Microlite 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 Microlite affects their complexion. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Can Microlite cause weight gain?
There is no evidence that weight is affected by the combined pill. However weight gain, or loss, could be impacted by a number of related factors. The combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestogen and therefore can affect how the body stores fat, retains water and levels of appetite. This is not definitive and requires more detailed research. Find out more in our guide to contraception and weight.
Do you have to take Microlite at the same time everyday?
You should take the combined pill at roughly the same time everyday to ensure it's effective. Most women take it first thing in the morning or before they go to bed to help them remember. You have missed a pill when it is more than 24 hours after you should have taken it. What to do next depends on where you are in your pack and how many pills you have missed, so make sure you read the instructions in the patient information leaflet carefully or use our Missed Pill Calculator to find out what to do next!
Does Microlite stop periods?
Traditionally, combined pills such as Microlite 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. 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.
Can you skip your period on Microlite?
Yes! Taking the combined pill back to back and avoiding a withdrawal bleed is perfectly safe and can be done for as long as you like. You might experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding in the first few months of taking your pill continuously. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking.
Microlite vs Yasmin - are the same pill?
Microlite and Yasmin are both combined pills however they have slightly different hormones. Yasmin contains a standard dose of ethinylestradiol and drospirenone whereas Microlite is a unique low oestrogen combined pill with a lower dose of ethinylestradiol and a progestogen called levonorgestrel. This makes Microlite a good option to try if you are more sensitive to higher levels of oestrogen and experience symptoms such as breast pain, nausea and headaches. Microlite is more similar to other combined pills such as Microgynon 30 , Levest and Rigevidon. but contains a lower dose of oesteogen.
Microlite 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. The combined pill also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Microlite 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 Microlite pill:
You should take your Microlite 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. Microlite 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 taking the pill, you might not be protected straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Microlite 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 Microlite pill:
Microlite is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any type of combined 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.