Lizinna is a combined pill with ingredients most similar to the contraceptive patch and the previously discontinued Cilest pill. The higher oestrogen dose may help to control breakthrough bleeding, but may cause unwanted side effects such as sore boobs or nausea. Fun fact: when you take Lizinna, your body changes the progestogen it contains into the progestogen found in the other combined pills such as Microgynon and Rigevidon.
What is in the Lizinna pill?
Alternative to Lizinna pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 12 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Yes - Lizinna and Cilest are different brands of the same type of contraceptive pill.
Cilest was discontinued in 2019 and has now been replaced with Cilique which contains the same quantity of active ingredients.
Can I take Lizinna back to back?
Yes. Lizinna and combined pills like this can be taken back to back without a break between pill packets. This means that you can avoid having a withdrawal bleed between packets, but you may experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding as you adjust to the new routine. Taking your pill like this means your pill may be more effective and you may have fewer side effects like withdrawal headaches. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking.
Does Lizinna help acne?
Lizinna can improve acne for some people however it's not a guarantee. More women see an improvement whilst taking the combined pill than those who don't. Make sure to check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Lizinna affects their complexion. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Can Lizinna cause weight gain?
There is no evidence that weight is affected by Lizinna. However weight gain, or loss, could be impacted by a number of factors that may be related to hormones and the menstrual cycle, such as water retention. You can also take a look our guide to contraception and weight to find out more.
Can Lizinna cause depression?
The answer to this is complicated. For every piece of research showing that low mood side effects exist from contraceptives like the pill, there is another study suggesting no link or sometimes the opposite. Hormonal methods of contraception may affect your mood but there are several factors that influence this such as your age, medical history and contraceptive history, as well as what else may be going on in your life. Read our guide to contraception and mood for more info.
How the Lizinna pill works:
Lizinna 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. Lizinna also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Lizinna 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 Lizinna pill:
You should take your Lizinna 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. Lizinna 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 Lizinna 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 Lizinna pill:
Lizinna 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.