Eloine is a pill with a low oestrogen dose and a progestogen called drospirenone which may be good for acne and mood problems. It has a slightly higher risk of blood clots than other combined pills. It comes in a pack of 28 tablets with a 4 day break built in as placebo tablets, so may be harder to take continuously.
What is in the Eloine pill?
Alternative to Eloine pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 4 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
The combined pill is generally a good option for people looking to improve any skin issues they have. Eloine contains a type of progestogen that may be better for helping acne than other combined pills. However, it's not a guarantee and you should check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Eloine affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Do you get a period on Eloine?
If you take the 4 consecutive placebo pills in the Eloine packet, you may experience a 'withdrawal bleed'. This is your body's response to the withdrawal of the hormones contained in your pill and is different to a normal period. However if you omit the placebo pills you can avoid having a withdrawal bleed but may experience spotting or breakthrough bleeding. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking.
Does Eloine cause depression?
Hormonal contraception may be related to changes in mood but research into the effects of the pill on depression has given us no definitive answer either way. Help us to find out whether there is a link between Eloine and conditions such as depression by leaving a review about your experience and be sure to check out our guide to contraception and mood.
Can Eloine cause weight gain or loss?
There's no evidence that suggests weight is affected by the combined pill, but it contains both oestrogen and progestogen which can have an affect on how the body stores fat and retains water, which might make you feel bloated and heavier than normal. Learn more in our complete guide to contraception and weight and about the link between the pill and digestive issues.
Can I buy Eloine online?
Yes! You can order Eloine online at The Lowdown from £7 per month (including delivery). Head to our Pill Prescriptions service to fill in a short questionnaire about you and your medical history. Your request will then be reviewed by our pharmacy and if its approved we'll deliver a 3 month supply of your chosen pill directly to your door in discreet packaging.
How the Eloine pill works:
Eloine is a combined pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. It stops ovulation and makes the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb). The combined pill also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. As a combined pill Eloine is around 93% effective with typical use, which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking it each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined.
There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Eloine pill:
You should take your Eloine pill around the same time every day. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Eloine comes in a pack of 28 tablets with a 4 day break built in as placebo tablets, during which you may experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to miss out this break altogether by omitting the placebo pills and starting a new pack straight away (check out our blog on taking your pill back to back). Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Eloine is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you should complete your current packet before stopping and consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. If you have unprotected sex and stop your pill before the packet is finished you may ovulate (release an egg from the ovary) and could become pregnant. You can use our Missed pill calculator if you have missed any pills from your packet. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill for more advice.
How safe is the Eloine pill:
Eloine is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor or prescriber will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.