Microgynon 30 ED is just like Microgynon, except it comes in a pack of 28 tablets, and 7 of those tablets are fake placebo pills. You don't take any breaks between packets and so it may be prescribed for you if you find it difficult to remember to start your next packet on the right day.
What is in the Microgynon 30 ED pill?
Alternative to Microgynon 30 ED pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 5 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
There's no clear evidence to suggest that weight is affected by Microgynon 30 ED, however the combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen which can have an affect on how the body stores fat and retains water. More research is needed to take a deeper look at the link, but in the meantime you can check our our complete guide to contraception and weight.
What is the difference between Microgynon 30 and Microgynon ED?
Microgynon 30 ED is the same pill as Microgynon 30, but the packet contains 7 consecutive days of 'placebo' sugar pills for you to take as a break after taking 21 'active' pills. Microgynon 30 ED is often recommended if you forget when to start your new pill packet, as you never break the habit of taking a pill everyday.
Can Microgynon cause depression?
There's no conclusive evidence to suggest that Microgynon causes depression, but for some women hormonal contraception may affect their mood. You can find out more by checking out the reviews users of Microgynon 30 have left at The Lowdown to see what changes they experienced to their mood whilst taking Microgynon. You can also find out more information on this topic in our guide to contraception and mood.
Can Microgynon 30 ED stop periods?
Traditionally combined pills have been taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you may have a withdrawal bleed like a period. Some people may experience very light bleeding or no bleeding at all during the break. If packets of the combined pill are taken continuously or back to back without a break it is also possible to avoid having a bleed altogether. This is perfectly safe and according to research, could be more effective than having a 7 day break. Great news for your bank balance, white jeans and sex life! Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking. Remember Microgynon 30 ED contains placebo pills so if you wish to take your pill continuously you are likely to benefit from switching to Microgynon 30. If you experience a change in bleeding pattern whilst taking the combined pill and may be at risk of pregnancy, you should take a pregnancy test.
Is Microgynon ED good for irregular periods?
All combined pills will help to regulate your periods, giving you more control over your cycle. Microgynon can therefore be helpful if you have irregular periods. You can also choose to take the pill back to back to avoid bleeding altogether. If you'd like to do so, you may want to switch to Microgynon 30 as Microgynon 30 ED contains placebo pills. Find out more in our guide to [continuous pill taking.] (https://thelowdown.com/blog/taking-the-pill-back-to-back)
How the Microgynon 30 ED pill works:
Microgynon ED is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Microgynon ED 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. Microgynon ED 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 Microgynon 30 ED pill:
You should take your Microgynon 30 ED 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. Microgynon 30 ED 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 Microgynon 30 ED 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 Microgynon 30 ED pill:
Microgynon 30 ED 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.;