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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Combined oral contraceptive pill



Active Ingredient

Oestrogen and progestogen (Levonorgestrel and Ethinylestradiol)

Effective within

Start of next period or next day after previous strip (depending on usage)

Works by

Preventing egg release, thickening cervical mucus, preventing womb lining thickening

Side effects

Possible blood clot risk, angioedema, Crohn's disease, lupus, pancreatitis, elevated fat levels, etc.

Medication details


Microgynon is an oral contraceptive pill that helps prevent pregnancy. It contains two hormones, ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, which work together to prevent ovulation. By stopping the release of an egg from the ovaries, Microgynon makes it highly difficult for pregnancy to occur.

Microgynon is taken orally once a day, at the same time every day, for 21 consecutive days, followed by a 7-day pill-free interval. During this interval, a woman will typically experience a withdrawal bleed, which is similar to a menstrual period. After the 7-day pill-free interval, the next pack of Microgynon is started, and the process is repeated.

Microgynon is over 99% effective when taken as directed, making it a reliable and convenient form of contraception. In addition to its contraceptive properties, Microgynon can also help regulate periods, reduce the severity of premenstrual symptoms, and offer protection against certain types of cancers, such as endometrial and ovarian cancer.

It's important to note that Microgynon does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, and alternative forms of protection, such as condoms, should be used to reduce the risk of STIs. Microgynon is not suitable for everyone, and a healthcare clinician should be consulted to determine whether it is the right contraceptive option for you.


To effectively use Microgynon® 30:
Take one pill daily for 21 consecutive days, following the arrows on the strip.
Swallow the pill whole with water; do not chew.
After completing the 21-day cycle, have a seven-day pill-free interval during which a withdrawal bleed is expected.
Start the next strip of pills on time, even if the withdrawal bleed hasn't ended.
Microgynon® 30 offers reliable contraception if taken as directed.


Microgynon 30 Tablets typically contain two active ingredients:
Levonorgestrel (30 micrograms): This synthetic form of the hormone progesterone is commonly used in combination oral contraceptives. It helps prevent ovulation and modifies the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
Ethinylestradiol (30 micrograms): This synthetic form of the hormone estrogen is another key component of combined oral contraceptives. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle and supports the contraceptive action of levonorgestrel.
These two active ingredients work together to provide an effective method of birth control by inhibiting ovulation, altering cervical mucus consistency, and modifying the uterine lining.

Side Effects

While Microgynon® 30 is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience mild side effects such as breast tenderness, mood changes, or irregular bleeding. Serious side effects are rare but may include blood clots, which can be potentially life-threatening. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, or severe headaches.


Microgynon® 30 is a reliable contraceptive option when used correctly.
It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Consult your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms of blood clots, such as swelling or pain in the legs.
If you have certain medical conditions or are taking specific medications, Microgynon® 30 may not be suitable. Discuss your medical history with your doctor.
Remember, Microgynon® 30 offers effective contraception and other benefits, but it's essential to make an informed decision based on your unique health profile. Your healthcare provider is the best source of guidance for choosing the right contraceptive method for you.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Is Microgynon® 30 effective at preventing pregnancy?

Yes, when taken correctly, Microgynon® 30 is one of the most reliable reversible methods of contraception. It has a high effectiveness rate in preventing pregnancy.

Can I start Microgynon® 30 at any time?

For new users or after a break, it's best to start Microgynon® 30 on the first day of your menstrual period for immediate contraceptive protection. If switching from another contraceptive pill, consult your doctor for specific instructions.

What should I do if I miss a pill?

If you miss a pill, follow the instructions in the package leaflet. Generally, if you miss a pill by less than 24 hours, take it as soon as you remember, and continue with the next pill as usual. If you miss a pill by more than 24 hours, consult the package leaflet or your healthcare provider for guidance.

Can I use Microgynon® 30 to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

No, Microgynon® 30 does not protect against STIs. It's essential to use barrier methods like condoms to prevent STIs.

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