Norgeston is a slightly older, traditional version of the mini pill which needs to be taken within a 3 hour window every day. Unlike standard newer desogestrel mini pills, it doesn't stop you releasing an egg. However, it may be worth a try if you're someone who is organised, and are experiencing bleeding problems on the newer mini pills.
What is in the Norgeston pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 3 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
There is no evidence that progestogen-only pills such as Norgeston cause weight gain. A number of factors could impact your weight and they may be related to hormones and the menstrual cycle (like water retention). Whilst we await more research on this, we recommend that you take a look at the reviews above to see how others report Norgeston impact on their weight. You can also find out more in our complete guide to contraception and weight.
Can Norgeston cause depression or mood swings?
There's no definitive answer as to whether the mini pill causes depression or mood swings. This is in part due to the lack of research in the field, and also because hormones affect people differently. If you'd like to find out more information about how our community reports Norgeston's effects on their emotions, please look at our user-generated reviews. It might also be worth checking our our guide to contraception and mood.
Is Norgeston good or bad for acne?
The progestogen-only pill can increase the amount of sebum (oil) produced in the sebaceous glands of the skin leading to more spots. This affects women in varying amounts and many women don't notice a difference at all. If you suffer from acne it may be worth considering stopping progestogen-only contraception and switching to a combined method (combined hormonal contraception containing oestrogen is used as a treatment for acne) or non-hormonal method. Your doctor can also discuss medical treatments for acne with you. Take a look at our user reviews or head to our guide on acne and the pill to find out more.
Is breakthrough bleeding normal on Norgeston?
Bleeding patterns are very unpredictable in the first 3 months of progestogen-only pill use and breakthrough bleeding is common. Some lucky women may have no periods or infrequent periods, whereas others may bleed more frequently or have prolonged bleeding. This can settle the longer you use the mini pill. Although these symptoms may be annoying, they can be normal. If your bleeding pattern suddenly changes, or you get bleeding associated with other symptoms, consider doing a pregnancy test and STI test. If irregular bleeding continues or is problematic speak to your GP.
Can I buy Norgeston online?
You can order Norgeston 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.
How the Norgeston pill works:
Norgeston is a small tablet you swallow daily that (unlike the combined pill) only contains one hormone – progestogen. It prevents pregnancy by making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant in it.
There are a few things that can stop the progestogen-only pill from working properly including vomiting, some medicines, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the progestogen-only pill.
How to use the Norgeston pill:
Norgeston must be taken within 3 hours of 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. Most types of progestogen-only pills are designed to be taken for 28 days with no break between packs. Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Find out more about the progesterone only pill.
Coming off the pill 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 might want to consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill. .
How safe is the Norgeston pill:
Norgeston is very safe for most women. The development of small fluid-filled sacs (cysts) on your ovaries is a possible side effect but they are usually harmless and disappear without treatment. If you do become pregnant while you’re using the progestogen-only pill, there’s a small risk of you having an ectopic pregnancy. It's also important to remember that the pill does not protect you from STIs.