Ovranette 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 Ovranette pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 5 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
There is no clear evidence that taking Ovranette causes weight gain. Weight gain, or loss, can be impacted by a number of factors that may be related to hormones, such as water retention. For more information you can read our full guide on contraception and weight.
Does Ovranette help acne?
Combined contraceptive pills like Ovranette can help improve acne. It's important to remember, however, that although a significant amount of women report improvements to their skin, Ovranette isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. You should check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community of reviewers report changes to their skin when using Ovranette. You can also find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Can I buy Ovranette online?
You can order Ovranette 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.
Is Ovranette the same as Microgynon?
Ovranette contains the same ingredients as Microgynon (30 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 150 micrograms levonorgestrel). They are essentially the same in everything but name.
I have no period on Ovranette - is this normal?
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 possible to avoid having a bleed altogether. This is perfectly safe and according to research, could make the pill more effective. Great news for your bank balance, white jeans and sex life! Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking. If you experience a change in bleeding pattern, or stop having bleeds whilst taking the combined pill and may be at risk of pregnancy, you should take a pregnancy test.
How the Ovranette pill works:
Ovranette is a type of combined pill, a small tablet you swallow daily that contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. Ovranette 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. Ovranette 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 Ovranette pill:
You should take your Ovranette 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. Ovranette 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 Ovranette 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 Ovranette pill:
Ovranette 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.