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Logynon is a type of contraceptive pill known as a combined pill. Called ‘the pill’ for short, it is one of the most popular and accessible forms of contraception in the UK. It contains synthetic versions of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Logynon contains the following active ingredients: ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, which are man-made versions of the oestrogen and progesterone hormones that exist naturally in the body. Logynon releases these hormones into the body, which prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. In addition to this, they also act to thicken the mucus which lines the entrance to the womb, preventing sperm from being able to enter. They also work to decrease the thickness of the womb lining which helps to prevent an egg from being able to embed itself in the womb should fertilisation occur.
Logynon is over 99% effective. This is dependent on it being taken correctly however and in typical use, the effectiveness is closer to 91%. Always follow the instructions on what to do if you miss a pill, are unwell or are taking additional medications which may interfere with the way the pill works.
Depending on when you start taking it, Logynon will either start to work right away or it will take 7 days to take effect. The first day of your period is the best time to start taking Logynon as when started then, you will be protected from pregnancy immediately. It is possible to start Logynon at any time in your cycle if the possibility of pregnancy has been excluded, but contraceptive cover will take 7 days to kick in, so you should abstain from sex or use barrier protection during this period.
Levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol are the active ingredients which are distributed as follows:
The inactive ingredients are: Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, polyethylene glycol (Macrogol) 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, glycerol (E422), titanium dioxide (E171), ferric oxide pigment (red and yellow) (E172).
When starting Logynon, ensure that you start taking the pills in the correct order. The first one will be marked as day one, with arrows to indicate which one comes next to ensure you do not get confused. It's important to take them in the right order as the pills contain varying amounts of hormones. Logynon should ideally be started on the first day of a natural period, in this way you are protected from pregnancy and are unlikely to experience any breakthrough or unscheduled bleeding. You can start Logynon at another time in your cycle, however, you will need to use barrier contraception such as condoms to protect yourself from pregnancy for a period of 7 days. Choose a time of the day that's going to be easy to remember and take your first pill.
If you are changing from another type of combined oral contraceptive pill, you should complete the pack, and begin taking Logynon the next day, omitting any pill-free interval. If you are changing from a progestogen-only pill, you can start Logynon at any time. Your contraceptive cover will continue when switching pills in the above ways.
Logynon should be taken at the same time each day. Follow the order specified on the pack until you reach the end of the pack. You should then wait seven days before beginning the next pack. During your pill-free week, you will have a withdrawal bleed which is like your period. Begin the next pack on time, even if you are still bleeding.
Missing a pill is a common occurrence for women taking the pill. If this happens, do not panic, take a moment to read over these instructions and then carry out any actions that may be required. If you were due to take the pill less than 12 hours ago, take it now, your contraceptive cover will not be affected.
If you should have taken the pill more than 12 hours ago, take it now, even if that means taking two pills at once. You should use additional barrier contraception for the next 7 days until the contraception is effective again.
If you are less than seven days away from finishing your pack then skip the pill-free week and go straight onto the next pack.
If you have missed one or more pills and you’re in the first week of your pack (days 1 to 7) and you’ve had sex in that week, you may be at risk of pregnancy and should contact your doctor or pharmacy to discuss emergency contraception.
While you should aim to take the pill at the same time each day, taking it later than usual, but within 12 hours of the scheduled time, will not affect your contraception.
One of the benefits of Logynon is that it can be used for period delay. To do this, skip the seven-day break between packs, starting a new one the day after you finish your current one. If you are taking Logynon ED then skip the blank placebo pills at the end of the pack.
One of the most common side effects of Logynon is breakthrough bleeding – this is where you bleed between periods or have random spotting when it’s not expected. Make sure to take your pills at the same time each day, and avoid missing pills to reduce the risk of breakthrough bleeding. This side effect normally disappears after the first couple of months. If it persists, report it to your doctor who may wish you to try a different type of pill. Mood changes are another possible side effect. While they can be unpleasant, making sure you look after yourself and being aware of how you are feeling can help. Practising mindfulness and taking time to rest when needed is important too.
Common side effects (between 100 and 1,000 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
Uncommon side effects (between 10 and 100 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
Rare side effects (between 1 and 10 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
Other side effects reported
Logynon should not be taken by women who:
Extra care should be taken if:
Certain medications can interact with Logynon and prevent it from working correctly. These include:
Drinking alcohol does not have an effect on Logynon.
Logynon ED works in exactly the same way as Logynon. The only difference between the two is that Logynon Everyday (ED) is taken every day. The first 21 pills in the pack are the same as regular Logynon, the rest being blank placebo pills. This is for the purpose of helping you to remember to take it if you find it difficult to remember which day you finished your last pack and when you should begin the next one.
The mini pill is also known as the progestogen-only pill (POP). It differs from Logynon as it only contains one type of hormone; progestogen. This is often prescribed for women who cannot take the combined pill due to health concerns or who have experienced unpleasant side effects while taking it. There are fewer health risks associated with the mini pill but it must be taken on time to be effective. Logynon contains both progestogen and oestrogen, having the added benefit of being able to control your periods.
Logynon is what is known as a phasic pill. This means it contains varying doses of hormones depending on the time of the month. Other phasic pills are TriRegol, Synphase and Qlaira. Microgynon, Cilest, Ovranette, Marvelon and Yasmin are the most commonly prescribed brands of the combined pill. Dr Felix stocks all brands of the pill available in the UK. If you struggle to remember to take the pill every day then a long term method of contraception may be more suitable for you. These include the copper or hormonal coil, the injection and the implant. The main advantage of these is that once it has been inserted or administered you don't need to think about it until it is due for renewal.
If you are switching to Logynon from a different pill it's usually a case of taking Logynon right after you finish your current pill. For women using the progestogen-only pill, you can switch at any time. Switching pills in this way will not affect your contraceptive cover.
There are some additional benefits to using Logynon. It is effective at easing painful, heavy periods and regulating a sporadic cycle. It can also be used to safely delay your period.
You can delay your period using Logynon. Instead of taking the pill for 21 days and having a 7-day break between packs; start your next pack of pills the day after you finish your current one. This means you are skipping the pill-free week and you won't have your period until the following month.
Logynon may not work if you vomit four hours or less after taking it. If this happens, wait until your stomach settles and then take another pill right away. Continue taking the rest of your pills as usual. If the vomiting continues, or if you have diarrhoea, then this may prevent the pill from being able to take effect. Use additional contraception up until you feel better and for an additional seven days after your illness clears up.
After you stop taking Logynon you can get pregnant at any time. Your natural menstrual cycle will usually take a couple of months to return to normal, so some women do not fall pregnant straight away. There are a number of different factors that can affect your fertility so if you are planning to start a family then visiting a family planning clinic will be a useful source of advice and information.