Eloine is a type of the combined contraceptive pill designed to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It's known as a low dose pill as it contains a lower dose of the estrogen hormone than other combined contraceptive pills. It also contains progesterone, a hormone which regulates the menstrual cycle.
Eloine works by preventing ovulation from occurring so that the ovaries do not release an egg into the womb for fertilisation. It does this by releasing synthetic versions of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. In addition to this, it creates a thinner womb lining so that an egg cannot attach itself should fertilisation occur and thickens the mucus lining the entrance to your womb so that sperm cannot enter so easily.
When taken correctly, Eloine is over 99% effective. This relies upon it being taken on time every day and additional contraception being used if you are taking certain medications or have had a stomach illness.
Eloine will start to work right away if you start taking it at the beginning of your period. Ensure you follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist about how to start taking it, as this will vary depending on whether you are switching from a different hormonal contraceptive, another type of the pill or you are starting the pill after giving birth or breastfeeding.
One of the non-contraceptive benefits of Eloine is that it eases PMS and regulates your period. You can expect your menstrual bleed to be lighter and less painful while taking the pill. It can also help to treat endometriosis. Low dose contraceptive pills like Eloine are specifically designed to relieve premenstrual discomfort and hormone withdrawal.
Eloine can be used to delay your period. To do this, skip the last four white placebo pills in your pill strip and begin the next strip of pills right away. It's recommended to consult your doctor before skipping your period. If you are looking for a pill specifically for the purpose of delaying your period, we also prescribe Utovlan (https://www.drfelix.co.uk/treatment/utovlan/) which is primarily used for period delay.
Eloine can also be useful in treating the symptoms of endometriosis. On average, the condition affects 1 in 10 women within the UK, causing severe period pain and pelvic pain which can disrupt your daily life. Taking Eloine suppresses ovulation and menstruation, keeping endometriosis under control. Your doctor will advise you on the best way to take it for this purpose.
Switching contraceptive pill is usually a straightforward process. The instructions will vary depending on which type of pill you are currently taking so ensure you double check the information provided with your pill.
Eloine and Yas are the same. They both contain the same components and ingredients.
Eloine can also be prescribed to help treat acne. Many types of the combined contraceptive pill provide this benefit, the added estrogen having a clearing effect on the skin.
Eloine is effective at relieving PMS and reducing the symptoms often experienced before or during your period. It prevents mood swings, alleviates period pain and causes your monthly bleed to be lighter than usual.
The active ingredients in Eloine are ethinylestradiol and Drospirenone. The white tablets do not contain any active ingredients.
The other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, magnesium stearate (E470b), microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide red (E172).
If you miss an Eloine pill, the action you should take will depend on whether you've missed a pink or white pill and how many you have missed. The four white pills at the end of your pill strip are placebo pills. Missing one of these will not affect your protection. If it has been less than 24 hours since you were due to take an active pill then your contraception will not be affected. Take the missed pill as soon as you remember and continue with the rest of your pack at the usual times. If it's been more than 24 hours take the following steps:
A missed pill from the first row of pills (days 1-7)- Take the missed pill right away, even if you are taking two at once. Keep taking the rest of your pills on time and use additional contraception, such as condoms, for the next 7 days. If you have had sexual intercourse during this time contact your doctor as there is a risk you could be pregnant
A missed pill from the second row of pills (days 8-14) Take the missed pill as soon as you can and continue with the rest as usual
A missed pill from the third or fourth row (days 15-24) Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, continuing with the rest as usual. Instead of taking the four placebo pills at the end, skip these and start the next strip of pills right away.
If you miss more than one pill, see your doctor as soon as possible for advice
If you have taken your pill later than normal, this will not affect your protection against pregnancy if it is within 24 hours. If it has been longer than 24 hours this is considered a missed pill. In this case, follow the steps outlined above and ask your doctor if you are unsure of what to do.
If you have vomited within 3-4 hours of taking an active pill, Eloine may not work. Take another pill as soon as you can within 24 hours of your usual time. If you continue to be sick, or have severe diarrhoea, follow the instructions for a missed pill.
If you want to try for a baby you can stop taking Eloine anytime. Wait until your natural menstrual cycle returns before trying to get pregnant. After this, you may get pregnant at any time.
It is safe to take contraceptive pills like Eloine for as long as you need to provided that you don't have any existing health issues which may be impacted by taking the pill. Taking the combined pill increases the risk of experiencing a blood clot. It is important to thoroughly read the information leaflet included with your pills to ensure that it is safe for you to take. See the Contraindications section for details on who might not be able to safely take Eloine.
After you stop taking Eloine your period should return to normal within a month. For some women it may take longer, depending on how long your body takes to adjust.
If you have not taken a hormonal contraceptive in the last month, start taking Eloine on the first day of your period. If you start it on days 2-5 of your cycle you won't be protected against pregnancy right away so you will need to use condoms, or another additional method of contraception for 7 days.
