- Combined Oral Contraceptive
- Active Ingredients: Gestodene (Progestogen) And Ethinylestradiol (Oestrogen)
- 99% Effective Pregnancy Control Method
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Pregnancy can result from sexual intercourse but there are many contraceptive methods available to prevent conception. Millinette is a combined female birth control pill (or ‘The Pill’) which means that it contains artificial progestogen and oestrogen ingredients. The combined pill works by preventing ovulation, thickening the mucus in the neck of the womb to make it harder for sperm to reach the egg and it thins the lining of the womb to lessen the chance of a fertilised egg being able to implant. Simply taking one Millinette tablet per day, around the same time, will give you 99% effective protection from unwanted pregnancy. This tablet can also help to settle periods by making them more regular, less painful and lighter.
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What is Millinette?
Millinette is a combined oral contraceptive pill (‘the Pill’) to prevent pregnancy.
This contraceptive contains two types of female sex hormones, Gestodene and Ethinylestradiol (a oestrogen and a progestogen).
These hormones stop you getting pregnant by working in three ways:
– preventing an egg being released from your ovaries; — making the fluid (mucus) in your cervix thicker, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb;
– by preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for an egg to grow in it.
Millinette is a 21-day Pill – you take one each day for 21 days, followed by 7 days when you take no pills.
How to take Millinette?
Take Millinette every day for 21 days
Millinette comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
Take your Millinette pill at the same time every day.
Start by taking a Millinette pill marked with the correct day of the week.
Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills.
Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
Then have seven pill-free days.
After you have taken all 21 Millinette pills in the strip, you have seven days when you take no
pills. Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.
Once you take the pill on the first day of your period, you will immediately be protected from pregnancy. If taken on the other days of the cycle, you will need to use a condom as additional barrier contraception in the following 7 days before you receive the full protection.
Though the pill is proven effective to protect you from getting pregnant, it is not to be used in protecting against STIs or sexually transmitted infections. Use barrier contraception to protect yourself from STIs especially if you doubt the sexual health of your partner.
The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called “the pill”. It contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries.
The Combined pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
The usual way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then stop for seven days, and during this week you have a period-type bleed. You start taking the pill again after seven days.
You need to take the pill at around the same time every day. You could get pregnant if you don’t do this, or if you miss a pill, or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.
Some medicines may make the pill less effective. Check with your doctor if you’re taking any other tablets.
If you have heavy periods or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill may help.
The pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so using a condom as well will help to protect you against STIs.
How the combined pill works
1) prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).
2)thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg
3)thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow
There are many different brands of pill, made up of three main types:
Monophasic 21-day pills
This is the most common type. Each pill has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are examples of this type of pill.
Phasic 21-day pills
Phasic pills contain two or three sections of different coloured pills in a pack. Each section contains a different amount of hormones. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Phasic pills need to be taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.
Every day (ED) pills
There are 21 active pills and seven inactive (dummy) pills in a pack. The two types of pill look different. One pill is taken each day for 28 days with no break between packets of pills. Every day pills need to be taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.
Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
What to do if you miss a pill
If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.
Who can use the combined pill
If there are no medical reasons why you cannot take the pill, and you don’t smoke, you can take the pill until your menopause. However, the pill is not suitable for all women. To find out whether the pill is right for you, talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
You should not take the pill if you:
smoke and are 35 or older
stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
are very overweight
take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)
You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):
thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
disease of the gallbladder or liver
diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years
Risks of taking the combined pill
There are some risks associated with using the combined contraceptive pill. However, these risks are small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.
The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause:
deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg)
pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung)
The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors that before prescribing the pill.
The pill can be taken with caution if you have one of the risk factors below. It is unlikely you would be advised to take it if you have two or more risk factors.
being 35 years old or over
being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)
having high blood pressure
having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster
Like all medicines, Femodene can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. If you get any side effect, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any
change to your health that you think may be due to Femodene, please talk to your
An increased risk of blood clots in the veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)) or
blood clots in the arteries (arterial thromboembolism (ATE)) is present for all women
using combined hormonal contraceptives. For more detailed information on the
different risks from taking combined hormonal contraceptives please see section 2
“What you need to know before you use Femodene”.
➜ Tell your doctor, pharmacist or family planning nurse if you are worried
about any side effects which you think may be due to Femodene.
4.1 Serious side effects – see a doctor straight away
Rare side effects (between 1 and 10 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
harmful blood clots in a vein or artery for example:
o in a leg or foot (i.e. DVT)
o in a lung (i.e. PE)
o heart attack
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o mini-stroke or temporary stroke-like symptoms, known as a transient
ischaemic attack (TIA)
o blood clots in the liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye.
The chance of having a blood clot may be higher if you have any other conditions
that increase this risk (see section 2 for more information on the conditions that
increase risk for blood clots and the symptoms of a blood clot).
Signs of a blood clot (see section 2.3 ‘Blood clots’)
Signs of a severe allergic reaction or worsening of hereditary angioedema:
swelling of the hands, face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat. A swollen
tongue/throat may lead to difficulty swallowing and breathing
a red bumpy rash (hives) and itching.
Signs of breast cancer include:
dimpling of the skin
changes in the nipple
any lumps you can see or feel.
Signs of cancer of the cervix include:
vaginal discharge that smells and/or contains blood
unusual vaginal bleeding
Signs of severe liver problems include:
severe pain in your upper abdomen
yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
your whole body starts itching.
➜ If you think you may have any of these, see a doctor straight away. You
may need to stop taking Femodene.
For a full list of side effects please see patient information leaflet.
Download Millinette Patient Information Leaflet