Maexeni is a very common type of 'starter' pill that is often prescribed because it contains a standard dose of oestrogen and a progestogen with a lower risk of blood clots than some other combined pills. It contains the same ingredients as Microgynon and Rigevidon , which have been around and researched for years.
What is in the Maexeni pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 5 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
It's not a guarantee but Maexeni, like most combined hormonal pills, can improve acne for some people. Reviews at The Lowdown shows that most women who take the combined pill find their acne improves, although it may worsen initially. Take a look at our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Maexeni affects their skin. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne .
Can I take Maexeni back to back?
Yes. Maexeni and all 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 I buy Maexeni online?
Yes - you can order Maexeni 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.
Can Maexeni cause headaches?
A common side effect of contraceptive pills can be headaches. Headaches can also be triggered by fluctuations in hormones such as oestrogen during the menstrual cycle. If you've ever read the back of the pill packet, headaches are listed as a side effect, although in many cases they tend to lessen over time. You may be interested in reading our blog on headaches, migraines and the pill for more information.
Does Maexeni stop periods?
Around half of women on a combined pill like Maexeni report at The Lowdown that their bleeds get lighter whilst taking it - check out our side effects tab for more info. The bleed you experience during your 7 day break between pill packets isn't actually a 'real period' and instead is called a withdrawal bleed. You can choose to stop your withdrawal bleeds by taking the combined pill continuously and not having a 7 day break between packets. (Note: you might still experience breakthrough bleeding in the first few months whilst your body gets used to it). Read our guide to continuous pill taking to find out more.
How the Maexeni pill works:
Maexeni is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Maexeni 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. Maexeni 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 Maexeni pill:
You should take your Maexeni 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. Maexeni 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 Maexeni 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 Maexeni pill:
Maexeni 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.