When changing from a different combined pill, start taking Eloine the day after you finish your current strip of pills. In the case of progesterone only contraceptives such as the mini pill, implant or injection you can switch to Eloine at any time. For example, the same day as an IUD or implant removal or the day after you stop taking the mini pill. After switching from a progesterone only contraceptive you must use an additional method of contraception for the first 7 days.
After childbirth you can start taking Eloine 21-28 days after your baby is born. If you start it after this you'll need to use condoms for the first 7 days on Eloine.
Eloine is taken continuously throughout your cycle, each pack lasting for 28 days. There are 24 pink tablets and 4 white ones. You should start with the pink tablets on the first day of your cycle between days 1-24 which are the active pills that prevent pregnancy. On days 24-28 you'll take the white placebo pills. Once you have taken the 4 blank pills, begin the next pill strip on the following day.
Each packet of pills will contain a sheet of stickers with the days of the week printed on them. On the first day you start Eloine, which should be on the first day of your menstrual cycle, place the corresponding sticker to the upper left side of the pack which is marked ‘Place week sticker here.’ This will help you to keep track of when you started your pack. Continue to follow the arrows which indicate the order you should take the pills in.
Eloine can be taken at any time of the day as long as you stick to the same time each day.
Each Eloine pill contains 0.2mg ethinylestradiol (estrogen) and 3mg Drospirenone (progesterone).
To use Eloine for period delay, skip the 4 white placebo pills at the end of your pill strip, starting the next one right away. Your period will return once you reach the end of the second pill strip, taking the 4 placebo pills as usual.
Common side effects associated with Eloine are:
Uncommon side effects may include:
Pins and needles sensation
Heightened blood pressure
Muscle or limb pain
Benign breast lumps
Lowered sex drive
Abnormal cervical smear
Lack of energy
Rare side effects can include:
Changes to the level of potassium and sodium in the blood
Being unable to achieve orgasm
Increased heart rate
If any of the following apply to you, do not take Eloine:
If you have, or have ever experienced a blood clot
Any disorders which affect blood clotting
Being off your feet for long periods of time
If you are scheduled to have an operation
If you have ever experienced a heart attack or stroke
If you have ever had angina pectoris
Severe diabetes with damage to the blood vessels
Severe high blood pressure
High levels of cholesterol in the blood
If you have ever experienced a migraine with aura
A history of liver disease
If you have breast cancer or genital cancer (or have ever experienced it)
Unexplained vaginal bleeding
Allergies to any of the ingredients in Eloine
Extra care should be taken if:
You have a family history of breast cancer
You have liver or gallbladder disease
You are diabetic
You have depression
You have chronic inflammatory bowel disease
You have systemic lupus erythematosus
You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome
You have sickle cell anaemia
You have recently given birth
You have superficial thrombophlebitis
You have varicose veins
You have epilepsy
You have any conditions which manifested as a result of pregnancy or previous hormonal contraceptives
You have ever experienced chloasma
You have hereditary angioedema
Speak to your doctor before taking Eloine if any of these circumstances apply to you.
The following medicines are known to interact with Eloine, making it less effective:
Hepatitis C medications
St John's wort
Eloine can reduce the effectiveness of:
Medications which contain Ciclosporin
Always inform your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, including herbal remedies.
It's fine to drink alcohol while you are taking Eloine.
It's common to experience mood swings while taking hormonal contraceptives containing estrogen, such as Eloine. This will usually settle down after the first month or two. Being aware of how you feel and talking to friends or family can help you to deal with it. If your mood is low, you have lost interest in taking part in activities or work, it's possible you are experiencing depression. Talk to a GP about how you are feeling. They will be able to advise you on further treatment to help you cope with it, or suggest self-help methods such as online resources and groups.
Eloine differs from other standard combined pills available on the market as it contains a lower dose of hormones. This combined pill is just as effective but causes less of the side effects that are typically associated with hormonal contraceptives. This makes it a viable option for women who are sensitive to estrogen and have experienced adverse side effects from other versions of the combined pill.
The mini pill only contains the progesterone hormone (it's also known as the progesterone only pill, or POP) whereas Eloine is a combined pill with both estrogen and progesterone. The mini pill is taken continuously throughout the month and must be taken within a three or twelve hour time period in order for it to be effective. It may also cause irregular bleeding and can cause acne to flare up in some women. It produces less side effects than the combined pill however, and does not pose potential long term health risks such as blood clots.
Eloine is one type of the combined contraceptive pill. Dr Felix stocks all available brands to give you easy access to your preferred contraceptive pill. Commonly prescribed pills include Microgynon, Rigevidon, Cilest and Cerelle. If estrogen based hormones are not suitable for you, the mini pill is a good alternative. Long term reversible methods of contraception include the implant, hormonal IUD, copper IUD (the coil) and the injection. These options are available from your GP or local family planning clinic. Male and female condoms are the only contraceptives that protect against both pregnancy and STIs.
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