), breakthrough bleeding and spotting are particularly common side effects with Ovranette. These symptoms will normally disappear after a few weeks, but if you find that your headaches are severe, feel unusual or are persistent, you should let a clinician know as soon as possible.

Stomach pain or cramps, dizziness and sore or tender breasts are other common side effects of the combined contraception pill, and if you find that these symptoms or any other symptoms persist or are making you uncomfortable, contact our clinician. They may suggest switching to an alternative pill.

Can Ovranette help with acne?

Other Ovranette side effects

Does Ovranette cause weight gain?

Ovranette and Yasmin: are they the same?

Like Ovranette, Yasmin is a 21-day combined contraceptive pill that contains a type of oestrogen and a type of progesterone. But it contains a slightly different progestogen to Ovranette. It has a hormone called drospirenone in it, rather than levonorgestrel. Drospirenone is thought to be particularly effective at treating acne, so Yasmin may be a particularly suitable option for you if you experience this.

But Yasmin is less suitable than Ovranette for women who have a history of high blood pressure, or for women who have a family history of cardiovascular disease.

So which of the two is a better fit for you depends on your medical background and any health conditions you may experience.

If I want to switch from Ovranette to another pill, what should I do?

Ovranette safety information

Before you start taking Ovranette, you should always make sure that you read the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment. 

Ovranette leaflet

Can Ovranette interfere with other medications?

Like other combined contraceptive pills, Ovranette can interact with other medications, and some treatments may impact on how effective it is. 

It’s very important that you let our prescriber know if you recently used, or are currently using, other medications, during your consultation. 

Read more about the combined pill and interactions.

Can anyone take Ovranette?


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