Logynon contains a higher dose of oestrogen and a progestogen called levonorgestrel. This is a multiphasic pill which means the amount of hormones in each pill changes throughout the month and you might feel hormonal fluctuations. The higher oestrogen dose may help to control breakthrough bleeding, but may cause unwanted side effects such as sore boobs or nausea.
What is in the Logynon pill?
30 - 40mcg
50 - 70mcg
Alternative to Logynon pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 11 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
There's no clear evidence combined pills like Logynon cause weight gain. Weight gain can happen for a number of reasons and whilst it may be related to hormones, more research is needed to provide a conclusive link. In the meantime, we would recommend that you take a look at our user reviews above to see how our community reports on how Logynon impacts their weight. You can also find out more in our complete guide to contraception and weight.
Is Logynon 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 complexion. 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 Logynon affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Can I take Logynon back to back?
Yes. Logynon 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.
Can the Logynon contraceptive pill cause depression?
Hormonal methods of contraception may affect your mood, but there is no definitive link between combined pills like Logynon and depression or mood swings. However there are several factors that influence this such as your age and medical history, as well as what else may be going on in your life. You can find more information on what our community reports as side effects or check out our guide to contraception and mood.
Can I buy Logynon online?
We've just added Logynon to The Lowdown's pill prescription service - you can now get it delivered to your door without having to see your GP. Or you can make an appointment with your doctor and get a prescription for Logynon free on the NHS. Learn more about our pill prescription service.
How the Logynon pill works:
Logynon 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. Logynon also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Logynon 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 Logynon pill:
You should take your Logynon 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. Logynon 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 Logynon 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 Logynon pill:
Logynon 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.