Femodene ED is a combined pill with a standard dose of oestrogen and a progestogen called gestodene. It may be a good option to try if the 'starter' pills like Microgynon and Rigevidon or similar don't suit you. It comes in a pack of 28 with 7 days of placebo pills included, so might not be as easy to tailor how you take your pill or take it continuously.
What is in the Femodene ED pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 7 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Does Femodene ED cause depression and mood swings?
Some research suggests that there are links between mood changes and hormonal contraception like the combined pill, but others dispute this, so it's hard to give a conclusive answer. If you're considering going on Femodene ED, it's important that you weigh up your individual risks and benefits to see if it could be a good fit for you. You may benefit from looking at our user-generated reviews to see what our community report about Femodene ED and its effects on mood, or reading our guide to contraception and mood.
Is nausea a side effect of Femodene ED?
Nausea can be a common side effect of the oestrogen found in combined contraception. It is also a symptom associated with early pregnancy, so you may want to do a pregnancy test. Taking the pill with food or at night can help reduce symptoms and this usually improves within the first few months of taking it. If the nausea doesn't subside, speak to your doctor. You could consider switching to a combined pill with a lower dose of oestrogen, trying the combined patch or ring or switching to a progestogen only or non-hormonal method.
Is cramping on Femodene ED normal?
Womb cramping is reported by women who have reviewed Femodene at The Lowdown - checkout the side effects tab for more info. The combined pill can actually help with period pain and heavy menstrual bleeding, so may reduce cramping in some women. If you are worried please speak to your GP.
What are the pros and cons of Femodene ED?
Femodene, or any combined pill in general, will have pros and cons that will vary depending on the individual. First and foremost, it is an effective method of preventing unintended pregnancy, although it does not protect against STIs. For possible side effects check out our community generated reviews above to see what they most commonly report. You may also be interested in reading our blog on pros and cons of the combined pill vs the mini pill
Can Femodene ED cause blood clots?
With combined hormonal contraception there is a slight increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. You may want to read our guide on blood clot risks whilst on the pill for more information.
Femodene ED is a combined pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. It makes the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb) whilst also stopping ovulation. Femodene ED also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Femodene ED 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 Femodene ED pill:
You should take your Femodene ED 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. Femodene ED is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (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 Femodene ED 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 Femodene ED pill:
Femodene ED 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 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.