Femodette is a low oestrogen combined pill that contains a type of progestogen called gestodene. It's similar to its sister Femodene, which has more oestrogen in it. Femodette might be a good option if you are suffering from side effects related to oestrogen with other combined pills, like nausea and sore boobs.
What is in the Femodette pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 3 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Some studies shows that the combined pill can negatively impact moods - whilst others suggest the opposite. In all honesty, there's no clear answer, however there is no proven evidence that taking Femodette causes depression. You can find out more about this in our guide to contraception and mood . It's also worth checking out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Femodette affects their emotions.
Is Femodette good for acne?
The combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen and can improve acne in some people. Most women who take the combined pill see an improvement in their acne. However it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Make sure to check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Femodette affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne .
Does Femodette cause weight gain?
There is no proof that the combined pill causes weight gain - or weight loss. However there are a number of related factors that could impact your weight. Combined methods (which contain both oestrogen and progestogen) can affect how the body retains water, stores fat and our appetite. Make sure to check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Femodette affects their weight. You can also find out more in our guide to contraception and weight .
Can I buy Femodette online?
Absolutely! You can order Femodette online through 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. We'll post a 3 month supply of your chosen pill directly to your door in discreet packaging.
Is Femodette good for PCOS?
Like other combined pills, Femodette can help with symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) including acne, abnormal hair growth and irregular or no periods. You can find out more in the benefits section or check out our guide to contraception and PCOS .
How the Femodette pill works:
Femodette is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. It prevents pregnancy in three ways – by stopping ovulation, making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and by preventing the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Femodette is around 93% effective with typical use which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking the pill 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 Femodette pill:
You should take your Femodette 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. Femodette 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. Find out more by reading our complete guide to the combined pill .
Coming off Femodette 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 Femodette pill:
Femodette 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.