Gedarel 30/150 is a combined pill that contains a standard dose of oestrogen, and a progestogen called desogestrel - which is in most mini pills. It may be a good option to try if pills like Microgynon and Rigevidon in Group 5 don't suit you.
What is in the Gedarel 30/150 pill?
Alternative to Gedarel 30/150 pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 6 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
What is the difference between Gedarel 20/150 and 30/150?
Gedarel 20/150 contains 20 micrograms of ethinylestradiol (oestrogen), whereas Gedarel 30/150 contains 30 micrograms. Switching from a lower oestrogen dose pill to a higher oestrogen dose pill, or vice versa may help with some oestrogen related side effects.
Is Gedarel 30/150 good for acne?
Whilst it's not a guarantee, Gedarel 30/150 can improve acne for some people. According to our data and medical research, most women report their acne improves on the combined pill. Take a look at our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Gedarel affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Can you buy Gedarel 30/150 online?
You can order Gedarel 30/150 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. We'll post a 3 month supply of your chosen pill directly to your door in discreet packaging.
What are the benefits of Gedarel 30/150?
Gedarel 30/150 has a number of benefits. Typically, using the combined pill can help manage conditions such as: heavy periods, period pain, acne and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It can also help with symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) including acne, abnormal hair growth and irregular or no periods, as well as symptoms associated with menopause. The combined pill can also reduce the risk some cancers such as endometrial (womb), ovarian and colorectal (bowel) cancer.
Can Gedarel 30/150 cause breast growth?
Enlarged breasts are one of the most commonly reported side effects by women who have reviewed this pill at The Lowdown. Breast tenderness and swelling are common side effects from the combined pill, and are thought to be caused by the oestrogen in the pill. If this is a problem for you, you could consider switching to a lower oestrogen pill like Gedarel 20/150.
How the Gedarel 30/150 pill works:
Gedarel 30/150 is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Gedarel 30/150 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. Gedarel 30/150 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 Gedarel 30/150 pill:
You should take your Gedarel 30/150 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. Gedarel 30/150 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 Gedarel 30/150 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 Gedarel 30/150 pill:
Gedarel 30/150 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.